37 Sad Funeral Songs

Funerals can be our chance at closure in saying our final goodbye to someone who has passed away. While some people prefer to celebrate the life their loved ones lived, others may want to have a funeral that lets them mourn and say goodbye.

A final goodbye is the saddest goodbye.

If you're searching for the right song that evokes all of those hard-to-process feelings you experience the day of the funeral, here are some sad funeral songs you can choose.

1. “Dont Forget About Me” by CLOVES

Song Year: 2016

“Don’t Forget About Me” is a heart-wrenching song with crushing lyrics that consider where someone they love has gone. With a stunning sound and beautiful voice, this song hits you where it hurts.

It gives our heartbreak a perspective and expresses how this person exiting our lives will be devastating.

2. “The Night We Met” by Hozier

Song Year: 2015

Hozier breaks hearts with their song “The Night We Met.” The lyrics yearn to go back in time before everything went wrong. The sound is hauntingly beautiful and fits perfectly as a funeral song to grieve, with the central theme being loss.

3. “All I Want” by Kodaline

Song Year: 2013

“All I Want” is a pain-filled song about not fully understanding why someone has left but having to deal with the grief of still wanting them despite knowing they’ll never return.

Another song with beautiful instrumentals, Kodaline creates a grief-struck masterpiece and a great song for funerals.

4. “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran

Song Year: 2017

“Supermarket Flowers” is a song about coping with loss and the life we live after we lose a loved one. Ed Sheeran has a gentle voice to evoke raw emotions in his music; this song is no exception.

It’s a song that reminds us everyday life has to go on, but we carry those we’ve loved and lost with us every day.

5. “Heal” by Tom Odell

Song Year: 2013

With a beautiful piano to start, “Heal” glides into a simple yet heart-wrenching song about pain, loss, and healing. Tom Odell effortlessly captures what it feels like to heal after losing someone you love. You heal because it’s all you can do. You take what happens to you and cope.

6. “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan

Song Year: 1997

“Angel” is a classic funeral song for a reason. Not only has a loved one passed on and become an angel to all those they left behind, but Sarah McLachlan has a voice that captures that heavenly sound.

It’s a beautiful song of acceptance and acknowledgment that those who have died find peace eventually.

7. “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts

Song Year: 2006

“What Hurts the Most” is sorrowful and regretful in its grief. Rascal Flatts gives us a song that captivates and brings us to tears with lyrics showcasing the worst parts of grieving.

The hard-to-face truth is that we continue living not only with their death but our regrets.

8. “Ghost of You” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Song Year: 2018

One of the most taxing parts of grieving is the lack of someone’s presence. “Ghost of You” is about the aftermath of losing a loved one and going back to the daily lives that they used to exist in.

Every day is a constant reminder of everything they did. Their love lives on within memories, and their possessions remind us of their existence. It’s a gut-wrenching feeling, seeing someone every day to never again.

9. “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World

Song Year: 2001

As a farewell funeral song, “Hear You Me” is beautiful and fitting. It still contains hints of that sadness, especially with the soft music, but the lyrics are about acceptance and saying goodbye.

There’s no room for anger or resentment despite not getting to say everything we wish we could have. This song is simply full of hope that the person who has passed has also found peace.

10. “All of the Stars” by Ed Sheeran

Song Year: 2014

“All of the Stars” is another Ed Sheeran song that beautifully details the connection we never lose no matter how far the distance is between two souls.

The stars are the connector because of their ethereal and real-life qualities, and no matter where our loved one is now, it’s a comforting thought that they can see them too.

11. “Repeat Until Death” by Novo Amor

Song Year: 2018

Novo Amor has an other-worldly quality and delicacy to their sound in “Repeat Until Death”. The voice and piano are enough to crackle within our hearts, but the lyrics are just as devastating. They beg their loved ones to not leave because they take up half of who they are as a person.

They grieve their loved ones and the life they could have lived. Without them, it’s hard to breathe.

12. “Fix You” by Coldplay

Song Year: 2005

“Fix You” is a well-known Coldplay song that fits into a similar sadness to the rest of these songs. It’s about everything that happens out of your control, despite doing every you can to make things right.

This song makes for such a sad, yet beautiful, funeral song because the entire point is eventually finding peace within someone or something. It can be seen as, although our loved one has passed, they’ve found peace and light.

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