37 Sad Funeral Songs

13. “Lights Are On” by Tom Rosenthal

Song Year: 2018

“Lights Are On” openly admits how unfair it is to lose someone you love. Anger and resentment are normal emotions, especially when you lose a love so special and near to your heart. It may be a love you feel you’ll never find again.

14. “The Love You Left Behind” by Michael Schulte

Song Year: 2019

“The Love You Left Behind” is a heartbreaking song about how when we lose someone we love, we may be changed forever. Time can heal, but we’ll never forget that love, and we will never be able to give that love to another in the same way.

15. “Funeral” by Phoebe Bridgers

Song Year: 2017

While the name seems to be enough for this Phoebe Bridgers song to be fitting, the content of the lyrics makes it perfect. A funeral is a focal point, but the underlying meaning is genuine sadness.

Grief can feel impossible, and this song embodies that.

16. “LET THE GRASS GROW” by Ruel

Song Year: 2022

“LET THE GRASS GROW” is about feeling such a strong emptiness and sadness that you don’t feel like doing anything but waiting until your time comes. Losing someone we love can make us feel as though we’d be better off joining them, although that’s never the case.

Grieving is letting the grass grow until you’re ready to cut it down and start fresh. 

17. “When I’m Gone” by Eminem

Song Year: 2009

The chorus of Eminem’s “When I’m Gone” is heart-breaking to listen to, especially after losing someone we loved. It’s their voice, the perspective of the person who has left us, telling us to carry on and not dwell in pain.

The entire theme of this song is to love and not take anyone we love for granted. Life can be short, so you need to find peace in knowing you are loved.

18. “In My Veins” by Andrew Belle

“In My Veins” by Andrew Belle

Song Year: 2012

“In My Veins” is a difficult listen because of how raw and true the lyrics feel to us. It’s a song about how the people we love engrave themselves in our lives and hearts, and it’s nearly impossible to forget them or move on.

As a funeral song, the gentle rhythm and voice of Andrew Belle make this perfectly fitting.

19. “How Do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis

Song Year: 2022

This song is specifically about losing a father. “How Do I Say Goodbye” is a song that deals with the grief of losing someone who has guided us our entire lives and how it’s impossible to imagine life without them when they’re emotionally and biologically a part of us.

20. “marjorie” by Taylor Swift

Song Year: 2020

Despite the fact this song addresses someone by their name, this song is heavy with grief, coping, and remembering. It’s about feeling a loved one’s presence and keeping them alive through your memories, the lessons they taught you, and the love they gave you.

Even when our loved ones pass on, they don’t leave us in the end. We keep them in our hearts and minds forever.

21. “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill

Song Year: 2001

“There You’ll Be” is another song that reminds us death doesn’t mean the end. We hold onto our loved ones even when they leave us, and whether it’s in memories or dreams, they’ll live on with us.

When someone meant so much to us and was always there for us in life, death could never change that.

22. “Drink a Beer” by Luke Bryan

Song Year: 2018

“Drink a Beer” is a song about a strong friendship, brotherhood, or sisterhood that carries on through death. Sometimes there is nothing to do but be alone, remember them, and grieve.

23. “Visiting Hours” by Ed Sheeran

Song Year: 2021

Ed Sheeran makes a third appearance on our list for his beautiful song “Visiting Hours.” It’s a song about wishing we could see our loved ones again, soon after death and over the years so that we can confide in them and fill them in on everything.

Especially when this person was someone we looked up to, sought advice from, and loved for the majority of our lives. Even if we could just visit them, it would mean the world.

24. “Never Say Never” by The Fray

Song Year: 2009

From the heart-breaking piano introduction to the end of the song, The Fray’s “Never Say Never” is a difficult listen. It embodies grief in a desperate voice that begs their loved one to never them go. As a funeral song, this might be one of the saddest on our list.

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