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10 Non-Religious Songs to Play at a Funeral

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

When it comes to planning a wake or funeral service, music selection can be especially important. For those who have no religious affiliations or may not want a church service, it can be hard to know where to start. Here, you will find a short list of some non-religious and less traditional songs for a funeral.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole

“Someday I'll wish upon a star-Wake up where the clouds are far behind me-Where trouble melts like lemon drops-High above the chimney top-That's where you'll find me, oh”

I’ll Be Seeing You- Billie Holiday

“I'll find you in the morning sun-And when the night is new-I'll be looking at the moon-But I'll be seeing you”

Forever Young- Rod Stewart

“And when you fin'lly fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well.-For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.-But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you win or lose,-Forever young”

Tears in Heaven- Eric Clapton

“Would you know my name-If I saw you in heaven?-Would it be the same-If I saw you in heaven?-I must be strong and carry on-'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven”

Beloved- Mumford & Sons

“Before you leave-You must know you are beloved-And before you leave-Remember I was with you”

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)- Green Day

“So take the photographs and still frames in your mind-Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time-Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial-For what it's worth it was worth all the while”

Candle in the Wind- Elton John

“And it seems to me you lived your life-Like a candle in the wind-Never knowing who to cling to-When the rain set in-And I would have liked to have known you-But I was just a kid-Your candle burned out long before-Your legend ever did”

Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin

“There's a feeling I get-When I look to the west-And my spirit is crying for leaving-In my thoughts I have seen-Rings of smoke through the trees-And the voices of those who standing looking”

Supermarket Flowers- Ed Sheeran

“So I'll sing Hallelujah-You were an angel in the shape of my mum-When I fell down you'd be there holdin' me up-Spread your wings as you go-And when God takes you back-He'll say, "Hallelujah, you're home"

When I Get Where I’m Going- Brad Paisley ft. Dolly Parton

“When I get where I'm going-On the far side of the sky-The first thing that I'm gonna do-Is spread my wings and fly”

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