Music is as universal as one’s love for their mother. The bond between a mother and child is quite possibly the strongest force in the known universe and, you might argue, it is even stronger than romantic love.
So, when mum departs from your life, it can be utterly devastating — you might feel like you’ve just lost a major part of yourself. But as with everything in life, time will heal all and you will hopefully move on to do the great things that your mother hoped you would achieve.
To memorialize her, a great final gesture is to play a series of carefully selected songs for her at her funeral. They could be songs that she loved, or simply songs about mothers. To help during this time of grief and healing, we’ve curated a playlist especially for you and your beloved mum.
1. Boyz II Men — A Song for Mama
One of the all-time R&B classics by legendary group Boyz II Men, this song’s title says it all. The lyrics and harmony articulate how we feel about our mothers, and how grateful we are for the blessings they’ve given us. Play this song at your mum’s funeral or memorial to show how much they meant to you.
2. Carrie Underwood — Mama’s Song
Carrie Underwood is known for simple but brilliant songwriting. She is able to take the traditional lyricsim of country music and adapt it to contemporary tastes, and this song is a great example. We all have a song that’s dear to us, and our mums are no exception. While this song itself might not have been your mum’s song, it is still a wonderful tune to dedicate to your late, great mother.
3. The Shirelles — Mama Said
Our mothers are full of wisdom. They have experienced a lot in life and are always happy to share their knowledge with us. Think about all of the words your mother has shared with you: advice, words of comfort, lessons, stories, jokes and expressions of love. This song by the Shirelles is a great way to reflect on what our mama said to us.
4. The Band Perry — Mother Like Mine
“She's the sky that holds the clouds
She's the lady of the house
A blind believer in all I dare to be
There's no safer place I've found
Than the shoulder of her white nightgown
Oh I've got the best and the worst of her in me
And I'd share her if I could”
These lyrics quite realistically reflect the intricate relationships we have with our mothers. It’s both loving and honest about what we get from our mums, and how much they love us. We are shaped by our mothers, who are often the most influential people in our lives.
5. 2Pac — Dear Mama
It’s become an annual tradition for hip-hop radio stations to play this song every Mother’s Day. Its official music video on YouTube also gets hundreds of comments about mothers and dedications every year. For those who are hip-hop fans, or simply like good honest music, this classic by a great music icon is a good song to dedicate to your mother. Obviously, since it’s a rap song, it’s probably best to play the censored or radio-friendly version at a memorial, unless of course your mother liked to keep it real!
6. Christina Aguilera — Oh Mother
“Oh mother, we're stronger
From all of the tears you have shed
Oh mother, don't look back
Cause he'll never hurt us again”
This song is very raw and could be intensely emotional. Parts of the lyrics might not even apply to your own mother’s life, but the chorus is universal and heartfelt. It reminds us of our mother’s strength and how her bravery and toughness have rubbed off on us.
7. Good Charlotte — Thank You Mom
If you want a more pop-punk tune, this song from Good Charlotte is a sound choice. It’s a song that reminisces about the great times you’ve had with your mother — especially childhood memories. It’s also a song that heaps praise and gratitude on mothers everywhere.
8. Adele — Sweetest Devotion
While the critically-acclaimed songstress is known for love ballads and tales of heartbreak and longing, this song could actually be applied to a familial love. Adele sings:
“I wasn't ready then, I'm ready now
I'm heading straight for you
You will only be eternally
The one that I belong to.”
The lyrics remind us that although there are different types of love in life, the love between mother and child is eternal and unbreakable. Even when your other relationships disintegrate, you can always come home to your roots, to your mother. Adele perfectly captures this sentiment with the following lyrics:
“In every face that I've ever known
And there is something 'bout the way you love me
That finally feels like home.”
9. Josh Groban — You Raise Me Up
Quite possibly Groban’s best-known hit, this song is very much fitting for a loved one’s funeral, memorial or even tribute video. The lyrics, the powerful vocals, the instrumentals all harmonize to create one of the greatest songs of modern music. It is an amazing tune to dedicate to your beloved mother.
10. The Beatles — In My Life
This classic tune by the legendary band is mellow and perfectly expresses how much we love our mother. A lot of the earlier songs by the Beatles are actually fine as funeral songs. As the lyrics go: “In my life, I love you more.”
11. The Cranberries — When You’re Gone
This emotive song is delivered by the Cranberries’s late singer Dolores O’Riordan, who had a distinctive and powerful voice. Her strong vocal range and energy mixed with the band’s instrumentals produced numerous hits during the 80s and 90s. This song is a great tune to listen to while reflecting on how much you miss your mother, while accepting that life must go on.
12. Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men — One Sweet Day
This is the second Boyz II Men entry on this list. This track broke numerous records and received both commercial and critical acclaim. One of the biggest female pop stars of all time, Mariah Carey teamed up with the most successful male R&B group of the 90s to deliver one of the most emotional yet uplifting songs ever recorded. This classic is something you can play whether at a memorial service or simply on an evening at home.
13. Coldplay — The Scientist
This is the song that perhaps launched Coldplay’s mainstream status. Its memorable music video and famous piano melody is well-known by this point. It’s a modern ballad that imagines a scientist trying to go back in time. This is a scenario we all play in our head when someone we love dies. It can be a good coping exercise that can help you move on in real life.
14. Tim McGraw —Please Remember Me
You can’t have a list like this without having a country crooner like Tim McGraw. This classic by the highly successful country star is still played in digital jukeboxes and streaming playlists to this day. It’s a song that will help you reflect on those you used to know and have lost touch with, including Mum.
15. Fleetwood Mac — Landslide
For some reason, this song always evokes memories of home and makes us think of our relationships with our parents. It’s one of the all-time classics by the legendary band. Stevie Nicks’ unique vocals and rhythm are magnetic. This tune will surely make many people shed tears during your mother’s funeral, especially as she sings:
“Well, I've been afraid of changin'
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too.”
16. Celine Dion — My Heart Will Go On
This iconic song is, understandably, always connected to the film Titanic. The movie was massive, no pun intended, and so was this song, which was its official soundtrack. However, the song by itself is a great tune, even without its attachment to the movie and pop culture status.
17. Incubus — Wish You Were Here
This is one of the best songs by the band Incubus. The song is quite simple but still delivers a message. Incubus is known for mixing various sounds together to create multilayered tracks, and this song will surely have you bobbing your head to its rhythm as you think about your mum.
18. The Jackson 5 — I’ll Be There
This classic hit by the young Michael Jackson and his equally talented siblings can be viewed in two ways. It could be a message to your beloved mum, saying that you are with them literally from the beginning up to the end, from the womb to the tomb. The other perspective is that your mother was always there for you in times of need and comfort. Either way, this is a great tune that not only sounds amazing, but also has a lot of depth.
19. Michael Bublé — Home
It’s not just people or past events that one can miss. One of the most common things we long for is a place called home. It is our roots, where family and childhood friends reside. Wherever we go, home will always be the place where we can return to. This famous song by Michael Bublé perfectly captures that sentiment.
20. Edwin McCain — Letter to My Mother
Edwin McCain is one of the best songwriters of the 90s, but he probably doesn't get enough credit for his artistry. This song is great at articulating how much our mothers mean to us. Edwin McCain sings:
“Mama, how do I write the words to you
You were the only one who loved me true.”
Our mother’s love for us was true indeed.
What is a good song to dedicate to your mom funeral? ›
We also included Alison Krauss' “Down to the River to Pray”, “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion, “A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men, “You Can't Loose Me” by Faith Hill, You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban and “Wind Beneath my Wings” by Bette Midler.What is the number 1 funeral song? ›
“Time To Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli. “Over The Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. “Angels” by Robbie Williams.What is a beautiful funeral song? ›
- Angels – Robbie Williams.
- Candle in the wind – Elton John.
- Let it be – The Beatles.
- See you again – Wiz Kalifa.
- Someone like you – Adele.
- Supermarket flowers – Ed Sheeran.
- I'll be missing you – Puff Daddy and Faith Evans.
- Somewhere over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy.
Uplifting funeral and memorial songs
If you want to raise everyone's spirits, play one of these uplifting memorial songs: “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner. “Always Look at the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
- Share your favorite memories of her. Choosing to tell a favorite memory of your mother is a great way to begin your eulogy. ...
- Speak about her best characteristics. ...
- Detail her accomplishments. ...
- Illustrate her impact.
- "The Best Day" by Taylor Swift.
- "Mother" by Kacey Musgraves.
- "Where You Lead I Will Follow" by Carole King.
- "The Wish" by Bruce Springsteen.
- "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood.
- "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride.
- "Mama Said" by The Shirelles.
- I'll See You Again – Westlife.
- Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy.
- Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler.
- Nothing Compares to You - Sinead O'Connor.
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd.
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven. Sarah Mclachlan - In The Arms of an Angel. The Beatles - Let It Be. Paul McCartney - Here Today.What is a hymn of comfort for funeral? ›
- Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.
- All Things Bright and Beautiful.
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness.
- Lord of all hopefulness.
- Going Home.
- Be Not Afraid.
- I Am The Bread of Life.
12- “Amazing Grace” This is a classic funeral song that is perfect for remembering your Mom.
What are some heartwarming songs? ›
- You Can't Take AwayAbove Envy.
- What Is the TimeAbove Envy.
- Stroll Down Memory LaneAbove Envy.
- The Darkside of EuphoriaAbove Envy.
- I Should Have KnownAbove Envy.
- But Now It's GoneAbove Envy.
- Take a ChanceEdwards Stephen.
- Lay Your Head DownErba Tom.
Classical music touches human's heart and soul, make him better, give him ideas and peace. Why churches like classical music so much? Because it helps to find the connection with God.What is a good reflection songs for funerals? ›
- In the arms of an angel – Sarah McLachlan.
- Bitter sweet symphony – The Verve.
- Goodbye's the saddest word – Celina Dion.
- Come away with me – Norah Jones.
- Wind beneath my wings – Bette Midler.
- Knockin' on Heaven's door – Bob Dylan.
Some basic song themes to not pick for a funeral would include hell, death, abuse, break ups, survival, and celebratory happiness.What is the most popular funeral hymn? ›
The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended
One of the most popular funeral hymns, the text tells of God's eternal love and life after death.
Wearing dark grey or deep blue is just as appropriate as black, while brown and lighter greys are suitable for the vast majority of funeral services. However, unless specifically requested by the deceased or their family, you should avoid any bright colors such as yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds.What do I say at my mom's funeral? ›
My mother would be very pleased and honoured to see that you all could make it here this morning to share in this with us, as it was her family and friends who were the most important focus of her life. It was also your continued support, well wishes and prayers which were so valuable to her in her final weeks.How do you end a eulogy for your mom? ›
How to End a Eulogy. The ending of your eulogy should be simple. Addressing the person who has died with a phrase such as, “We will miss you” or “Rest well on your journey, my friend” can be a good way to wrap up. You can also end with an inspirational quote if that feels better to you.Which is a famous song about the love and care of a mother? ›
Top 10 Songs to Honor Mom:
"Mama's Song" - by Carrie Underwood - A daughter reassuring her mother that the man she is marrying is the right man for her and not to worry. "A Mother's Prayer" by Celine Dion - A mother's prayer for her daughter, that she's kept safe (Variation of the famous song 'The Prayer')
Write a letter
You can write a personal letter and mail it to her as a special tribute between the two of you. Or you can publish it on your blog, social media, etc. Everyone has difference preferences, but putting pen to paper is one of the most heartfelt ways you can show your mom you love her.
What is the best memory with your mom? ›
- Crazy fun together. At times, we would go crazy together. ...
- Treats. She would make amazing desserts and sneak a few treats for me even though she said she wouldn't.
- Taking my pictures. She loved taking my pictures. ...
- Being an awesome mom. She has a 24/7 job and she never complains.
- 'Nothing Compares 2 U' by Sinéad O'Connor. ...
- 'Hurt' by Johnny Cash. ...
- 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' by Neil Young. ...
- 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack. ...
- 'I Know It's Over' by The Smiths. ...
- 'No Distance Left to Run' by Blur. ...
- 'The Boxer' by Simon & Garfunkel. ...
- 'No Name #5' by Elliott Smith.
- Take your time. ...
- Decide on how many songs to play and the order you want them playing. ...
- Ensure the music reflects the person. ...
- Choose appropriately as it will set the tone of the service. ...
- Ensure you listen to ALL of the lyrics before choosing. ...
- Try and find out what music they would want to play.
- "Hurt" – Nine Inch Nails / Johnny Cash.
- "Someone Like You" – Adele. ...
- “Something in the Way” – Nirvana. ...
- “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinéad O'Connor. ...
- “Tears in Heaven” – Eric Clapton. ...
- "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston. ...
- "Close to You" – Rihanna. ...
- "It's Too Late" – Carole King. ...
- The Cure “Pictures of You”
- Joni Mitchell “Both Sides, Now”
- Harry Nilsson “Without You”
- Phil Collins “I Wish It Would Rain Down”
- Bonnie Raitt “I Can't Make You Love Me”
- Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
It's one of the most upbeat songs for losing a loved one. The beat and lyrics combine well to tell the listener it's okay because someday you might be reunited with your lost loved ones.
- Avicii, “The Nights” ...
- Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” ...
- John Mayer, “Daughters” ...
- Drake, “Keep the Family Close” ...
- Lukas Graham, “7 Years” ...
- Christina Aguilera, “Oh Mother” ...
- JP Cooper feat. ...
- Kenny Chesney, “Don't Blink”
- 1- “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. ...
- 2- “I'll Always Love My Mama” by The Intruders. ...
- 3- “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. ...
- 7- “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” by Three Dog Night. ...
- 8- “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. ...
- 10- “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.
Combining comedy, tragedy, theatre, cabaret and general stream of consciousness, it is an autobiographical exploration of the realisations and experiences surrounding death, the relationship between parent and child, and the nuance of grief.Is there a song about a mother and daughter? ›
"Where You Lead" by Carole King
Obvs, the Gilmore Girls theme is the #1 mother-daughter song AND it's sung by Carole King and her own daughter.
What do I say to my mom in heaven? ›
To my mother in heaven, thank you for always loving me and guiding me. Even though you are no longer here with me I can still feel your love guiding me. You are always in my heart. I love you and miss you dearly.What to do when you miss your mom who died? ›
- Validate your feelings.
- Fully experience it.
- Care for yourself.
- Share memories.
- Honor their memory.
- Forgive them.
- Accept help.
- Embrace family.
- Notify Family Members and Friends. ...
- Give Yourself Time To Grieve. ...
- Find a Trustworthy Funeral Service. ...
- Make Copies of Everything. ...
- Contact Your Parent's Doctor and Ask for a Copy of Their Medical Records. ...
- Obtain Copies of Death Certificates.
It is still possible to communicate with or about a loved one after they have died. This can include writing them letters, sharing stories about them with close relations or strangers who ask, or speaking to them directly.What are the three parts main points of a eulogy? ›
Eulogies can take many forms. Some people who deliver a eulogy choose to open with a poem, a religious reading, or a personal anecdote, while others might choose to use these elements as a closing thought. Regardless of which approach you choose, a reliable structure involves three parts: a beginning, middle, and end.How do you start an eulogy? ›
- Talk with the Family Members. We know what to expect at a funeral. ...
- Start with an Introduction. One of the most appropriate ways to start a eulogy is to introduce yourself. ...
- Offer Condolences. ...
- Start with a Quote. ...
- Establish a Theme. ...
- Start with a Funny Story. ...
- Start with a Reading of the Obituary.