10 Sad Funeral Songs

Whether  you've recently lost a loved one, or if you're thinking back on the dearly departed, you may be looking for 10 sad funeral songs to listen to. Sad songs help us to connect in our time of grief and can be very helpful overcoming the pain of loss, while on our journey to find acceptance.  Here are some sad funeral songs to start you on your journey.

  1. "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton. Written after the loss of his 4-year-old son, Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" is one of the most popular sad funeral songs of all time. It takes one on a journey through loss, doubts and insecurity, finally leading the listener to acceptance and hope.
  2. "Con te Partiro" by Andrea Bocelli. Loosely translating to "Time to Say Goodbye," this beautiful song was later re-released as a popular duet with English soprano Sarah Brightman. It's a popular sad funeral song, not only for its beauty, but the acceptance it brings to listeners.
  3. "Angel" by Sarah McLaughlan. One of the most achingly tender sad funeral songs of all time, Sarah McLauglan's "Angel" was written about a musician who overdosed on heroin. While the song is sad and dark, many take comfort in the chorus and see it as a song about release and being at peace.
  4. "Photograph" by Nickelback. If you're looking for sad funeral songs, but you want to avoid the traditional slower songs, "Photograph" is a great song about reminiscing about the past. It's sad but still leaves the listener with fond memories of friends who have passed.
  5. "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche. One of the most popular rock ballads of all time, Queensryche's "Silent Lucidity" is a song about lucid dreaming, but it also doubles as one of the most beautiful sad funeral songs of the '90s, reminding the listener that they are not alone.
  6. "Dust In the Wind" by Kansas. A touching rock classic, "Dust In the Wind" is one of the more popular funeral songs about acceptance and letting go. It reminds us that "Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and Sky."
  7. "Vincent" by Don McLean. A song written in tribute to the late artist Vincent Van Gogh, "Vincent" is one of the most beautiful and sad funeral songs of all time. Telling of the artist's inner struggles and the people that failed to understand him, many people connect with the line, "But I could have told you, Vincent; This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you."
  8. "Amazing Grace" by Leann Rimes. If you're looking for one of the most amazing classic sad funeral songs, look no further than the soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace," as performed by Leann Rimes. Another option, if you prefer an instrumental version, is to go with traditional bagpipes.
  9. "How to Save a Life" by The Fray. A beautiful sad song about losing a friend, The Fray's "How to Save a Life" is gaining popularity as one of the more sad songs for funerals. It's a song about regret and the importance of setting differences aside and just listening.
  10. "Unforgettable" by Nat "King" Cole and Natalie Cole. A remix of Nat "King" Cole's classic, turned into a duet with his beautiful daughter, Natalie Cole, "Unforgettable" is one of the most popular sad funeral songs because it reminds us that the departed will live on in our hearts and our memories.