When your dad passes away you will want to honor him in the best way possible. Choosing funeral songs for dad can be a daunting task because you want to find music that reflects his personality and pays tribute to his life. Choosing music that your dad loved that is also appropriate for a funeral ceremony can be a challenge. You will want to select one or two of his favorite songs as well as songs of inspiration, hope, and healing, and songs that convey glimpses into the afterlife in Heaven.
When thinking about what songs to play at the funeral it helps to have the funeral service schedule. Look at when you will need music and pick songs that work best for that part of the ceremony. For example, classical music works well as background music as guests arrive and leave the funeral. Religious or spiritual music can be played once or twice during the service. Playing popular music or songs that your dad enjoyed listening to can be played before or after speeches.
The following is a list of the most popular funeral songs for dad, along with a few other general songs that are appropriate for your parent’s funeral.
Funeral Songs For Dad
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Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
Bright Eyes – Art Garfunkle
Hero – Mariah Carey
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Go Rest High on That Mountain – Vince Gill
Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
He Didn’t Have to be – Brad Paisley
I Love You Dad – Scott Dawson
Song For Dad – Keith Urban
Dad’s Song – Ron Meyers
Daddy’s Home – Daywind Studio Musicians
Drive (for Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
Grown Men Don’t Cry – Tim McGraw
Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
My Father’s Eyes – Amy Grant
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy
The Greatest Man I Never Knew – Reba McEntire
You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
Amazing Grace – Susan Boyle
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Your Faith in Me – Jessica Simpson
I Believe – LeAnn Rimes
Temporary Home – Carrie Underwood
Thank You For Being My Dad – Jon Barker
One Wing In The Fire – Trent Tomlinson
The following are some important things to remember when you are choosing funeral songs for dad.
1) Make sure you listen to the full song before the service to make sure that it is appropriate. This is especially important if you are unfamiliar with it.
2) You may want to consult with friends and family for suggestions, and make sure they are all informed of the decisions made.
3) You may need to review the selections with the church officials or funeral home directors before the serves to make sure they approve.
4) Consider printing the lyrics to the song(s) on the funeral programs, especially if the words in the song(s) have a significant meaning.
5) You may choose to use a disc or tape, but it may be a nice touch to have a singer or choir give their special renditions of the music instead.
6) Create a video montage to be played during the ceremony with your selected song(s). This will help reduce the awkward silence during the ceremony, while offering guests a glimpse into the life and memories you and your family have with your deceased loved one.
Selecting funeral songs for dad is an important part of the funeral. The songs you choose can be an extremely touching way to honor your loved one. The funeral songs above will provide you with some of the most popular songs for dad, but you can select any songs as long as they are appropriate for a funeral. Choose music that your dad loved and songs with a significant meaning to him and you.
Updated: December 7, 2012