Funeral Songs: What Glee Teaches Us About Choosing Songs for a Funeral
When choosing a song for a funeral, look for one that speaks to your grief
You don’t need to be a regular Glee watcher to appreciate the way in which the show highlights the power of songs, especially for helping us through difficult times. And while songs can’t fix a broken heart or bring back a deceased loved one, as Glee demonstrates, they can help us communicate our feelings, remember the good old days, and help the healing process along.
Choosing a song to match your feelings of grief
When choosing songs for a funeral or memorial service, try to find ones that speak to your grief. You may find a song that talks about loss is exactly what you need to help you share your feelings. Or, you may find a song that reminds you of your loved one is more on point.
To help you through the decision process, here are the songs chosen by the production staff at Glee to remember and honor a deceased friend:
“Seasons of Love” from Rent:
525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan. 525,600 minutes – how can you measure the life of a woman or man? In truths that she learned, or in times that he cried. In bridges he burned, or the way that she died.
“I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders:
Take me in, into your darkest hour and I’ll never desert you. I’ll stand by you. And when, when the night falls on you, baby, you’re feelin’ all alone, you won’t be on your own. I’ll stand by you.
“Fire and Rain” by James Taylor:
I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end. I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, but I always thought that I’d see you again.
“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry:
If I die young, bury me in satin, lay me down on a bed of roses. Sink me in the river at dawn, send me away with the words of a love song … The sharp knife of a short life, oh well. I’ve had just enough time.
“No Surrender” by Bruce Springsteen:
Once we made a promise we swore we’d always remember: No retreat, baby, no surrender. Blood brothers in a stormy night, with a vow to defend.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan:
I could make you happy, make your dreams come true. Nothing that I wouldn’t do. Go to the ends of the earth for you, to make you feel my love.
Need help picking a funeral song?
If you have any questions as you’re deciding about funeral songs, please don’t hesitate to contact any eFuneral team member. Each of us is here to guide you every step of the way. And in case you’re wondering, all of our services are free. We will never ask you for a penny!
Leah Yomtovian Roush is the Senior Manager of Strategic Development for Cleveland, Ohio-based eFuneral, a comprehensive and free online resource that enables those thinking about end-of-life to research, plan, and arrange a wide variety of funeral-related services. Leah is the editor of eFuneral's Online Resource Center, and she manages the company's marketing efforts and develops strategies for company growth. Leah also serves on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations, helping them expand their reaches and increase their impacts.