5 Songs to Commemorate the Death of a Dear Friend

When you’re planning the funeral or cremation services of a friend, you may need a good playlist of calming songs for the event. And if you’re not planning anything big and elaborate, you may want to celebrate the memory of your friend even with your lonesome. You can do so by playing comforting funeral music that honors your loved one. 

Losing a friend is difficult, to say the least. This especially holds true when you share a strong bond. After all, friends are like family you get to choose. You may have an even closer relationship with your friend than a family member. You could have gone through many experiences together, including tribulations like sickness, separation, or the demise of a family member. 

It’s easy to feel very alone and lonely when a friend dies. Perhaps, that friend may have been your go-to person when you’re feeling sad. On top of that, most of the people who come to condole reach out to the immediate family members. Hence, it can be very isolating to grieve the loss of a friend. To help you out, listen to some of these songs as a salve for your wounded spirit. These songs about the death of a loved one could help heal your heart and put your intense emotions into words. 

See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth

This poignant song starts off with this line: “It’s been a long day without you, my friend.” And these words are accompanied by an equally touching melody that grazes your heart. This particular song was sung in honor of the untimely demise of the actor, Paul Walker, who was famed for his movie, The Fast and The Furious. The song was later on used as a send-off for Walker’s memory in the scene where he meets his brother while driving a car. The lyrics are perfectly soothing because they capture the intense feeling of losing a friend. At the same time, it shares a very positive and hopeful message in the words “I will tell you all about it when I see you again.” 

Etta’s Tune by Rosanne Cash 

Rosanne Cash sang this song and co-wrote it with her husband. The title is named after Etta Grant, who was a friend and the wife of Marshal Grant, Johnny Cash’s bass player. Marshal was apparently like a close friend and father figure to Roseanne. Thus, when he passed away due to an aneurysm they wrote this song to soothe their grieving hearts. And listening to this heartfelt song about loss may just be as uplifting for you. 

In My Life by The Beatles

This is a perfect song because it talks about appreciating memories, both the happy and painful ones. This wonderful song by The Beatles encourages you to go down memory lane and focus on happy memories instead of just dwelling on the loss itself. As the lyrics say: “Some are dead, and some are living. In my life, I’ve loved them all.” The key here is that you have loved. Though it is not easy to deal with the void and feelings of emptiness your friend left behind, you can take comfort in knowing that this person became a huge part of your life and no one can ever take away what you’ve shared with each other. 

What If I Never Get Over You? by Lady Antebellum

The title of this song is what most people ask when a loved one dies. Loss is painful and everyone says that time will heal all the wounds. However, this song addresses what most feel when death is recent. The lyrics go: “And what if time doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do? What if I never get over you?” Usually, people who are nursing a fresh wound due to the loss of a loved one feel hopeless. This song tells you that it is normal to feel despair and an overwhelming sadness at the loss of a dear person. But as the days go by, you will pick up the pieces and slowly move on. Each new day is a symbol of hope, which brings you to a much better place than you were before. 

Who’d You Be Today by Kenny Chesney

If you’re looking for a country song about the loss of a dear friend, this one will help you through your pain. Kenny recorded this song in 2005. It tackles the concept of losing someone so young. It says so in the words: “It ain’t fair, you died too young, like a story that had just begun. But death tore the pages all away.” Then it moves on to state how much the deceased person is missed and what a hell it has been to live because no one could ever serve as a replacement. In the end, it is bittersweet because knowing that the one grieving is just stuck wondering who this person would be today if he had not passed away. 

Listening to all of these songs will help you realize you are not alone. Eventually, you will also be able to ease the pain and let go because the best way to show your love for a departed friend is to live a happy life in his honor.