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Most Popular Funeral Songs for Mum

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Whether you’re looking for a funeral hymn for mum, a reading for a mother’s funeral, or a song to mark a birthday, angelversary or Mother’s Day, these beautiful songs about mothers may help you express how much she meant, in a meaningful way.

The Best Day by Taylor Swift

There is a video I found from back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me.

The Best Day is a song Taylor Swift wrote for her mum. When she played it to her for the first time, Taylor’s mum cried her eyes out. It’s a song that beautifully expresses how valued and appreciated a mum’s love can be and could be the right choice of funeral song for a mother.

Mama by Il Divo — a song in memory of Mum

Mama I hope this makes you smile
I hope you're happy with my life
At peace with every choice I made
How I've changed along the way.

This heartfelt song expresses a child’s gratitude to their mother. It also makes note of all the sacrifices mothers make for their children, making it a beautiful choice of non-religious funeral hymn for a mum.

Coat of Many Colours by Dolly Parton

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly

In 1971, country sensation Dolly Parton wrote a song about a coat of colourful rags stitched together by her mum. She later claimed that, out of all the songs she’s written, this was her favourite. The heartwarming message of appreciation makes it a perfect funeral song for a mother.

A Song for Mama - Boyz II Men

You taught me everything
Everything you've given me
I'll always keep it inside
You're the driving force in my life, yeah

This soulful R&B track was a massive hit in the 90s. It’s message of appreciation for the hard work of a parent who cares makes this a perfect funeral song for mum.

Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood

Mama you taught me to do the right things
So now you have to let your baby fly
You've given me everything that I will need
To make it through this crazy thing called life

While Carrie Underwood wrote this song about growing up and flying the nest, it would still make a beautiful song for a mother’s funeral. The lyrics describe all of the good qualities that a mother can instill in their child, and how that child is now ready to live life on their own, because of the care their mother gave them.

Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Middler

Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings.

Wind Beneath My Wings talks about the inspiration a person can provide. It talks about how much you admire that person and how they lift you up, like the wind beneath the wings of an eagle. It would make a very fitting tribute as a funeral song for a mum.

Like a River - Carley Simon

I'll wait no more for you like a daughter,
That part of our life together is over
But I will wait for you, forever
Like a river

Carly Simon wrote this song after her mother died and it plays out like a one sided conversation with her, with Carley asking question about her mother’s experiences in the afterlife and how life is after her mother has gone. It makes a great song for a mum’s funeral as a whole and if you wanted, quotes from the lyrics would make great memorial verses for a mother as well.

Funeral Hymns for Mum

Funeral hymns for mum are a traditional and fitting option. Whether or not your mother was religious or whether you choose to have a Christian funeral service or a non-religious celebration of life, a hymn can be a beautiful way of saying goodbye.


And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountain green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

As not only the unofficial anthem of England, but also the unofficial anthem of the Women’s Institute, Jerusalem has a weight of tradition behind it that makes it an inspiring hymn for a mother’s funeral.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

All Things Bright and Beautiful is an uplifting piece that can add an inspiring feel to a funeral service. The tune is melodic, the tempo is upbeat and they lyrics are life affirming, making this a perfect hymn for a mum’s funeral.

If you haven’t found the perfect fit here, we have a wide range of funeral hymns to browse through in our help and resources section and more modern funeral songs to consider as well.

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