What are the best funeral songs and hymns for a funeral for your mum? We’ve sung at over 100 funerals for much-loved mothers, so here’s our list of the top funeral music for mums.
Top funeral songs for mum
Catholic hymns for mother
The most popular Catholic funeral hymns for mum all have lovely tunes. “On eagle’s wings” is also very popular as a solo at Communion during a requiem mass.
As ever, each funeral is so different and individual, that the choices songs and hymns are very personal to the family. Here are a few ideas that families chose for their mother’s funeral service.
For the opera loving mothers:
Mamma - by Cesare Bixio
This great upbeat celebration of what Mamma means to us all. Recently added to my repertoire as requested by an Italian family.
Lascia ch'io pianga - from “Rinaldo”, by Handel
This is a beautiful melody sums up people's feelings in a way only music, and in particular song can express. The deep sadness and melancholy of the aria have proved timeless in its beauty. (See our blog on this wonderful funeral song )
You are my heart’s delight - from “Land of Smiles”, by Lehár
Such a wonderful sweeping tune and probably one of the best known songs from operetta.
Un bel di vedremo - from “Madam Butterfly”, by Puccini
This is a fantastic operatic aria, the music sweeps you along with emotions. The family were so pleased to have it sung live as it was their mother’s favourite opera. I must admit I loved having the opportunity to sing an operatic aria full out in a church.
Si, mi chiamano Mimi - from “La Bohème”, by Puccini
The world’s No 1 weepy opera! No one does a tune quite like Puccini. The family chose this as mum loved the story of “La Bohéme”. When performing the whole opera I usually sing the other more feisty role of Musetta, so it was nice to revisit the more gentle and reserved Mimi.
Unusual song choices
Sometimes family ask for songs for mother that are new to us. or are songs that we know but haven’t sung at a funeral before. Here are a few for inspiration.
You are my sunshine
This was the song that mother sang to her daughter as a young child and held very special memories for her.
Bing me sunshine - (Morecambe and Wise version)
The Morecambe and Wise Show was one of the family’s favourite and their mother loved nothing better than for all the family to be together and watch Eric and Ernie.
Ye banks and braes
A lovely Scottish song, gentle and evocative of their mother’s homeland.
The family said that Nat King Cole was “mother’s favourite singer” and the words of “Unforgettable” conveyed exactly how they felt about their mother.
The Fields of Athenry
May the road rise to meet you
One Irish family wanted mum’s tribute to be full of Irish music and ‘Athenry’ was one of her favourites. The family were so pleased when I was able to sing the Irish blessing “May the road rise to meet you” for them as well.
The Carnival is over
This family’s mother loved The Seekers so this classic song was just right for her send-off.
Pal of my cradle days
This truly is a song for a mother, singing of how sometimes children help turn mother’s hair grey! A country-style song full of love and gratitude.
When this mother was a young women, she often dreamed of her ‘man of her dreams’. So “Mr Sandman” was a very appropriate song to remember mum by. Everyone left the service humming the tune and with a spring in their steps.
Want something special for your mum’s funeral?
If your family is looking for something special for mother’s funeral, a live singer can add that special touch to a service, and help celebrate a life with the music you and they loved most. Call us with your requirements - you’d be surprised what songs we know!
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