20 Moving Country Funeral Songs

Tamsen Butler

Country Songs for Funerals

While most country songs tell a tale, country funeral songs can tell the story of someone's life. Even though they were not written specifically to be played at funerals or memorial services, these tunes carry a special message that can relate to a person who died. Many of these are traditionally chosen by the deceased person's family, especially if the person who died was a country music lover.

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"One More Day"

Made popular by Diamond Rio in 2000, this ballad is about what you would do if you had more time with someone you loved who has died.

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"Angels Among Us"

Country crooners Alabama released this song in 1995. The song reminds everyone that people on Earth are angels sent from Heaven and when their time is through here, they will go back.

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"The Dance"

This Garth Brooks' song released in 1990 is sure to hit a soft spot as it talks about having one last dance or moment with the one you loved before he or she died.

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"You Raise Me Up"

This Josh Groban hit is a new age country song released in 2002. It can be interpreted in two ways: A tune praising God as He helps you carry the burden of the loved one's death or a dedication to the deceased person.

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"I Will Always Love You"

Country legend Dolly Parton's 1974 single is self-explanatory. Who wouldn't want this sentiment expressed at a funeral?

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"How Can I Help You..."

Patty Loveless' 1993 How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye is the perfect song to be played at a funeral for anyone's mother. The tune is about a daughter's life and how her mother helped her overcome hard obstacles, such as saying goodbye to a best friend and husband. At the end, she teaches her daughter to say goodbye as the mother passes on.

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"How Do I Live"

Originally released by country singer LeAnn Rimes in 1997 and later the same year by Trisha Yearwood, this song reminisces about a person's life with the one he or she loved.

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"Butterfly Kisses"

Jeff Carson's 1997 hit country song is about a girl's relationship with her father. This country funeral song is popular at services for fathers and grandfathers.

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"I Hope You Dance"

This song transcends musical genres. Though country, it's popular among Top 40 lists as well. It celebrates life, which is something that those who grieve need to be reminded of sometimes - celebrate life now and enjoy living.

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"Live Like You Were Dying"

Particularly appropriate for a father's funeral, this song reminds people to enjoy the time they have with the people they love. This song is a Grammy winner and features emotional lyrics that resonate with those in mourning.

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"Temporary Home"

Carrie Underwood puts her faith on full display in this song which stresses the importance of remembering that life on Earth is temporary. It's a good choice for those wanting to highlight the joy of the afterlife instead of the sadness of death.

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"Just a Closer Walk With Thee"

Originally a hymn, country royalty Patsy Cline's version is appropriate for funerals and memorial services alike. The song touches upon the spiritual nature of death and promises an afterlife spent with God.

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"Go Rest High On That Mountain"

Vince Gill's Grammy-winning song was written after the death of his brother. The song acknowledges grief but gives hope for a peaceful afterlife for the deceased.

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"The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"

A tribute to motherhood, this song is a good choice for the funeral of a mom - specifically, for a mother who had sons. While there is a bit of spiritual reference in the song, the main focus is how mothers make sacrifices for their kids.

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"Grandma's Hands"

Country with a touch of blues, this song recalls the look of a grandma's hands while also reflecting upon her importance as a role model. This song is a good choice for a grandmother's funeral.

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"Grandpa"

If you need a moving song about a grandfather meaning the world to his family, this is a good option. The song reflects on Grandpa as a role model and leader of the family.

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"When I Get Where I'm Going"

Country powerhouses Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton team up for this lovely song about the promise of a joyful afterlife. It's a good song to choose if the message you want to convey is one of hope.

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"Drink a Beer"

Though the title sounds indicative of a rip-roaring country tune, it's Grobana very touching ballad about the loss of a loved one. It focuses on how those left behind cope with death.

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"Don't Blink"

This song focuses on the importance of living every moment to its fullest. Though the message is more intended toward the living, it is still a powerful song to play at a funeral.

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"Life's Railway to Heaven"

This country gospel classic by Patsy Cline was recorded in 1959 and is about the road one must take to reach Heaven. For more galleries of funeral songs, check out these slideshows:

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20 Moving Country Funeral Songs