Today we’re going to be sharing with you over forty songs about losing a child. This is part of our series on the best and most popular funeral songs. You can read the master list here.
Once when I was small, an extended family member had passed away. It got me thinking, for the first time in my young life, about the fragility of life. I remember asking my mom what she would do if something like that ever happened to me.
Her response: “I would cry and cry and never stop for as long as I lived.”
If you have suffered the loss of a child, you understand this statement better than anyone.
And when you now have to plan for your child’s funeral, including thinking of the right songs to play at the service, it can make the grieving process that much more difficult.
Songs About Losing a Child
Parent to parent, we hope that with this list of funeral songs for child loss – including the best songs for infants, children and teens – we can take away that burden just a little bit.
Because where words fail, music can speak. God is the God of all comfort, even (and especially) when we do not understand. I believe that one of the reasons He blessed us with music in this life is to help us get through the dark times, for He is the Light of the world.
So as you listen to each of these songs in hopes of finding the best ones for your child’s funeral, it is our prayer that they bring you a little bit of comfort as you begin to process your loss.
14 Best Funeral Songs for Child Loss
Read on to find descriptions for each of these songs as well as video/audio clips and options for downloading.
Further down we’ll arrange songs by age of the child – baby, young children, and teens.
1. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by George Michael (1999)
Even if your child was born still, they were still born. And the first time you laid eyes on them, you were absolutely mesmerized. In that moment, your love for this little creature was solidified forever. This song echoes that eternal devotion.
2. Gone Too Soon by Daughtry (2011)
Rock artist Chris Daughtry’s Gone Too Soon describes the sorrow felt over a young person taken too soon. In it, he imagines what they could have done with their life had they lived.
3. He’s My Son by Mark Schultz (2000)
In this moving song, a father implores God for help and guidance with the refrain: He’s My Son. He’s pleading for his young son who is going through something very difficult.
This track may be an appropriate funeral song for a little boy who has passed away from an illness, but whose parents did everything in their power to save him.
4. Held by Natalie Grant (2005)
The pain you are feeling over the loss of your child is exemplified in this song by Christian artist Natalie Grant. Held is about leaning into the promise of God when you cannot even begin to comprehend your grief.
5. Hello, Goodbye by Michael W. Smith (1998)
World-renowned artist Michael W. Smith wrote this song for some friends who had just lost their infant son. In it, he sings about looking forward to the day when they can be reunited again in Heaven with their child. Hello, Good-Bye is a beautiful song for a baby.
6. I Want You Here by Plumb (2013)
This is another beautiful track from Christian artist Plumb. I Want You Here is for the mother or father who is understandably inconsolable over the loss of their child.
7. In My Arms by Plumb (2007)
In My Arms takes everything it is to be a mother or father – all the love, worry, and hope for the future – and puts it into a song that quickly takes your breath away. It makes our list of funeral songs for baby for its message of the enduring power of a parent’s love.
8. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (1990)
Funeral songs for teenagers can be difficult to choose, simply because many funeral songs are for either babies or young children, or adults.
If you’re really struggling to find the perfect song for a teen’s funeral, you can’t go wrong with IZ’s Over the Rainbow. A tranquil rendition of Judy Garland’s 1939 cinematic hit, this song provides a moment of sweet calm during an otherwise somber time.
It’s one of the most popular funeral songs of all time.
9. Precious Child by Karen Taylor-Good (2001)
When it comes to funeral songs for child loss, Precious Child seems to say everything you wanted to say about the love you’ll always have for your son or daughter, but couldn’t put into words.
10. Slipped Away by Avril Lavigne (2004)
It’s a tragedy when a young man or lady is taken before their time, before their life had really even begun. Slipped Away, from Avril Lavigne’s 2004 album Under My Skin, elegantly describes the sadness associated with that realization.
11. Small Bump by Ed Sheeran (2011)
For those who have experienced the utter sadness and trauma of a miscarriage, this song reflects those feelings completely. In Small Bump, Ed Sheeran provides the viewpoint of the father in the midst of such a loss, making this a baby funeral song especially meaningful to dads.
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12. Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton (1992)
Eric Clapton wrote this touching song following the tragic death of his four-year-old son. In Tears in Heaven, he imagines what it will be like to meet his son again in Heaven.
13. Who You’d Be Today by Kenny Chesney (2005)
In this beautiful tribute, Kenny Chesney considers everything a loved one could have done with their life if they’d only been given the opportunity. Who You’d Be Today is a wonderful choice to honor a young person’s potential.
14. With Hope by Steven Curtis Chapman (1999)
Hope is the central theme flowing throughout Steven Curtis Chapman’s With Hope. Hope for what was, what is, and what’s to come, even in the midst of unimaginable loss.
Funeral Songs for Loss of a Baby
We begin with funeral songs for the youngest, which are often the most difficult to search for. These include songs appropriate for miscarriage, still birth, and newborns.
Starting off our list we’re featuring a classic song, Baby Mine. This song was first featured in the 1941 Disney film “Dumbo.”
The original recording featured Betty Noyes, but Alison Krauss’ version (featured in the album The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney) offers a more contemporary take while remaining true to the song’s original sentiment: the precious, undying love between a mother and her baby.
- Angel Standing By by Jewel (1995)
- Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part by Ryan Adams (2005)
- Fly by Celine Dion (1996)
- Hug Him Once for Me by Erica McClure (2010)
- I Will Carry You by Selah (2009)
- Angel by Sarah Mclachlan (1997)
- Lullaby by Billy Joel (1994)
- Still by Gerrit Hofsink (2009)
- Sweet Baby James by James Taylor (1970)
Best Disney funeral songs:
- Baby Mine from Dumbo
- Circle of Life from The Lion King
- Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
- Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins
- Goodbye May Seem Forever from The Fox and the Hound
- Remember Me from Coco
- When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2
- You’ll Be in My Heart from Tarzan
Funeral Songs for Loss of Young Children
This section features songs appropriate for the memorial of a young child, ranging from small toddlers to kids.
A classic of the Christian music scene, Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses has been cherished by dads of daughters for decades and is our top choice for the loss of a young child.
The message behind the song – of the deep love of a father and the years of wonderful memories he has with his daughter – makes this song appropriate for the funeral of a precious little girl.
- A Mother’s Prayer by Celine Dion (2004)
- Angels Among Us by Alabama (1993)
- Beautiful Boy by John Lennon (1981)
- Blessings by Laura Story (2011)
- Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel (1978)
- If I Die Young by The Band Perry (2010)
- If I Had Only Known by Reba McEntire (1991)
- Promise to Try by Madonna (1989)
- Ronan by Taylor Swift (2021)
- The Baby by Blake Shelton (2003)
- The Rose by Bette Midler (2007)
- Together Again by Paul Brandt (2011)
- With Hope by Steven Curtis Chapman (1999)
Funeral Songs for Loss of Teenagers
Our last section features a list of songs ideal for the loss of a preteen, teenager, or young adult.
In what is now a vintage track, this sentimental ‘N Sync song details the immense pride and joy a parent feels toward a beloved son or daughter who is growing up before their eyes. This parental pride and joy is something that will always be felt, even after a loss.
More favorite songs for young adults:
- A Visitor From Heaven by Twila Paris (1993)
- Beam Me Up by P!nk (2012)
- Blue Bonnets by Aaron Watson (2015)
- Here Comes Goodbye by Rascal Flatts (2009)
- I’ll Be Missing You by Faith Evans & Puff Daddy (1997)
- See You Again by Carrie Underwood (2012)
- See You Again by Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth
- The Dance by Garth Brooks (1989)
- You Are Goodbye by Holly Conlan (2008)
- Your Hands by JJ Heller (2008)
Songs for Difficult Times
Here are some emotional songs that put words and music to the raw emotion you can experience after the death of a young one.
- Be Still My Soul by Kari Jobe
- Coldest Winter by Kanye West
- Come What May by The Messengers
- For a Dancer by Jackson Browne
- Forever by Mariah Carey
- Dancing in the Sky by Dani and Lizzy
- Even Unto Death by Audrey Assad
- Give Me Jesus by Fernando Ortega
- It Is Not Death to Die by Sovereign Grace Music
- I Will Carry You by Ellie Holcomb
- Little Willow by Paul McCartney
- Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran
- There Will Come a Day by Faith Hill
- Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day
- Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
- You Can Rest by Hillary Scott
Thank you so much for reading and listening through our list of funeral songs for child loss. Hopefully you were able to find a few tracks worthy enough to be played at the funeral service, but in the very least we pray that these songs have brought you a little bit of peace.
Before we close, we’d like to offer you our most sincere condolences. There is no pain like the pain of losing a child. When a mother or father is dealt this terrible hand, in whatever form it takes, there are no words soothing enough to provide comfort.
There is no sleep long enough to provide a respite for the sadness, no food nourishing enough to provide the energy to continue on with day-to-day life. There is only the seemingly never-ending sorrow over the life of this young one, this one who was loved beyond measure, and who was taken far too soon.
It doesn’t matter whether that child was a baby, a teenager, somewhere in between, a full-grown adult or yet unborn… the pain is the same and it is heartbreaking.
If you know of any other songs befitting of a child’s funeral, please feel free to share them in a comment below. In the case that your search continues, we have a larger collection of popular funeral songs for you to browse through right here.
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Aubrey is a lifelong writer who has served in the funeral industry since 2016. After graduating from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, she knew she wanted to continue to serve families through her writing, but didn’t know how.
Soon after, Aubrey experienced a “lightbulb” moment and started her eulogy writing business, Eulogies by Aubrey, in 2019.
Aubrey has written professionally since 2012, covering not only funeral-related topics and gift trends, but also for TV guide listings, as well as legal topics. She began writing for US Urns Online in 2019.
Aubrey’s work has been featured in Huffpost, Coming of Age Magazine, and 1800Flowers.com. She holds certifications in Cremation Arrangement (ICCFA) and Burial at Sea (NEBAS), and as of 2023, is a trained and certified birth and bereavement doula (SBD). Aubrey is currently studying toward her degree in Business Administration.