23 Songs for a Disney Funeral or Celebration of Life

As some of you know, I am a big Disney fan.  So I asked a question on a few Disney discussion groups for some suggestions for some lovely Disney songs that could be played at a funeral, memorial or celebration of life.  And this is what my fellow Disney fans came up with.

My mom passed away on Easter weekend 2014, exactly 12 years to the day after this photo was taken at Disneyland.  At her funeral I was in a daze and was unable to come up with a song, so the church picked some traditional hymns.  Mom took my sister and I to Disneyland as children and if I had thought of it, I probably would have chosen a lovely Disney song for her funeral.  The week she died she was supposed to come visit and we were going to go to Disneyland, an over-due visit with her.

When it comes to picking a tune for the memorial, don’t be afraid to stray from the classic music.  Play something your loved one listened to all the time, their favorite song, or a song from their favorite movie or band.  Adding personal songs helps give a custom and memorable tribute.  And if you like to paint outside the box, kick it up a notch, and play something fun, happy, playful and full of spirit.

Keep in mind, there will be time before and after the service, go ahead and stick in a custom CD or their favorite album.  Make it an event, not just a service.

Mary on the Teacups at Disneyland

1.  Pete’s Dragon:  “Candle On The Water” by Helen Reddy (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)

2.  Lion King: “Circle of Life” by Carmen Twillie, Lebo M. (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

3.  Marry Poppins: “Feed the Birds” YouTube

4.  Jungle Book: “The Bare Necessities (Soundtrack)” by Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)

5. The Princess and the Frog: “Almost There” by Anika Noni Rose (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

6. Toy AStory 2: “When She Loved Me” by Sarah McLachlan (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes Sarah McLachlan

7.  Pooh’s Grand Adventure: “Wherever You Are” by Pooh (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

8.  Pocahontas: “Colors of the Wind (From “Pocahontas”)” by Judy Kuhn (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

9.  Lilo and Stitch: A tender moment between Nani and Lilo from the spectacular Disney film “Lilo & Stitch”. The song Nani is singing to Lilo is “Aloha O`e(Farewell to Thee)” written by Queen Lili`uokalani.

10.  Pinocchio:  “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Cliff Edwards (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)

11.  Cinderella: “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” by Ilene Woods, Cinderella’s Mice Chorus (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

12.  Tarzan: “You’ll Be In My Heart (Phil Version)” by Phil Collins (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

13.  Enchanted: “So Close” YouTube

14.  Pocahontas 2: “Where Do I Go From Here (From “Pocahontas 2″)” by Pocahontas (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

15.  Dumbo: “No Longer An Elephant / Dumbo’s Sadness / A Visit In The Night / Baby Mine” by Betty Noyes (Google PlayAmazonMP3)

16.  Toy Story: “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

17.  Lion King 2: “He Lives In You” by Lebo M (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)

18.  Hercules: “Go the Distance” by Roger Bart (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)

19.  Peter Pan: “Main Title (The Second Star to the Right)/All This Has Happened Before” by The Jud Conlon Chorus (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

20.  The Rescuers: “Someone’s Waiting for You” by Shelby Flint (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

21. Fox and Hound:  “Best Of Friends” by Pearl Bailey (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)

22.  Aladdin: “A Whole New World (From Aladdin/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” by Lea Salonga, Brad Kane (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)

23. Alice in Wonderland: “The Mad Tea Party / The Unbirthday Song / Twinkle Twinkle / Clean Cup Move Down / Mad Watch” by Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, James Macdonald, Jerry Colonna (Google PlayAmazonMP3iTunes)


And from other Children’s movies and animations.

The Chippets: My Mother  YouTube

Please see our other blog post for 37 Songs to play at a funeral or memorial.

Christina is a cremation glass artist and creates memorial keepsakes and jewelry.  A creative way to keep those we’ve lost close to our heart.  Please visit Together Again to see her cremation glass collections.

We invite you to add any suggestion and links to songs in the comments below.