“What a Wonderful World” performed by Louis Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

When learning how to write a eulogy, remember that you don’t always have to use a somber tone.  While losing someone very dear can be very sad, sometimes it helps to remind everyone about all the happy memories he or she has left behind.

The same thing can be said when choosing a song to play during a funeral.  A happy and feel-good song can be a better alternative to the usual, forlorn choices you commonly hear during a service.  One of the greatest examples of a happy but funeral-appropriate song would be Louis Armstong’s “What a Wonderful World”.

Most people wouldn’t usually associate this cheery song with caskets and death.  But the blissful images the song evokes give listeners a hopeful and optimistic outlook in life despite the loss, just as it did during the political turmoil that plagued the United States during the late 1960’s.  It gives the message that in every dark cloud that hovers above us, there will always be a silver lining.

It also reminds us of the importance and beauty of life and why we should cherish it while we’re living.

So if you’re looking for a funeral song that is light, uplifting and guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of those attending the service, “What a Wonderful World” is definitely a good choice.  It’s a great way to honor the happy memories of your loved ones who have passed on.