What are some songs about death, dealing with someone's death, etc.?

My preferences:

Rock

Pop

Something a non-religious person could enjoy

No metal

No hardcore or extremely aggressive songs

Sad songs are good, but I'm especially looking for uplifting songs

Here are the only three songs I can think of so far:

Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips

A Lifetime by Better Than Ezra

Brendan's Death Song by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Updated 6 days ago:

@Livin': Unfortunately, your answer is no longer showing up.

@ Everyone: thank you all for your beautiful answers. They have helped me tremendously.

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    When the sand runs out- Rascal Flatts (very uplifting)

    I hope you dance- Lee Ann Womack (this one was played at my grandpas funeral because he wanted us all to hear it)

    Over you- Miranda Lambert

    Why- Rascal Flatts

    Life ain't always beautiful- Gary Allan

    You should be here- Cole Swindell

    Cryin' for me- Toby Keith

    Drink a beer- Luke Bryan

    One more light- Linkin Park

    Tears in heaven- Eric Clapton (I know it mentions heaven but its a classic)

    You'll be there- George Strait (also talks of heaven but a great song)

    My old friend- Tim McGraw

    Who you'd be today- Kenny Chesney

    See you again- Carrie Underwood

    Hurt- Christina Aguilera

    Almost home- Craig Morgan

    There you'll be- Faith Hill

    I'm alive- Kenny Chesney

    Probably wouldn't be this way- LeeAnn Rimes

    I wish- R Kelly

    Live like you were dying- Tim McGraw

    • Dominique
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      3 weeks agoReport

      It's not often that I find a country or country pop song that I like, but I absolutely love "Life Ain't Always Beautiful." Gorgeous song, thank you!!!

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Hello I’m In Delaware by City and Colour. It’s not about death but it brought me comfort with the I will see you again lyric.

  • dman63
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    4 weeks ago

    The song that always comes to mind for me is “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics.  It carries quite a personal significance for me.  Around the time it came out in 1989 an old friend of mine lost one of his sisters in a car accident. When I first talked to him afterwards, he said that he couldn’t remember the last time he told her that he loved her. That’s what he was particularly sad about, and it’s why I always think of that song.

    • Dominique
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      3 weeks agoReport

      Thank you for the beautiful song and the personal story. I love how people's personal stories add meaning/depth to songs.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    The Eagles: "My Man"

    The Kinks: "Days"

    The Rolling Stones: "Carry The Lantern High."  

    Paul Anka for Frank Sinatra: "My Way"

    Claude Putnam for many: "Green Green Grass of Home"

    The Bee Gees: " I've Gotta Get A Message To You"

    The Bee Gees: "New York Mining Disaster"

    The Beatles: "Eleanor Rigby."

    The Beatles: "Rocky Raccoon"

    Skeeter Davis: "The End of the World."   

    Wayne Cochran: "Last Kiss"

    Mark Dinning: "Teen Angel"

    Marty Robbins: "El Paso"

    Johnny Preston: "Running Bear"

    Ray Peterson: "Tell Laura I Love Her"

    Dominique:  You're very welcome.  That version of "Last Kiss" was the  original (1961) not the most popular (1964) cover by J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers.   

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    • Dominique
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      6 days agoReport

      The J. Frank Wilson and Pearl Jam versions were the only ones I was aware of. Thank you for bringing the original to my attention :-)

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  • Binks
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    4 weeks ago

    Arcade Fire - In The Backseat : one of the saddest songs I've ever heard.

    https://youtu.be/SsmEMk2QOnM

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    • Dominique
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      3 weeks agoReport

      The delivery alone really pulls at the heart strings. Thanks for the lovely, touching song!

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Arcade Fire - Afterlife

  • 4 weeks ago

    This song is about leaving flowers on a loved one's grave:

    DEAD FLOWERS by Demon Hunter

    https://youtu.be/PmQ_pKPh8cU

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    (I think this is a beautiful song and consider it Rock - hope it's not too heavy for what you're looking for.)

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    • Dominique
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      3 weeks agoReport

      @Livin' with the law: Your answer originally showed up, but now it's not. Please remove links if you put them in. I liked both songs, but I really really loved one of them. I think it was called Fall or The Fall...

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    xanny, it's about losing someone to drugs

    • Dominique
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      3 weeks agoReport

      Thanks, I didn't realize that was the meaning behind that song.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Will The Circle Be Unbroken. 

    Tons of versions out there, but the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's off of Volume 2 of their Will The Circle Be Unbroken albums is a special one.

    Carlene Carter's Lonesome Valley 2003 is another good song about death

    • Dominique
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      3 weeks agoReport

      Thank you, I really like that first song.

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