threnody \THREN-uh-dee\, noun:
A poem, speech, or song of lamentation, esp. for the dead; dirge; funeral song.
It was hugely difficult to sing, but it is painfully direct emotionally, and seemed a sort of threnody for Stephen and for Hugh and for Aziz and for a whole generation who had died needlessly young.
-- Simon Callow, "Stephen Oliver - In memory of a brief but brilliant career", The Independent, May 2010
The dominant note in Bryant is, certainly, threnody; but it is threnody without gloom. He had inherited from his Puritan ancestors the faith that illumines life and looks through death, and it never fails him.
-- Chueton Collins, "Poetry and Poets in America", The North American review, 1904
The source of threnody is the Greek thrēnōidÃ*a, where thrēnōs is "lamentation" and ōid is "song." (Also the root of ode.)