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Funeral Guide: Finding The Right Funeral Songs

Finding the right funeral songsIntroduction:

The soothing power of music has been firmly established through multiple studies. The effects of music on uplifting your mood and reducing stress can prove useful during all types of situations. In fact, research shows classical, slow music in a soothing tone can have a positive physical effect in addition to its emotional advantage as well. By lowering the heart rate and pulse, music manages to lower blood pressure and also causes a reduction in the amount of stress hormones released in our bloodstream. The long and short of it is that modern funeral songs can help you and your family members and friends battle anxiety and find much needed solace during a trying time.

Importance of the Right Funeral Songs:

Music is one of the most powerfully known mediums of expression, and used on multiple occasions around the world. Including funeral music in a service is a meaningful way to add a personal touch. Finding the right funeral songs also depends on community traditions which may dictate specific songs or types of music to be included in the service. Funeral music is a form of expressing traditional and historical beliefs to participants in the event. The themes of Catholic funeral songs and other similar music are an important part of the process of life, and reenact a person’s history and beliefs. Traditional hymns and songs also give members of the congregation to pay their respects collectively. Powerful words and figures of expression help participating members express themselves more easily than finding their own words.

Choosing the Right Funeral Songs:

When it comes to choosing the right funeral music, it is usually a good idea to have a talk with your local priest or minister who will be conducting the service. If time permits, a family member or friend should listen to the words and tunes to make sure they go along with the chosen theme. Depending on the type of arrangement, you may have the choice to choose less traditional funeral songs or stick with those dictated by your religious traditions and beliefs. It is also crucial to make sure that the music doesn’t conflict with community traditions or any participants’ beliefs – after all, the time is to stand together and pay your respects. It is also important to remember that music and hymns from overseas may not necessarily conform to your expectations, so be sure to carefully evaluate your selection before making a final list.

If you are planning on asking someone to perform at the service, be sure to ask any family members or close friends first. Musically talented individuals who are close to the family may like to dedicate certain pieces of music as part of their tribute. You can also ask someone to perform a piece of music or hymn of your choice, or leave the choice up to them. Make sure the priest or minister is aware of a participant’s performance during the service well before time. You can also ask for assistance from the choir by meeting with the choir director. A choir director may also be able to share a list of recommended songs from which you can choose the music according to your taste.

Another option is to hire a professional musician or band to perform at the service. A number of musicians specialize in performing at funerals, and keep a low key appearance during the event so as not to intrude on the proceedings. As with other arrangements, make sure to communicate with your family members and inform them of the arrangements. You will also want to make sure the minister or priest conducting the service is aware of these arrangements so they can be suitably accommodated during the service.

A Selection of Modern Funeral Songs

If you are wondering about finding the right funeral songs for dad or funeral songs for mom, you are in the right place. We have collected some of the best tracks suitable for every theme and setting; and you can choose one that suits your particular requirements.

I Can Only Imagine by Bert Millard and Mercy Me
Blessed Be Your Name – Matt and Beth Redman (backing track)
There is a Day – Nathan Fellingham
You’re Beautiful – Phil Wickham
I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin (apparently written for his grandfather) (backing track)
Welcome Home – Michael W Smith
In Christ Alone – Stuart Townend (backing track)
Go Rest High on that Mountain – Vince Gill
How Can I Keep from Singing – Chris Tomlin (backing track)
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (backing track)
Beautiful Things – Gungor
Every Little Thing – Delirious
There Will Come A Day – Faith Hill
There Will Be a Day – Jeremy Camp
There Is A Hello After Goodbye
Your Hands – JJ Keller
Soon – Brooke Fraser
Never Let Me Go – Ben Cantelon
When Silence Falls/When the Tears Fall – Tim Hughes
When All Around is Fading (Whole World In His Hands) – Tim Hughes (backing track)
Beauty of Your Peace – Tim Hughes
Homesick – Mercy Me
Healing Leaves – Ulf Nilson
Endless Hallelujah – Matt Redman
You Hold Me Now – Hillsong (backing track)
You Never Let Go – Matt Redman (backing track)
Keep Me In Your Heart – Warren Zevon
Blessings – Laura Story
10,000 reasons – Matt Redman
Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep (also a poem)
Footprints in the Sand
It is Not Death to Die – Bob Kauflin
Wish You Were Here – Wave City
Various Iona songs – John Bell
Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World
When It’s All Been Said and Done – Robin Mark
Beneath the Waters (I Will Rise) – Hillsong
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin (backing track)
Friends – Michael W Smith
Song Of The Grieving – Matt Rexford
Remember Me – Matt Redman
Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer – Keith Getty & Margaret Becker
Soon and Very Soon – Andrae Crouch
Jesus Died My Soul to Save – Pocket Full of Rocks
Your Faithfulness – Brian Doerksen
What a Friend I’ve Found – Delirious
Be Ye Glad– Glad
How You Live – Point of Grace
There is a Hope – Stuart Townend & Mark Edwards
Loved Before the Dawn of Time (Salvation Song) – Stuart Townend
I Will Lift My Eyes – Bebo Norman
Faithful One – Brian Doerksen (backing track)
There is a Redeemer
God Sent His Son
How Great Thou Art (backing track)
How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (backing track)
O to See the Dawn – Stuart Townend

Traditional Hymns for a Funeral

Beyond the Sunset
Great is Thy Faithfulness (backing track)
When Peace Like a River (It is Well)
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from The Messiah (Handel)
The Old Rugged Cross
When the Trumpet of the Lord Shall Sound
There is a Hope – Stuart Townend
How Great Thou Art – (backing track)
Abide With Me
Amazing Grace (backing track)
Battle Hymn
Come, Ye Disconsolate
Does Jesus Care?
God Will Take Care of You
Great is Thy Faithfulness (backing track)
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
My Jesus, I Love Thee
My Saviour First of All
Nearer My God to Thee
O That Will Be Glory
Precious Lord
Rock of Ages
Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Saved By Grace
Still, Still with Thee
Sweet By and By
Tell It to Jesus
The Sands of Time Are Sinking
The Lord’s My Shepherd
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
When We See Christ
When I survey the Wondrous Cross
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne and Thy Kingly Crown
Still, Still with Thee, When Purple Morning Breaketh
Morning Has Broken

“Secular” Songs for a Funeral

Face to Face – Gary Barlow
Anyway – Martina McBride
Song for the asking – Simon & Garfunkel
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
The Moon – Kendall Payne
This is just So Beautiful – Jenny & Tyler (actually a Christian song but suitable for a mixed audience)
Shed a Little Light, Oh Lord (So that we can see) – James Taylor
Along the Road – Dan Fogelberg
Here Comes the Sun
Jealous of the Angels – Jenn Bostic
I Will Find You Again – The Perrys
For We May Never Know– The Winans
It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday – Boys II Men
I Will Remember You-Sarah McLachlan
One More Day-Diamond Rio
Tears In Heaven-Eric Clapton
Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
Bridge Over Troubled Water– Simon and Garfunkel just to name a few
I Did It My Way – Frank Sinatra
You Raise Me Up – Westlife
Wind Beneath My Wings (from the film Beaches)
Wish You Were Here-Mark Harris
Angels – Robbie Williams
When I Get Where I’m Going-Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton

Compilation Albums for Funerals

Songs for a funeral
Purcell – funeral sentences for the death of Queen Mary
Piano music for a funeral
Funeral music compilation
John Taverner – Ikon of Light
26 instrumentals for funerals
Funeral hymns organ arrangements
Music for funerals and memorial services
Funeral songs – instrumentals
English Royal Funeral Music
Soothing songs for a peaceful funeral
Cathedral organ: Music for Funerals
Classical tribute music for funerals
Piano music for wakes and funerals
Most popular religious hymns
Popular funeral songs
Funeral classics