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Funeral Music Planning Guide

My sincerest condolences on the recent loss of your loved one. It is my hope that the music I provide will bring comfort and a spirit of peace as you grieve. 

If you are planning music for a funeral outside of the Catholic tradition, you have flexibility to pick from a wide range of musical genres. Please don't hesitate to select music from your cultural or religious background or songs that are meaningful to you. 

If you would like a song or multiple songs in a language beside English, don't hesitate to ask! I can sing in Spanish, Polish, Tagalog, Latin, Italian, Arabic, and German. Videos are found below. 

You will find recordings below the videos of popular songs from funerals in the Christian tradition. You are not required to pick songs from this list. There are a plethora of songs available and I can help guide you if you need direction. 

For Catholic Funerals: 

In a general sense, music that is appropriate for a Catholic Mass is appropriate for a Catholic Funeral Liturgy. It is not necessary for you to make any selections, but if you prefer to select the music, I have assembled a list of commonly used songs at Funeral Liturgies.

You may choose:

  • One Responsorial Psalm

  • One "Song of Farewell" (sung during the Final Commendation)

  • Up to five hymns: 

    • Entrance

    • Preparation of the Gifts

    • Communion 

    • Communion Reflection (If a Communion Reflection song is chosen, please know that it may shorten the Communion song depending on the size of the assembly)

    • Recessional

Most Popular Traditional Funeral Hymns

Amazing Gracehttps://youtu.be/CjyKVuK1yR4

​Ave Maria (Schubert): https://youtu.be/KQ1JRPctTho

 

Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod): https://youtu.be/o5_klz2M-Xg

Be Not Afraid: https://youtu.be/4_GEznQwg_8

Be Thou My Vision: https://youtu.be/ITH_LbTFuf0

Come to the Water: https://youtu.be/Hu6g8BJrAUk

Eye Has Not Seen: https://youtu.be/wsq-YzGTraQ

For All the Saints: https://youtu.be/3oiaID1dM-8

Go In Peace (Sarah Hart): https://youtu.be/AafudfjbaKc

Here I Am, Lord: https://youtu.be/YKCVTfpjjIg

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty: https://youtu.be/LSwoFp3Uw2k

Hosea (Come Back To Me): https://youtu.be/oQJXTPp_GeQ

How Great Thou Art: https://youtu.be/S_JiHe0xDLI

I Am the Bread of Life: https://youtu.be/fvFJSTFQOyE

I Have Loved You: https://youtu.be/D_5B1b9yR24

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say: https://youtu.be/ZvTbrAI9b90

I Know That My Redeemer Lives: https://youtu.be/uTqWB96WZG4

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light: https://youtu.be/HqbwtcVQ9K8

Jesus, Remember Me: https://youtu.be/KojgMTKSfo0

Just a Closer Walk with Thee: https://youtu.be/GSEBB01yVSk

Lord of All Hopefulness: https://youtu.be/R1TsLE5C7K8

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Prayer of St. Francis): 

https://youtu.be/VaNCLnATcZg

O God, Our Help in Ages Past: https://youtu.be/nhWA6ThgEKg

On Eagle's Wings: https://youtu.be/GJR-26rPRt8

Precious Lord, Take My Hand: https://youtu.be/BEgVwaMk_Uo

Shelter Me, O God: https://youtu.be/RemGuFnaExg

Sing With All the Saints in Glory: https://youtu.be/rXQhpzJ3ZJs

What Wondrous Love is This: https://youtu.be/h4jlizt98z8

Responsorial Psalms

Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God: 

https://youtu.be/GTHyBJqbDqA

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd (Crandal): 

https://youtu.be/20J3VNxjH50

 

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd (Blakesley): 

https://youtu.be/ngvKpZT9TPM

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd (Keil): https://youtu.be/47r0A4Dcu9Y

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd (Sensmeier): 

https://youtu.be/phd-nCokQWA

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd (Guimont): https://youtu.be/gXN3Jvk_Oj8
 

Psalm 23: I Shall Live in the House (Crandal): 

https://youtu.be/2KwudbZ592Y


Psalm 23: I Shall Live in the House (Keil): https://youtu.be/gXPOw_aO1tk

 

Psalm 25: To You, O Lord (Haugen): 
https://youtu.be/fNJvmVJ9T5w

Psalm 25: To You, O Lord (Joncas): 
https://youtu.be/aZZFcKW2XT8

 

Psalm 25: To You, O Lord (Smith): 
https://youtu.be/oEWdd4uQGEU


Psalm 25: To You, O Lord (Soper): 

https://youtu.be/Svfqc7-zdDE

Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Cotter)

https://youtu.be/8WCzoFHbTAY?si=2QxCzm3d0nFKC-jp

 

Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Guimont)
https://youtu.be/3V1NbblT1Mc?si=sAEWlhRsopwchdxf

 

Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Haugen)

https://youtu.be/7RwoxtSYD7g?si=2_ENvPo6ispT2l0I

 

Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Hughes)
https://youtu.be/KIa3ORxZbs4?si=2HlTONoyNqC99lbF

Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Manalo)

https://youtu.be/dBpuj3XgpbQ?si=TQChajWzhrHPKkDn

 

Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Modlin) 

https://youtu.be/yVzKh3rGlvo?si=70XJkFsB1mu8lfBX

Psalm 130: With the Lord There is Mercy (Guimont) 
https://youtu.be/vEfsujmTZuA?si=8-ZdGzNDN0T_-qMa

 

Psalm 130: With the Lord There is Mercy (Haugen) 
https://youtu.be/YJfXaIdwlgw?si=yoddNYtSL_TsLUlg

Psalm 130: With the Lord There is Mercy (Modlin) 
https://youtu.be/XII34-L02nU?si=nu601ErX-znCxeRb


Psalm 130: With the Lord There is Mercy (Schiavone) 
https://youtu.be/NhdWMcjXiNA?si=k2UMcErwL0mWxUsV

Psalm 131: In You, Lord (Alstott) 
https://youtu.be/e4GJUUqNG7w?si=1xbQ2fqlf0--ISQg

Psalm 131: In You, O Lord (Guimont)
https://youtu.be/2QvpPNAhleE?si=C-CMEy8UXMfl4Awm

Psalm 138: On the Day I Called (Cooney) 
https://youtu.be/6TY9WoJ8Ke8?si=bx9Su5hAT-BXsf8M

Alternate Funeral Hymns and Songs
Recorded songs found on the right indicated with a *

 

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)*

Abide with Me

All the Way My Savior Leads Me

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) - Chris Tomlin*

Because He Lives (Amen) - Chris Tomlin 
Blessed Assurance

Blessings - Laura Story

Center of My Life*

Come Thou Fount

Come to Me, O Weary Traveler*

Come to the Water*

Down to the River to Pray 

Dwellers in the Holy City

Eternal Father (Navy Hymn)

God Weeps with Us Who Weep and Mourn 

Going Home - Chris Tomlin 

Great is Thy Faithfulness 

Hosea*

I Can Only Imagine - MercyMe*

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light*

I'll Fly Away 

In Christ Alone*

It Is Well With My Soul

Lady of Knock 

Morning Has Broken

Neither Death nor Life

O God, You Search Me*

Rest Now in Me 

Shepherd of My Heart*

Song of St. Patrick* 

Soon and Very Soon* 

The King of Love My Shepherd Is*

The Lord is Near 

There are Many Rooms 

Thy Will - Hillary Scott

Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) - Mark Hayes

We Shall Rise Again*

What a Friend We Have in Jesus 

What Wondrous Love is This* 

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When the Saints

You are All We Have*

You are Near* 

Song of Farewell 

May Holy Angels Lead You (Oh Danny Boy Melody)

May the Angels Lead You into Paradise

The Hand of God Shall Hold You

This Day in New Jerusalem

Song of Farewell ("Dying you destroyed our death, rising...")

Song of Farewell Old Hundredth 

In Paradisum - English (Chant)

In Paradisum - Latin (Chant) 

Spanish Songs

**Recordings unavailable at this time

Aqui estoy Señor / Here I Am, Lord 

Yo Soy el Pan de Vida / I Am the Bread of Life 

Hazme un Instrumento de Tu Paz / Make Me a Channel of Your Peace 

Pescador de Hombres / Lord, When You Came to the Seashore

Un Pan, Un Cuerpo / One Bread, One Body  

Te Presentamos 

Renuevame 

Santa Maria del camino 

El espiritu de Dios 

El Viñador 

 

 

 

Songs of Farewell

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