Funerals

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" 

  • 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
Recorded songs found on the right indicated with a *

 

Amazing Grace*

​Ave Maria* (In Videos above)

Be Not Afraid*

Be Thou My Vision 

Blessed Assurance

Come Thou Fount 

Eternal Father (Navy Hymn)*

Eye Has Not Seen*

For All the Saints*

Go In Peace (Sarah Hart)* (In Videos above)

Great is Thy Faithfulness 

Here I Am, Lord*

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty*

How Great Thou Art*

I Am the Bread of Life* 

I Have Loved You*

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say* 

I Know That My Redeemer Lives* 

I'll Fly Away 

It Is Well With My Soul 

Just a Closer Walk with Thee*

Lord of All Hopefulness*

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Prayer of St. Francis) #828*

Morning Has Broken* 

O God, Our Help in Ages Past 

On Eagle's Wings*

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Shelter Me, O God*

Sing With All the Saints in Glory*

Steal Away to Jesus

The Old Rugged Cross

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross*

When the Saints* 

You are Mine* 

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 

Blessings - Laura Story

Center of My Life*

Come to Me, O Weary Traveler*

Come to the Water*

Down to the River to Pray 

Dwellers in the Holy City

God Weeps with Us Who Weep and Mourn 

Going Home - Chris Tomlin 

Hosea*

I Can Only Imagine - MercyMe*

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light*

In Christ Alone*

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* 

You are All We Have*

You are Near* 

Responsorial Psalms

Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God 

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd 

Psalm 25: To You, O Lord 

Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light 

Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord 

Psalm 34: Taste and See 

Psalm 63: My Soul is Thirsting 

Psalm 91: Be With Me 

Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful

Psalm 116: The Name of God Refrain III

Psalm 121: Our Help Comes from the Lord

Psalm 130: With the Lord There is Mercy 

Psalm 131: My Soul is Still 

Psalm 138: The Fragrance of Christ 

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) 

 

 

 

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