Funeral Hymns - Funeral Ideas for Families (2023)

This page contains a selection of popular funeral hymns. If you would like to use different hymns that aren’t included in the list, you can. Simply include the hymn(s) you would like when you email us.

When choosing hymns for a funeral service there are a few things to consider:

• Whether the words are suitable and appropriate
• How many people in the congregation are likely to know them
• How easy the hymn is to sing for the congregation
• How long the hymn is and if you want to sing all the verses
• The faith of the deceased and those attending the funeral

You also need to be aware that there may be variations in the wording of some hymns. If in doubt, please check with your funeral director, minister or celebrant.

ABIDE with me

1 ABIDE with me; fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
when other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, O abide with me.

2 Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
change and decay in all around I see;
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

3 I need thy presence every passing hour;
what but thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

4 I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless;
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

5 Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes;
shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies:
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!

ALL things bright and beautiful

1 ALL things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

2 Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
he made their glowing colours,
he made their tiny wings:

3 The purple-headed mountain,
the river running by,
the sunset, and the morning
that brightens up the sky:

4 The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden,
he made them everyone:

* 5 The tall trees in the greenwood,
the meadows where we play,
the rushes by the water
we gather every day:

6 He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God almighty,
who has made all things well:

7 ALL things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

ALLELUIA, sing to Jesus!

1 ALLELUIA, sing to Jesus!
his the sceptre, his the throne;
alleluia, his the triumph,
his the victory alone:
hark, the songs of peaceful Sion
thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus out of every nation
hath redeemed us by his blood.

2 Alleluia, not as orphans
are we left in sorrow now;
alleluia, he is near us,
faith believes, nor questions how:
though the cloud from sight received him
when the forty days were o'er,
shall our hearts forget his promise,
‘I am with you evermore'?

3 Alleluia, bread of angels,
thou on earth our food, our stay;
alleluia, here the sinful
flee to thee from day to day:
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
earth's Redeemer, plead for me,
where the songs of all the sinless
sweep across the crystal sea.

4 Alleluia, King eternal,
thee the Lord of lords we own;
alleluia, born of Mary,
earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne:
thou within the veil hast entered,
robed in flesh, our great High Priest ;
thou on earth both Priest and Victim
in the eucharistic feast.

AMAZING grace

1 AMAZING grace (how sweet the sound)
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

2 ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3 Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
'tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4 The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

5 Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease:
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

6 When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise,
than when we first begun.

BE still, my soul

1 BE still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;
bear patiently the cross of grief and pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in every change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
to guide the future as he has the past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake,
all now mysterious shall be clear at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice, who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart
and all is darkened in the vale of tears,
then you shall better know his love, his heart,
who comes to soothe your sorrow, calm your fears.
Be still, my soul: for Jesus can repay
from his own fullness all he takes away.

4 Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be for ever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
sorrow forgotten, love's pure joy restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

BLEST are the pure in heart

1 BLEST are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ's abode.

2 The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their King;

3 Still to the lowly soul
he doth himself impart,
and for his dwelling and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.

4 Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be;
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple meet for thee.

DEAR Lord and Father of mankind

1 DEAR Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

*3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

5 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm.

ETERNAL Father, strong to save

1 ETERNAL Father, strong to save,
whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

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2 O Christ, whose voice the waters heard
and hushed their raging at thy word,
who walkedst on the foaming deep,
and calm amid the storm didst sleep:
o hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

3 O Holy Spirit, who didst brood
upon the waters dark and rude,
and bid their angry tumult cease,
and give, for wild confusion, peace:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

4 O Trinity oflove and power,
our brethren shield in danger's hour;
from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
protect them wheresoe'er they go:
thus evermore shall rise to thee
glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

FOR all the saints who from their labours rest

1 FOR all the saints who from their labours rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
Alleluia.

2 Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness, still their one true light.
Alleluia.

3 O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win, with them, the victor's crown of gold.
Alleluia.

4 O blest communion, fellowship divine!
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia.

5 And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph-song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia.

6 The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest:
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Alleluia.

GREAT is thy faithfulness

1 GREAT is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;
as thou hast been thou for ever wilt be:

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see)·
all I have needed thy hand has provided)
great is thy faithfulness) Lord) unto me.

2 Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love:

3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

GUIDE me, O thou great Redeemer

1 GUIDE me, O thou great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore.

2 Open now the crystal fountain
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fiery cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
strong deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield.

3 When I tread the verge ofJordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death, and hell's destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side:
songs and praises
I will ever give to thee.

HOW sweet the name of Jesus sounds

1 HOW sweet the name of Jesus sounds
in a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
'tis manna to the hungry soul,
and to the weary rest.

3 Dear name! the rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding-place,
my never-failing treasury filled
with boundless stores of grace.

4 Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
my Prophet, Priest, and King,
my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
accept the praise I bring.

5 Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art,
I'll praise thee as I ought.

6 Till then I would thy love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy name
refresh my soul in death.

I AM the Bread of Life

1 I AM the Bread of Life.
You who come to Me shall not hunger:
And who believe in Me shall not thirst.
No one can come to Me unless the
Father beckons.
And I will raise you up)
And I will raise you up)
And I will raise you up)
On the last day.

2 The bread that I will give
Is My flesh for the life of the world;
And if you eat of this bread,
You shall live for ever
You shall live for ever.
And I will raise...

3 Unless you eat
Of the flesh of the Son of Man
And drink of His blood,
And drink of His blood,
You shall not have life within you.
And I will raise...

4 I am the Resurrection,
I am the Life;
If you believe in Me,
Even though you die, you shall live for ever.
And I will raise...

5 Yes, Lord, I believe
That You are the Christ,
The Son of God,
Who has come into the world.
And I will raise...

I HEARD the voice of Jesus say

1 I HEARD the voice of Jesus say,Come unto me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast':
I came to Jesus as I was,
weary and worn and sad;
I found in him a resting-place,
and he has made me glad.

2 I heard the voice ofJesus say,
"Behold, I freely give
the living water, thirsty one;
stoop down and drink and live':
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

3 I heard the voice ofJesus say,
"I am this dark world's light;
look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright':
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my star, my sun;
and in that light of life I'll walk
till travelling days are done.

IMMORTAL, invisible, God only wise

1 IMMORTAL, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.

4 Great Father of glory, pure Father oflight,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
'tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

IN heavenly love abiding

1 IN heavenly love abiding,
no change my heart shall fear;
and safe is such confiding,
for nothing changes here:
the storm may roar without me,
my heart may low be laid;
but God is round about me,
and can I be dismayed?

2 Wherever he may guide me,
no want shall turn me back;
my Shepherd is beside me,
and nothing can I lack:
his wisdom ever waketh,
his sight is never dim,
he knows the way he taketh,
and I will walk with him.

3 Green pastures are before me,
which yet I have not seen;
bright skies will soon be o'er me,
where darkest clouds have been;
my hope I cannot measure,
my path to life is free;
my Saviour has my treasure,
and he will walk with me.

JERUSALEM

1 AND did those feet in ancient time
walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
on England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
among these dark satanic mills?

2 Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
till we have built Jerusalem
in England's green and pleasant land.

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JESU, lover of my soul

1 JESU, lover of my soul,
let me to thy bosom fly,
while the nearer waters roll,
while the tempest still is high:
hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
till the storm of life is past;
safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last.

2 Other refuge have I none,
hangs my helpless soul on thee;
leave, ah, leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed,
all my help from thee I bring;
cover my defenceless head
with the shadow of thy wing.

3 Thou, O Christ, art all I want;
more than all in thee I find;
raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is thy name,
I am all unrighteousness;
false and full of sin I am,
thou art full of truth and grace.

4 Plenteous grace with thee is found,
grace to cover all my sin;
let the healing streams abound,
make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art:
freely let me take of thee,
spring thou up within my heart,
rise to all eternity.

JESUS lives! thy terrors now

1 JESUS lives! thy terrors now
can, O death, no more appal us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
thou, O grave, canst not enthral us.
Alleluia.

2 Jesus lives! henceforth is death
but the gate of life immortal:
this shall calm our trembling breath,
when we pass its gloomy portal.
Alleluia.

3 Jesus lives! for us he died;
then, alone to Jesus living,
pure in heart may we abide,
glory to our Saviour giving.
Alleluia.

4 Jesus lives! our hearts know well
naught from us his love shall sever;
life nor death nor powers of hell
tear us from his keeping ever.
Alleluia.

5 Jesus lives! to him the throne
over all the world is given:
may we go where he is gone,
rest and reign with him in heaven.
Alleluia.

JUST as I am

1 JUST as I am, without one plea
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come.

2 Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come.

3 Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need, in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come.

4 Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve:
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come.

5 Just as I am, thy love unknown
has broken every barrier down;
now to be thine, yea, thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come.

6 Just as I am, of that free love
the breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come.

LEAD us, heavenly Father

1 LEAD us, heavenly Father, lead us
o'er the world's tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing,
if our God our Father be.

2 Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er
us:
all our weakness thou dost know;
thou didst tread this earth before
us,
thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary,
through the desert thou didst go.

3 Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
love with every passion blending,
pleasure that can never cloy:
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.

LORD of all hopefulness

1 LORD of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

2 Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

3 Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

4 Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

LOVE divine, all loves excelling

1 LOVE divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

2 Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above;
pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

3 Finish then thy new creation:
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

LOVE'S redeeming work is done

1 LOVE'S redeeming work is done;
fought the fight, the battle won:
lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er,
lo, he sets in blood no more.

2 Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
death in vain forbids his rise;
Christ has opened paradise.

3 Lives again our glorious King;
where, O death, is now thy sting?
dying once, he all doth save;
where thy victory, O grave?

4 Soar we now where Christ has
led,
following our exalted Head;
made like him, like him we rise;
ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

5 Hail the Lord of earth and
heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
thee we greet triumphant now;
hail, the Resurrection Thou!

MAKE me a channel of your peace

1 MAKE me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;
and where there's doubt, true faith in you.

O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved) as to love with all my soul.

2 Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope;
where there is darkness, only light;
and where there's sadness, ever joy.
O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul.

3 Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving to all men that we receive,
and in dying that we're born to eternal life.

MORNING has broken

1 Morning has broken, like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken, like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

2 Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

3 Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God's re-creation of the new day!

NOW thank we all our God

1 NOW thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things hath done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mother's arms
hath blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours to-day.

2 O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
in this world and the next.

3 All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son, and him who reigns
with them in highest heaven,
the one eternal God,
whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

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O GOD, our help in ages past

1 O GOD, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home;

2 Under the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

6 O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

O JESUS, I have promised

1 O JESUS, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
be thou for ever near me,
my Master and my Friend:
I shall not fear the battle
if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if thou wilt be my guide.

2 O let me feel thee near me:
the world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but, Jesus, draw thou nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.

3 O let me hear thee speaking
in accents clear and still
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
thou guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee,
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and, Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end:
O give me grace to follow,
my Master and my Friend.

5 O let me see thy foot-marks,
and in them plant mine own;
my hope to follow duly
is in thy strength alone:
O guide me, call me, draw me,
uphold me to the end;
and then in heaven receive me,
my Saviour and my Friend.

HOW Great Thou Art

1 O LORD my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
how great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
how great thou art, how great thou art!

2 When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul,...

3 And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
sent him to die – I scarce can take it in:
that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away my sin;
Then sings my soul,...

4 When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home – what joy shall fill my heart!
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
how great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
how great thou art, how great thou art!

O LOVE that wilt not let me go

1 O LOVE that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life l owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

2 O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
my heart restores its borrowed ray,
that in thy sunshine's blaze its day
may brighter, fairer be.

3 O joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain,
that morn shall tearless be.

4 O cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life's glory dead,
and from the ground there blossoms red
life that shall endless be.

OLD Rugged Cross

1 ON a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff'ring and shame;
And I loved that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it someday for a crown.

2 Oh that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me:
For the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,

3 In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see.
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me.
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,

4 To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
Its shame and reproach gladly bear.
Then he'll call me some day to my home far away,
There his glory for ever I'll share.
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,

PEACE, perfect peace

1 PEACE, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

2 Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will ofJesus, this is rest.

3 Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

4 Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.

5 It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call to heaven's perfect peace.

PRAISE, my soul, the King of heaven

1 PRAISE, my soul, the King of heaven,
to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?
Alleluia, alleluia,
praise the everlasting King.

2 Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him still the same for ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Alleluia, alleluia,
glorious in his faithfulness .

3 Father-like, he tends and spares us,
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes:
Alleluia, alleluia,
widely as his mercy flows.

4 Angels, help us to adore him;
ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space:
Alleluia, alleluia,
praise with us the God of grace.

ROCK of ages

1 ROCK of ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy riven side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure:
cleanse me from its guilt and power.

2 Not the labours of my hands
can fulfil thy law's demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears for ever flow,
all for sin could not atone:
thou must save, and thou alone.

3 Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to thy cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Saviour, or I die.

4 While I draw this fleeting breath,
when my eyelids close in death,
when I soar through tracts unknown,
see thee on thy judgement throne;
Rock of ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

THE day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

1 THE day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
the darkness falls at thy behest;
to thee our morning hymns ascended,
thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

2 We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping,
and rests not now by day or night.

3 As o'er each continent and island
the dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor dies the strain of praise away.

4 The sun that bids us rest is waking
our brethren "neath the western sky,
and hour by hour fresh lips are making
thy wondrous doings heard on high.

5 So be it, Lord: thy throne shall never,
like earth's proud empires, pass away;
thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
till all thy creatures own thy sway.

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THE King of love my shepherd is

1 THE King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine for ever.

2 Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow
with food celestial feedeth.

3 Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home rejoicing brought me.

4 In death's dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

5 Thou spread'st a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and O what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

6 And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never:
good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever.

THE Lord's my Shepherd

1 THE Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want;
he makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

2 My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e'en for his own name's sake.

3 Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill;
for thou art with me, and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

4 My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

5 Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
and in God's house for evermore
my dwelling-place shall be.

THE strife is o'er

1 THE strife is o'er, the battle done;
now is the Victor's triumph won;
O let the song of praise be sung:
Alleluia.

2 Death's mightiest powers have done their worst,
and Jesus hath his foes dispersed;
let shouts of praise and joy outburst:
Alleluia.

3 On the third morn he rose again
glorious in majesty to reign;
O let us swell the joyful strain:
Alleluia.

4 Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live, and sing to thee
Alleluia.

THERE is a green hill far away

1 THERE is a green hill far away,
without a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified,
who died to save us all.

2 We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

3 He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

4 There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin;
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven, and let us in.

5 O dearly, dearly has he loved,
and we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

THERE is a Redeemer

1 THERE is a Redeemer,
Jesus, God's own Son,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Holy One.
Thank You, O my Father
For giving us Your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit
Till the work on earth is done.

2 Jesus my Redeemer,
Name above all names,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
O for sinners slain:
Thank You...

3 When I stand in glory
I will see His face,
And there I'll serve my King for ever
In that holy place.
Thank You...

THINE be the glory

1 THINE be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

2 Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting:
Thine be the glory...

3 No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above:
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

TO God be the glory

1 TO God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory! Great things he has done!

2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
To every believer the promise of God!
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus forgiveness receives.
Praise the Lord!...

3 Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.
Praise the Lord!...

WHEN I survey the wondrous cross

1 WHEN I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the cross of Christ my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3 See from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown!

4 His dying crimson, like a robe,
spreads o'er his body on the tree:
then am I dead to all the globe,
and all the globe is dead to me.

5 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

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FAQs

What's a good upbeat funeral song? ›

Uplifting funeral and memorial songs

If you want to raise everyone's spirits, play one of these uplifting memorial songs: “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner. “Always Look at the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

What is a beautiful funeral song? ›

Popular funeral songs
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra.
  • Angels – Robbie Williams.
  • The Best – Tina Turner.
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler.
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle (Monty Python's 'Life of Brian')
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.
  • You'll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers.

What is the number 1 funeral song? ›

“My Way” by Frank Sinatra. “Time To Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli. “Over The Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler.

What song is played at every funeral? ›

The most requested song for a traditional funeral service is “Amazing Grace,” a Christian folk hymn written by English poet John Newton. Many find the message of forgiveness and redemption a beautiful tribute to the mercy of God.

How do you choose a song for a funeral? ›

HOW TO CHOOSE FUNERAL MUSIC
  1. Think about the person you are memorializing. Did he or she have favorite songs or a type of music they were particularly fond of? ...
  2. Decide what type of tone you would like to set. ...
  3. Ask others for suggestions. ...
  4. Take a look at the person's own music library. ...
  5. Listen to the lyrics carefully.

What is a hymn of comfort for funeral? ›

Hymns for Funerals
  • Abide With Me. Words: H.F. Lyte; Tune: W.H.Monk. ...
  • Amazing Grace. Words: John Newton; Tune: American Folk Melody. ...
  • Be Not Afraid. Words: Bob Dufford. ...
  • Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind. ...
  • Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer. ...
  • How Great Thou Art. ...
  • I Watch The Sunrise. ...
  • It Is Well With My Soul.

What song talks about memories? ›

20 Best Songs about Memories
  • Maroon 5 - Memories. ...
  • Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) ...
  • Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day. ...
  • Richard Marx - Hold On To The Nights. ...
  • Sarah McLachlan - I Will Remember You. ...
  • Bryan Adams - Summer of '69. ...
  • Van Morrison - Brown-Eyed Girl. ...
  • John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane.
2 Aug 2020

What is the best song about life? ›

31 Best Songs About Life
  1. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. Christina Aguilera Beautiful. ...
  2. Beautiful Day by U2. ...
  3. Born Free by Matt Munro. ...
  4. Country Roads, Take Me Home by John Denver. ...
  5. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey. ...
  6. Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin. ...
  7. Dream On by Aerosmith. ...
  8. Dust in the Wind by Kansas.
29 Sept 2022

What is the saddest funeral song? ›

Best Sad Funeral Songs
  • "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton. ...
  • "Right Here Waiting for You" by Richard Marx. ...
  • "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn. ...
  • "Pie Jesu" by Celtic Woman. ...
  • "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. ...
  • "How Do I Live?" by LeAnn Rimes. ...
  • "Unchained Melody" by Righteous Brothers. ...
  • "Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston.
14 Dec 2021

What song should not be played at a funeral? ›

List of Worst Songs to Play at a Funeral
  • "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen. ...
  • "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC. ...
  • "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. ...
  • "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees. ...
  • "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. ...
  • "Problem" by Ariana Grande. ...
  • "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” by Glinda and the Munchkins. ...
  • "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
13 Sept 2022

What is the best gospel song for a funeral? ›

Gospel Songs to Remember Your Loved One
  • Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There by Jennifer Hudson.
  • Amazing Grace by Soweto Gospel Choir.
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by Eric Clapton.
  • Holy, Holy, Holy by Crystal Lewis.
  • I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe.
  • Abide With Me by King's College Choir.
  • Trouble of the World by Mahalia Jackson.
9 Dec 2020

What are the easiest hymns to play? ›

Volume One includes these hymns arranged for the early/late beginner:
  • “What Can Wash Away My Sin”
  • “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
  • “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”
  • “Come, Thou Almighty King”
  • "Jesus, What A Friend for Sinners"
  • “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
  • “O Worship the King”
  • “Be Thou My Vision”

What is the most well known hymn of all time? ›

1. 'Amazing Grace'. Published in 1779, this is one of the best-known hymns in the English language, with words by John Newton.

What is the oldest popular hymn? ›

The Hurrian Hymn was discovered in the 1950s on a clay tablet inscribed with Cuneiform text. It's the oldest surviving melody and is over 3,400 years old. The hymn was discovered on a clay tablet in Ugarit, now part of modern-day Syria, and is dedicated the Hurrians' goddess of the orchards Nikkal.

How many songs should be played at a funeral? ›

Ideally, three to four songs should be played at a service. A more somber selection usually commences the service. A song that helps tell the story of a loved one's life is generally played after the eulogy and possibly after a reading.

How many songs do you pick for a funeral? ›

Usually 3-5 songs are played throughout the service. Think about which song you want to be played first and last. Usually the last song should be the one that people will remember, so choosing their favourite song is a perfect send off.

What is voted the saddest song? ›

Here are the OnePoll 30 Saddest Songs:
  • REM – “Everybody Hurts”
  • Sinead O'Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
  • Eric Clapton – “Tears in Heaven”
  • Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”
  • The Beatles – “Yesterday”
  • Adele – “Someone Like You”
  • Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”
  • Roy Orbison – “Crying”
8 Mar 2022

What are the most common songs played at funerals? ›

Popular music for funerals
  • Angels – Robbie Williams.
  • Candle in the wind – Elton John.
  • Let it be – The Beatles.
  • See you again – Wiz Kalifa.
  • Someone like you – Adele.
  • Supermarket flowers – Ed Sheeran.
  • I'll be missing you – Puff Daddy and Faith Evans.
  • Somewhere over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy.

What is the best goodbye message? ›

General Saying Goodbye Quotes
  • “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – ...
  • “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” – ...
  • “Farewell! ...
  • “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. ...
  • “If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” –
23 Sept 2022

Who should speak first at a funeral? ›

The speech is ideally given by someone who knew the person well enough to gather and share memories and highlights of his/her life. Sometimes the choice is obvious within the family. There is often one person who seems to be the unofficial family spokesperson.

What is the most comforting thing to say at a funeral? ›

“I'm so sorry about your loss. [The deceased] was a good person and they'll be very missed.” “Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.” “[The deceased] was a wonderful person and I'll miss them very much.”

Do you sing hymns at a funeral? ›

People might want to include hymns in a funeral service for nostalgic reasons, or might simply enjoy the music, you can sing or play hymns at a funeral whether you're religious or not.

What's a good song to represent family? ›

Listen here.
  • Avicii, “The Nights” ...
  • Sister Sledge, “We Are Family” ...
  • John Mayer, “Daughters” ...
  • Drake, “Keep the Family Close” ...
  • Lukas Graham, “7 Years” ...
  • Christina Aguilera, “Oh Mother” ...
  • JP Cooper feat. ...
  • Kenny Chesney, “Don't Blink”
1 Apr 2022

What songs remind your family of certain memories? ›

Best Songs About Memories with Family
  • "We are Family" by Sister Sledge. ...
  • "Ode to My Family" by The Cranberries. ...
  • "These are My People" by Rodney Atkins. ...
  • "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. ...
  • "Family Reunion" by Jill Scott. ...
  • "Family Affair" by Sly and the Family Stone. ...
  • "Home Sweet Home" by Mötley Cruë.
30 May 2022

What songs make you think about life? ›

Here is a compilation of a few of the songs that I love to listen to and that often make me think.
  • 1 Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin. Share. ...
  • 2 Ironic –Alanis Morissette. Share. ...
  • 3 Both Sides Now– Judy Collins. Share. ...
  • 4 Turn! Turn! ...
  • 5 Popular Song –MIKA. Share. ...
  • 6 If I Die Young—the Band Perry. Share. ...
  • 7 The Rose – Bette Midler.

What songs have a strong message? ›

17 Best Meaningful Songs With A Message Or Life Advice
  • “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera.
  • “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.
  • “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers.
  • “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.
  • “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, Another Song With Meaning.
  • “Firework” by Katy Perry.
  • “Let It Be” by The Beatles.

What song makes you feel the most powerful? ›

songs that you feel powerful
  • BelieverImagine Dragons.
  • Glitter & GoldBarns Courtney.
  • you should see me in a crownBillie Eilish.
  • ConfidentDemi Lovato.
  • HeadspaceRiley Clemmons.
  • ManeaterNelly Furtado.
  • My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)Fall Out Boy.
  • I Kissed A GirlKaty Perry.

What is a inspiring song? ›

Today's post is on inspirational songs: songs that motivate us into action, that remind us about the beauty of life, that remind us of our true worth and potential, and that lift us up when we're down.

What is the number 1 saddest song? ›

  1. 'Nothing Compares 2 U' by Sinéad O'Connor. ...
  2. 'Hurt' by Johnny Cash. ...
  3. 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' by Neil Young. ...
  4. 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack. ...
  5. 'I Know It's Over' by The Smiths. ...
  6. 'No Distance Left to Run' by Blur. ...
  7. 'The Boxer' by Simon & Garfunkel. ...
  8. 'No Name #5' by Elliott Smith.
5 Jul 2022

What songs are comforting? ›

Arts Playlist: Comforting Songs
  • “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens. ...
  • “Slow Burn” by Kacey Musgraves. ...
  • “seven” by Taylor Swift. ...
  • “I Like Giants” by Kimya Dawson. ...
  • “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies. ...
  • “Clay Pigeons” by Michael Cera. ...
  • “Sunflower” by Rex Orange County. ...
  • “Self” by Noname.
15 Nov 2020

What colors are not allowed at a funeral? ›

Wearing dark grey or deep blue is just as appropriate as black, while brown and lighter greys are suitable for the vast majority of funeral services. However, unless specifically requested by the deceased or their family, you should avoid any bright colors such as yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds.

What is funeral etiquette for the family? ›

Proper funeral etiquette dictates that the closer you are to the deceased, the closer you will be to the casket. Spouse, parents, and children of the deceased will sit closest to the front. Sometimes close friends and "honorary family members" will sit with the grieving family.

What should you not do at a funeral? ›

10 Things NOT to Do at a Funeral
  • 10 Things Not to Do at a Funeral. ...
  • Don't be late. ...
  • Don't dress for a club, party, or the beach. ...
  • Don't let your phone ring, chime, or ding. ...
  • Don't text, surf, or otherwise be glued to your cellphone. ...
  • Don't forget the purpose of the occasion. ...
  • Don't cause a scene.

What is a good Bible verse to read at a funeral? ›

Short Bible readings for funerals

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

What is a good Psalms for a funeral? ›

Psalm 23 is one of the most famous Psalms in the Bible, and a popular choice for many occasions, including funerals. Its peaceful message recalls the faith of the person who has died, and gives hope to those who are attending the funeral.

What is the most popular hymn of all time? ›

1. 'Amazing Grace'. Published in 1779, this is one of the best-known hymns in the English language, with words by John Newton.

What is the traditional hymn sung at the end of a Catholic funeral? ›

1 – The Lord's my Shepherd

This most popular funeral hymn is based on the words of Psalm 23. The hymn is very well known and has been sung by many at school, and has been sung at many notable Royal occasions.

What is a good hymn? ›

118 of the most loved hymns of all time, including: Abide with Me • At Calvary • Be Thou My Vision • The Church's One Foundation • Crown Him with Many Crowns • Every Time I Feel the Spirit • Faith of Our Fathers • God Will Take Care of You • He Leadeth Me • Higher Ground • How Firm a Foundation • I Love to Tell the ...

What is the easiest hymn to sing? ›

The Song List:
  • It Is Well With My Soul.
  • I Need Thee Every Hour.
  • I Surrender All.
  • Just As I Am.
  • Rock of Ages.
  • I Love to Tell the Story.
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

What songs do Christians sing at funerals? ›

10 contemporary Christian songs for a funeral
  • Messiah/You're Beautiful - Phil Wickham. ...
  • I Can Only Imagine - Mercy Me. ...
  • Save A Place For Me - Matthew West. ...
  • Heaven Song - Phil Wickham. ...
  • I Will Rise - Chris Tomlin. ...
  • Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) - Hillsong Worship. ...
  • Dancing With The Angels – Monk & Neagle. ...
  • Cornerstone - Hillsong.
6 Dec 2017

What is a final song called? ›

A finale is the last movement of a sonata, symphony, or concerto; the ending of a piece of non-vocal classical music which has several movements; or, a prolonged final sequence at the end of an act of an opera or work of musical theatre.

Do you have to sing hymns at a funeral? ›

Around 90% of funerals we sing at include hymns, whether the funeral is held in a church or a crematorium. Hymns are a source of great comfort for many attending, but that doesn't necessarily mean they wish to sing themselves.

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