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Funeral hymns

Advice on choosing hymns for funerals. 

Choose the hymns you want 

If you want to be in control of your own funeral, choose the hymns you want played.

Things to take into account when choosing funeral hymns:

  • Do the words communicate the right sentiments?
  • Will there be a choir present or an organist or pianist?
  • Do you want to play a recording that people can join in with?
  • Do you want to hire a live musical ensemble?
  • Do you want to involve musical members of your family or close friends to play/sing the hymns you chose?

Put your choice in your funeral wishes document, in your Lifebox which will be accessed by your executor or next of kin on your death.


Below are some of the most popular funeral hymns.

Abide with me

Amazing grace

And did those feet in ancient time? (Jerusalem)

Be thou my vision

Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

He who would valiant be

In Heavenly love abiding

Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Make me a channel of your peace

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord

Now thank we all our God

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder

(How great thou art)

Oh God our help in ages past

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

The king of love my shepherd is

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want (Crimond)

The old rugged cross

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son

When I survey the wondrous cross

Remember that many churches now allow a mixture of religious and secular funeral music, and indeed secular readings and tributes, although some ministers object to mixed funerals.

This mixture of secular and religious elements in a funeral event is now commonplace at crematoria, cemeteries, civil funerals and interfaith services.



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Paul Hensby wrote on 9 Dec 10 at 1:41pm
Paul Hensby

Thanks Paul. Funeral songs are so important to get right. Most people still want one or two funeral hymns, even if they aren't particularly religious.

Paul Brown wrote on 8 Dec 10 at 4:57pm
Paul Brown

Some beautiful funeral hymns here, real classics!

Paul Hensby wrote on 7 Dec 10 at 5:02pm
Paul Hensby

These are the most popular funeral hymns normally sung at Christian funerals. If other hymns are suitable for funeral songs, please contribute your suggested funeral hymns.

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