Choosing hymns and music for a funeral
It is good to discuss this fully with the minister taking the service. It can be that the deceased liked particular pieces which will help you remember the person. On occasion however some pieces are less suitable to the setting.
Points 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?
Some Popular Hymns
For the full words and tune look at websites such as: http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/ or http://www.hymnsite.com/ – be aware this site is American so may have slightly different words or tunes to British hymnbooks
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Be Thou My Vision
Breathe on me, breath of God
Fairest of all the earth beside
For the beauty of the Earth
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer
How Great Thou art
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
I know that my Redeemer liveth
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
In Heavenly Love Abiding
In the sweet by and by
I shall know Him
I stand amazed in the presence
I will sing the wondrous story
Lord of all hopefulness
Make me a channel of your peace
Now thank we all our God
O Jesus, I Have Promised
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Old Rugged Cross
There Is a Green Hill Far Away
There is a Redeemer
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son
To God Be the Glory
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Will your Anchor hold in the storms of life?
Music before or after the service
You can hear most of these by searching on sites such as: www.youtube.com
Adagio for Strings, opus 11: Barber
Ave Maria Franz Schubert
Ave verum , W.A. Mozart
Canon in D Major Pachalbel
Cantique de Jean Racine, Gabriel Fauré
Dido’s lament, Henry Purcell
Erbarme dich (Have pity) St Matthew Passion, J.S. Bach
Finlandia (Be still, my soul), Jean Sibelius
How lovely are thy dwellings (from the German Requiem), Johannes Brahms
In Paradisum (Requiem) Gabriel Fauré
Lascia chio pianga (from Rinaldo), G F Handel
Largo from the New World Symphony, Antonin Dvořak
Libera me from Requiem, Giuseppe Verdi
Miserere, Gregorio Allegri
O rest in the Lord (from Elijah), Felix Mendelssohn
Nunc Dimittis, C V Stanford
Nimrod from Enigma Variations Elgar
Pie Jesu (Requiem) Gabriel Fauré
Solemn melody Walford Davies.
Toccata in G major. Number 3 from 12 pieces for organ, Theodore Dubois