Selecting just the right music for a funeral or celebration of life service can be challenging, especially when emotions are running high. Favorite songs that you’ve sung with your loved one for years may escape you, while popular classics may feel jarring or off-putting to the type of service that has been selected. Fortunately, there are some funeral songs that stand the test of time, and are suitable for any type of service that you are planning.

 

Christian Funeral Hymns

When you or a loved one has requested a traditional Christian funeral, there are a large number of hymns that will bring comfort to friends and family members alike when they are played. While some of these titles are more acceptable during the entry of the casket as a background track, others work well at any time. If there are talented friends or family members who are a part of the service, some individuals elect to have these sung live or played on a piano or organ if one is available. Ideas include:

  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • Amazing Grace
  • Great is They Faithfulness
  • Nearer My God to Thee
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Rock of Ages
  • Morning Has Broken
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Abide with Me

 

Popular Songs

America is a very diverse nation, meaning there are a variety of different faith backgrounds and belief systems. Popular songs allow a way to bring peacefulness to an audience that is very diverse, without causing offense to any. These songs are restful and loving, and will provide a beautiful backdrop to any type of service. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Danny Boy, by Celtic Woman
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • My Heart Will Go On, by Celine Dion
  • My Immortal, by Evanescence
  • Freebird, by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  • Let It Be, by The Beatles
  • Unforgettable, by Nat King Cole

 

While all of these songs evoke different feelings, perhaps the top song for all types of funerals is “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. This soulful favorite provides audiences with the knowledge that their loved one had a wonderful life, and ultimately — did it their way. If you have questions about finding exactly the right song for your service, contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery today at 480-832-2850 or via email to wecare@mvfuneralhome.com.