Traditional Funeral Songs

Traditional funeral songs are appropriate for all types of funerals. These songs have stood the test of time as musical selections that can comfort and soothe during times of mourning. Although many country, classic rock and pop songs are being used more often these days, traditional funeral songs are sometimes the most appropriate selections.

Funeral songs are normally played as part of the service. They can be played during the viewing, after the funeral services or as a special musical break during the ceremony. Before you decide on a funeral song, make sure to take suggestions from other members of the family. You want everyone to be in agreement about the funeral song if the deceased hasn't made any requests in her will.

Hymns
Many people take comfort in hymns, and one of the most popular is "Amazing Grace." This song has many different renditions, so you may want to hear a few of them before choosing the one that is appropriate for the service.

Other popular hymns include "Abide With Me," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," "O Lord My God," "The Lord Is My Shepherd," "Be Still My Soul," "How Sweet The Sound of Jesus' Name," "Rock of Ages," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." These songs can be sung by the church choir, or you can play a recording of the song that you like.

Classical Music
In some cases, traditional means classical. Classical pieces are perfect for the beginning of the funeral service, when people are entering and may be viewing the body. Many selections by Bach are very popular, including "Prelude No. 1" from Book 1 of "The 48 Preludes and Fugues" and "Prelude No. 12" from Book 2, also from "The 48 Preludes and Fugues." Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata (1st Movement)" and "Symphony No. 7 in A (2nd Movement)" are good choices. "Prelude No. 6," "Prelude No. 7" and "Prelude No. 15" by Chopin have often been used in funerals.

Before you make your final selection, be sure to use the Web to listen to excerpts from songs to be sure that you like them and to find the version you intend to play. If you want to play a song that has lyrics important to the deceased, it might be a good idea to type out the lyrics and include them in the funeral program. This way, the message of the music can get across even if the guests aren't listening to the words.

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