Hymns can be part of any funeral service, religious or not, and many people find it very comforting to hear familiar music in a very unfamiliar situation.
Equally, there are those who like the idea of hymns at a service because it's what their loved one would have wanted but have no idea of what hymns to choose, or what they sound like.
This is where Singers for Funerals can help. Here's the most popular hymns for funerals and religious songs we sing at services across Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and outer London.
Abide with me
All things bright & beautiful
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
Here I am Lord
Immortal, invisible, God only wise
I watch the sunrise
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy
Love divine, all loves excelling
Make me a channel of your peace
On eagle's wings
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
Soul of my saviour (Anima Christi)
The day thou gavest, Lord is ended
Traditional & religious songs
Ave Maria (Schubert & Bach/Gounod)
Ave verum corpus
I know that my redeemer liveth
Morning has broken
O rest in the Lord
Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber and Fauré)
The Lord is my shepherd (Howard Goodall)
The old rugged cross
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Favourite hymns for funerals
Remember, these are just our suggestions for hymns for funerals - if you have a favourite hymn you would like, do ask. We have a large repertoire of traditional hymns, modern hymns and worship songs suitable for all types of funeral or memorial services, so feel free to call and discuss your requirements or ideas, on 01252 511 762.
Help with singing hymns
We are always happy to lead hymns during a service, and have many favourites in our repertoire. This is included in our fee, so long as we know what the hymns are (and which tunes) in advance.
Many people assume they need a choir to sing the hymns, but with so many church choirs unavailable during the week, this can be a real problem. With a soloist from Singers for Funerals, you won't need a church choir to sing the hymns - we'll sing them loud and clear, so everyone can join in if they wish. Families find our singing particularly useful in a chapel or crematorium, where people can feel more self-conscious about singing.
Call us on 01252 511 762 for our main funeral music repertoire list, or to discuss music for the funeral that’s personal to you and your family.
Want to hear more hymns or need hymn lyrics?
Pop over to our sister site www.songsforfunerals.co.uk where you can listen to over 50 popular funeral hymns and see the lyrics too.
"I just had to say how much I enjoyed your singing at my mum's funeral yesterday. I had lots of lovely comments from people. There were several singers in the audience, and we all agreed that while anyone can sing hymns, it takes a special singer to sing "Ave Maria" as well as you did. I hope to hear you sing again in happier circumstances!"
JS, mother's funeral, Odiham