Popular hymns

Here you will find some of the most popular hymns that form part of services to celebrate the loss of a loved one.  These hymns, whether centuries old or modern, call on our faith to strengthen us during this time of loss.

To help you find an appropriate piece we have selected hymns in a variety of arrangements and styles.

Below is a choice of instrumental and classical religious pieces, all popular choices for funeral and memorial services.

1 Abide with me

Henry Francis Lyte

2 Amazing Grace

John Newton

3 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

John Greenleaf Whittier

4 Love Divine, all loves excelling

Charles Wesley

5 Rock of Ages

Augustus M. Toplady

6 The Old Rugged Cross

George Bennard

7 The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended

John Ellerton

8 Jerusalem

William Blake

9 All Things Bright and Beautiful

Cecil F. Alexander

10 Alleleuia, Sing to Jesus

William Chatterton Dix

Classical Choral and Instrumental Music

Time to reflect and remember is an important part of a funeral or memorial service and this selection of some beautiful classical pieces will give that time to those present.  From simple beauty to uplifting praise, these moving pieces are all popular choices.

1  Ave Maria

Franz Schubert

2 The Lord is My Shepard

Psalm 23

3 Pie Jesu from Requiem

Gabriel Faure

4 Ubi caritas

Maurice Durufle

5 O Magnum Mysterium

Morten Lauridsen

6 Ave Verum Corpus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7 In Paradisum from Requiem

Gabriel Faure

8 Symphony No. 2

– Resurrection VI : Urlicht

Gustav Mahler

9 Palestrina Requiem,

Missa pro defunctis V: Agnus Dei


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