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The 25 BEST Christian Songs for Funerals {Different Genres}

In this article we will be exploring the best religious Christian songs for funerals and memorial services.

If you have landed on this page, it’s most likely you have lost a loved one. And for that, I give you my deepest condolences. I know firsthand how hard it can be to lose someone close to you.

Just the loss is overwhelming, then the thought of having to prepare for the funeral can make it even harder. This happened to me when planning my dad’s funeral and he passed during the Holiday season.

This is why I have a couple of articles on my site to help with funeral prep. For example if you looking for Bible verses for the funeral you can check that out as well. My hope and prayer is that these posts will help you in your planning and make things a little less stressful.

Christian funeral songs

The death of a member of Christ’s body is a call to God’s people. It is a call to come together, to gather, to remember, and to be sent forth with renewed faith-despite the seeming tragedy of death.

John Allyn Melloh, S.M., Assembly

Christian Songs for Funerals

All the songs below are religious and come from the Christian faith. You will not find any secular songs or song that don’t pertain to Christianity. They can be used for funerals, wakes, celebrations of life, or memorial service.

Because everyone has a distinct style or taste in music, I have broken up the songs into different genera or categories. I also provided a link for you to listen to the song!

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Contemporary Christian Funeral Songs

Looking for a more modern flare for your funeral service? Here are some of the best contemporary christian funeral songs you can use.

  1. I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me

Sample of Lyrics: Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You Jesus
Or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees, will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine

Listen to the song: I Can Only Imagine

  1. Heaven Song by Phil Wickham

Sample of Lyrics: I want to run on greener pastures
I want to dance on higher hills
I want to drink from sweeter waters
In the misty morning chill
And my soul is getting restless
For the place where I belong
I can’t wait to join the angels and sing my heaven song

Listen to the song: Heaven Song

  1. There Will Be A Day – Jeremy Camp

Sample of Lyrics: But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering
There will be a day with no more tears,
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day,
We’ll hold on to you always

Listen to the song: There Will Be A Day

  1. I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin

Sample of Lyrics: And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

Listen to the song: I Will Rise

  1. What A Day That Will Be – Jim Hill

Sample of Lyrics: What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see
And I look upon his face
The one who saved me by his grace
When he takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be 

Listen to the song: What A Day That Will Be

Traditional Christian Funeral Songs

During the passing of a loved one there is times we want something more traditional and timeless as we remember their life and faith. This is when traditional songs are a good fit.

  1. Amazing Grace – Chris Tomlin 

Sample of Lyrics: My chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love
Amazing grace

Listen to the song: Amazing Grace

  1. In Christ Alone – Keith & Kristyn Getty

Sample of Lyrics: No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Listen to the song: In Christ Alone

  1. Welcome Home – Michael W. Smith

Sample of Lyrics: I can’t believe that I’m here having to say goodbye
And I can barely see you through these tears I cry
I close my eyes
I can hear the sound
As angels gather ’round
Saying this is where you belong
Welcome home

Listen to the song: Welcome Home

  1. Soon and Very Soon – Andraé Crouch

Sample of Lyrics: Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
We are going to see the King.
No more crying there,
We are going to see the King,
No more crying there,

Listen to the song: Soon and Very Soon

Worship Songs for Funerals

As a Christian we believe death is just a passing to eternal life. It’s a time to remember our loved ones and give glory to God as they are now in heaven. We can do this by worshipping God during the funeral service.

  1. Messiah/You’re Beautiful- Phil Wickham

Sample of Lyrics: When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful

Listen to the song: Messiah/You’re Beautiful

  1. He Will Hold Me Fast – Keith Getty & Kristyn Getty

Sample of Lyrics: Those He saves are His delight
Christ will hold me fast
Precious in His holy sight
He will hold me fast
He’ll not let my soul be lost
His promises shall last
Bought by Him at such a cost
He will hold me fast

Listen to the song: He Will Hold Me Fast

  1. Christ Is Enough – Hillsong Worship 

Sample of Lyrics: Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there’s nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy
Through every trial
My soul will sing
No turning back
I’ve been set free

Listen to the song: Christ Is Enough

  1. We Fall Down – Chris Tomlin

Sample of Lyrics: We fall down
We lay our crowns
At the feet of Jesus
The greatness of
Your mercy and love
At the feet of Jesus
And we cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy
Is the lamb

Listen to the song: We Fall Down

Gospel Funeral Songs

Gospel music can be a beautiful addition to a funeral service. They have powerful vocals and use strong harmonies.

  1. Till We Meet Again – Kirk Franklin

Sample of Lyrics: May His peace be with you till we meet again
May His peace be with you till we meet again
Till we reach that distant shore
And we’ll shed a tear no more
May He give you strength to endure
Till we meet again

Listen to the song: Till We Meet Again

  1. Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There – Jennifer Hudson

Sample of Lyrics: Jesus, He promised me a home over there
Jesus promised me a home over there
No more sickness, sorrow, pain or care
He promised, me a home over there

Listen to the song: Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There

  1. Rock of Ages — Aretha Franklin

Sample of Lyrics: Let the water and the blood
From thy riven side which flowed
Oh, be of sin the double cure
Cleanse me from its guilt and power
Nothing in my hand I bring
Simply to Thy cross I cling
Nothin’ in my hand I bring
Simply to Thy cross I cling

Listen to the song: Rock of Ages

  1. Stand — Donnie McClurkin

Sample of Lyrics: Stand and be sure
Be not entangled in that bondage again
You just stand and endure
God has a purpose
Yes, god has a plan
Tell me what do you do when you’ve done all you can
And it seems like you can’t make it through?

Listen to the song: Stand

  1. Comforter CeCe Winans

Sample of Lyrics: And to the grieving family who weeps for loved ones gone
The pain of separation consumes another home
But on the waves of sorrow, You walk with perfect ease
Comforter is who the whole world needs

Listen to the song: Comforter

Country Gospel Funeral Songs

These gospel songs have a country twist to their sound and work wonderfully for loved ones that enjoyed country music.

  1. Three Wooden Crosses — Randy Travis

Sample of Lyrics: That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres
The faith and love for growin’ things in his young son’s heart
And that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children
Did her best to give ’em all a better start
And that preacher whispered, “Can’t you see the Promised Land?”
As he laid his blood-stained bible in that hooker’s hand

Listen to the song: Three Wooden Crosses

  1. Knowing You’ll Be There Gaither Vocal Band 

Sample of Lyrics: Knowing we can spend a life time
Reminiscing on the past
Knowing I will see your face again
Where tender moments last
It makes me wanna go there
Knowing I won’t be alone
Knowing you’ll be there
Makes it easy to go home

Listen to the song: Knowing You’ll Be There

  1. What a Day That Will Be — Jim Hill

Sample of Lyrics: There’ll be no sorrows there
No more burdens to bear
No more sickness and no more pain
No more parting over there
But forever I will be
With the one who died for me
What a day, glorious day that will be

Listen to the song: What a Day That Will Be

Christian Funeral Songs for Mom

These Christian funeral songs would work great for your mom.

  1. A Mother’s Love — Jim Brickman

Sample of Lyrics: You gave me the roots to start this life
And then you gave me wings to fly
And I learned to dream
Because you believed in me
There’s no power like it on this earth
No treasure equal to its worth
The gift of a mother’s love
I thank God for a mother’s love

Listen to the song: A Mother’s Love

  1. All My Tears— Selah 

Sample of Lyrics: So weep not for me my friend
When my time below does end
For my life belongs to Him
Who will raise the dead again
It don’t matter, where you bury me
I’ll be home and I’ll be free
It don’t matter, where I lay
All my tears be washed away

Listen to the song: All My Tears

Christian Funeral Songs for Dad

These Christian funeral songs would work nicely for your dad or even other loved ones as they don’t mention the word dad or father.

  1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord — Jim Reeves 

Sample of Lyrics: When my work is all done
And my race here is are you-un
Let me see-ee by the light
Thou hast shown
That fair city so bright
Where the lantern is the li-ight
Take my ha-and, precious Lor-ord
Lead me on

Listen to the song: Take My Hand, Precious Lord

  1. Heaven’s Now My Home — Libby L. Allen 

Sample of Lyrics: I fought the fight I finished the race
Throughout the trial
I kept my faith no longer do I suffer
My body’s been made whole
I am flying with the angels
And heaven’s now my home
God told me not to worry
He said you’d be okay
Because eternity is forever
And we’ll meet again someday

Listen to the song: Heaven’s Now My Home

Looking for Hymns?

Now, you may have gone through my list and though… seesh, not one hymn on this list. What does Melissa have against hymns? Well, nothing…. I love them and they can be incredibly anointed. But because there are so many hymns, I thought it would be best to give them their own post.

You can click the image below or the text title to check it out. The Best Hymns for Funerals.

Well, I hope this article on some of the best Christian songs for funerals has helped you on your search. And I pray God comforts your heart and your families as you grieve the loss of a loved one. Go to Him and He will give You peace.

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