Top 10 Hymns for Funerals


Hymns for funerals are less common now that so few people attend church and may not know religious tunes but for some, a hymn is still an important element in the ceremony or service.

There’s something special about raising our voices together – however croaky, weak, wobbly or off-tune. It’s an action of mutual support and a way of celebrating the life of the person who’s died.

Top 10 Hymns for Funerals

Even those who haven’t sung a hymn since school may be surprisingly familiar with some of these old favourites:

  1. The Lord is my shepherd
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. All Things Bright and Beautiful
  4. Morning has broken
  5. Abide with me
  6. Lord of All Hopefulness
  7. The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
  8. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
  9. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  10. For the Beauty of the Earth

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Hymns for Humanist funerals

If the person who died was not religious and you opt for a Humanist or celebrant to lead the service, most will be OK with you featuring a hymn – either to listen to or sing along to. Beware though that Humanist services are not faith services and some celebrants would not be prepared to feature a prayer or hymn, so it’s worth checking this out.

Download a list of all our Top 10s for funeral music here – handy to have if you’re looking at all the options: classical, popular, hymns, gospel.

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