Funeral Music – some suggestions for you

Choosing funeral music can seem a daunting task on top of all your other concerns at the death of your loved one. Here are some hymns, some organ music – much available in simple arrangements, and choir pieces, to give you a starting point. Your final list should rest upon discussions with the Organist, as we show in our Funeral Music Guide


Abide with me

Jerusalem the Golden

Jesus, remember me

The day thou gavest, Lord

Praise to the Holiest

He who would valiant be

O God, our help in ages past

Firmly I believe, and truly

Lead, kindly light

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Organ Music

Handel: Largo

Handel: Dead March from Saul

Walford Davies: Solemn Melody

Chopin: Funeral March

Bach: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring

Faure: Pavane

Brahms: How lovely are thy dwellings

Beethoven: Adagio from Pathetique Sonata

Pachelbel: Canon in D

Tchaikovsky: Chanson Triste

Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song

any suitable folk or pop

Choir Music

Faure: any movement from Requiem

Plainchant: any movement from Requiem

Purcell: Funeral Sentences

Bach: Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring

Walford Davies: God be in my Head

Brahms: How lovely are thy Dwellings

You can find out more about planning the music for a funeral or memorial service in

These articles may also be of interest to you:

Funeral Music (Family) – Funeral Music – a Guide for the Family

Choir Development Skills – Forming a choir – the skills you need

The Psychology of Choir Practice – The Psychology of Choir Practice – getting the best from your Choir

Organist vs. Minister – Organist – how to work with your Minister

Rhythm and Aural Training – Sight-reading – Rhythm and Aural Training