Top 10 Christian Funeral Songs
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”
Death is the most dreaded thing in the world. No one wants to die. We are afraid to die. Yet, everyone gets the chance to face death once. George Bernard Shaw put it this way, “The statistics on death have not changed. One out of one person dies.“
On the outset, it seems we all are at the mercy of death. Yes, it seems like death is the master of the human race. We may escape taxes by hiring the best lawyers to find loopholes for us but noone escapes death. Death is always certain.
But this doesn’t mean that death is the ultimate victor. The Bible tells us Jesus Christ “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). Jesus is the conqueror of death!
So, for anyone who puts their faith in Jesus, death isn’t the end of story. Death is just a trade-in of an earthly body with a heavenly body. Death is nothing more than a door to a blessed reunion with the Lord forever. Isn’t that wonderful?
So, if you have a loved one, a friend, or somebody who knew who recently passed away, there is nothing to be worried about them if they have put their faith in Christ while they were still alive on earth because surely they are enjoying their place now in heaven. Along with that, here are the top 10 christian songs for funerals (not in any particular order) that will bring us comfort and hope that in Christ alone can be found.
Closer to You by Mark Schultz
This is a beautiful piece by Mark Schultz. This talks about a dying person who is a day closer to the Lord. This reminds us that though death of a loved one brings pain, at least we know that they are forever with the Lord free of pain and hurt of living. And that truth should also bring joy in our heart in the midst of sorrow.
Homesick by MercyMe
“In Christ, there are no goodbyes. In Christ, there is no end“. Indeed, death is just a temporary separation with our loved ones. One day, we’ll be reunited with them in heaven.
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin
This is Chris Tomlin’s rendition of John Newton’s famed hymn. Although we often hear this song during Communion and worship, it’s also a fitting song to sing in funerals. God’s amazing grace lasts till death.
Save a Place for Me by Matthew West
Matthew West is being emphatic here. He sings for a departed love one to “save a place for me” in heaven.
With Hope by Steven Curtis Chapman
This originally a parent’s song for a child taken away by death at an early age. “We had so many plans for you, we had so many dreams” but sometimes parents’ greatest treasure are taken away at an early age which is heart-wrenching indeed. But, we can always hope because in Christ, we’re going to see them again face to face.
Who Am I by Casting Crowns
“I am a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow“. This song reminds us of our own mortality. Let us be reminded that death comes quickly undetected on anyone without notice. Whether young or old, poor or rich, noone can escape death when it comes. Let us then live life to the fullest.
Remember Me by Mark Schultz
This is not totally a funeral song. To do the song a justice, it’s actually God telling us to remember Him through different pictures of life. But I don’t know why but many people associate this song with funeral. So, I have included it here.
Rock of Ages by Chris Rice
The Lord is our Redeemer. There is no fear of death when we are with him. I like Chris Rice’s rendition of this old gospel hymn.
“While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.“
The Line Between The Two by Mark Harris
The life of man is like a line with two dots on both ends. The first dot is the birth and the second dot marks death. What matters most is not the two dots but “line between the two”. Find inspiration to live life to the fullest with this song.
I’ll Meet You in the Morning by Christian Bluegrass
I’ll meet you in the morning is a country music piece which sets apart from the rest of the songs mentioned here. What’s wonderful about this song is not the genre but the message of hope to those who have lost loves ones, we’ll “see them in the morning“.
“We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?’”