What Are The Most Popular Hymns To Choose For Funerals?

Arranging a funeral when dealing with grief is very difficult for most people, especially when so many decisions need to be made at a time when your mind feels numb and foggy. 

To make one decision easier for you, we reveal the most popular hymns to include in a funeral’s order of service.  

  • Jerusalem

Christian funerals feature traditional hymns, and, according to Dignity Funerals, Jerusalem is the most commonly-chosen one. 

Indeed, many people admit to feeling emotional when singing: “And did those feet in ancient times / Walk upon England’s mountain green? / And was the holy Lamb of God / On England’s pleasant pastures seen?”

  • Amazing Grace

Another favourite hymn is Amazing Grace. This is just as often sung accompanied by bagpipes as it is in gospel churches, making it a universally-loved song. 

The lyrics, which include “I once was lost, but now am found / Was blind, but now I see”, tell the story of finding harmony in death, which often gives mourners a sense of peace. 

  • Abide with Me

Abide with Me is frequently sung at funerals, as well as at military services across the Commonwealth, Sunlife revealed

It is written as a prayer seeking guidance from God during difficult times, including death. 

“Abide with me; fast falls the eventide / The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide / When other helpers fail and comforts flee / Help of the helpless, O abide with me.”