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Music for Funerals

Music is so deeply personal to each of us that it can seem overwhelming when faced with having to choose 'that perfect song'.

Listed on this page you'll find some of the songs and hymns which were most frequently chosen for funerals in 2021.

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And now, the end is near

And so I face the final curtain

My friend, I'll say it clear

I'll state my case, of which I'm certain

I've lived a life that's full

I travelled each and every highway

And more, much more than this

I did it my way


Regrets, I've had a few

But then again, too few to mention

I did what I had to do

And saw it through without exemption

I planned each charted course

Each careful step along the byway

And more, much more than this

I did it my way


Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew

When I bit off more than I could chew

But through it all, when there was doubt

I ate it up and spit it out

I faced it all, and I stood tall

I did it my way

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Quando sono solo

Sogno all'orizzonte

E mancan le parole

Sì lo so che non c'è luce

In una stanza quando manca il sole

Se non ci sei tu con me, con me

Su le finestre

Mostra a tutti il mio cuore

Che hai acceso

Chiudi dentro me

La luce che

Hai incontrato per strada


Time to say goodbye

Paesi che non ho mai

Veduto e vissuto con te

Adesso si li vivrò

Con te partirò

Su navi per mari

Che, io lo so

No, no, non esistono più

It's time to say goodbye


Quando sei lontana

Sogno all'orizzonte

E mancan le parole

E io sì, lo so

Che sei con me, con me

Tu mia luna, tu sei qui con me

Mio sole, tu sei qui con me

Con me, con me, con me


Time to say goodbye

Paesi che non ho mai

Veduto e vissuto con te

Adesso sì li vivrò

Con te partirò

Su navi per mari

Che io lo so

No, no, non esistono più

Con te io li rivivrò

Con te partirò

Su navi per mari

Che, io lo so

No, no, non esistono più

Con te io li rivivrò

Con te partirò

Io con te

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I sit and wait

Does an angel contemplate my fate?

And do they know

The places where we go

When we're grey and old?

'Cos I have been told

That salvation lets their wings unfold

So when I'm lying in my bed

Thoughts running through my head

And I feel that love is dead

I'm loving angels instead


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And through it all she offers me protection

A lot of love and affection

Whether I'm right or wrong

And down the waterfall

Wherever it may take me

I know that life won't break me

When I come to call

She won't forsake me

I'm loving angels instead


When I'm feeling weak

And my pain walks down a one way street

I look above

And I know I'll always be blessed with love

And as the feeling grows

She breathes flesh to my bones

And when love is dead

I'm loving angels instead


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Every night in my dreams

I see you, I feel you

That is how I know you go on

Far across the distance

And spaces between us

You have come to show you go on


Near, far, wherever you are

I believe that the heart does go on

Once more you open the door

And you're here in my heart

And my heart will go on and on


Love can touch us one time

And last for a lifetime

And never let go 'til we're gone

Love was when I loved you

One true time I hold to

In my life we'll always go on


Near, far, wherever you are

I believe that the heart does go on

Once more you open the door

And you're here in my heart

And my heart will go on and on


You're here, there's nothing I fear

And I know that my heart will go on

We'll stay forever this way

You are safe in my heart

And my heart will go on and on

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Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high

In the land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true


Someday I'll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That's where you'll find me


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Someday I'll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That's where you'll find me


Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true


If happy little bluebirds fly above the rainbow

Why, oh why, can't I?

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Some things in life are bad

They can really make you mad

Other things just make you swear and curse

When you're chewing on life's gristle

don't grumble, give a whistle

And this'l help things turn out for the best

And...


Always look on the bright side of life

ALways look on the light side of life


If life seems jolly rotten

There's something you've forgotten

And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing

When you're feeling in the dumps

Don't be silly chumps

Just purse your lips and whistle, that's the thing

And...


Always look on the bright side of life

Always look on the right side of life


For life is quite absurd

And death's the final word

You must always face the curtain with a bow

Forget about your sin

Give the audience a grin

Enjoy it - it's your last chance, anyhow

So...


Always look on the bright side of death

Just before you draw your terminal breath


Life's a piece of shit when you look at it

Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true

You'll see it's all a show, keep 'em laughin' as you go

Just remember that the last laugh is on you

And...


Always look on the bright side of life

Always look on the right side of life


Always look on the bright side of life

Always look on the bright side of life

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Ave Maria

Gratia plena

Maria, gratia plena

Maria, gratia plena


Ave, ave dominus

Dominus tecum

Benedicta tu in mulieribus

Et benedictus


Et benedictus fructus ventris

Ventris tuae, Jesus

Ave Maria


Ave Maria

Mater Dei

Ora pro nobis peccatoribus

Ora pro nobis, ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus


Nunc et in hora mortis

Et in hora mortis nostrae

Et in hora mortis nostrae

Et in hora mortis nostrae

Ave Maria

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We'll meet again

Don't know where

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day


Keep smiling through

Just like you always do

'Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away


So will you please say "Hello"

To the folks that I know?

Tell them I won't be long

They'll be happy to know

That as you saw me go

I was singing this song


We'll meet again

Don't know where

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day


We'll meet again

Don't know where

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day


Keep smiling through

Just like you always do

'Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away


So will you please say "Hello"

To the folks that I know?

Tell them I won't be long

They'll be happy to know

That as you saw me go

I was singing this song


We'll meet again

Don't know where

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

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When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don't be afraid of the dark


At the end of a storm

There's a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark


Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown


Walk on, walk on

with hope in your heart

And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone


Walk on, walk on

with hope in your heart

And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

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How long will I love you?

As long as stars are above you

And longer if I can

How long will I need you?

As long as the seasons need to

Follow their plan


How long will I be with you?

As long as the sea is bound to

Wash up on the sand


How long will I want you?

As long as you want me to

And longer by far

How long will I hold you?

As long as your father told you

As long as you can


How long will I give to you?

As long as I live through you

However long you say


How long will I love you?

As long as stars are above you

And longer if I may


How long will I love you?

As long as stars are above you

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Popular hymns

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The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;

He makes me down to lie

In pastures green, He leadeth me

The quiet waters by.


My soul He doth restore again,

And me to walk doth make

Within the paths of righteousness,

E'en for His own name's sake.


Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,

Yet will I fear no ill:

For Thou art with me, and Thy rod

And staff me comfort still.


My table Thou hast furnished

In presence of my foes;

My head Thou dost with oil anoint,

And my cup overflows.


Goodness and mercy all my life

Shall surely follow me;

And in God's house for evermore

My dwelling-place shall be.

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Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.


Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.


When we've been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We've no less days to sing God's praise

Than when we'd first begun

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Morning has broken, like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird

Praise for the singing, praise for the morning

Praise for them springing fresh from the Word


Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from Heaven

Like the first dew fall, on the first grass

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden

Sprung in completeness where His feet pass


Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning

Born of the One Light Eden saw play

Praise with elation, praise every morning

God's re-creation of the new day


Morning has broken, like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird

Praise for the singing, praise for the morning

Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

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Lord of all hopefulness,

Lord of all joy,

Whose trust, ever child-like,

No cares could destroy,

Bet there at our waking,

And give us, we pray,

Your bliss in our hearts, Lord,

At the break of the day.


Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,

Whose strong hands were skilled

At the plane and the lathe,

Be there at our labours,

And give us, we pray,

Your strength in our hearts, Lord,

At the noon of the day.


Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,

Your hands swift to welcome,

Your arms to embrace,

Be there at our homing,

And give us, we pray,

You love in our hearts, Lord,

At the eve of the day.


Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,

Whose voice is contentment,

Whose presence is balm,

Be there at our sleeping,

And give us, we pray,

Your peace in our hearts, Lord,

At the end of the day.

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O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.


When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing seeetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.


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Then sings my soul, my Saviour God,to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art,

Then sings my sould, my Saviour God,to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!


And when I think, that God, his Son not sparing;

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on a Cross, my burdens gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.


When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration

And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!" [Refrain]

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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, oh, abide with me.


Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;

Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away.

Change and decay in all around I see -

You never change, O Lord, abide with me.


I need your presence every passing hour;

What but your grace can foil the tempter's power?

Who, like yourself, my guide and strength can be?

Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.


I have no fear, with you at hand to bless;

Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;

Where is deaths's sting? Where, grave, your victory?

I triumph still, if you abide with me.


Hold now your cross before my closing eyes;

shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.

Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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You shall cross the barren desert,

But you shall not die of thirst.

You shall wander far in safety

Though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands

And all will understand.

You shall see the face of God and live.


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Be not afraid,

I go before you always.

Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.


If you pass through raging waters in the sea,

You shall not drown.

If you walk amid the burning flames,

You shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow'r of hell

And death is at your side,

Know that I am with you through it all. [Refrain]


Blessed are your poor,

For the Kingdom shall be theirs.

Blest are you that weep and mourn,

For one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked tongues insult and hate you

All because of me,

Blessed, blessed are you! [Refrain]

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I danced in the morning when the world was begun,

And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,

And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth;

At Bethlehem I had my birth.


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Dance, then, wherever you may be,

I am the Lord of the dance, said he,

And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,

And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.


I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,

But they would not dance and they wouldn't follow me;

I danced for the fishermen, for James and John;

They came with me and the dance went on: [Refrain]


I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame:

The holy people said it was a shame.

They whipped and they stripped and they hung me on high,

And they left me there on a cross to die: [Refrain]


I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;

It's hard to dance with the devil on your back.

They buried my body and they thought I'd gone;

But I am the dance, and I still go on: [Refrain]


They cut me down and I leapt up high;

I am the life that'll never, never die.

I'll live in you if you'll live in me:

I am the Lord of the dance, said he. [Refrain]

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All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.


Each little flow'r that opens,

Each little bird that sings,

God made their glowing colours,

God made their timy wings. [Refrain]


The purple-headed mountain,

The river running by,

The sunset, and the morning

That brightens up the sky; [Refrain]


The cold wind in the winter,

The pleasant summer sun,

The ripe fruitsin the garden,

God made them, ev'ry one. [Refrain]


God gave us eyes to see them,

And lips that we might tell

How great is God Almighty,

Who has made all things well. [Refrain]

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And did those feet in ancient time

walk upon England's mountain green?

And was the Holy Lamb of God

On Engladn's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the countenance divine

Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

And was Jerusalem builded here,

Among those dark satanic mills?


Bring me my bow of burning gold!

Bring me my arrows of desire!

Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!

Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,

Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,

Till we have built Jerusalem

In Engladn's green and pleasant land.

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