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Christian Funeral Songs

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Planning a Christian funeral or memorial service for a loved one isn't an easy task. The part of you that rejoices over their homecoming in Heaven often wars with the part of you that wanted your loved one to stay here, with you, for many more years to come.

Music, being a large part of life, also plays a very important part in death. The music you select for the funeral service or memorial will often offer comfort to those attending the service for years to come. The strains of the music they heard as they said goodbye will bring back the memories of their loved ones' life and passing.

1. "He's Walking Her Home" - Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz
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From the song ...

    He walked her through the best days of her life
    Sixty years together and he never left her side

    A nursing home
    At eighty-five
    And the doctor said it could be her last night
    And the nurse said Oh
    Should we tell him now
    Or should he wait until the morning to find out

    But when they checked her room that night
    He was laying by her side

2. "I Can Only Imagine" - MercyMe

INO

From the song ...

    Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
    Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
    Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
    Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
    I can only imagine

At the young age of 18 Bart Millard lost his dad to cancer. When people told him that his dad would choose heaven over coming back, the 18-year-old found himself repeating the phrase "I can only imagine." Years later, while writing music, he found a notebook with the phrase and wrote the hit song.

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3. "Comforter" - CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans - Alabaster Box
Sparrow Records

From the song ...

    To the grieving family who weeps for loved ones gone.
    The pain of separation consumes another home.
    On the waves of sorrow, You walk with perfect ease,
    comforter is who the whole world needs.

Cece sings this song as someone who has been there.

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4. "Save A Place For Me" - Matthew West

Matthew West - Something To Say
Sparrow

From the song ...

    Don't be mad if I cry
    It just hurts so bad sometimes
    'Cause everyday it's sinking in
    And I have to say goodbye all over again
    You know I bet it feels good to have the weight of this world off your shoulders now
    I'm dreaming of the day when I'm finally there with you

Yes, it hurts to lose someone that we love, but we'll meet them again in Heaven one day.

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5. "I Will Rise" - Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin - Hello Love
EMI

From the song ...

    And I Will Rise when he calls my name
    No more sorrow, No more pain
    I Will Rise, on Eagle's wings
    Before my God fall on my kness, and rise
    I Will Rise

"I Will Rise" is a wonderful, caring ballad that reminds us that the grave is overwhelmed by the love of Christ. Piano and strings give this song an almost haunting feel that helps turn those moments of sorrow into something bearable.

6. "Friends" - Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith - The First Decade
Reunion

From the song ...

    Packing up the dreams God planted
    In the fertile soil of you
    Can't believe the hopes He's granted
    Means a chapter in your life is through
    But we'll keep you close as always
    It won't even seem you've gone
    'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
    Will keep the love that keeps us strong

7. "Goodbye For Now" - Kathy Troccoli

Kathy Troccoli - Comfort
Provident

From the song ...

    But there will be a time
    When I'll see your face
    And I'll hear your voice
    And there we will laugh again
    And there will come a day
    When I'll hold you close
    No More tears to cry
    'Cause we'll have forever
    But I'll say Goodbye for now

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8. "Homesick" - MercyMe

MercyMe - Undone
INO

From the song ...

    I close my eyes and I see your face
    If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
    Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
    I've never been more homesick than now

Bart Millard lost eight people in his life, including his 20-year-old brother-in-law, in a single month. He told Christianity Today that the song "...talks about getting the raw end of the deal when your loved one passes on and you stay here with the pain of not having them. Of course, having that person as an investment in heaven really makes you homesick all the more."

9. "Cry Out To Jesus" - Third Day

Third Day - Wherever You Are
Essential Records

From the song ...

    To everyone who's lost someone they love
    Long before it was their time
    You feel like the days you had were not enough
    when you said goodbye

This song was written as a natural progression of the band members "growing up," part of which meant seeing people they loved lose people in their lives. Mac Powell said, "My hope is that you are able to also connect personally to each verse through your own experiences. Not only do we all know these people, but we are these people."

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10. "Heaven Song" - Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham - Heaven & Earth
INO

From the song ...

    I want to run on greener pastures
    I want to dance on higher hills
    I want to drink from sweeter waters
    In the misty morning chill
    And my soul is getting restless
    For the place where I belong
    I can't wait to join the angels and sing...

Reminding us that Heaven is our end goal, "Heaven Song" shares how wonderful things will be for the person that we lost.

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11. "With Hope" - Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman - Speechless
Sparrow Records

From the song ...

    This is not at all how
    We thought it was supposed to be
    We had so many plans for you
    We had so many dreams
    And now you've gone away
    And left us with the memories of your smile
    And nothing we can say
    And nothing we can do
    Can take away the pain
    The pain of losing you, but ...

I Thess. 4:13-14 and Heb. 6:9, 10:23 were the inspiration behind this beautiful song.

12. "Dancing With The Angels" - Monk and Neagle

Monk & Neagle - Monk & Neagle
Courtesy of: Provident Distribution

From the song ...

    You're dancing with the angels
    Walking in new life
    You're dancing with the angels
    Heaven fills your eyes
    Now that you're dancing with the angels

Trent Monk first began writing this song after the passing of his great-grandmother. Michael Neagle added to it after the death of his father a few years later. Trent said, "This song expresses the loss that everyone of us will face at some point in our lives, but it also celebrates the promise we have as believers that we will see our loved ones again someday."

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