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5 Popular Hymns for Funeral Services

While there is a lot of science to back up the impact of music, you likely already know for yourself that music can have a deep impact on human emotions. There are likely songs that, when you hear them, instantly trigger an emotional response whether that be happiness, sadness, or anything in between. Studies, meanwhile, show that music can lessen stress, anxiety, and pain. Because of these potential benefits, it’s a good idea to incorporate music into a service at a funeral home in Cohoes, NY. Different people like different types of music, of course, but many people like to play hymns at funeral services. Here’s a look 5 popular hymns that you may consider playing at a funeral service to honor a loved one who has passed away.  

  1. Amazing Grace

This is a popular hymn that has become a staple at funeral services and memorial services. It can be particularly poignant when played with bagpipes. The words of the song were written by John Newton, an Anglican clergyman and poet. Whether your family is religious or not, there’s something in this song that really transcends the religious experience and speaks to those who, despite their human frailties and imperfections, have gone onto become respectable people.  

  1. Abide with Me

This Victorian hymn has provided comfort to many people dealing with a death in the family. It speaks of the sort of faith in a Being who, even in the dark and dreary paths of life, is ever near and present. Playing this hymn can provide comfort to you and your loved ones at a funeral service, especially when you’re in the early stages of grieving a loss.  

  1. The Lord’s My Shepherd

Based on Psalm 23 from the Bible, this song puts to music a short biblical passage that has encouraged people of faith for thousands of years. In this text, King David claims God’s protection and, despite the danger posed by foes, expresses complete confidence in the One in whom he places his trust. It can provide great comfort to you and your family at the funeral service. And it will be quite familiar to most since Psalm 23 is so widely known.  

  1. Morning Has Broken

The first 3 hymn suggestions have a somber feel. But this song, Morning Has Broken, has an entirely different feel altogether. It speaks of life and of renewal. It affirms that, even when facing a loss, life will go on. And you and yours can and must certainly move on after a loss, no matter how painful. It’s the sort of hymn that you might want if you wish for a more upbeat tone.  

  1. All Thing Bright and Beautiful

This hymn, like Morning Has Broken, is a more joyous and festive hymn. It communicates that God watches and cares for everything and everyone in the world. If your family is religious, you may find this a fitting addition to the playlist at a funeral service.  

These are just a few examples of popular hymns to play during the service at a Cohoes, NY funeral homeMcLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, a death care services provider that is in its 150th year of funeral services, can help you plan the perfect funeral or cremation service for a deceased loved one. Call us at (518) 235-1722 or visit us at 8 109th St Troy, NY 12182 for the help you need.