Music has the unique ability to speak to us when words fail, and that quality can comfort us at life’s most difficult moments. Music plays an essential role in funeral services, memorial gatherings and celebrations of life. We’ve created a comprehensive list of Christian funeral hymns, military funeral music, contemporary Christian/gospel music appropriate for funerals/memorials and secular memorial songs to comfort and commemorate.

Just click the title to preview/listen to a downloadable sheet music arrangement for each piece. We’ve linked to the most traditional versions & popular scorings of each of the titles below. However, Musicnotes has many arrangements, covering every scoring, instrumentation/choral type as well as different versions for many titles (for example, modern takes on “How Great Thou Art” and “Will the Circle be Unbroken?,” or choral arrangements for “Down to the River to Pray“). You can also experiment with transpositions to find a key suitable for you.

Click the “See other arrangements of this song” link below transpositions to find, preview, and listen to the different versions and arrangements.

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Traditional Christian Funeral Hymns

    1. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
    2. Abide with Me
    3. All Things Bright and Beautiful
    4. Amazing Grace
    5. Be Not Afraid
    6. Beautiful Savior
    7. Down to the River to Pray
    8. Goin’ Home
    9. Here I Am, Lord
    10. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
    11. Holy, Holy, Holy
    12. How Great Thou Art
    13. I Am The Bread of Life
    14. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
    15. It Is Well With My Soul
    16. I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry
    17. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
    18. Let There Be Peace on Earth
    19. Lift High the Cross
    20. Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Prayer of St. Francis)
    21. Old Rugged Cross
    22. One Bread, One Body
    23. Simple Gifts
    24. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    25. The Lord is My Shephard –Psalm 23
    26. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
    27. We’ll Understand It Better By and By
    28. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
    29. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
    30. When They Ring Those Golden Bells
    31. Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Military Funeral Selections

  1. America The Beautiful
  2. Dixie’s Land
  3. El Captain by John Philip Sousa
  4. Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn)
  5. Reveille – Trumpet
  6. Semper Paratus (Always Ready, US Coast Guard)
  7. Taps – Trumpet
  8. The Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  9. The Caissons Go Rolling Along
  10. The Marine’s Hymn
  11. The Stars and Stripes Forever
  12. Wild Blue Yonder (To the Men Who Fly the US Air Force)

Traditional/Cultural Memorial Songs

  1. Aloha ‘Oe (Hawaiian)
  2. Ashokan Farewell (Americana Folk)
  3. Be Thou My Vision (Irish)
  4. Carrickfergus (Irish)
  5. Danny Boy (Irish)
  6. Hi’ilawe (Hawaiian)
  7. It’s a Long Way to Tipperary  (British/Irish)
  8. Sweet Beulah Land  (Americana)
  9. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro) – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli (Italian)
  10. Waltzing Matilda (Australian)

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Funeral Music Suggestions

  1. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman
  2. All the Way My Savior Leads Me by Chris Tomlin
  3. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin
  4. Because He Lives by Bill & Gloria Gaither
  5. Blessings by Laura Story
  6. Cry Out to Jesus by Third Day
  7. Dancing with the Angels by Monk & Neagle
  8. Don’t Cry by Kirk Franklin
  9. Going Home by Bill & Gloria Gather
  10. Go Rest High on that Mountain by Vince Gill
  11. Homesick by MercyMe
  12. I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe
  13. I’ll Fly Away by Hezekiah Walker
  14. In Christ Alone by Natalie Grant
  15. I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin
  16. Knowing What I Know About Heaven by Guy Penrod
  17. No More Night by David Phelps
  18. On Eagles Wings by Michael Joncas
  19. Save A Place for Me by Matthew West
  20. Somewhere Somehow by Amy Grant
  21. Soon and Very Soon by Andrae Crouch
  22. Sweetest Name I Know by Bart Millard
  23. There Will Be a Day by Jeremy Camp
  24. Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
  25. Till We Meet Again by Kirk Franklin
  26. (Untitled Hymn) Come to Jesus by Mark Hayes
  27. Welcome Home by Michael W Smith
  28. What a Day That Will Be by Jim Hill
  29. Who Am I by Casting Crowns
  30. You Are Mine by David Haas

Classic Rock/Pop Memorial & Funeral Sheet Music

  1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye
  2. Back Home Again by John Denver
  3. Beautiful Boy by John Lennon
  4. Blackbird by The Beatles
  5. Blowin’ In the Wind by Bob Dylan
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
  7. Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel
  8. Candle In The Wind by Elton John
  9. For the Good Times by Kris Kristofferson
  10. Hey Jude by The Beatles
  11. In My Life by The Beatles
  12. Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
  13. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
  14. Longer by Dan Fogelberg
  15. Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
  16. My Way by Frank Sinatra
  17. Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel
  18. Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland
  19. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
  20. Smile by Nat King Cole
  21. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum
  22. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  23. Stand By Me by Ben E King
  24. The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles
  25. The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
  26. We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn
  27. What a Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong
  28. Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger
  29. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  30. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) by Don McClean

Modern Rock/Pop Memorial & Funeral Sheet Music

  1. Angel by Sarah McLachlan
  2. Angels by Robbie Williams
  3. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
  4. Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy
  5. Fix You by Coldplay M
  6. Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt
  7. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
  8. Halo by Beyoncé
  9. How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
  10. How to Save a Life by The Fray
  11. I’ll Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
  12. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
  13. I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan
  14. I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
  15. Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Zevon
  16. Lay Me Down by Sam Smith
  17. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
  18. My Immortal by Evanescence
  19. Never Tear Us Apart by INXS
  20. One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey
  21. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
  22. The Funeral by Band of Horses
  23. To Where You Are by Josh Groban
  24. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
  25. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

Country Memorial & Funeral Sheet Music

  1. Help Pour Out the Rain by Buddy Jewell
  2. Holes In the Floor of Heaven by Steve Wariner
  3. If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks
  4. I’m Already There by Lonestar
  5. Jealous of the Angels by Jenn Bostic
  6. Live Forever by Billy Joe Shaver
  7. See You Again by Carrie Underwood
  8. The Dance by Garth Brooks
  9. When I Get Where I’m Going by Brad Paisley
  10. When I’m Gone by Joey + Rory

Funeral/Memorial Sheet Music Suggestions from Broadway/Musicals

  1. Borrowed Angels by Kristin Chenoweth
  2. Goodnight, Sweetheart from ‘Holiday in Mexico’
  3. If Ever I Would Leave You from ‘Camelot’
  4. Moon River from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
  5. Someone to Watch Over Me from ‘Oh Kay!’
  6. Somewhere from ‘West Side Story’
  7. Thank You for the Music from ‘Mamma Mia’
  8. The Party’s Over from ‘Bells Are Ringing’
  9. You’ll Be In My Heart from ‘Tarzan the Broadway Musical’
  10. You’ll Never Walk Alone from ‘Carousel’
  11. Who Can I Turn To from ‘The Roar of the Greasepaint…’

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