Alternative Funeral Music For Order of Service Program

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Planning alternative funeral music such as gospel blues is an appropriate way to say farewell to a deceased loved one. Although you’ve found the celebrant to officiate the celebration of life. What is the schedule of events? What songs do you want listed in the program order of service?

Covid-19 has added an extra burden to personalised celebrant ceremonies. In fact, governments around the world have restricted the amount of mourners that attend a funeral. Albeit it’s a sensitive and moving moment, a virtual service makes you feel awkward. However, you want to share meaningful songs to ease everyone’s sadness, disbelief and sorrow.

So, whether you have an on or offline funeral ceremony (religious or non-religious) music can lift the spirit. More importantly, gospel blues music, inspirational songs and classic hymns comfort everyone. Not to mention, traditional prayers is a respectful and fitting farewell. I’ve rounded up a few songs for a unique commeration of your loved ones life. These echo a special memory of the person and the funeral program order of service.

Gospel Blues Music

Alternative music for an offline or online funeral program order of service

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Kirk Dewayne Franklin is the king of modern day black gospel music. Otherwise known as Kirk Franklin the American choir director, gospel musician, singer, songwriter, and author has put urban black gospel on the world map.


  • Musical Prelude

  1. Abide With Me – LC Gospel Choir
  2. Amazing Grace – Soweto Gospel Choir
  3. Ave Maria – Beyonce
  • Introduction / Words of Welcome

  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin
  2. Caught Up – Shirley Caesar & Kirk Franklin
  3. Don’t Cry – Kirk Franklin
  • Prayers / Scripture Readings

  1. Down By The Riverside – Etta James
  2. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand – Mahalia Jackson
  3. His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Sister Act
  • Musical Selections/Hymns

  1. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
  2. I Speak Life – Donald Lawrence
  3. Jericho – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Formal Reading of Obituary

  1. Jerusalem – Hubert Parry
  2. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
  3. More Than I Can Bear – Kirk Franklin
  • Eulogy/Life Tribute

  1. Jesus Is On The Mainline – Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes
  2. Old Landmark – James Brown
  3. One Day I’ll Fly Away – Randy Crawford
  • Brief Informal Tributes

  1. People Get Ready – Five Blind Boys Of Alabama
  2. Something Inside So Strong – Labri Saffri
  3. Steal Away – Michelle Williams & Shirley Caesar
  • Thank you and Acknowledgements

  1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Fisk Jubilee Singers
  2. Till We Meet Again – Kirk Franklin
  3. The Lord Is My Shepherd – Whitney Houston
  • Viewing of Deceased

  1. To My Fathers House – Edwin Hawkin Singers
  2. You’ll Never Walk Alone – ABC Gospel Choir version
  3. You Waited – Travis Greene
  •  Gospel blues music – Closing/Benediction

  1. You’ve Got To Move – Mississippi Fred McDowell
  2. Don’t Forget To Remember – Donald Lawrence ft/Lalah Hathaway
  3. Wade in The Water – Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
  4. When The Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973)
The Gospel of the Blues – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Before I go, let me commiserate with you. Along with an eulogy gospel blues music is key to the healing process. And the funeral becomes an enlightening event amidst the darkness of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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