Popular Gospel Funeral Songs For A Memorial Service

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Planning a deceased loved one’s funeral and looking for popular gospel funeral songs to play? Here’s appropriate traditional and modern tunes. Playing music is a beautiful personal gesture to say farewell. But how do you add it the program order of service

Imagine playing gospel music or hearing the sound of a powerful gospel choir singing your loved ones favourite hymn. However, the extra burden of Covid-19 placed upon us, has restricted the amount of mourners attending. Therefore, sharing meaningful songs to ease everyone’s sadness, disbelief and sorrow has more significance than ever before.

So, please don’t worry. Whether you have are a christian, non-christian or have another faith group gospel music lifts the spirit. Most importantly, the inspirational songs and classic hymns comfort everyone. In truth, prayers can complete the service. So, I’ve collected some suitable songs to fulfill your need for a unique end of life celebration.

Popular Gospel Funeral Songs

Incorporate gospel, blues and soul music for an offline or online funeral program order of service

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Popular funeral music and songs from Kirk Dewayne Franklin the king of modern day black gospel are suitable for your memorial service. Otherwise known as Kirk Franklin the American choir director,  has put urban black gospel on the world map.


  • Musical Prelude / Words of Welcome

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

  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

Popular Gospel Funeral Songs – II

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Let traditional gospel blues songs and soul music echo a special memory of the person and the funeral program order of service.  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 popular gospel funeral songs are the key to the healing process. And the funeral music 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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