Songs for a funeral

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Douglas Anderson

Feb 11, 2013, 12:41:43 PM2/11/13
I have a friend whose brother is dying from cancer and isn't expected to live much longer. My friend is a guitar player and wants to play acoustic guitar and sing a song for his brother at the funeral.  He's asked me for suggestions.  I've come up with a few, but I thought I would ask here for others.


Phil 4:13

Bob Marshall

Feb 11, 2013, 1:05:16 PM2/11/13
Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain” is always a good one. And I’ve always liked Jim Cowan’s “When It’s All Been Said And Done”.
Bob Marshall
Cool, CA
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Gerald Montagna

Feb 11, 2013, 1:07:05 PM2/11/13
You can't beat "Be not afraid", "On Eagle's Wings" and "And I will raise them up".  Best songs the Catholics ever wrote. 

Steve Hanson

Feb 11, 2013, 1:10:32 PM2/11/13

“Homesick” and “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe.  I often pair them together.

Bob Marshall

Feb 11, 2013, 2:25:05 PM2/11/13
You might consider Chris Tomlin’s song “I Will Rise”. Not a direct hit, but it might work. Here’s a video I made for the song:
Bob Marshall
Cool, CA
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Charity Dell

Feb 11, 2013, 3:32:56 PM2/11/13
Here are some easy Black spirituals that will work:

Give Me Jesus
Going Home
I Want to Be Ready
Rock-a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham
Swing Down Sweet Chariot (stop and let me ride)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
There Is a Balm in Gilead

And my favorite Catholic charismatic favorite from the seventies:

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

You can also have congregational participation on any of these--
most folks appreciate the opportunity to sing along and get
involved, and I can tell you from experience that an uplifting
song at a funeral/homegoing celebration really helps the mourners
focus on Heaven as "home", even in the midst of sorrow.

Charity Dell

Keith Mahay

Feb 12, 2013, 6:13:06 AM2/12/13
I have always held that funerals are really for the living.  As for me, at my funeral i would hope that this would be played:!

Your Faithfulness, by Brian Doerksen.
Proverbs 14:4
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox
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