The death of a loved one or family member can cause great sadness and pain. Death is a vast unknown and the separation it causes feels overwhelming. Yet Christians who have put their faith in Christ for their salvation need not fear death. For them death is a release from pain and the struggle with sin. Believers hold to the hope that, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”.
For this reason, a Christian funeral can be a celebration of life rather than just a somber occasion. Christian songs for funerals should reflect the separation and be respectful of those who are mourning but also emphasize the hope in the resurrection. One popular Christian song for funerals is “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me. It speaks about the excitement and expectation of the moment when we will see Jesus face to face and knowing that if the loved one who passed away was a believer, that person would be experiencing right then that joy and exhilaration
Another, excellent Christian song for funerals is the hymn “It is Well with My Soul” by Horatio G. Spafford. The song is a confession of trust and peace in the midst of trials and suffering. It is appropriate for funerals because Spafford wrote the song as he was mourning the loss of his four daughters in a tragic shipwreck on the Atlantic. Music can draw out our emotions and help us to understand our feelings. When choosing a song for a funeral consider choosing a favorite song from the deceased, a hymn, or a song that gives comfort and hope.