Popular Funeral Hymns
At the time of a death and also during the funeral ceremony many people find themselves at a loss for words. They struggle to express their sincere, and often heartfelt, empathy for the sad occasion. It is at these times that music can unveil a dimension of meaning and feeling that words alone cannot create.
For the church and committed Christians, particularly those with a very strong faith, the important event of passing into eternal life is a great occasion. Music generally plays a significant part in the lives of many people regardless of race or culture, so it's only natural that music which can evoke strong feelings, and which can be shared by the whole congregation should be an important part of the ritual of a Christian funeral ceremony.
If you listen to the sublimely simple to sing, (but no less meaningful opening hymns) such as Amazing Grace or All Things Bright and Beautiful, and then to the powerful and rousing O Lord my God when I in Awesome Wonder (How Great Thou Art) it's not difficult to understand the importance of hymns in Christian and occasionally non-denominational funerals, because whether you have a faith or not, this is undeniably stirring music, you can't help but feel its power, and the urge to join in and sing along sometimes proves too irresistible to ignore.