The stalwart of black gospel songs for funerals is Thomas Dorsey's "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Written in 1932, Dorsey's classic is perhaps the most iconic black spiritual of all time. Dorsey adapted the melody from a 19th century hymn, but composed the lyrics when mourning the deaths of his first wife and child.Continue Reading
"Take My Hand, Precious Lord" is one of the most recorded gospel songs in history. A measure of its place in the black community is that Mahalia Jackson sang it at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Aretha Franklin sang it four years later at Jackson's funeral, according to The Huffington Post.
The Caravans' performance of "Lord Keep Me Day by Day," written by and featuring Eddie Williams, is another gospel classic and a staple of black funerals. Along with a host of gospel favorites, it was sung at the funeral of another Caravans member, Albertina Walker in 2010.
"I'll Fly Away," a black gospel favorite, performed by everyone from Jackie Wilson to Mississippi John Hurt, is sung frequently at black funerals. While "Amazing Grace" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken" have an appeal in black and white communities beyond their use in funerals, both are nonetheless a mainstay for funerals in the black community. Andre Crouch's "Soon and Very Soon" is also a black funeral perennial, especially as the coffin is carried from the church and the family files out from the church.Learn more about Holidays & Celebrations
Listings for upcoming Paperman and Sons funerals and shivas are available on the home page of the organization's official website. Visitors can also browse and search for listings from the prior 30 days. Listings include the name of the deceased and the date and time of services.Full Answer >
Knanaya Voice telecasts live funerals online, and it also provides obituaries that include the dates and times of upcoming live funerals. To view the live funerals, click on the Obituaries tab and select an obituary. Some of the obituaries include photographs of the deceased.Full Answer >
There are a wide number of songs to choose from for funerals, including hymns such as "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art," or meaningful contemporary songs, such as "Dance With My Father Again" by Luther Vandross and "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan, according to NextGenMemorials.com and HeavenSentMusic.com. Most of these songs are ones that evokes a feeling of comfort or that reminds funeral-goers of the person who passed.Full Answer >
Some of the most popular songs for funerals include Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.” The range of emotions in these songs, from sad and sentimental to humorous and uplifting, has made them enduring funeral choices.Full Answer >