Songs of Lament

We offer this list of songs of lament, both traditional and contemporary, suitable for funerals, reflective services, services of remembering, or for inclusion in regular worship where bereaved people might find them helpful.

Our list is far from exhaustive, so if you have suggestions of other pieces of music that you have used, please email them to for consideration.

God who created both sunshine and rainWords by Nick Ball 2011Tune Slane, Lord of all hopefulnessContemporary
Lord of compassionWords by Nick Ball 2012Tune Morning has brokenContemporary
Christ the Lord is with meStephanie GretzingerContemporary
Where are you?Chandler MooreContemporary
I am not aloneKari JobeContemporary
He KnowsJeremy CampContemporary
Strong EnoughMatthew WestContemporary
Great is thy FaithfulnessThomas O. ChisholmTraditional
Blessed AssuranceFanny CrosbyHelpful theology at the funeral of a believerTraditional
God is love, let heaven adore himTimothy ReesTraditional
Blessed be your nameMatt RedmondOmit last verseContemporary
I heard the voice of Jesus sayHoratius BonarTraditional
Lord of all HopefulnessJan StrutherTraditional
In heavenly love abidingAnna Letitia WaringTraditional
God, hold us, enfold us, through desolate lossMarjorie DobsonContemporary
The day thou gavestJohn EllertonTraditional
Abide with meHenry Francis LyteTraditional
Come down o love divineBianco da Siena tr. Richard F. LittledaleTraditional
Faithful oneBrian DoekersonContemporary
Irish BlessingBob ChilcottContemporary Choral
There’s a time for TearsSam HargreavesContemporary
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?SpiritualSpiritual
BreathePat Barrett, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore & Doe JonesContemporary
Broken PeopleIsrael & New BreedContemporary
Can’t give up nowMary MaryContemporary
Footprints in the sandLeona LewisContemporary
He won’t leave youRichard SmallwoodReflective
Hear my cryFred Hammond & RFCContemporary
Help meTamela MannContemporary
I am not aloneKari JobeContemporary
I watch the sunriseColin James Murphy / John Michael GlynnParticularly popular at funeralsContemporary
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seenLouis ArmstrongGospel
Oceans DeepMatt Crocker, Joel Houston & Salomon LigthelmContemporary