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- The King of Love My Shepherd Is (St. Columba tune) - has always been one of my favorite hymns for funerals
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Kingsfold tune)
Lord of All Hopefulness (Slane tune)
Abide With Me (I never heard this hymn until for my husband's 96-year-old grandfather's funeral a couple years back. He was one of the most devout Catholics I knew. He was also in seminary before needing to leave to help take care of his family after his own father passed away suddenly. It's not a "Catholic" hymn, but the text was moving, especially the last verse.)
Two things outside of the hymn sphere:
If your church has an organist who is a good musician and if you can find a good mezzo-soprano or good boy alto (NOT a soprano. It's not written for a soprano), I also recommend Durufle's "Pie Jesu". The organ part isn't particularly difficult and you don't need the cello. I can send you the music if you like it and would like the music. I've had to sing it for three of my family members' funerals over the past few years. The entire Requiem mass was composed in 1947 in memory of Durufle's father and he does an incredible job incorporating the chants into the choral parts.
The little boy has one or two little blips, but he does a sweet job with it:
Or the Faure "Pie Jesu" from his Requiem mass. The organ accompaniment for this is not that difficult either. I also have the music for this, although many organists I know usually have this in their repertoire. A soprano or a "high" mezzo-soprano can do this. Originally written for boy singers, though.
These are wonderful music choices. Incidently, all these hymns - not just Abide with me - were written by Anglicans, apart from I heard the voice of Jesus Say written by a Presbyterian, but they are all perfectly suitable for a Catholic funeral (and far superior to On Eagles Wings which I have just listened to for the first - and hopefully last - time!)
Pie Jesu is just sublime when sung by a boy choirister. Thankk you for the links.