I have received several requests for the playlist of country gospel funeral songs from my mother’s services.
Music played an important role in my journey through my mother’s illness. It helped me maintain my connection to my mother while she was still alive and also helped me to say goodbye and honor her memory when she passed.
Music was one of the only gifts I could still give my mother in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
In early December, after learning about music therapy for dementia patients on “The Doctors” television show, I purchased an inexpensive mp3 player and filled it with my mother’s favorite Christmas albums. The nurses immediately noticed a marked difference in her mood while she listened to her music.
Encouraged by her reaction, I added several of my mother’s favorite country albums to the mix.
The country gospel song list for my mother’s funeral was at least two years in the making, a collaboration of input from myself, my brother, my dad and my grandmother. “Trust and Obey” is the first song my mother ever memorized, according to her baby book.
Country gospel music for prelude
Marty Robbins – Have Thine Own Way Lord
George Jones – How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
Merle Haggard – What A Friend We Have in Jesus
Loretta Lynn – Will the Circle Be Unbroken
O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack – I’ll Fly Away
Hank Williams – I Saw the Light
Josh Turner – Long Black Train
Johnny Cash – We’ll Meet Again
Elvis Presley – Peace in the Valley
The Judds – I Know Where I’m Going
Vince Gill – Go Rest High On That Mountain
A capella hymns led by Western Hills Church of Christ Praise Team
I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden)
You Are My All in All
The Old Rugged Cross
Trust and Obey
Country gospel music for photo tribute
Patsy Cline – Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Alan Jackson – Blessed Assurance
Brad Paisley/Dolly Parton – When I Get Where I’m Going
A capella solo by Twyla Fuertes
A capella hymns led by Ken Thornton
It Is Well With My Soul
Mansion Over the Hilltop
The Lord Bless You and Keep You