When you’re planning a loved one’s funeral, or even thinking ahead about your own send-off, it’s likely that you may want to include music in the service. Music is a wonderful way to bring a personal touch to the proceedings, and inject some personality that truly represents the life of the deceased. Because of this, there’s no right and wrong when it comes to selecting funeral music; instead, it’s important to think about what suits the person, and the kind of funeral you’re arranging, and use that as a basis for your decision.
A traditional celebration
Previously, classical music was a very popular choice for funerals. If you’re opting for a traditional celebration, then this can be an excellent option – with pieces from famous classical composers to traditional funeral hymns and songs written by world-renowned musicians. Classic hymns include “The Lord’s My Shepherd” and “Abide With Me”, with pieces like “Ave Maria” and “Nessun Dorma” also being widely used. If you choose to have hymns at your funeral, we strongly recommend having an organist – if you do this, the organist can also be used to play at the beginning or end of the service.
If you’re opting for a more modern celebration, then some newer popular choices include songs like Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’, or Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Many believe this shift towards more upbeat songs symbolises how more people view funerals as a celebration of life nowadays, rather than an occasion at which to focus on the death itself.
For those looking for a touching representation for a loved one, there are many poignant and uplifting song choices out there – many of which regularly appear in lists of top 10 funeral songs. Classics such as “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler and “Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy are just a couple of these popular choices.
Honouring the deceased
You may also find that thinking about your relationship with the deceased helps to inspire you regarding your musical choices. For example, there are many songs which help to pay tribute to a parent, such as “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, or “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross. For a friend, perhaps “Stand By Me” by Ben E King, or “Smile” by Nat King Cole.
Support from T. Allen Funeral Service
If you’re unsure about choosing the music for a funeral service, or would like some assistance with the process, then please don’t hesitate to talk to one of our friendly members of staff. They have extensive experience organising many different types of funerals, and are here to support you each and every step of the way.