Funeral Music Tribute
If you are planning and arranging a funeral, here is some helpful advice when selecting the funeral music:
Funeral music that is chosen to say goodbye to our loved ones is often decided on because it evokes memories of that person; we take comfort in the familiarity of the tunes. It’s a revealing process, choosing these exit songs for our departed; they say so much about the person we are mourning and articulate our loss when our own words fail.
Some points to consider:
- Choose songs that help mourners reflect on the deceased, grieve over their passing and celebrate their life.
- Choose music that provides comfort and stimulates pleasant memories of the departed person.
- Choose funeral songs that reflect the person’s personality, or songs that are one of the departed favorites. If the song has a special relevance to the decedent, consider preparing a short verbal introduction so that all mourners can understand its significance.
- Ask family if they have any ideas or special requests for funeral songs or funeral music.
- If you are having trouble choosing, consider instrumental funeral music.
- Before using funeral music, listen to the song completely before hand, and look over the lyrics. There are many websites that will list lyrics and let you preview songs.
- You might consider live music such as bagpipes, Spanish guitars or a Jazz Band.
Bennetts Funeral Directors of Essex, are able to advise you on live music options, please call us on 01277 210104, as contact information for musicians can be supplied upon request.
Please take note that when you are arranging a funeral, if your funeral service is being held in a church, some ministers may only allow traditional music and hymns. Most crematoria have large collections of all types of funeral music and most will allow you to provide your own music on CD.