A funeral can be a wonderful celebration of someone’s life and often people like to incorporate special and unique music and multi-media into the service. There are no rules about the type of music that is best.
A particular funeral song can remind us of the person who has passed away and provide moments of precious memories. You might choose a funeral song for the lyrics, to summarise how you’re feeling as an alternative to saying it yourself. When we are dealing with overwhelming grief, music has the ability to soothe and comfort us.
Funeral songs that have meaning to you and your loved one are a perfect choice — his or her favourite song, the song that was playing when you met, the songs you liked to sing together.
Funeral songs that reflect the personality of your loved one are also a good choice. Beautiful hymns, classical music, or gentle Celtic airs also provide soothing background music and are often played while people are gathering in the chapel or funeral home.
Live music is very powerful – it can express love, joy, sadness, celebration, humour and solemnity. It can provide comfort and has been used for centuries to mark life’s special occasions.
The following music and songs are provided as suggestions.
Ave Maria Schubert
Bist du bei mir Bach
The Lord is my shepherd Various arrangements
Panis angelicus Cesar Franck
Somewhere (West Side Story) Bernstein
You’ll never walk alone (Carousel) Rodgers & Hammerstein
Time to say goodbye F. Sartori & L. Quarantotto
Vissi d’arte (Tosca) Puccini
The Flower Duet (Lakme) Delibes
Parigi o cara (La Traviata) Verdi
Nessun dorma (Turandot) Puccini
Soave sia il vento (Cosi fan tutte) Mozart
Adagio (Clarinet Concerto A major) Mozart
Adagio (Toccata, Adagio and Bach Fugue BWV 564)
The last post Traditional
Adagio for strings Barber