Music for the Ceremony

music can set the tone for any occasion

Choosing music for a funeral service is very personal.  What is right for you would be totally unsuitable for someone else. The traditional funeral hymns of the past have now been gradually replaced with modern funeral songs. 

You don’t have to sing hymns.  You can choose a calm and uplifting classical composition, or a song by a favourite artiste.

positive memories

Funeral music plays an important role in the funeral ceremony and help to remember the departed person.  Certain songs remind us of the person who passed away and bring back positive memories.  Alter the mood of the service with your choice of music.  There is absolutely no reason why you can’t play happy and uplifting music at a funeral.  It can provide comfort to family and friends, reminding them of better times and giving them a reason to smile.

music makes a ceremony

some of my favourite choices

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Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt

Cry – James Blunt

Somewhere in time – John Barry

Somewhere over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy

Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel) – Billy Joel

How can you mend a broken heart? – The Bee Gees

How can you mend a broken heart? – Al Green

For the good times – Al Green

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan

Further on up the Road – Johnny Cash

You got a friend – Carole King

Fire and Rain – James Taylor

Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

When I need you – Rod Stewart

Wish you were here – The BeeGees

Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House

Who’s gonna drive you home? – The Cars

Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

In my Life – The Beatles

Long and Winding Road – The Beatles

My Love – Paul McCartney

My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

Here comes the Sun – George Harrison

If I could be where you are – Enya

On My Own, Les Miserables – Lea Salonga

Time To Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman

The Way We Were – Barbara Streisand

How do I live – Leann Rimes

Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father

I will always love you – Whitney Houston

In the arms of an angel – Sarah McLachlan

The Prayer – Celine Dionne and Josh Groban

There you’ll be – Faith Hill

Now you belong to heaven – Mari Olsen

Unforgettable – Nat ‘King’ Cole and Natalie Cole

If I didn’t love you – Barbra Streisand

The way we were – Barbra Streisand

Immortality – The BeeGees and Celine Dion

You’ll never find another love like mine – Lou Rawls

Wishing on a Star – Rose Royce

Missing You – Diana Ross

Smile – Michael Jackson

I just can’t stop loving you – Michael Jackson

She’s out of my life – Michael Jackson

I’ll be there – Michael Jackson

Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

One day in your life – Michael Jackson

Where do I begin – Andy Williams


Cavalleria Rusticana – Pietro Mascagni

Cavatina – Stanley Myers

Love Theme from The Godfather – Nino Rota

The Gael (Last of The Mohicans Theme) – Douigie McClean

Hymn to the Fallen – John Williams

Dances With Wolves,  The John Dunbar Theme – John Barry

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini – Rachmaninoff

Now we are Free (Gladiator Theme) – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard

Gabriel’s Oboe played by Henrik Chaim – Ennio Morricone

I dreamed a Dream, Instrumental from Les Miserables – Claude-Michel Schonberg

Pie Jesu – Hauser

O mio Babbino Caro, Maria Callas – Giacomo Puccini

Out of Africa theme – John Barry

Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

music is so personal to each of us