At Singers for Funerals, we often sing for Catholic funerals, including both simple and full mass services. Indeed, soprano Toni is the soloist of choice for several Catholic churches in Hampshire, and in particular the Southampton/Portsmouth areas.
Our ability to sing a wide variety of songs at funeral services has led us to some unexpected gems and new favourites. Many of these started out as a one-off request for one family and have gone on to delight and comfort many others.
The Co-op’s recent survey of funeral music shows ‘My Way’ is still in the top spot, having featured on every survey conducted by the funeral service group.
Often families are unaware of how to plan a funeral service and especially how long things may actually take.
So to help, we put together this timeline to help plan the elements of a 45minute crematorium funeral service.
If there is one thing that we’ve learnt in 6 years of singing at funerals, it’s that no two funerals are ever the same in terms of the music choices. Often families will call us to discuss what music for a funeral they might have, and what we might sing for them. This often includes a special request for a song that means a lot to the family, or was a particular favourite of their loved one.
When it comes to deciding what to include in the service for a small funeral, there really are no hard and fast rules. The last few funerals I've sung at have shown exactly that point.
How do you decide on choices of music and readings for funerals when they have both a spoken or a sung version? A recent funeral highlighted that dilemma.
Normally I drive to sing at funerals, but today I trusted myself to the railways network instead. Travelling from our base in Farnborough to the service in New Eltham, the trains seemed the best option, especially compared to travelling the M25 after 4pm. At that time of day the M25 can be a car park!
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