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.
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.
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!
Funeral hymns play a large part in many religious funeral services. They have become part of our culture and many seem almost second nature to us. You may wonder how you know the hymn even if you're not a church goer!
There is often a surprise for those organising a Roman Catholic funeral during Lent. The choice of music can be somewhat limited or even non-existent.
True, some priests can request no music at all in the church in the lead up to Easter.
Music at a funeral service is often one of the first things to be discussed, as music has a great effect on people’s emotions.
Unchained Melody was originally written for ‘Unchained’, a 1954 movie about life in prison. In the movie an inmate sings about time passing so slowly when you’re locked up wanting to be with the girl you love.
There's something particularly moving about singing at the graveside.
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