There’s something particularly moving about singing at the graveside. I can sing outside thanks to our discreet portable backing track system, so I have professional accompaniment wherever I go. I don’t need much else: just a space for me to stand on (preferably), somewhere to rest the speaker, so the mourners can hear and see me. I even sing from under an umbrella if necessary.
Your choice of music
There are very few restrictions even from the Catholic Church on the type of music that I can sing at graveside.
Top 5 funeral graveside songs
Here are the Top 5 songs people have asked us to sing during the burial ceremony:
The melody is the lilting Irish tune “Londonderry Air”. The song is very popular for funerals, and for graveside, the third and fourth verses are particularly appropriate.
We’ll Meet Again
The 1939 British song made famous by Dame Vera Lynn. It became an anthem for those waiting for loved ones to return home during WW2.
This song is often thought to be a negro spiritual, but is from a melody in the New World Symphony by Dvorák. The tune is gently lyrical and calming, it was used as the Hovis advert for music for some time.
You Raise Me Up
“You Raise Me Up” was originally composed by the duo Secret Garden. Josh Groban popularised the song in 2003; and the Irish band Westlife brought it to wider public attention in the UK. A great choice as people relate easily to the sentiment.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
A great funeral poem set to wonderful music. This song has become a very popular choice at funeral services and is extremely fitting for the graveside. Many families find that the combination of apt words and a gently tune provides a source of musical comfort and solace at a very difficult moment.
Why choose live singing at the graveside
Having a favourite song sung beside the open grave adds an extra level of thought, care and personalisation to the service. The vicar/priest/celebrant often remarks how special live signing is, and the grave diggers are often taken aback; they don’t get singers very often!