Funeral Music

Music plays an important part in any funeral service, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the individuality of your loved one.
 

 

Modern music

It’s become increasingly popular to have the deceased’s favourite music, or a piece of music or song that reminds the family of the deceased, played at the funeral. The songs picked are often more modern, and are sometimes quite light hearted or playful.

Live music is also increasing in popularity, and we’ve seen a real variety including bagpipes, ukuleles, Spanish guitars and jazz bands.

Here is a short list of some of the more popular modern music choices. You can click the button to listen to each track.

  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – Eric Idle/Monty Python
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • You Raise Me Up – Westlife
  • Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & the Pacemakers
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  • Someone Like You – Adele
  • We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  • Nothing Compares 2U – Sinead O’Connor
  • Jealous of the Angels – Jenn Bostic
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Stand by Me – Ben E King

 

 

Traditional music

Traditional music is still very popular, which generally means hymns are sung at the service by the mourners. Popular hymns include:

  • Abide with me; fast falls the eventide – Henry Francis Lyte (1793 – 1847)
  • All things bright and beautiful – Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895)
  • Amazing Grace (how sweet the sound) – John Newton (1725 – 1807)
  • Blest are the pure in heart – John Keble (1792 – 1866)
  • Eternal Father, strong to save – William Whitting (1825 – 1878)
  • In heavenly love abiding – Anna Laetita Waring (1820 – 1910)
  • Jerusalem – William Blake (1757 – 1827)
  • Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us – James Edmonton (1791 – 1867)
  • Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy – Jan Strutter (1901 – 1953)
  • Love Divine All Loves Excelling – Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
  • Make me a channel of your peace – Sebastian Temple (1928 – 1997)
  • Morning has broken, just like the first morning – Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965)
  • O God, our help in ages past – Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
  • O love that wilt not let me go – George Matheson (1842 – 1906)
  • On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross – George Bennard (1873 – 1958)
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd – Psalm 23
  • The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended – John Ellerton (1826 – 1893)
  • The King of love my shepherd is – Henry Williams Baker (1821 – 1877)
  • There is a green hill far away – Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895)
  • When I survey the wondrous cross – Isaac Watts (1674 –1748)

If you’d like to discuss music choices, you can speak to us on 01476 594422.