Music at Funeral

We can give advice on all aspects of music for the funeral service and make the necessary arrangements.
During their life, many people say that they have a song that they want at their funeral, and the choice of music played at a funeral can add a personal touch to the service.
It is becoming more and more popular for music presents at a funeral instead of, or in addition to, more traditional hymns and organ music.

Also, live music and instrumental soloists may be requested, such as piper or brass band.

Please be advised that if your funeral service is in a church, some ministers may only allow traditional music and hymns. Most crematoria have extensive collections of all types of music, and most will allow you to provide your own music.

It is best to let us know your choice of music as soon as possible.



Example of Funeral Music:

1. My Way, Frank Sinatra
2. The Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
3. Angels, Robbie Williams
4. Time To Say Goodbye, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
5. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zepplin
6. My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion
7. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston
8. Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt
9. Candle In The Wind, Elton John
10. The Show Must Go On, Queen

11. Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

12. Unforgettable, Nat King Amazing Grace, Lesley Garrett and other artists
13. We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn
14. Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland or Eva Cassidy
15. Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley, kd Lang, Alexandra BurkeCole


Classical music for funerals

  1. Schubert’s Ave Maria – sung at JFK’s funeral and performed oft by Pavarotti and all the greats.
  2. Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, a favourite swelling emotional sound at weddings and funerals.
  3. Chopin’s famous Funeral March: a passionate lament enfolds a luminous sliver of lyrical consolation.
  4. Elgar’s, Nimrod from Enigma Variations is instantly recognisable from Last Night of the Proms and other powerful and passionate outings.
  5. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony: ideal for deeper melancholy lushness.
  6. Bach’s sacred music offers cathartic spiritual release whatever your faith: ‘Ruht wohl’ (Rest well) from the St John Passion, is a tender lullaby. ‘Erbarme dich’ (Have pity) from the St Matthew Passion is more intimate with a silky violin solo.
  7. Schubert’s late slow movements offer transcendent mournfulness and warm consolation.  Look for movement II from Piano Sonata in B flat major, D960.
  8. The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams: meditative, iridescent violin solo, here with Nicola Benedetti.
  9. Barber’s Adagio for Strings, opus 11: naked emotional power as broadcast at the death of President Roosevelt and played at the funeral of Einstein.
  10. Pie Jesu from Fauré’s Requiem:Fauré saw death as a ‘happy deliverance’ not something painful.


Hymns for Funerals


Even those who haven’t sung a hymn since school may be surprisingly familiar with some of these old favourites:

  1. The Lord is my shepherd
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. All Things Bright and Beautiful
  4. Morning has broken
  5. Abide with me
  6. Lord of All Hopefulness
  7. The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
  8. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
  9. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  10. For the Beauty of the Earth


Gospel Music for Funerals


This is our Top 10 list of gospel music for funerals.

  1. Take My Hand Precious Lord
  2. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  3. Oh When the Saints Go Marching In
  4. I’ll Fly Away
  5. Going Up Yonder
  6. Soon As I Get Home
  7. God Be With You
  8. Hello After Goodbye
  9. Angels Watching Over Me
  10. I Stand Amazed


Poems, Readings and Eulogies

A friend or relative may wish to say a few words during a service about the person who has died.
You can prepare a eulogy yourself, or you may prefer a favorite poem or other reading, best describing your love one.
Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has died. This tribute can be very emotional for the reading person as well as for the family, friends, and individuals present at funeral service.
If you feel that this is overwhelming, Minister or a Priest can do reading for you.

Last Fight


A face that is always on my mind,
A smile I have seen a million times,
Two eyes that would light up the sky at night,
One last battle you could not fight,
The day was long, then night then morn.
I knew that soon you would be gone,
I clasped your hand so warm in mine,
Soon we would be out of time,
To stay with us you fought so hard,
A million pieces went my heart,
Now a photo I look at to see your smile,
I keep your number on my speed dial,
A video I watch to hear your voice,
This I do.... I have no choice.,
But great memories I will always keep with me,
Your love in my heart for eternity,
I never got to say goodbye,
To understand why, I can but try,
Waiting in heaven from this moment on,
'Till God asks you to bring me home....

I love you Mum xxx

Family Friend Poems

Five Minutes


If I only had five minutes the day you passed away,
I would have had time to tell you all the things I needed to say.

I never got to tell you how much you mean to me,
Or that you were the best dad, better than any man could be.

The last time that I talked to you
I wish I would have known.
I would have said I love you,
and kept you on the phone.

If I only had five minutes,
the morning you passed away,
I'd give you one last hug so tight and see your great big smile.
I'd tell you that I don't think I could live without you,
not even for awhile.
I'd kiss your cheek and take your hand and tell you it's okay to go
And tell you that I'll miss you,
more than you'll ever know.

But you were gone so quickly,
One last car ride you'd take.
Before you even knew it,
you were standing at heavens gate.
Now God has called upon you,
It's time to get your wings.
To leave this life behind you,
And enjoy all of heavens beautiful things.
So wait for me in heaven Dad,
Don't let me come alone.
The day the angels come for me,
Please be there to bring me home.

Family Friend Poems


Life Goes On


It's true what they say, when a child is born,
a mother's heart is no longer her own,
It runs and skips and giggles and grins,
And crawls in her lap, for a kiss on the chin,
But where goes her heart, when that child is gone,
Is it true what they say, that life goes on.

A thousand ninety-five days, and the clock still ticks,
3 whole years, the months - 36,
Does the passage of time mean it should make sense,
Can loss be measured in time increments.
As I yearn for the day when I'll again see my son,
Is it true what they say, that life goes on.

I still breathe in and out and arise every day,
And work, and struggle, and yes, even play,
Things will get better, I've been told many times,
But "different" is the status for those left behind,
Time can't heal all wounds nor break all bonds,
Can it be true what they say, that life goes on.

In the air and wind, I feel your strong embrace,
And your kisses from butterflies that land on my face,
I see your smile in the beams of the sun,
The twinkle of your eyes now shines in Eden,
And I hear your laugh in the lyrics of song,
Is it possibly true, that life goes on.

It's strange to think that your heart still beats,
Inside some stranger, whom I'll never meet,
Does he know he carries a heart of gold,
From my sweet boy, who will never grow old,
So many lives saved by your own,
Yes - it's true what they say, that life goes on.

Family Friend Poems


When You Were Small

I often think of you
When you were very small.
You left your fingerprints
On almost every wall.
Back when you were growing up
They were such happy years.
How you would smile and make up games
I remember through my tears
Some day we will be together
In heaven up above.
But for now my little girl
I send you all my love.


If Roses Grow in Heaven

By Dolores M. Garcia

If roses grow in heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.

Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
                                                                                       but there’s an ache within my heart
                                                                                        that will never go away.


I Never Saw Your Wings

By an Unknown Author

How is it that I never saw your wings
when you were here with me?
When you closed your eyes and soared
to the Heavens I could hear the
faint flutter of you wings as you left.
Your body no longer on this side
your spirit here eternally I see your halo shine.
I close my eyes and see the multi-colored wings
surround me in my saddest moments and my happiest times.
Mother my angel God has given you your assignment
always my mother forever my angel.
You fly into my dreams and when I am asleep
I feel your wings brush against my face wiping away
the tears I shed since I can no longer hold
you in my arms but in my heart.
You earned those wings dear mother
and you will always be me angel eternal.


She Is Gone (He Is Gone)

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
David Harkins

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.
I did not die.
Mary Frye



Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
Christina Rosetti


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