Funeral Music

by Steve Pritchard-Jones

Choosing funeral music can be a deeply personal and meaningful decision, as it can evoke emotions and memories associated with the departed loved one. Here are some common choices for funeral music across different genres:

Classical music choices:
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
Nimrod from Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”
Pie Jesu from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem
Lacrimosa from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem

Popular Hymns:
Amazing Grace
How Great Thou Art
Abide with Me
Morning Has Broken
The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23)
Be Thou My Vision

Contemporary music choices:
Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Angels by Robbie Williams

Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel
The Rose by Amanda McBroom (Instrumental version)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Instrumental version)
Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (Instrumental version)
Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven

Other popular pieces:
I’ll Fly Away” by Alison Krauss
You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & The Pacemakers
Danny Boy (Traditional)
Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
My Way by Frank Sinatra

Personalised Songs:
Songs that hold special meaning to the deceased or their family and friends, such as songs that were favourites of the departed, songs that reflect their personality or life story.

Ultimately, the choice of funeral music should reflect the preferences and personality of the deceased and bring comfort to those mourning their loss.

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Steve Pritchard-Jones

Steve Pritchard-Jones

I am an independent civil celebrant conducting weddings, celebration of life/funerals, commitment, civil partnership, renewal of vows, adoption welcoming, naming, pet funerals, internment or scatter of ashes, memorials service, and even divorce ceremonies in Shropshire, West Midlands, Mid and North Wales, Derbyshire, Staffordshire & throughout the UK.

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