Funeral-MusicThe choice of funeral songs provides a caring theme to any funeral. The choices are often personal to the deceased and bring great sentimental value to the service. Careful choice of songs, music, hymns etc. bring sensitivity to the memory of the individual.

We at Sussex Funeral Services always encourage our clients to choose music that is personal to their loved ones, or indeed to themselves.

The usual thing is for three pieces of music to be played during the service which normally lasts for thirty minutes.

That is, one piece for the entry of the coffin, usually a sombre piece to set the tone; a reflective piece during the service, usually played after the tributes, time used for personal reflection and maybe private prayer; and a departing piece which you may prefer to be a bit upbeat to lighten the mood, but is again personal to either your loved one or inspirational to you.

However depending on the service content will depend on the amount of music that can be played and listened to and for how long each piece can be played for.


Popular Funeral Songs

2012   2009   Song/Artist

1             1           My way – Frank Sinatra / Shirley Bassey

2             3           Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman & Andrea  Bocelli

3             2           The Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

4             5           Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy

5             4           Angels – Robbie Williams

6             6           You Raise Me Up – Boyzone / Westlife / Josh Groban

7             9           You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & the Pacemakers

8             –            We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn

9             7           The Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

10           10         Unforgetable – Nat King Cole


Classical Funeral Songs

2012   2009   Piece/Composer

1            1            Nimrod from Enigma Variations – Elgar

2            5           Canon in D – Pachelbel

3            3           Ave Maria – Schubert

4            4           Nessun Dorma – Puccini

5            2           Pie Jesu from Requiem – Faure

6           8           The Four Seasons – Vivaldi

7            –           Adagio – Albinoni / Bizet

8            7          Air on the G String – Bach

9            10        Largo from Xerxes – Handel

10          –           Clair de Lune – Debussy


Funeral Hymns

2012   2009   Hymn                                                

1           2            Abide With Me

2           1            The Lord is my Shepherd

3           3            All Things Bright & beautiful

4           4            Old Rugged Cross

5           6            How Great Thou Art

6           5            Amazing Grace

7           8           Jerusalem

8           10         Morning Has Broken

9           7           The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Has Ended

10         9           Make Me a Channel of Your Peace


Quirky Funeral Song Choices – a selection


Always Look on the Bright Side – Eric idle

Ying Tong Song – Spike Milligan

Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

Spirit in the Sky – Doctor & the Medics

Clock from Countdown – TV Theme

Match of the Day – TV Theme

One Foot in the Grave – TV Theme

Last of the Summer Wine – TV Theme

Dr Who – TV Theme

Top Gear – TV Theme

The X Files – TV Theme

Red Dwarf – TV Theme

Six Feet Under – TV Theme

It’s Time to Face the Music – TV Theme


Our Brighton and Hove funeral director at Sussex Funeral Services is now able to offer our clients a live vocalist who can sing most of the popular songs listed in the above tables.  She is in fact, a Katherine Jenkins Tribute performer but can sing almost anything, given a couple of days to learn, if not already in her repertoire.

A live performer at a funeral can be a very moving experience and very personal,  and we are pleased to say that since she works for Sussex Funeral Services, our price for this unique experience is very affordable.

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