The 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
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.
For more information call us on 01273 736469 or visit our websitewww.sussexfunerals.com.