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The role of music at a funeral

Funeral music can play a powerful role, with each song a reflection of the life of the person who passed away. The songs selected can set the tone of the service and evoke memories and emotions of your loved one. A funeral is also a celebration of life and music can be an important part of this celebration.

The inclusion of live music is another way to personalise the service. You may have a musician in the family that can perform a meaningful piece, or you can hire a professional musician. This could include a vocalist, pianist, violinist or bagpiper. Their expertise will offer sophistication to a sentimental day.

Selecting funeral music is a very personal experience. Below is a list of popular funeral songs that you and your family may consider:

Popular music

  • Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  • Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
  • The Best – Tina Turner
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • Let it Be – The Beatles
  • You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor
  • Someone Like You – Adele
  • Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
  • You Raise Me Up – Westlife

Classical music

  • Ave Maria – Schubert
  • Hymn to the Fallen – Katherine Jenkins
  • Grand March (AIDA) – Verdi
  • Jerusalem – Blake
  • The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
  • 1812 Overture (conclusion) – Tchaikovsky
  • Greensleeves – Mantovani
  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • Land of My Fathers – Band of the Welsh Guards

Reflection music

  • I’ll See You Again – Westlife
  • How Am I Supposed to Live Without You – Michael Bolton
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Every Breath You Take – The Police
  • Nothing Compares to You - Sinead O’Connor
  • Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  • A Million Love Songs – Take That
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • Kiss From a Rose – Seal

Uplifting music

  • Follow the Sun  Xavier Rudd
  • Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
  • California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and Papas
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • Don’t Rain on My Parade – Bobby Darin
  • Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  • I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

Remember the songs that you choose should be ones that you see most fitting to honouring your loved one.

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