The Memorial Music Library. Songs for Grief and Loss Is an excellent American web
site that has over 700 songs that are suitable to use at a Civil Funeral Ceremony.
You can listen to the whole song to make sure it is the one you want. I have found
it to be a very good tool in researching specific music for a ceremony. From Classical
to Country and Western it caters for all tastes.
Once you have the title of the piece the Funeral Director can then inform the Crematorium
what you would like played or a CD can be purchased to be played at the graveside.
Most Crematoriums can download music from the Internet to a Wesley machine. All you
will need is the title and artist.
There are 3 points in a Civil Funeral when music may be appropriate. At the entry,
at the committal and at the exit.
A Woodland Burial ceremony presents different challenges to those who would like
music during the ceremony.
A portable CD player is a good option.
An uplifting piece of music drifting through the trees at the start of the ceremony
helps to set the mood of the occasion.
I have used many different pieces of music in my ceremonies.
Some of my favourites are listed below:
Annie Lennox. Into the West.
George Butterworth. The Banks of the Green Willow / A Shropshire Lad.
Richard Strauss. Four Last Songs. Beim Schlafengehen
Spiegel im Spiegel.
The Ashokan Farewell.
Sissel. In Paradisum
Led Zeppelin. Stairway to Heaven
Louis Armstrong. Wonderful World
Ralph Vaughan Williams. Air on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; another favourite of his
is The Lark Ascending
Beethoven. Pastoral Symphony (Many pieces to choose from)
Debussy Clare de Lune
Pachelbel. Canon in D
Frank Sinatra My Way
The Beatles The Long and Winding Road
Kirsty MacColl Days
The list is endless.
Music can also capture the mood of an era.
Vera Lynn, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Glenn Miller are firm favourites in
Live music is another option, a solo performer singing a favourite piece is a very
personal way to pay tribute to your loved one. There is nothing to stop you asking
your local Church choir or Organist to assist with the music during the Funeral.
Ask the Funeral Director which options are available.