Music Suggestions For Funeral Services

By: Alterna Cremation
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Music expresses what words cannot and stirs human emotions in meaningful and powerful ways.  For this reason, life cycle events, like weddings and funerals, are often punctuated with poignant songs intended to guide guests and attendees in uplifting or solemn meditation.  


Selecting music for the funeral service of someone who has departed can feel like a weighty task.  After all, it’s the final sendoff for that beloved individual.  So, take the time to think carefully about the songs you’ll use and how you’ll arrange them throughout the program.  


While there is no right or wrong when it comes to selecting funeral music, three to four songs are standard.  Often, a more somber selection commences the service, followed by a song that helps tell the story of your loved one’s life somewhere in the middle.  Ending the program with a more upbeat musical selection may allow mourners to move forward with a sense of hope and peace.  


Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when selecting music for a funeral service:


Set the Desired Tone

Is the funeral a casual memorial, a celebration of life, or a formal religious ceremony?  The music you select should reflect and complement the tone of the event being planned.  Along with the venue and decorations, music will help guests tap into the mood of the ceremony.  Consider the feelings and manners you wish to evoke and select music accordingly.  


Ensure Music Reflects the Individual Being Memorialized

Consider what music the deceased person would have selected if they were planning their own funeral (sometimes you may actually be able to discuss this with them prior to their passing).  Look through their personal music collection, consider their tastes and preferences, and make sure that each song resonates as a reflection of their spirit.  Not all musical selections for a funeral need to be sad or serious.  What songs would have brought a smile to your loved one’s face?  


Incorporate Culture and Religion

The religion of a funeral may automatically dictate some of the musical selections—specific hymns, prayers, or chants may be traditionally included.  If the deceased person was connected to a particular culture, consider music that reflects their heritage.  


Consider Lyrics Carefully

Never, never select a song for a funeral without listening to all of the lyrics beforehand.  Played in the context of a memorial service, lyrics can take on different meanings, and the last thing you want to do is mistakenly select a song with potentially offensive words or innuendos.  Enough said.  


Consult With Loved Ones

Whether you opt for recorded or live music, upbeat or solemn, take time to consult with loved ones along the way.  Planning a funeral can be a beautiful opportunity for collaboration and relationship-building as you reflect on the life of the person who has passed and the music that will best honour their spirit.  


Alterna Cremation

If you’re seeking cremation services in Winnipeg, Alterna Cremation is here to provide support every step of the way.  Planning a funeral service is less overwhelming with a dedicated team of caring professionals by your side.  Reach out to us today with any questions or needs.  


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