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Funeral music

What kind of music do you choose for a funeral? It really depends on taste – but it is not quite as simple as that. You have to choose music that will appeal broadly to all the mourners, who will represent a wide selection of musical tastes.

Which does not mean that it has to be bland. Soothing, spiritual, stately, uplifting – all those qualities will do. This may well mean that you will be thinking of classical music.

But the music should also chime with the tastes of the deceased. If they loved the blues, why not a blues song? Or pop, or rap?

Personal choice

Many people say "you can play that at my funeral", and mean it. It is worth considering. That could be a good choice, but do review it first. Many pop songs, for instance, contains words that, for one reason or another, may in fact not be suitable.



Adagio in G Minor, by Albinoni

Adagio for Strings, Opus 11, by Samuel Barber

Adagio, from Toccata, Adago and Fugue, by J.S. Bach

Canon in D, by Pachelbel

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, by J.S. Bach

Prelude on Rhosymedre, by Vaughan Williams

Salut d'Amour, by Elgar

Sonata in B flat minor, Opus 35, 3rd movement (Funeral March), by Chopin

Song for Athene, by John Taverner


"Somewhere over the Rainbow", by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

"Candle in the Wind", by Elton John

"The Circle of Life", by Elton John

"My Way", by Frank Sinatra

"Always", by Frank Sinatra

"My Heart Will Go On", by Celine Dion

"Keep me in your Heart for a While", by Warren Zevon

"You Raise Me Up", by Westlife

"Sunset Cowboy", by Stone the Crows


All Things Bright and Beautiful

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Lord of all Hopefulness, Lord of all Joy





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