Funeral Music : Choosing the right music for you

Choosing the right funeral music can be challenging – do you want something traditional and classic, or an uplifting and celebratory anthem, a favourite pop song, or something a bit more conventional?

It can be daunting deciding what music you’d like. Funerals are becoming increasingly tailored and celebratory, so selecting your own funeral music is not as straightforward as picking from a few options.

The tracks chosen for your funeral should be personal and reflect the life you’ve lived. If you have chosen a traditional, religious funeral, something classical like Ave Maria might be appropriate, but for a Celebration of Life, Frank Sinatra’s My Way or Robbie Williams’ Angels might be better suited.

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Amongst the most requested funeral music is Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle, Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler and Time to Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. Other popular songs include When September Ends by Green Day, You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Oasis’ Wonderwall.

It’s perhaps easier to choose funeral songs for someone else; it could be a special piece of music, their football team’s anthem, or a song that makes you think of them and smile – this is the result you want at your own funeral.

While a quick glance at the CD collection or favourite playlists might help you draw up a shortlist, discussing options with family and friends, and recording your decisions in a funeral plan is useful.

In addition to noting your choice of music, your prepaid funeral plan can document the type of funeral you’d like, whether you want a burial or cremation, and what flowers or transport is required. It also gives you peace of mind that everything is arranged in advance to get the funeral you want, without burdening your loved ones.

If you’d like to discuss options for funeral music, and how a Capital Life funeral plan can help you arrange your send-off in advance, call one of our helpful advisors on 0800 411 8688 or contact us.