Choosing the Perfect Songs for the Funeral Service

By: Myles O'Riordan
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It’s important to remember that a funeral service is a celebration of life and a final moment to celebrate the deceased. When it comes to music selection at the service and memorial, it can sometimes be the most difficult decisions to make. Our funeral directors here at Wagg Funeral Home understand the importance of making sure that every aspect of the service is perfect. Our directors have compiled a few suggestions and things to consider when choosing the perfect song selection for the service.

 

Why is Song Selection so important?

Music is not only a therapy for some but is also a means of communication and expression. People are able to feel and express themselves by the lyrics, movement or instruments within a song. We are sure that there is at least one song that you can think of that when you hear it brings back memories and it immerses you in that moment. As well, don’t loose focus on the fact that the service is a celebration of life, what better way too celebrate the life of you loved one then by remembering them by their favourite song. Although a funeral is a moment of many emotions, by finding the perfect song we are hoping that the good memories will out way the sad, even for just a slight moment.

 

Things to consider when Choosing Appropriate Music for the Service

When you think of the word appropriate it may seem like you may be shifting towards the traditional, however if traditional is not like the deceased then it is important to pick something that fits their memory. Funerals tend to be sombre in nature, which is natural as it is gathering filled with many emotions, but having their favourite songs in the background or sung by the choir may be the perfect way to feel the presences of your loved one in the room. If you are unsure of what kind of music that your loved one liked, try checking some of their items like their phone or iPod, or CD collection. Look to other friends and family, for songs that represent memories to them.

 

When Do you Use the Songs During the Funeral Service?

There is no right and wrong time for the playlist to be on during the service, if you want some of their lower pace music to be playing in the background of the service that is your prerogative. In most services, the music would be playing before the service before people sit down and the service begins. Then throughout the service there may be small breaks where you may want to the choir to sing their favourite song, then you can have someone explain that memory as a precursor to the eulogy. At the end of the service you can also play their music as people are leaving.

 

If you have any more questions on this topic, contact our funeral directors here at Wagg Funeral Home.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Tips for Explaining Death to Children

Discussing death is never easy but it can be especially harrowing to discuss it with a child. Most people don’t know how to handle it so they gloss over the subject as much as they can. That has an...

What Steps Are Involved in Preparing a Funeral Service?

When a family is organizing a funeral service for a loved one, they have some specific ideas about how the service should be. And while there may be some aspects that are different based on what th...

4 Funeral Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

Funerals can be quite difficult for everyone involved. The decedent’s friends and family members are in mourning during this period and may feel more grieved or hurt at any perceived slight. This i...

Canadian Military Honours

One of Canada’s interesting inheritances from the United Kingdom has been its elaborate system of honours, titles and awards based on traditions followed by the British aristocracy. This practice m...

How to Get Through the First Couple of Weeks after a Death

Funeral services, visitations, medical agreements, and other such duties can keep you distracted and your grief away for a short period. When you stop being busy, the pain comes back in full force....

The History of Wagg Funeral Home

Wagg Funeral Home has been around for a long time and is a part of Port Perry community history. This business has changed hands several times but remains true to the core values of good customer s...

Selecting a Final Resting Place after Cremation

Many people have started to choose cremation instead of a burial and they want to dispose of the remains of the deceased loved one with respect and dignity. Finding a final resting place for the de...

Understanding the Stages of Grief

Almost three decades ago a book titled “On Death and Dying” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross made mention of the concept of- “5 Stages of Grief”. Ever since many people use this as a standard guideline to ...

What Do Funeral Directors Do For A Family?

One of the first calls you will need to make when a loved one is about to pass on is to call a funeral director. Funeral directors may run a funeral home or be part of organizations that provi...

Personalizing A Funeral With Unique Song Selections

People have started to move away from very formal and structured funeral services. They want something comfortable and intimate as that can help with the grieving process. Music is a wonderful and ...