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Funeral Music

Posted in Funerals & Memorials

There are so many things to think about when making funeral arrangements for a loved one. The funeral music that is chosen is just one of many items when funeral planning and is often the hardest, other than writing a eulogy. Death is a sensitive time for all involved and finding music that is not only fitting, but that is respectful and a good tribute to the deceased can be difficult.

It may make sense to first understand why people will include funeral music at all. Why is it necessary? Many feel that a specific song can remind them of a person who has died and can also commemorate their memory in a way that is pleasant.  Music in general can evoke a memory or a feeling in a way that words alone simply cannot. The lyrics of a song can also actually explain how we are dealing with a death or how we relate to the deceased. Perhaps the funeral music depicts the person in a way that words alone could not. Additionally, music has the ability to comfort and soothe people when they are dealing with a wide range of emotions. Emotions such as those experienced when dealing with death.

If you are choosing the funeral music or funeral readings for a memorial service or perhaps you are writing a eulogy, just remember that there are no rules for the type of music that is best suited for funerals.  The goal is to generate pleasant memories of the deceased and they should have meaning. The music may have a personal meaning to you, it may be the deceased’s favorite song, or songs that you shared in some way with the deceased. It could just be a song that reminds you of them and that makes you feel closer to the deceased when you hear it.

Most of the time, when planning the funeral music, music is played in the background while friends and family of the deceased are gathering for the service. This can include classical music or hymns among other types of music. It often will represent the taste of the person who has just passed. 

If you find yourself in need of a minister to walk you through this difficult time in your life please contact us at 713-208-2025 for a complimentary phone consultation. Together we can find the right words and funeral services to create a fitting tribute to your loved one.

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