The Last Waltz: Choosing a Song For a Funeral Service

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Sharing The Burden: Ideas For Funeral Arrangements

Hello, everybody. My name is Lois, and I am in my seventies. It might be hard to believe, but I attended my first funeral when I was sixty-five years old. Since then, I have suffered the loss of quite a few family members and close friends. In fact, I have now organised over a dozen funerals. As someone who had been so blessed, it really came as a shock when I first experienced the trauma of making funeral arrangements whilst still finding time to grieve. It really taught me the importance of having an empathetic and creative funeral director that can help share the burden and honour your loved one appropriately. Hopefully, this blog will help those who, like me, had no idea about the enormity of the task a funeral organiser faces. I trust that the ideas within will prove comforting and inspiring during this difficult time. Thank you.

The Last Waltz: Choosing a Song For a Funeral Service

3 January 2018
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If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be trying to think of an appropriate song for the funeral services. The music that is played as the coffin is carried out of the church or moved into the crematorium can play a key part in both expressing who the person was and in allowing loved ones to grieve. If you are unsure which song would be best, check out the list below for some ideas.

My Way

This classic Frank Sinatra song is a perfect choice if your loved one is someone who loved to dance, sing, drink and break the rules. The opening lines perfectly capture what could be a person's last thoughts,

"And now, the end is near And so I face the final curtain"

The defiance expressed in this song can prove to be a source of great comfort to those who are left behind, as it shows that even in the face of death, their loved one was fully prepared to face what was to come.

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

This song, from the classic comedy movie, The Life of Brian, will help to bring a moment of light-heartedness to the funeral proceedings. Consider the following lines, for example:

"For life is quite absurd And death's the final word You must always face the curtain with a bow Forget about your sin Give the audience a grin Enjoy it — it's your last chance anyhow"

The verses are followed by a rousing chorus of 'Always look on the bright side of life' which every mourner will be encouraged to join in with and which will create an air of positivity as those dear to you finally depart this world.

We'll Meet Again

This war-time classic is an excellent choice for elderly people who have passed away who were perhaps born during World War Two. Although it is a love song about a couple separated by war, the lyrics translate very well in a funeral setting and provide the reassuring message that even though a loved one has gone to the grave, those left behind can live on in the hope that they will see their loved one again.

If you would like further advice and information about choosing appropriate music for the funeral of a loved one, you should get in touch with a funeral service today. The funeral director will be happy to offer you further advice.