Funerals convey a different meaning for many people. Some see it as a reflection and celebration of a life, others see it as a time to grieve and mourn. Selecting songs for the service, whether they be traditional or contemporary, convey an important and powerful message.
Most funerals focus on reflections and many like to choose songs that reflect on the joys of life and people's loved ones. The Beatles song, "In My Life" is a classic song that discusses the importance of a person's relationships throughout their life. This song often appeals to the deceased's family and close friends.
Elvis Presley's "Memories," is a mellow ballad that discusses a person's happy memories during their life. While this is a tear-jerker, it creates a very powerful moment during the service. "My Way" by Frank Sinatra and also performed by Elvis, is good for a reflective memorial and reflects on a person's actions and personality during their life.
Many like more traditional songs that incorporate faith and good wishes following a death. A good choice for a traditional hymn is "Morning Has Broken." It's sung often in churches as a gospel hymn, but there is also a version performed by Cat Stevens that is more contemporary. With large cords and strong lyrics, this song would be perfect for a deceased who had a very strong faith.
"You'll Never Walk Alone" is from the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, Carousel. It stands by the message of hope and ensures the deceased that family and friends will always be with him or her. Featured in the movie A Wizard of Oz, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," originally performed by Judy Garland, also features a message of a better after life and is typically accompanied by a piano arrangement.
Funerals are often thought as a mourning event for family and friends. While this may be true, it is also a celebration of the deceased's life. Therefore, many like uplifting, happy songs. "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys features pop and Caribbean elements and is a feel good tune. It's a simple song previewing what heaven may look like.
Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," is a beautiful blues song celebrating the joys of life and everything the world has to offer. This is a great selection for a man or woman who enjoyed life to its fullest. Looking to add some humour to break the sadness? "When the Saints Go Marching In" is a classic that adds humour and optimism for those who used humour and enjoyed the simpler side to life.