Whether you’re planning your own funeral or doing so on behalf of a loved one who has recently passed away, something you’ll need to give a lot of consideration to is the music you want to play at the ceremony.
It’s always a nice touch to choose songs and hymns that have personal meaning for the deceased so do always try and include some music from their favourite artists or composer – but even with knowing who their favourite bands were, it can still be a difficult decision to make.
It might be worth having a look at new research from SunLife Direct revealing the top ten funeral tunes for this year and seeing how they compare to the top tunes from 2017. You never know – there might well be a few gems in there that you wouldn’t have considered otherwise.
For 2018, the top ten tunes were revealed as being Abide With Me, Amazing Grace, My Way, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Old Rugged Cross, Jerusalem, Time To Say Goodbye, The Lord’s My Shepherd, You’ll Never Walk Alone and I Will Always Love You.
As for last year, the top ten was Abide With Me, Amazing Grace, The Lord’s My Shepherd, Old Rugged Cross, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, My Way, How Great Thou Art, Love Divine, Morning Has Broken and It’s a Wonderful Life.
“Almost one thousand songs and hymns were named by funeral organisers, proving that funeral songs play an important role in personalising the event. From poignant tunes to songs that will raise a smile, to the downright unusual – one person revealed they had played My Old Man’s a Dustman – choosing which songs to play is just one of the many funeral decisions to be made.
“Yet our 2017 Cost of Dying Report revealed that only one in five (22 per cent) people knew which music or readings to have,” Ian Cooper, head of funeral propositions with SunLife, said.
SunLife has also very helpfully put together a blog post of other popular funeral songs if you’re still searching for inspiration. Sadder songs include Nothing Compares to You, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Eva Cassidy’s Over the Rainbow and Westlife’s I’ll See You Again.
The organisation also makes the point that you don’t have to choose a sad song and it’s not always inappropriate to go for something more upbeat and happier. Other happy songs you might be tempted by include Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry. Be Happy, Stevie Wonder’s You are the Sunshine of My Life and Morcambe and Wise’s Bring Me Sunshine.
Interestingly, TV theme tunes have also been used in funerals in the past, with SunLife suggesting perhaps themes from the likes of Only Fools and Horses, Match of the Day, the Countdown clock music and the music from The Great British Bake Off.
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