If you have found your way to this page, then you are probably involved with planning a funeral or memorial service. If the service is for someone who was close to you, then there’s a good chance you are making lots of decisions right now… and many of those decisions involve matters more important than what music to play at the service. Nonetheless, the music does have importance. Think of it as a way to connect the departed with the people who attend the service. Or more importantly, think of it as a way to help the healing process begin for everyone.
Choosing the right songs for the service will be a bit of a balancing act. You will want to select songs that are symbolic of the departed, but at the same time balance your personal preferences with those of family members and others. Unlike days past, there really are no “set” rules about what type of music is most appropriate – it used to be only hymns and traditional funeral songs, but today it’s more about what the departed would have liked or what the family of that person thinks would be most appropriate. If the service is in a religious institution however, do make sure your song selections conform with any restrictions they may have. To help you with these decisions, we have put together some guidelines to think about when planning music for the funeral service: