Choosing The Right Funeral Music

One of the most common questions asked by those planning a funeral is what music should be played. Of course, each funeral is a unique situation. For the individual choosing the music for a funeral, some questions must be answered.

What is your ultimate goal in choosing a piece of music? Is it to soothe and/or inspire (through traditional musical pieces) those present, to conjure up specific memories of the deceased (ie. his/her favorite song or genre of music) or to offer a general representation of the deceased’s personality, philosophy or lifestyle.

The Bereavement Register recently conducted a poll of their British members and found the songs most frequently suggested by them were:


  • Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • I’ve Had The Time Of My Life – Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Pie Jesu – Requiem
  • Candle In The Wind – Elton John
  • With Or Without You – U2
  • Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • Every Breath You Take – The Police
  • Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
  • Danny Boy – Various Artists


Other popular titles suggested include:


  • Knocking On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
  • I Want to Live Forever – Fame Cast
  • Rinconcito en el Cielo – Ramon Ayala
  • Breathe – Pink Floyd
  • Sail On – Beach Boys
  • Con Ti Partira – Andrea Bocelli
  • Dust in the Wind – Kansas
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy
  • Canon in D – Pachebal
  • Old and Wise – Alan Parsons Project


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