Music, as they say, is a universal language. In all culture, music is the collective medium that brings people together because of its power to awaken emotions. This emotional hook that touches the soul is what makes people choose music as part of funeral services.
Music can tap the long, lost memories of yesteryears that make funeral services more personal and meaningful. Because funeral music will set the tone of the whole service, it’s important for funeral planners to include music in the early planning stages.
Music creates a healing atmosphere while also continuing to pay tribute to the deceased. It can be played before, after or during the funeral ceremony. It’s up to you to decide on the appropriate time to play it. After all, it will set the mood of the attendees.
There is no uniform music that anyone can use for funeral services. Some like to stick to the solemn, traditional, and religious hymns for an inspiring yet emotional mood. Though songs like “Ave Maria” and “Amazing Grace” are Christian, they can still awaken heartfelt emotions in a secular family.
You can also ask someone to perform at the funeral service like a musically inclined relative for a meaningful participation. Sometimes, close family or friends may be too overwhelmed by emotion to perform, so you must help them prepare for it or hire someone. You can also employ funeral singers and musicians to sing or play your chosen music or the departed’s requested last song.
The chapel or church’s choir can also offer the series of their community choir. You can request their director in advance for some songs that you’d wish them to perform. You may also ask to see the list of songs that they’re going to sing during the ceremony if you want some changes.
The growing trend in funeral services is the use of unconventional and upbeat music. They may be pop songs or even rock songs that represent the individuality of the person. Such songs may not sound formal to some, but these remind the mourners of their connection with the deceased.
The last music you can play for them is part of their legacy. Just imagine the person listening to the song and see if he likes it. This new paradigm of playing upbeat music is slowly becoming acceptable as long as it signifies the celebration of the person’s life and that this precious life is worth living.
If you are tasked to choose the music for the memorial service, select the hymns that convey the person’s personality, spiritual belief, cultural background, or even his lifestyle. It’s always better to check the lyrics first to determine if it is appropriate to the venue and the mourners. You can also give a short introduction for all the attendees so they can understand the significance of the song before playing it.
Music gives the grieving family and friends the chance to relate and understand the deceased in an ironically unexplainable way. There are songs that simply remind you of the way they laugh or talk. It will take you back to a certain time or place. This connection that is felt through music helps the grieving process of the bereaved.
The music that we choose at funeral will reveal a lot of things about the ones we love. Decide on songs that will stimulate the great memories, reflect their life, and offer comfort. Selecting funeral music is a deeply personal task and should be given appropriate consideration. The role of music is so vital to any memorial service because of the emotional impact it delivers. The main point of funeral music is setting the tone that will respect the memory of your loved one.
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