A few years ago we were asked to suggest some songs for a funeral. What followed was a really interesting “crowd sourced” list.
Over the intervening years, that article has consistently been one of the most popular on the website and has attracted comments such as “This has been the biggest help of all looking through 4 pages of trying to find the best ideas for funeral music”.
We’ve been asked the same question again, this time for a memorial service where there will be many people of different faiths so what follows is a compilation of hymns and Christian songs as well as so-called “secular” songs that have appropriate lyrics. I may have miscategorised the odd one as I’ve made some assumptions on artists I wasn’t familiar with. Please feel free to add your own ideas into the comments.
The lyrics of songs become so much more poignant when remembering the life of a loved one. Many of these songs you will have sung before but the words will take on new meaning when you consider them for a service of remembrance.
We have an ever expanding repertoire of backing tracks (with on-screen lyrics if you require them) over at Worship Backing Band if you are in need of accompaniment.
Something to help with, and explain, the grieving process
We came across these “Angel Cards” that many bereaved people, counsellors and others supporting the bereaved have found so incredibly helpful that we offered to sell the cards on behalf of the artist (Musicademy doesn’t take any commission on these sales).
You get a neat little pack containing six postcards of beautiful perspex angel sculptures, each depicting a stage of bereavement.
Each card has a short but helpful description on the back about the stage shown and they are: ‘Denial’, ‘Anger’, ‘Bargaining’, ‘Depression’, ‘Acceptance’ & ‘Peace’.