Music is often played during a funeral or memorial service. It can be a challenge to choose the right music for a funeral. We offer some advice on how to choose appropriate music during a funeral service. This article is provided by Sydney Coffins. Sydney Coffins is a memorial product and funeral provider in Australia, specialising in unique and personalised coffins, caskets and funerals.
Most funerals held in Australia has music incorporated into the funeral or memorial service. It is either a recording of the song or performed live.
Music played at a funeral varies depending on the age, gender, culture, and situation for the deceased. For example. Songs for a young person, songs for a stillbirth miscarriage, the death of a spouse, religious funerals, death of a parent. It is important to select music which suits these factors.
What music to choose for a funeral?
If you know what artist, song, the deceased person liked then that is always a great option to choose from so you can convey them through the music.
Hymns, slower and softer music are a safer option when choosing music. Mainly because funerals are emotional gatherings and people are often overwhelmed in dealing with this. Softer and slower music tends to comfort and calm people and not challenge and disrupt their important moment of reflection.
Religious funerals are usually accompanied by traditional hymns or religious songs. If you will have a religious ceremony and would like to play secular music, you should first talk to the religious leader to ensure that it will be ok.
Who will arrange the music at the funeral?
Most venues which hold funerals will have the equipment to play music. A funeral director can assist you in choosing music for a funeral. There are certain songs which are popular for funerals. Funeral homes can recommend these or accommodate for other music you wish to play.
Should l hire musicians for the funeral?
There is also the option to hire musicians to play live music at the funeral. There are several musicians in Sydney and around Australia who specialise in playing music at funerals. Hiring musicians is a more expensive option than playing recording music. However, it does create a unique and special atmosphere when done well.
Should l ask a family member or friend to perform at the funeral?
If you have the option of hiring a friend or family member ensure that they are comfortable in performing for the day. It is a good idea to have a backup option of other music to play during the funeral in case they are not able to perform on the day.