Songs that celebrate Life

Finding songs that fit within a funeral can be daunting, so here is a list to get your started. My suggestion is to firstly think about artists or songs that the person who has passed liked. Secondly, look at songs that the family feel fit the person's outlook on life. Thirdly, look at songs that go someway towards explaining how you feel about the person now they have passed. It's no easy task. You'll probably need at least four songs for a ceremony. 1. The entrance - to use as the family enters the chapel immediately prior to the service. 2. Tributes - if video or photos are going to be used you will need 1-2 songs to play while they are bring played. 3. Reflection - the moment where people approach the casket to leave rosemary on the casket and say goodbye to their loved one (sometimes 2 songs may be needed) 4. Exit - to end the ceremony and as the family exit a song can be played that sums up the person's life. So here's a list I've put together of songs that have been used at funerals I have attended. Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & the Pacemakers
Angels – Robbie Williams
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler Angel - Sarah McLachlan
We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole (or the version with Natalie Cole as a duet), or even listen to Sia's version from "Finding Dory"
Imagine – John Lennon
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Simply The Best – Tina Turner Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt
Candle in the Wind – Elton John
The Way We Were – Barbara Streisand
Gone to Soon – Michael Jackson Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli (ft Celine Dion) or the Anthony Callea version
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Let’s Talk About Love – Celine Dion
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin Bring Him Home – Josh Groban
Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds or the shower more haunting Hollywood Mon Amour version
Amazing – Alex Lloyd
Wish you Where Here – Fleetwood Mac Days Like This - Van Morrison
Danny Boy – Daniel O’Donnell
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies
Amazing Grace – Leann Rimes
Ave Marie – Celine Dion or the versions by Sarah Brightman, or Beyonce Pie Jesu - Angelis
Hallelujah “Vocal” – Mozart
Fields of Gold – Sting
Goodbye – Lionel Ritchie
Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
Sailing – Rod Stewart
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton You can check out these songs and a few surprises on my Spotify playlist here. Steve Mummery is a celebrant based in Perth who can officiate the celebration of a loved one's life. Funerals don't need to be a morbid affair - its already sad enough. Steve believes that a ceremony to celebrate the life of a loved one is how most people would prefer their own life be dealt with once they are gone. Check his website here.




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