Personalising Funerals with Meaningful Musical Touches

Posted on April 22nd, 2024

Losing a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences and navigating through a funeral process can be overwhelming. We understand how important it is to provide a meaningful send off for those close to us and one effective way that families often choose to achieve that is through their music choices, which is a wonderful way to add a personal touch to a funeral. By selecting songs that resonated with you and your loved one in life, you can create a touching and fitting tribute that honours their memory.

How to choose the right song for a funeral service?

Take some time to reflect on the personality of your loved one being remembered. Were they known for their love of a particular genre or artist? Did they have a favourite song that always brought a smile to their face?

You may wish to involve family and friends in the music selection process. Ask them to share songs that hold special significance to them or remind them of cherished moments spent together.

Incorporating these musical elements can add a personal touch to the service and recall cherished memories. Most funerals require at least two musical slots, entrance and leaving song, and might even also like to include a slideshow which also gives you a chance to include even more music.

Pre-recorded or live music?

Classical music may provide a sense of peace, providing a comforting backdrop for reflection and remembrance. However, if your loved one had an unconventional taste in music or a quirky humour, don’t be afraid to incorporate songs that reflect their personality. Whether it’s a beloved ballad or a catchy pop song the key is to choose music that resonates with their life story.

In addition, don’t underestimate the power of live music. Whether it’s a solo performance, a choir, or a small ensemble, live music can add an extra layer of emotion and intimacy to the funeral. The raw authenticity of a live performance can serve as an expression of love and remembrance, creating a deeply moving experience for all who attend.

To add an even more meaningful touch to the memorial of a loved one that had a musical talent, you could incorporate their footage into a presentation and share clips of them at the service or at a later point at the wake or gathering.

Personalising music at a funeral is a meaningful way to honour the life of a loved one. By selecting songs that reflect their personality, passions, and values, you can create a heartfelt tribute that celebrates their life.

If you or someone you know has recently lost a loved one and have any concerns about planning a funeral – including how to choose fitting music – please do not hesitate to reach out to our compassionate, experienced team. Call us on 01206 862 963 or email