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Importance Of Music
Since the beginning of human history we have created music. Dating back to our primitive years, sound and rhythm was a form of communication. Before there was language, there was music. Music exists within our psyche and poses the key to human emotion and expression. So the role that music plays in a loved ones service should be reflective of them, as well as a tribute to their life.
There are a few genres of “funeral music” you might want to consider when selecting a musical theme. The traditional’ genre of music tends to be classic, ritualistic and ancestral. This genre can appeal to most audiences and can produce a great feeling of honor and respect. “Contemporary” music may be a great idea when selecting the loved ones favorite songs or to lighten the mood. Some families choose to use humorous songs to keep people laughing and to bring things to life in a celebratory manor.
“Religious” genres of music are typically the most popular. Dating all the way back to the BC era, humans have presented the departed to God, along with songs of worship and praise. Choosing a religious genre of music to accent a service is highly coveted and consistent throughout our history. So whether you choose to play traditional with a splash of contemporary music or you turn the lights down and play metal songs, the idea of communicating though music to families, friends and even the departed has been with us from the beginning. Music is a universal language and can inspire emotion like nothing else in this world.
If you just lost a loved one there is a good chance you and your family may be experiencing a number of diﬀerent emotions. Planning, grieving, finances, the list goes on and on.
Now you must select music for the funeral service! Here is some helpful tips in hopes to make this process easier for you.
The power of music and its ability to draw out emotion from people is baﬄing. Selecting music for a loved one’s service can be more diﬃcult than people assume.
Here is some tips and suggestions for easing the process.
Where To Begin
- Select songs that can touch on these main topics: mourner reflects on loved one, aiding in grievance, and celebration of their life.
- Consider songs that reflect the persons personality, or songs that were the loved ones favorite. If selecting a favorite song, consider having a verbal introduction to express the significance.
- Select music that provides comfort and suggests warm, peaceful memories of the departed one.
- If you are having trouble with finding the correct lyrics, instrumental music is a great option.
Mountains View Suggests …
“Let it Be” by The Beatles
“Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
“Circle of Life” by Elton John
“Satisfied Mind” by Jeff Buckley
“Hero” by Mariah Carey
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
“One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey
“You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins
“Passing Through” by Ronan Keating
“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” by Andrew Lloyd
“Songs of Remembrance” Instrumental
“Amazing Grace” by Various Artist