Below we have listed some ideas for music that may reflect the spirit of the deceased one, or express the feelings of the bereaved. There is no need to be constrained to use solemn music. If the deceased had a favourite song or piece of music, it is possible to play it during or for the ending of the service, most pieces of requested music can usually be supplied.


Some popular Hymns:


Abide with me

Amazing Grace

All things bright and beautiful

The Lord's my Shepherd (23rd Psalm)

Morning has broken

Old rugged cross


Music before the service:


Canon - Pachelbel

Four Seasons - Vivaldi

Fur Elise - Beethoven

Ode to Joy - Beethoven

Memories - from Cats

Let it Be - The Beatles

The Rose - Bette Midler

Unforgettable -Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

Adagio in G minor - Albinoni Prelude No. 1 - Villa-Lobos


Music for reflection:


Shepherd Moons - Enya

You Raise me Up - Josh Groban

Claire de Lune - Debussy

All I have to Do is Dream - Everley Brothers

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

Bridge Over Troubles Water - Simon & Garfunkel

Candle in the Wind - Elton John

To Where you Are - Josh Groban

All Things Bright and Beautiful (hymn)

Pathetique Sonata 2nd Movement - Beethoven

Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement - Beethoven


Music as the service ends;


Time to Say Goodbye/Con Te Partiro - Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli

Unforgettable - Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

Always look on the Bright Side of Life - Monty Python

Amazing Grace - solo bagpipe or instrumental

Fly - Celine Dion

Wind Beneath my Wings - Bette Midler

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

On the Road Again - Willie Nelson

You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & the Pacemakers

Imagine - John Lennon

Good Night Sweetheart - Guy Lombardo

I'll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby

Bright eyes - Simon & Garfunkel

You've Got a Friend - James Taylor

Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin

I've Had The Time Of My Life - Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley


Some other music suggestions - in alphabetical order:


A Mothers Prayer - Celine Dion

Abide With Me

Air on a G string - J.S.Bach

Amazing Grace - Il Divo

Amazing Grace - Leann Rimes

Andante, Andante - ABBA

Angels - Robbie Williams

Angels Brought Me Here - Guy Sebastian

As Time Goes By - Louis Armstrong

Ave Marie - Celine Dion

Be Not Afraid - John Michael Talbot

Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

Canon - Pachelbel

Cello Concerto - Elgar

Claire de Lune - Claude Debussy

Come As You Are - John Michael Talbot

Dancing With The Angels - Monk & Neagle

Danny Boy

Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley

Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. or Help for Haiti single

Fields of Gold - Sting

Flower of Scotland

Fly - Celine Dion popular for infants or for Dove or Balloon release after service

From A Distance - Better Midler

Funeral March - Beethoven

Fur Elise - Beethoven

Goodbye - Lionel Richie

Goodbye's the Saddest Word - Celine Dion

Green Green Grass of Home - Tom Jones

Hallelujah "Vocal" - Mozart

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies

Here I Am Lord - John Michael Talbot

Hero - Mariah Carey

I Can Feel You Drifting - Chalee Tennison

I Don't Wanna Close My Eyes - Aerosmith

I Need You - 3T

I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy

In The Arms of An Angel - Sarah Mcloughlin

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S.Bach

Last Farewell - Elvis Presley

Looking Forward, Looking Back - Slim Dusty

Midnight Special - Creedence Clearwater

Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

Mull of Kintyre - Paul McCartney

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

My Way - Frank Sinatra

New World Symphony(Going Home) - Dvorak

Nimrod - Elgar

Nocturne in E flat Major - Chopin

On Eagles Wings - Josh Groban

On The Road Again - Willie Nelson

One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey

Onward Christian Soldiers - Tennesee Ernie Ford

Piano Concerto 21 - Mozart

Precious Child - Karen Taylor

Prelude in C minor - Chopin

Psalm 23

Pie Jesu - Faure

Que Sera Sera - Doris Day

Requiem - Mozart

Sailing - Rod Stewart

Serenade for Strings - Elgar

Sheep May Safely Graze - J.S.Bach

Solveig's song -"Peer Gynt"- Grieg

Somewhere Out There - Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson

Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy

Stairway To Heaven - Led Zepplin

Symphony No.6 "Pastoral" - Beethoven

Symphony No.9 "Ode to Joy" - Beethoven

Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

Thank You For Loving Me- Jon Bon Jovi

The Four Seasons (Winter) - Vivaldi

The Gadfly - Shostakovich

The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams

The Last Farewell - Elvis Presley

The Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)

The Lord Is My Shepherd - John Michael Talbot

The Planets "Venus" - Holst

The Rose - Bette Midler

The Way We Were - Barbara Streisand

There You'll Be- Faith Hill

Time To Say Goodbye - Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

Unforgettable - Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warne

We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

When I Die - No Mercy

When I Grow Too Old To Dream - John McDermott

Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler

Wish You Were Here - Fleetwood Mac

Yesterday - The Beatles

You Are My Sunshine - Anne Murray

You Hold me Up - Il Divo

You Raise me Up - Josh Groban

You Were Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley

You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins

You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry and the Pacemakers

You're My Best Friend - Queen



These are just a few ideas. It is worthwhile to think about music that was special to the deceased as it can make a service memorable and offer great consolation and joy to the mourners.

Katherine Jenkins with 'Time to say goodbye'

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with 'Amazing Grace'

Pachelbel - 'Canon in D Major'