Funeral Music

Funeral Music can Help Make a Difficult Time Beautiful

When you experience the loss of someone you love and you are asked to help plan their funeral or memorial service, music should play an integral role in whatever arrangements you make.

Everyone loves music and for many people it is probably one of the most important parts of our lives.

It makes sense for you to be sure that music is also an important part of how you celebrate the life of your loved one.

Just as with family photos or videos, hearing the music that the deceased really cared about can help your family and friends remember them in a very special way.

Such personal music can transform a MemorialVisitation or Funeral Service. Instead of a cold, impersonal  gathering, family and friends can experience some of the music that moved the deceased when they were young, getting married  or raising their family.

Here is just one example of how carefully chosen music can help to enhance the celebration of your loved one’s life. At a Visitation service for a 73 year old woman I recently played the following song list of her favorite music selected after consulting with her family

  • “Annie’s Song”
  • “Be Not Afraid”
  • “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • “From a Distance”
  • “Hallelujah”
  • “Here I Am, Lord”
  • “Hello Again”
  • “Joy” in the style of George Winston
  • “Let it Be”
  • “Morning Has Broken”
  • “On Eagle’s Wings”
  • “The Rose”
  • “The Sounds of Silence”
  • “Take Me Home Country Roads”
  • “Sunshine on My Shoulders”
  • “The Wind Beneath my Wings”
  • “Try to Remember”
  • “Vincent”
  • “What a Wonderful World”

On this occasion, all of these cherished songs were played by me on a grand piano during the Visitation before the Funeral Mass. For more traditional services or memorials, I can also play the organ.

If you would like to have me to play the piano or organ for a Memorial, Visitation or Funeral Service, please call/text me at 262-893-1759 or send me an Email today.

I am generally available on short notice but the sooner that you contact me the better.

If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help your loved one pre-plan their funeral celebration, I would also be glad to help with that. Email me with the details.

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