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Question: Do we provide music for funerals?


Answer: Yes


Funerals:


     The loss of loved ones can be overwhelmingly sorrowful. For many, funerals are one of the most emotionally challenging events they will ever organize. To help ease the burden, a musician performing meaningful music can be cathartic and uplifting.


Memorial Music:


     Music can express the ineffable. When words aren't enough music finds a way to engender thoughts and feelings in a tangible experience. Families and friends often share memories with the departed that can be set to a soundtrack that evokes those special moments so that all gathered can share in cherishing their relationships.


Celebrating Loved Ones:


     While what brings family and friends together is a heartbreaking gathering, such an occasion may be most appropriately honored in a celebration of life. Losing someone dear to you and special to others likely means there were many qualities to admire that will be missed. Some who've passed may have wished those from whom they've parted not mourn when they remember them, but to be grateful for their time together.


Appropriate Music:


     Many sad songs are incredibly beautiful and a memorial service is likely the perfect setting for lamenting melodies and pensive prose that represent the grief of those present. Sometimes seemingly odd song requests may have the most meaning like Take Me Out To The Ballgame for baseball fanatics, or a song by a rock band from a concert they attended, or music from the soundtrack of a movie starring the departed's favorite actors. And sometimes songs of perseverance, strength, and joy can be the most appropriate way of celebrating the life of a loved one.


     Here are some songs that cover the range of cathartic grieving to lovingly commemorating:


Amazing Grace

Annie's Song

Blackbird

Dance with My Father

Dust In the Wind

Every Breath You Take

Fire and Rain

Fly Away

Fly From Heaven

Forever

Hallelujah

I Will Always Love You

Landslide

Lean on Me

Let It Be

Like a Sad Song

One More Time

Over the Rainbow

Ready to Fly

Shower the People

Sunshine on My Shoulders

Tears In Heaven

To Where You Are

The Other Side

Through My Veins

Un-break My Heart

Walk Away

What a Wonderful World

When the Saints Go Marching In

When You Loved Me

Who Wants to Live Forever

Wildflowers

With or Without You

Yesterday

You Raise Me Up

You've Got a Friend