Choosing the Perfect Songs for the Funeral Service

By: Ian Elliott
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Music can help set the emotional tone in a funeral, which is why it is important to choose the right one. At Arbutus Funeral Service, we encourage people to consider the music choices carefully and consult with their family to get more ideas. Here are some tips that can help:

1. Choose Something Personal

Most people have favorite genres, bands, songs, and types of music. Some like rock and metal while others are enamored with pop or rap. Take the deceased individual’s music preferences into account. Make a list of appropriate songs that your loved one enjoyed as they will add a more personal touch to the service.

2. Read the Lyrics

People have strong feelings about what's appropriate and no appropriate for a funeral service. You need to make sure a song's lyrics don't cause anyone distress. Check the lyrics and make sure it is right for the occasion. For example, does it have vulgar slang or describe sexual actions? Such a song won’t be suitable for funeral services.

3. The Right Tone

Music can set the mood in an environment so it is a good idea to set the right tone. Choose something soft, meaningful, and uplifting. You want to help people heal instead of causing them additional distress. Don’t choose songs that make you feel worse or are too depressing. They can overwhelm sensitive individuals and heighten their grief.

4. Ask Family and Friends

Ask family and friends for advice on music just to gain a different perspective. What doesn’t seem offensive to you may be disturbing to someone else. Getting a second opinion on the matter can help you avoid problems during the funeral.

Have any questions about organizing a funeral or want to book funeral services? Just contact us or give us a call (604) 888-9895. We at Arbutus Funeral Service will be happy to help.

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