Music is an important part of a funeral service

Music is powerful and choosing to include particular music as part of a service can help make it particularly meaningful and personal. If your loved one had a favourite song, you might like to consider including it in the service. You can also use music to remind guests of a certain time in the deceased’s life, a meaningful relationship or to leave them with a special thought or message.

Music is one of the most powerful forces in how we experience the world. Wherever there are people, there’s also music. It’s an innate part of who we are as human beings and sets the tone for moments, big and small, throughout our lives.

More than just in the happy moments, music also touches our hearts and minds in moments of sadness. When someone we love dies, we turn to music to help us process our feelings of grief – so it’s an essential element of funeral services. It helps us give a voice to feelings, embrace memories, connect with others and create ceremony.

Choosing to include particular music as part of a service can help make it meaningful and personal. If your loved one had a favourite song, you might like to consider including it in the service. You can also use music to remind guests of a certain time in the deceased’s life, a meaningful relationship or to leave them with a special thought.

There are countless options and the team at Walter Carter Funerals can help you choose music that best celebrates and remembers your loved one.

Most requested music

Following is a list of some of the most requested music for funeral services. Walter Carter Funerals has permission to use copyrighted music for funeral purposes in most circumstances.

Popular songs

  • Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson)
  • Angels (Robbie Williams)
  • Bayini (Gurumul/Delta Goodrem)
  • Beautiful Day (U2)
  • Because You Love Me (Celine Dion)
  • Candle In The Wind (Elton John)
  • Dance With My Father (Luther Vandross)
  • Danny Boy (Bing Crosby)
  • Don’t Dream Its Over (Crowded House)
  • Everybody Hurts (REM)
  • Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes (Dean Martin)
  • Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
  • Forever Young (Youth Group/Bob Dylan/Rod Stewart/Alphavlle)
  • Going Home (Bryn Terfel)
  • Gone Too Soon (Michael Jackson)
  • Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones)
  • Hallelujah (KD Lang)
  • I Have a Dream (ABBA)
  • I’ll Be Seeing You (Vera Lynn)
  • Imagine (John Lennon)
  • In The Arms Of An Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
  • It Had To Be You (Rod Stewart)
  • I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
  • I Will Remember You (Sarah McLachlan)
  • Light Surrounding You (Evermore)
  • Memories (Elvis Presley)
  • Memory (Barbra Streisand)
  • Momma (BJ Thomas)
  • Moonlight Serenade (Glenn Miller)
  • My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
  • My Way (Frank Sinatra)
  • Never Tear Us Apart (Inxs)
  • Smile (Nat King Cole)
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Kamakawiwo ‘Ole/Judy Garland/Eva Cassidy)
  • Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
  • Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton)
  • The Day You Went Away (Wendy Matthews)
  • The Prayer (Anthony Callea)
  • Till (Shirley Bassey)
  • To Where You Are (Josh Groben)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • We’ll Meet Again (Vera Lynn)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Yesterday (The Beatles)
  • You’ll Be In My Heart (Phil Collins)
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
  • You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • When You’re Gone (Avril Lavigne)
  • Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Middler)
  • Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
  • You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

Popular hymns

  • Abide With Me
  • Amazing Grace
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Ave Maria
  • For All The Saints
  • Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Jerusalem
  • Lord Of All Hopefulness
  • Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
  • Morning Has Broken
  • Nearer My God To Thee
  • On Eagles Wings
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • This Day In New Jerusalem

Classical music

  • Adagio (Albinoni)
  • Air – Watermusic (Handel)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Claire de Lune (Debussy)
  • Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission)
  • Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
  • Largo Symphony 9 (Dvorak)
  • Nessun Dorma (Puccini)
  • Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Elgar)
  • Pie Jesu From Requiem (Faire)
  • Stranger On The Shore (Acker Bilk)
  • The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
  • The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams)

Talk to the team at Walter Carter Funerals about the full range of music choices available.

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