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Mar 1

Music and Readings for Funerals: Personalising the Final Farewell

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In the deeply personal journey of saying goodbye, the selection of music and readings plays a pivotal role in creating a funeral service that truly reflects the life and essence of the departed. Parkview Funeral Home understands the significance of these elements in honouring a loved one’s memory, offering suggestions to help families find the perfect balance between tradition and personalisation.

The Power of Music in Healing and Remembrance

Music transcends language and culture, speaking directly to the heart and evoking a spectrum of emotions. It has the power to comfort, to soothe, and to bring back memories of cherished moments shared with the departed. When selecting music for a funeral service, consider tracks that hold special meaning to your loved one or those that express the feelings you wish to convey.

  • Classical Music can imbue the service with a sense of dignity and solemnity. Pieces like “Clair de Lune” by Debussy or “Ave Maria” by Schubert offer a backdrop of tranquillity and reflection.
  • Spiritual Hymns might provide comfort and hope to those with religious beliefs. “Amazing Grace” or “How Great Thou Art” are enduring choices that resonate with many.
  • Contemporary Songs that your loved one enjoyed can evoke their personality and spirit, making the service deeply personal. Whether it’s a timeless ballad or a modern hit, these selections can serve as a tribute to their life’s soundtrack.
  • Instrumental Music offers a gentle and unobtrusive background, suitable for moments of reflection or during the reading of eulogies.

Choosing Readings That Resonate

Readings, whether they are religious texts, poetry, or excerpts from literature, provide an opportunity to express sentiments that may be difficult to articulate in our own words. They can offer comfort, celebrate the life lived, and inspire those gathered to reflect on their own memories of the departed.

  • Religious Texts can offer solace and hope to those of faith, providing a connection to tradition and the divine. Selections from the Bible, the Quran, the Torah, or other religious scriptures can be chosen to reflect the beliefs of your loved one.
  • Poetry and Literature open the door to a wide range of emotions and themes, from grief and loss to love and legacy. Poems like “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” by Mary Elizabeth Frye or excerpts from favourite novels can capture the essence of the individual being honoured.
  • Personal Letters or Statements penned by the departed or those close to them can add an incredibly personal and touching element to the service, sharing direct messages of love, lessons learned, and hopes for those left behind.

Consulting with Parkview Funeral Home

At Parkview Funeral Home, we are dedicated to assisting families in creating a service that honours their loved one in a personal and meaningful way. Our staff can guide you through the selection process, ensuring the music and readings chosen resonate with the spirit of the deceased and the collective heart of those who come to pay their respects.


The careful selection of music and readings for a funeral service can transform a moment of sorrow into a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. These elements offer a pathway to healing, allowing us to celebrate the unique journey of our loved one while finding comfort in our shared memories. Parkview Funeral Home stands ready to support you in personalising these aspects of the service, ensuring a fitting farewell that touches the hearts of all who attend.