It was not so long ago that music played at a funeral would be sedate, reflective and sombre, perhaps a hymn or two and a soothing piece of classical music. However, times have changed. Nowadays, rather than pews full of lowered heads as Debussy’s Clair de lune raises the odd tear, it’s quite possible the send-off for the departed may involve Eric Idle advising us to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
As Funeral Directors, we have seen a huge increase in more unconventional pieces of music being played at funerals as more and more people are turning the ceremonies into a 'Celebration of Life' rather than the once sombre funeral service.
At Cleobury Funeral Directors, we will fall in line with whatever a family requests as long as the minister/officiant is happy and it is legal.
Below we have listed some of the more unusual pieces we have had played at funerals we have arranged;-
Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
Baby I'm Burning - Dolly Parton
Wild Rover - The Dubliners
Hey Mickey - Toni Basil
Always Look On The Bright Side - Monty Python
Gangnam Style - Psy
The Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper
Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlise
We do not consider there to be any strange requests. If a particular piece of music was special to the deceased or to their family then why shouldn't it be played during the 'Celebration of their life?'.
When arranging a funeral with ourselves, please do not be afraid to mention any music that is significant to you or the deceased. Our local crematorium is Wyre Forest in Stourport where they have the Wesley System meaning that any piece of music, no matter how unusual, can be downloaded directly to the crematorium. We will arrange this for you.