Choosing Memorial Service Music
Choosing music for cremation services in Sun City, AZ is something that you will be asked to do by the funeral director. In the past, choosing music for memorial services was as simple as looking at a list provided by the funeral director and making selections from that list. The music you picked would be played by an organist or, if it included lyrics, would be sung by a soloist or the mourners as a hymn.
But times have changed. Music selections for memorial services can be much more diverse. Not only can you choose your own songs, but you can decide how you want them presented. You may want songs that are sung by vocalists. You may want recorded songs. You may want instrumental songs performed live.
Because music selections for the memorial service can be so personalized, it can make it more difficult to choose songs and to choose how you want them performed. Here are a few guidelines that will help you with the processing of choosing music for your loved one’s memorial service easier.
The first guideline is to ensure that the songs you choose for your loved one’s memorial service will be meaningful to both you and your family and to the rest of the mourners. Many people make music selections that aren’t about death or dying, but they held special significance for the deceased or for their family.
Funeral homes can accommodate live performances or play recorded music, so no matter music you choose for the memorial service, they will be able to make it happen. With streaming applications like Spotify and Pandora, you have infinite access to almost any song you decide that you want to include in your loved one’s memorial service.
If, for some reason, one of the songs that you want played during the memorial service isn’t available on a streaming service, there are free software programs that enable you to convert the song (or a YouTube video) to an MP3 file that the funeral home can play as part of the service. Your funeral home can help you with the conversion process if it’s something you’re not comfortable doing on your own.
Another guideline for selecting the music you want to be played during the memorial service is to decide what kind of tone you the music to set. Some people choose an uplifting tone and select songs that are optimistic and encouraging. Other people choose a reflective tone, so they choose music that may be more thought-provoking.
If you want to acknowledge the sadness and the loss of your loved one’s death, you can choose songs will capture the essence of that. Finally, you may want a less somber tone that reminds people of your loved one’s humor or whimsy, so you can select music that sets that mood.
Whatever tone you decide upon, however, it is important to consider the mourners who will be attending the memorial service. While you and your family, for example, may see nothing wrong with, for instance, choosing music that reflects a humorous take on the death of your loved one, the songs may seem disrespectful or inappropriate to everyone else who is attending the memorial service.
The inclusion of music in the memorial service is to bring the mourners together emotionally, so it’s important, at least with public memorial services, to consider everyone who will be attending and to stay away from music selections that could be seen as offensive.
For more information about choosing music for cremation services in Sun City, AZ, including grief resources, our caring and knowledgeable staff at Simply Cremations & Funeral Arrangements is here to assist you.