Music transcends everyday reality. It touches the soul, comforts the mourner,
and pays tribute to the deceased. When it’s time to choose appropriate
music for a loved one’s
funeral services, there is truly no “right” or “wrong” selection.
Let your instinct be your guide. Consider your loved one’s life,
beliefs, and personal preferences. If your loved one was religious, then
religious music is appropriate. However, you do not need to restrict your
choices solely to hymns or chants. If you’re unsure about your choices
or simply want a few more ideas, you can always ask the director of the
funeral home for assistance.
When a veteran has passed, it is common to play patriotic music at the
funeral services. “America the Beautiful” may be played as
the entrance music, for example. During this time, the mourners may mingle
with the family and find their seats. Of course, at the cemetery, it is
customary for an honor guard to play “Taps.”
Not all religions routinely incorporate music into the funeral rites.
For those that do, there is often a wide range of appropriate choices.
Christian funerals routinely feature music throughout the entire service.
“On Eagle’s Wings,” “Ave Maria,” and “Be
Not Afraid” are common choices.
The families of non-religious decedents must often be more creative with
their music selections. Out of respect for the decedent, it is not appropriate
to play religious music or music with religious references. Classical
music without lyrics is a good choice, particularly if the decedent had
a few favorites. Families might also look for somber melodies about loss
that do not include references to religious beliefs, such as “The
Sounds of Silence” or “Across the Universe.”
When the time comes to arrange a
final farewell, the funeral directors at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward can assist your
family throughout each step of the process of planning a funeral. Our
available funeral services in Hayward are known for their compassion and
respect for each family’s traditions, culture, and religion. You
can reach our funeral home at (510) 398-6922 to begin planning or pre-planning.