One of the great pleasures of attending so many funerals as a singer is that you get to experience a wide variety of service styles. While we can probably quote the standard crematorium service word for word by now, we are finding more and more that families are personalising the services with readings, poems, eulogies and, of course, their own choice of music, whether sung live or recorded.
"The funeral is our one opportunity to publicly express our individuality. …
In today’s multi-cultural and increasingly secular society, new trends are constantly being added to our established customs. This is to be welcomed, for it is in this way that these traditions are allowed to develop."
* "The Ways We Say Goodbye: A study of 21st century funeral customs in the UK" published by Co-operative Funeralcare.