So, why would you choose to have live music? Here’s five reasons that families have told us.
1. Something special for the service
We want to thank you so much for making Jean's funeral so special this morning. You sang so beautifully and it was the making of the service.
2. Someone singing the hymns
A professional singer can help by leading the hymn singing. With a strong, clear voice singing the tune, people are more confident to join in, and whilst there may only be a few who sing verse one with us, by verse four we’ve got more people singing as they’ve picked up the tune. It also relieves the pressure on the family to sing, and many older folk like to sit back and just listen as their favourite hymn fills the church.
Your lead in the hymn singing motivated and encouraged the other mourners to give voice. As one of our friends who attended said. ”You certainly gave dear Carol a superb send-off, and the singer was a masterstroke.
3. Your favourite songs, beautifully sung
So, if you love Eva Cassidy’s voice, play her version of “Over the Rainbow’. If you love the song and it was a family favourite, chances are everyone knows a slightly different version, such as the original version sung by Judy Garland. When we sing it live as a solo with gentle accompaniment, we perform it simply and with genuine feeling, to bring the focus back on the song and its message of a better place beyond the clouds, “way up high”.
Feedback from others at the funeral was so enthusiastic. They were touched by your wonderful voice, sincerity of presentation and overall performance. “Time to Say Goodbye” was most people’s favourite, moving song. My Aunt was a bit of a perfectionist herself and I know she would have thoroughly approved of your amazing contribution to a beautiful service.
4. A special performance just for you
In addition to being a superb singer, Toni suggested wonderful songs that were in addition to her repertoire, that were perfect for my Aunt. Thank you Toni; I know my aunt would have been very happy.
5. Time for reflection
Words cannot describe the pain of grief over the past 5 months but what is lovely is to remember how many people's hearts were touched just listening to you during the service. We will talk about you for a very long time. In the nicest way of course!
How to hire a funeral singer
This was originally published at Singers for Funerals.