What Type of Music should you play at a Funeral Service?

Your loved ones deserve the most meaningful farewell possible, and music plays a key role at any funeral. Even though we may often associate music with joyfulness and festivities, the right music can personalize any service and make it a memorable occasion.

The question is, what kind of music should you play? 

There’s no strict rules here, so let’s explore some options.

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Think About The Person’s Musical Taste

The type of music you’ll play at your loved one’s funeral largely depends on the music they loved. After all, it’s a tribute to them, so it should be the kind of music they enjoyed the most.

Don’t hesitate to go with uplifting music if it was their personal preference. It may seem strange initially, but the music doesn’t necessarily have to impart a sorrowful tone.

Take Aretha Franklin’s funeral as an example. The legendary artist died in 2018 and some of the biggest names in the music industry were in attendance. This includes Smokey Robinson, Ariana Grande, and Faith Hill. These performers sang gospel, opera, R&B, and even pop music.

Don’t limit yourself to slow and melancholic music if your loved one had a favorite type of music. Think about your loved one’s favorite songs, and feel free to include them in the service.

Ask for Help

It can be hard to think about the finer details of someone’s funeral while you’re still lamenting their loss. Thankfully, you’re not alone in this. A decent funeral home can help to arrange everything for you, including the music.

This kind of support can be particularly useful if you plan on streaming the process.  Streaming services often have a way of detecting copyrighted music. In case of a licensing issue, the service can mute the music, saving you from any inconvenience on such a sad day.

Funeral homes arrange services with any required licenses, so you don’t have to worry about interruptions. And they can also offer suggestions if you’re unsure about the type of music you want. 

Find the Perfect Music With Ease

Hopefully, this brief guide has helped you decide on the music you’d like to play at your loved one’s funeral. The range of options is broader than it may seem at first glance. What matters most is that the chosen music was close to their heart.

If you need help choosing funeral music and making the necessary arrangements, Hollywood Forever is here to help. Feel free to reach out, and we’ll handle everything so that you have time to focus on your loved one, friends and family during this time.


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