The Importance of Music at Funerals
Music plays an essential role in our lives. It accompanies us as much in the small moments of daily life as in the more significant events. Bringing people together, music enables us to get away from it all, while listening to one or more songs. During a funeral ceremony, music is all the more important, as it complements the last tribute paid to the deceased, while offering a certain form of relief. At Crématorium Montréal, our team has vast expertise in organizing personalized funerals. Here are a few tips to help you carefully choose the music that will support you in this ultimate farewell.
Why is music so important at funerals?
When it comes to planning a funeral, the choice of music is of special importance. In fact, the songs chosen serve as a bridge between the various texts and tributes during the ceremony, while reflecting the personal preferences of the deceased. In addition to soothing the heart and mind, music is a way to celebrate the life of the person who has left us.
Music also helps to accept the departure of a loved one. Since it can sometimes be difficult to find the right words to express grief and sorrow, music is there to offer a pause, some time to catch our breath and shed a few tears. The intensity of the emotion can also overwhelm us and leave us speechless, but bear in mind that many authors or singer-songwriters voice, with unparalleled delicacy, the most difficult feelings to express. Music also serves to release emotions and helps us to accept the pain and sorrow we feel.
The music chosen provides an opportunity to reflect silently on the departure of a loved one and to recall memories and anecdotes. In spite of the sadness, it is possible to choose songs that can make people smile and soothe the pain. Musical interludes are a moment of sharing and gentleness to lighten the ceremony, while giving loved ones a chance see things in retrospect and say a final good-bye to their dearly departed.
How to choose the right type of music
Depending on the type of ceremony, whether religious or not, you will have to select music that will link the various readings. In the case of a religious Catholic ceremony, some non-religious songs and compositions usually accompany the arrival and departure of the casket. It is therefore important to consult the priest who will lead the ceremony in order to choose the appropriate type of music. In the case of non-religious funerals, no special type of music is required. Musical pieces can therefore be chosen according to the taste of the dearly departed. They can also represent a significant event in the life of the deceased: marriage, birth of children, etc. Whether instrumental or with words, the pieces can evoke sadness or hope. In some cases, the music can relax the atmosphere and even bring a smile.
Classical or contemporary music, jazz or gospel, let your heart speak when it comes time to select the music. What’s important is to make sure it represents and pays tribute to the deceased. You can choose a musical recording, or call upon professional musicians and singers. Don’t hesitate to contact Crématorium Montréal for help and support from our team of advisors. We will be able to guide you in the choice of music, in order to pay a last personalized tribute to the deceased, in keeping with your budget and your values.