Arranging a Funeral - How Live Music Can Make a Distinctionm dying!
There was a lot to do, a great deal of choices to make and this was all on top of stabilizing my normal day to day activities.
When it was time to consider the funeral service, there was a lot to think about including exactly what date and time were readily available to have the event, taking into account the accessibility of the funeral directors and clergyman, what content needed to be included in the order of service, how long did we desire the service to last, how would we interact information of the funeral service to friends and family and more notably how could we make the event exciting, fascinating without losing the chance to grieve, commemorate and reminisce all at the same time?
For me personally, having been motivated to play the piano by my mum and remembering her pride at my achievements was a fond memory helping me through such a difficult period. I likewise discovered that reminiscing about mum's preferred songs and keeping in mind those times when mum would be singing around the household home and this memory brought a smile to my face; It soon became clear that the choice of tunes had to include some of mum's favourite.
Luckily for me, being an artist, I currently had access to some great vocalists and musicians who I knew would be able to perform our option of songs in a design and to a requirement which I would enjoy with. After a discussion with my family we selected the songs and hymns which we understood were mums preferred and which we felt would properly capture mum's character.
Quick forward to the day of the funeral service and I strongly remember as the group performed Whitney Houston's 'I enjoy the Lord', it had all worked out how I imagined, the team performed the song so perfectly. Overall, the singing not just contributed with helping to develop a ceremony which was reflective, entertaining and memorable I also realized that having the live singers played a big part in engaging the congregation throughout the singing of the hymns, so there were no unpleasant silences.
So as I finish up my story there are 3 things I recommend that you think about if you or someone you understand are entrusted with arranging music for a good friend or enjoyed one's funeral:-.
It would be smart to choose songs and hymns that were the deceased's preferred, this will help to capture their character and rekindle fond memories;.
Second of all do not forget to balance the variety of songs with the material & length of the ceremony;.
Finally, think about all your choices; for example, having a group of live singers and musicians can lift and bring an unique feel to a medium or large event, however for a smaller sized occasion a musician or perhaps a recording of your choice of song being played through a recording device might simply be as reliable.