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Classical music for a babies funeral

fancy a change than baby lullaby songs for a babies funeral service ? For people who are not religious and so do not want hymns, but at the same time do not feel that modern songs are appropriate for funerals either, classical music is an increasingly popular option.  Many people are fans of classical music anyway, but even if they aren’t, it can be very peaceful and calming at a funeral and provides an opportunity for reflection.  Some of the most popular choices tend to include:

  • Enigma Variations (Nimrod)
  • Pie Jesu (Faure)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Nessun Dorma (Puccini / Luciano Pavarotti)
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
  • Air on a G String (Bach)

Poetry and readings

Once again, traditionally you would have expected a religious reading or two, such as a verse from the Bible or a Psalm, at a funeral, and whilst that is often still the case, increasingly people also like to include a non-religious reading or poem as well, or remove the religious element entirely.  Poems and readings can provide comfort to mourners, give them a chance to reflect, make them think of the person who has passed away, and can even brighten the mood at a funeral.

There are many beautiful poems and readings out there that are appropriate for funerals, or alternatively the person who has passed away might have had a favourite poem which a loved one can read out, or they might have had a favourite book with an appropriate passage in it.  This tends to be very personal, as most people will have a different poem or book that means something to them, but in general, these are some of the most popular non-religious readings and poems for funerals:

  • Footprints in the Sand
  • Death Is Nothing At All (Canon Henry Scott-Holland)
  • Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep (Mary Frye)
  • Let Me Go (Christina Rosetti)
  • Remember (Christina Rosetti)
  • She/He Is Gone (David Harkins)
  • Remember Me (David Harkins)
  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Dylan Thomas)
  • Funeral Blues (WH Auden)
  • Today Is A Gift (Laszlo Kotro-Kosztandi)
  • We Remember Him/Her
  • They Are Not Dead
  • I am Standing Upon That Foreshore / What Is Dying (Henry Van Dyke / Bishop Brent)
  • A Reflection on an Autumn Day
  • If I Should Die (Joyce Grenfell)
  • For Katrina’s Sun Dial (Henry Van Dyke)
  • The Rose

Some of the more popular religious readings at funerals include:

  • Revelation 21.1-7
  • Thessalonians 4.13-end
  • 1 Corinthians 15
  • John 6.35-40
  • John 11.17-27
  • John 14.1-6
  • Ecclesiastes 3
  • Isaiah 25.7-9

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