Memorial & Funeral Music

There is a helpful Guide to Selecting Memorial Music here.

FAVORITE CLASSICAL SELECTIONS

Adagio – attributed to Albinoni
Air on a G String – J. S. Bach
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod or Schubert versions

Be Thou Near (Bist du bei mir) – attributed to Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata BWV 147 – J. S. Bach
Prelude 1 in C – J. S. Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata No. 208 – J. S. Bach
Wachet Auf  (Sleepers Awake) BWV 140 – J. S. Bach
Ode to Joy (Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125) – Beethoven
Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4 – Frédéric Chopin
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Act 2, Orfeo ed Euridice) – Gluck
Largo from Xerxes – Handel
Largo from 9th Symphony ‘From the New World‘ (“Going Home”) – Dvorak
Consolation from Song Without Words – Mendelssohn
Pie Jesu from Requiem – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy) – Franck
The Swan – Saint-Saens

FAVORITE HYMNS & SPIRITUALS
Amazing Grace from Celia’s CD:

Abide with Me
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Amazing Grace
Be Not Afraid
Be Thou My Vision
Blessed Assurance (Ricky Skaggs and The Whites)
Children of the Heavenly Father
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
In the Garden
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Kumbaya My Lord
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The Lord’s Prayer – Malotte
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Prayer of St. Francis)
Nearer, My God, to Thee
Now the Day Is Over
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Old Rugged Cross
On Eagle’s Wings
Rock of Ages
Shall We Gather at the River
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
We Gather Together
You’ll Never Walk Alone

NOSTALGIC

These selections may prove nostalgic and effective at a funeral or memorial service because they reflect something about the life of the person being mourned. The music itself helps the listener feel both the joy of the life and the sadness that it has ended. Many of these songs are especially appropriate for services that are a celebration of the life.

Aloha ‘Oe
Angel – Sarah McLachlan
Annie – John Denver
Ashokan Farewell
Autumn Leaves
Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob Dylan)
Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Con te Partiro “Time to Say Goodbye” (Andrea Bocelli)
Fields of Gold (Sting)
Greensleeves
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Hey Jude – Beatles
In My Life – Beatles
Let It Be – Beatles
The Long and Winding Road – Beatles
Moon River
Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
My Way (Frank Sinatra)
Only Time – Enya
The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli)
The Rose (Bette Midler)
Someone to Watch Over Me – Gershwin
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Traditional or Brother Iz’s version
Those Were the Days
Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) (Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli)
Waltzing Matilda
When The Saints Go Marching In
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)

Any emotionally suggestive music from whatever country, state, or region a person is – Celia has found Tennessee Waltz or Waltz Across Texas to be particularly meaningful to many here in the Rogue Valley as she plays in Care Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

LIFE CELEBRATIONS, MEMORIAL SERVICES & FUNERALS

Amazing Grace
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod or Schubert versions
Be Thou Near (Bist du bei mir) – attributed to Bach
Fairest Lord Jesus
How Great Thou Art
How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
In the Garden
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The Lord’s Prayer – Malotte
Meditation from Thais – Massenet
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Old Rugged Cross
On Eagle’s Wings
Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)
Shall We Gather at the River
The Strife ls O’er
When I Survey the Wond’rous Cross

CATHOLIC

Amazing Grace
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod or Schubert versions
Be Thou Near (Bist du bei mir) – attributed to Bach
How Great Thou Art
How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Prayer of St. Francis)
Meditation from Thais – Massenet
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
On Eagle’s Wings
Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy) – Franck
Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)
Shall We Gather at the River
The Swan – Saint-Saens
The Strife ls O’er

JEWISH

Jerusalem of Gold
Shalom Alacheim
Adon Olom
Arioso – Bach
On Wings of Song – Mendelssohn
Other Classical Selections

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