What is the best songs to play at your mother's funeral? Looking for soft tunes not rock based?
I have "I Miss You Mother" by John Tesh "I WIll Remember You" by Sarah M. Any Suggestions?
Play songs that she listened to when she was alive or songs that describe her life. If you have the skills, write your own song.
A very nice one is "Momma" by Boyz2Men. I believe it came out in the early 1990s, still very popular.
I've been a funeral singer for many years. There are really so many but these are the top 10 in my experience: Ave Maria (Schubert), On Eagle's Wings (Joncas), Be Not Afraid (Dufford), Time to Say Good-bye (sung by Andrea Bocelli), Morning Has Broken (hymn - but also performed by Cat Stevens), You Raise Me Up, Wind Beneath My Wings, Celtic Song of Farewell (Londonderry Air), Amazing Grace, Lord of the Dance (hymn).
I've even sung My Way by Sinatra - and the Canadian National Anthem. That being said, funeral songs are personalized to memories of the family and what mom loved to listen to. If this is a church service then ask to speak to the Music Director. A funeral director will also have a list of musicians who can help in the direction of a Mass or Memorial Service. Let them help you - they do this for a living. As a grieving family member, there are so many other things that you need to take care of.
Your themes suggest an earthbound desire; a holding on, even if you mean well . You are fulfilling a need. Nothing wrong with this. This is also a very noble approach.
Another approach is to release the Spirit freely; not holding on but to inspire or elevate your moms spirit to a higher and better life. As such Amazing Grace is a great one. Do others that dwell on God's love and songs such as Across the Bridge There's no More Sorrow.
At My Mother's funeral I sung At The Feet of The Master and Peace: God's Beauty in His Oneness-Home. I also did the Invocation. But these are songs from my Teacher and you may not know them. They can be found on the internet.
There's a sublime and profound poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye. It's called Do Not Stand at my Grave And Weep. It's easily found on the internet. God's peace and blessings to you, your mom and family.
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