How would you like to be remembered?
Your family and friends will want to ensure you have the best send off – a day that celebrates your life. Do we know what our loved ones want? Only 1% of people knew all the deceased’s funeral wishes * (Sun Life Dying Report 2020) To help your family carry out your wishes, we help you to think about how you would like to be remembered – including prompting you to think about any readings or special music you would like. Design a send-off that reflects you and alleviate the stress for your loved ones.
Where do we start? There are so many music styles, from rock and roll to jazz, soul, classic, country, gospel etc.
You will have your own loves and ones that relate to special memories.
Here are a few popular choices:
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
- Amazing Grace by John Newton
- My Way by Frank Sinatra
- Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
- I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me
- Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
- Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
- In the Arms of an Angel by Sarah McLachlan
- Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
- The road to hell by Chris Rea
- Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers
- You Raise Me Up by Westlife
- Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
- The Rose – Bette Midler
- Angels – Robbie Williams
- Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
- We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle, from Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’
- My heart will go on – Celine Dion
- You’ll never walk alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
By William Morecomb
For a second you were flying
Like you always wanted to
Now you’ll fly forever
In skies of azure blue
We’ll see your smile in every ray
Of sunshine after rain
And hear the echo of your laughter
Over all the pain
The world’s a little quieter now
The colours have lost their hue
The birds are singing softly
And our hearts are missing you
Each time we see a little cloud
Or a rainbow soaring high
We’ll think of you and gently
Wipe a tear from our eye.
I Have Not Gone
You think I’ve gone, that I am dead, and life has lost its will,
But look around, I am right there, living with you still
I watch your tears, I feel your pain – I see the things you do
I weep as well, each time you cry, my soul, it lives with you
It gives such joy to hear you laugh, and do the things you do
And when you smile o’er by gone days, I smile right with you too
For we’re still one, just you and me, one mind, one soul, one being
Walking forward into life, though only you are seen
And in the stillness of the night, when the pain it really starts
Stretch out a little with your mind and draw me to your heart
For I am always right in there, always by your side
For you have been, all my life’s days, my joy, my love my pride.
There is No Death
There is a plan far greater than the plan you know;
There is a landscape broader than the one you see.
There is a haven where storm-tossed souls may go —
You call it death — we, immortality.
You call it death — this seemingly endless sleep;
We call it birth — the soul at last set free.
‘Tis hampered not by time or space — you weep.
Why weep at death? ‘Tis immortality.
Farewell, dear Voyageur — ’twill not be long.
Your work is done — now may peace rest with thee.
Your kindly thoughts and deeds — they will live on.
This is not death — ’tis immortality.
Farewell, dear voyageur — the river winds and turns;
The cadence of your song wafts near to me,
And now you know the thing that all men learn:
There is no death — there’s immortality.
Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little — but not for long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me, but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone;
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.