Music, Media & Other Tributes

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The choice of music to be played or hymns to be sung often forms a significant part of a funeral. Where in the service you want music to be played or hymns sung needs to be considered and discussed with the officiant - do you want it at the entrance; during a time of reflection; at the committal or as mourners exit the place of service.

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Most crematoria have equipment to play music selected from specialist streaming services that have substantial music catalogues. Some do not allow the playing of CDs or DVD, opting instead for the streamed playing of the music.

Churches and other places of service will often have equipment to play music from your own media sources such as CDs or media players. 

Broadcast equipment can be hired in for the funeral if no equipment is provided or available.

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Some crematoria have the facility for Visual Media. There can be many reasons to choose a visual record to capture a funeral service.  Family members may not be able to attend the funeral, live overseas or just to have a memory of the day, services can be videoed, photographed or live streamed.

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During the service you can have pictures displayed. This can be one picture that is projected throughout the service, or a display of several images, one after the other, perhaps during a Time of Reflection and with music played at the same time.


You may have family members who live overseas, or are unable to attend the funeral service.  Some crematoria are able to provide webcasts allowing the funeral to be streamed live, so that those who are not able to attend can watch the service as it happens.


For those crematoria that have the facility for Visual Media, the service can be recorded.  The recording will be provided to you some days after the funeral and can be on a DVD or USB.

Where the facility for visual media is not available at the place of service, your funeral director can arrange for someone to record the service for you.


It is becoming increasingly common for a photographer to be present at the service.  They will take photographs of the events of the service - cars, flowers etc.  If you wish, they can attend the wake as well.

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There are many  options for having live music at a funeral, each creating the right musical atmosphere to make the day even more memorable.


Having an organist playing at a funeral service is the most common form of live music performance. Many churches or places of worship will have contacts for organists that play there. If you arrange your funeral with a funeral director they will always be able to arrange an organist for you. 


Having a band at a funeral can really make the day special for many people. Especially common are Jazz and swing bands who will play in front of the cortège as it makes its way to the service. However, whatever style you want, there will be a band to suit.

Your funeral director can help find and arrange the band for you. If you need further information please contact us.

Singers and choirs

Singers and choirs can bring serenity and grace to the service and create an uplifting atmosphere for a funeral. Many people find having singers at a funeral deeply rewarding and uplifting.

Singers include classical soloists, choristers, jazz and blues singers, pop and folk singers, and opera singers. 


A Scottish piper in a full Highland dress can provide a fitting farewell for a loved one.

Your piper will be experienced at piping at funerals so will be familiar with the protocols of the day.  He will contact you before the funeral to discuss your requirements, eg which tunes you would like played and when you would like them played.  It might be to lead the cortège to the place of service, to lead the coffin into the Chapel or Church, or during the service, after the final words of committal.

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Releasing doves at a funeral or memorial service is a truly moving tribute to someone special. It creates memories for those left behind and is often especially helpful for children, helping them to understand death.

Doves brings a sense of serenity to family and friends, helping to make the funeral a time for remembering, celebrating and rejoicing the life of a loved one.

A solitary dove gracefully released represents a peaceful and onward journey of the spirit; some mourners share a moment of solitude with a dove snuggled to their chest before releasing it to the skies, while others prefer to release from dove carriers.

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