Funeral music and readings

Words and music at funerals

At Maddock, we understand that both words and music have the power to evoke strong emotions at funerals. That’s why they play such a key part at most services these days.

Speeches at the funeral

Generally in past years, eulogies were delivered by the local vicar or priest – but many families now prefer to themselves or close friends to speak about the person’s life, read poems, or even read out something the deceased wrote themselves.

Music for the funeral

Rather than the traditional hymns, many people now prefer to have a personal choice of music played at funerals. Interestingly, the songs chosen are increasingly more contemporary – and even light-hearted choices are now popular, to try and draw a smile rather than something sad to draw a tear. There’s also a growing trend for live music such as bagpipes, Spanish guitars and jazz bands.