Funeral Playlist: Choosing Music Can Set Tone for Mourning or Celebration

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Close up shot of piano keyboardFrom popular secular music to traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs, music can play a large part in setting the mood or celebrating the life of a loved one at a funeral or memorial service.

What music to choose might depend on the setting for the service. If it is held in a church, there may be suggested songs to choose from or a set of guidelines as to what music can be played. If the memorial or service is at a funeral home there is often more flexibility to utilize music of any kind that was special to the deceased or their family.

According to, “in times of sorrow, the top funeral songs can say what the heart finds no words for.” The site offers suggestions for many genres of music from traditional hymns to country and classic rock.

Another determination includes whether the music will be performed live or if a recording will be played.

Listening to songs as part of a service or memorial can be reminders of a person’s beliefs or bring back memories and often can be a powerful source of healing as well. The American Psychological Association says music can slow the heart rate and be calming and relaxing and it can also excite people.

Funeral directors are well versed in appropriate music offerings and can often make suggestions based on getting to know the background of the deceased or the family and friends. The music can be performed as part of the service, be a recorded loop that plays in the background or as part of a slide show of photos.

Popular traditional hymns include “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” and have been used for these purposes for many years. Contemporary Christian songs might include “I Can Only Imagine” and “Blessed Be Your Name” and these are more likely to change as new songs are released and become popular. Secular songs can be anything the loved one enjoyed listening to, other songs are chosen for their lyrics that are fitting within the context such as “I Did it My Way” by Frank Sinatra and “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler.

The family and staff at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home in Naperville and Overman-Jones Funeral Home in Plainfield can help families plan and shape a funeral service or memorial by suggesting music or working with a family on incorporating favorites.

For more information on planning funeral and memorial services, contact Friedrich-Jones Naperville at 630-355-0213 or Plainfield at 815-436-9221 or visit

Celebrating Father’s Day

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Father's DayFrom teacher to friend to companion, the modern dad plays many roles in their children’s lives.

As we fire up the grill and enjoy the sunshine on Father’s Day, it’s important to remember the father figures in our life, celebrating those who are with us, and commemorating those who have passed away.

Below are a few easy ways to give dad a day he’ll remember, and show him that you care.

A Father’s Day Craft

For dads with young children, there’s nothing better than seeing their creative minds at work. A Father’s Day craft is the perfect way for a toddler or young child to show how much they care.

Paintings, framed photos or drawings all make a good Father’s Day craft. Many stores sell kits as well.

Spend Relaxed Time Together

Getting to spend time with the family without any high-pressure gatherings may be all dad wants out of the day. Stress-free time together can help the whole family recharge.

That can mean a cookout at home. It could also mean a picnic, going for a bike ride, walk, or simply relaxing in the hammock.

Give Dad the Decision

It’s ok to let dad decide how to spend the day. Ask him if he’d rather get together with family or go fishing. His input into the look of the day can help make sure he has the kind of relaxing day he wants.

Remembering Dads

The family and staff at Friedrich-Jones and Overman-Jones Funeral Homes in Naperville and Plainfield would like to wish fathers and father figures everywhere a happy Father’s Day. If you are looking for ways to honor the loss of a loved one who has passed away, we can help.

For more information on the help that Friedrich-Jones can provide, visit or contact our Naperville location at (630) 355-0213 or Plainfield at (815) 436-9221.