When writing a Will, it is a good time to think about your funeral. The obvious questions arise, whether you would like to be buried or cremated, and where. It is also wise to think about the practical arrangements of the funeral itself. Normally, the funeral director will advise family members of what they could have.

However, it can be helpful if you give thought to the funeral while you are still alive and so you can leave instructions.

It is traditional to have a funeral service, either at a church or crematorium. Increasingly, people are choosing to be buried in Woodland locations, and so the service may be held near the burial site.

Most funeral services normally include music, either singing to a piano or organ, or recorded music, or even music played live by a band or orchestra. Traditionally, the congregation sang hymns at funerals. As fewer people attend church they don’t always know the hymns, and therefore don’t sing which can be awkward.

A service at the crematorium will typically be less formal and likely to include some recorded music played through an amplifier and speakers. It can be good to have a combination of singing and recorded music.

As always, it is helpful to say what you would like in your Will, or letter of wishes. Many families will bring a CD to the funeral that can be played.

It is wise to be mindful of the atmosphere, and timing and location. Funerals are sad occasions so you don’t want to make the event more painful than necessary. Co-op Funeral Care provide information about popular choices or funeral music on their website. They also provide a list of the most popular choices.

The 2019 winner is “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.

“Time to say goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, which is a true classic, was chosen in second place.