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Tag Archives: Funeral Music
The song that played when the Titanic went down?
“Nearer My God to Thee,” was a hymn written in 1941 by Sarah Flower Adams. Her sister, Eliza Flower, set the lyrics to music. Sarah was born in 1805 to Unitarian parents. She worshiped in the Unitarian Church her whole … Continue reading
A Baroque composition that soothes the soul and lifts the spirit
The first time I heard Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” I was at a retreat for the pediatric oncology staff at Stanford Children’s Hospital, where I worked. It was January, and we had just gone through an emotionally devastating holiday … Continue reading
Heartfelt song gives a voice to grief beyond reason
We have all been there: standing before a stark reality and wishing against all reason that what we know to be true isn’t so. A common trait encouraged in children is to be moderate, thoughtful and temperate with their emotions … Continue reading
Heartfelt memorial song gives voice to loss, longing and remembrance
Tracy Chapman’s song “The Promise” is as much as song of separation as it is of togetherness. As listeners, we can place ourselves in the role of speaker/singer addressing a loved one, but it is just as easy to … Continue reading