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“Nearer My God to Thee” by Sarah Flower Adams

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

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“Amazing Grace” by John Newton

An unlikely author writes one of the most popular Christian hymns of all times

My grandmother was a sweet, gentle soul. She never lived in a town with a population greater than 2,000 people. She was awed by the progress she saw in her life. When she was little, most people used horses and … Continue reading

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Memorial Song: “Song to Woody” by Bob Dylan

This folk classic pays tribute to one of the icons of the movement

“Song to Woody” holds the distinction of not only being one of the most memorable tribute songs in the world, but one of the first songs Bob Dylan ever penned. Its simple, stripped-down acoustics make it the ideal memorial song … Continue reading

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Soothing Memorial Music: “Ol’ Man River” by The Beach Boys

The vocal version of the Beach Boys song is a calming, stripped-down version of a classic that makes a beautiful memorial song

No group harmonizes as well as the Beach Boys, whose songs have become American treasures thanks to their delicate and complex vocal arrangements. While the ‘Boys’ may be best known for hits like “God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations,” their take … Continue reading

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”Rue’s Farewell” in “The Hunger Games”

A sweet funeral song floats as Rue rests among the woodland flowers

For those of you who have not seen the film The Hunger Games, it’s a nonstop action cliffhanger mixed with the unexpected innocent sweetness of children. I will not spoil the storyline, but death is around every corner and we … Continue reading

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“Brokedown Palace” by Grateful Dead

A funeral song to soothe those dealing with grief and coping with death

Music expresses an endless amount of human emotion. It soothes those dealing with grief and serves as a soundtrack to life and death. We use music to inspire, mourn, remember, signify and symbolize the life of another as we cope … Continue reading

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