I always advocate that we use music that the deceased has chosen or at least the music the people closest to the deceased have chosen. Without exception this makes the ceremony instantly more personal.
Leonard Cohen’s beautiful ‘The Anthem’ was picked as the piece to carry out from a service recently. The lyrics were printed in the Order of Service as well. Special mention was made of how appropriate these words were to the life of the deceased. How imperfectly perfect he was.
“Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in”
Don’t be frightened to make unusual choices. Generally, they make complete sense to the guests. At the same ceremony above we carried him into a rousing and nerve tingling version of ‘Sounds of Silence’ by Disturbed. This was a not negotiable request by the deceased as he was dying. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppbhxukCd-4
Check it out. What would you choose for yourself?