Music for memorial services should be music that has one or more of these qualities:

~ uplifts the listener
~ was a favorite of your loved one
~ is a favorite of the family
~ makes you feel closer to your loved one

A typical memorial service, funeral or celebration of life includes 1-3 musical pieces in the service itself.

1 piece: Usually in the middle of the service, but occasionally at the end or beginning

2 pieces:

~1 piece in the middle near the message or eulogy

~1 piece at the beginning, after the greeting by the officiant, or 1 piece at the end

3 pieces:

~1 piece at the beginning after the greeting by the officiant.  

~1 piece in the middle near the message or eulogy

~1 piece at the end, immediately before dismissal.  Usually this piece should be something that is triumphant or will lift people up before they leave. See suggestions below. 

Beginning-of-Service Song Suggestions

Amazing Grace
It is Well With My Soul
On Eagle's Wings
In the Garden
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Morning Has Broken
Precious Lord
I will Rise
Time to Say Goodbye
Be Not Afraid
Be Still My Soul
The Cloud's Veil (You are By My Side)

Give Me Jesus

Mid-Service Song Suggestions

You are Mine
I Will Always Love You
I'll Be Loving You Always
My Heart Will Go On
You Raise Me Up
On Eagle's Wings
Ave Maria
The Lord's Prayer
The Old Rugged Cross
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
I Can Only Imagine
Wind Beneath My Wings
The Prayer

End-of-Service Song Suggestions

How Great Thou Art
When We All Get to Heaven
It is Well With My Soul
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Leanin' on the Everlasting Arms
I'll Fly Away
Happy Trails to You
Oh When the Saints Go Marching In
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
Great is Thy Faithfulness
I will Rise

The pieces included in the service are often sung.  With Heavenly Harp's Karin Gunderson, you have a vocalist and harpist in one person.  Fondly referred to as "the singing harpist" her voice will make you think the angels have arrived!

Pre-Service Music
A service with Heavenly Harp music includes 15-20 minutes of instrumental music before the service begins, as people are gathering.  You may choose the type of music you want from the following categories, or even choose some specific songs which are listed under these categories on the Concert Repertoire page:

Pre-Service Musical Types


30s-50s relaxing popular music (like Stardust or Misty)
or any combination of the above

Post-Service Music

Post-service music is also included in Heavenly Harp Memorials.  The post-service music includes 5-8 minutes of music as attendees leave the area. It is usually beautiful, light music, ethereal or classical that usually feels lighter than the music before & during the service.

Additional Post-Service or Reception Music 

Additional post-service music or music for your reception is available at $100 per hour, with an additional $150 fee for Bose Sound System, if harp needs to be amplified for a larger gathering.

Suggestions for Children's Memorial Services

Lynne's Song
Fly (Celine Dion)
Children of the Heavenly Father
Jesus Loves Me

Precious Child

The Prayer (Andre Bocelli & Celine Dion)

Memorial Service Music