For many people around the world, music is a universal language. Music can be a source of strength, unity and a means of healing the soul for any individual. No matter what you are feeling, there is a plethora of music and songs by Australian artists that can help you find the closure you need during this difficult period. Here are a few suggestions of recent Australian music that could make for a personalised soundtrack for the funeral service. They are quite popular amongst Melbourne’s funeral directors community here.
‘First cut is the deepest’, sang Sheryl Crow; though not an artist from our native homeland, her sentiments are shared with various singers in Australia. Pop artists such as Sia, Kate Miller-Heidke and Missy Higgins have songs that emulate love, loss and a touch of loneliness that may hinder during the initial phase of losing a loved one. Alternatively, Pete Murray and Powderfinger provide a rock edge to these emotions, with a harder and upbeat sound to give you a boost of energy when you are feeling tired.
Chance To Say Goodbye – Pete Murray (2008)
I’m In Here – Sia (2010)
The Last Day On Earth – Kate Miller-Heidke (2008)
My Kind of Scene – Powderfinger (2000)
Since You've Been Gone – Powderfinger (2003)
Sound of White – Missy Higgins (2005)
These Days – Powderfinger (2000)
Where I Stood – Missy Higgins (2007)
Your loved one may be gone but never forgotten. Especially when you lose a loved one close to you, it is natural instinct to miss that person. There is no need to ignore that feeling and brush it aside as something only felt by you.
Songbird – Bernard Fanning (2005)
Your Love Walks With Me – Clare Bowditch (2012)
Moment Of Objectivity
Sometimes when you are feeling smaller than the world of suffering, it will help to look at the greater picture and see beyond your personal pain. Native stories of origin by Indigenous artist, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, will take you on a spiritual journey of our land. Pete Murray brings a hopeful tone that will encourage you to carry on.
Bayini – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (2011)
Djarimirri (Rainbow) – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (2008)
Free – Pete Murray (2003)
Opportunity – Pete Murray (2005)
Steer – Missy Higgins (2007)
Thank You For A Life Well Lived
Historically, advanced life has only occurred on Earth of all the millions of planets and stars in space. Additional to that, every individual lives a through their unique experiences and make an irreplaceable influence on those around them. Thus, as sore is the feeling of losing a loved one, the significant and rare occurrence of a person’s life should be celebrated and appreciated.
The Greatest View – Silverchair (2002)
Angels Brought Me Here – Guy Sebastian (2003)
Angels In The Room – Delta Goodrem (2007)
In This Life – Delta Goodrem (2007)
My Happiness – Powderfinger (2000)
My Love – Sia (2010)
Night Of My Life – Damien Leith (2006)
Song For Dad – Keith Urban (2002)
With a plethora of music and songs available, there is bound to be selections that will help you heal. As long as it is to the respect your loved one’s taste, there is a variety that may become a suitable choice for the tone of your funeral service, even if it means using ACDC because it was the your deceased loved one’s favourite band.