Insights from the UK and beyond
Scots favour traditional funeral hymns
Fifty-six percent of Scots chose hymns during the past 12 months, a rise of 2 percent on 2005, according to a survey carried out by Co-operative Funeralcare.
In the rest of the UK, only 35 percent selected religious music, a fall of 6 percent on the same period – reflecting an increasingly secular society.
The most popular hymns remained “The Lord is My Shepherd”, “Abide with Me” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, while the top songs were Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”.
The Co-op, which gathered the information from 242 of its funeral homes, put the contrast down to a different attitude to change.
“I do not think we are so different from our cousins in the south,” said John Williamson, operations manager for the Co-op in Scotland.
“The Scots are not more prone to be church members, but they have a more traditional approach to funeral services in general. We are slower to change, but change is coming”.
Those who opted for non-religious funerals chose music they could identify with, the Co-op added.
That could include anything from the TV theme music for Channel 4 Horse Racing to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”.
“Ultimately the funeral service reflects the life of the individual, which is of great benefit to the bereaved,” the Co-op said in a statement.
Below are tables of the Co-op’s findings:
|Non-mover||Up the chart||Down the chart||Newcomer|
TOP 10 POPULAR SONGS
|1||1||My Way||Frank Sinatra/Shirley Bassey|
|2||2||Wind Beneath My Wings||Bette Midler/Celine Dion|
|3||9||Time To Say Goodbye||Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli|
|5||8||Over The Rainbow||Eva Cassidy|
|6||-||You Raise Me Up||Westlife/Boyzone/Josh Grobin|
|7||4||My Heart Will Go On||Celine Dion|
|8||6||I Will Always Love You||Whitney Houston|
|9||7||You’ll Never Walk Alone||Gerry and the Pacemakers|
|10||-||Unforgettable||Nat King Cole|
TOP 10 HYMNS
|1||1||The Lord Is My Shepherd|
|2||2||Abide With Me|
|3||3||All Things Bright And Beautiful|
|4||4||Old Rugged Cross|
|6||7||How Great Thou Art|
|7||6||The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended|
|9||-||Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace|
|10||9||Morning Has Broken|
QUIRKY CHOICES – A selection
|TV/Radio themes||TV/Radio themes contd||Song||Artist|
|Songs of Praise||Radio 4 Shipping Forecast||Another One Bites the Dust||Queen|
|Only Fools & Horses||Channel 4 Horse Racing||Disco Inferno||The Trammps|
|Z Cars||Emmerdale||Bat Out of Hell||Meatloaf|
|Benny Hill||Coronation Street||Spirit in the Sky||Doctor & The Medics|
|Top Gear||Ring of Fire||Johnny Cash|