One in seven choose Sinatra for funeral

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We've planned every second of our funerals and we've made some interesting choices. One in seven of us, for example, want our funeral to feature 'My Way' by Frank Sinatra. Meanwhile, two thirds of us want some sort of pop track.

However, we're missing something far more vital, which could mean our wishes are never fulfilled

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Co-Operative Funeralcare pulled together the data from 30,000 funerals conducted by the firm, and found that hymns are out - in favour of pop. Hymns feature at just 30% of funerals, and pop at 53%.

'My Way' was the most popular track chosen to accompany us for the final journey - as it has been for the past seven years (after being briefly overtaken by 'Wind Beneath My Wings'.

This year, Sinatra is followed by 'Time to Say Goodbye' by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, with Bette Midler's 'Wind Beneath My Wings' in third.

The fourth most popular track is Eva Cassidy's version of 'Over the Rainbow', and fifth is Robbie Williams' 'Angels'.


Sinatra continues to dominate the choices - with six of his tracks in the funeral top 100. He featured this week at the funeral of Charlie Richardson, the late London crime boss. However, there have been some newcomers: Adele is now at number 22 with Someone Like You.

Live music is also featuring, and 53% of all funeral homes say they have held at least one funeral where there was live music, from pianists to steel bands.

A quarter of funeral homes have had to reject at least one choice. Some have taken exception to John Lennon's 'Imagine' because of the line 'Imagine there's no heaven.' However, they are fine to play Monty Python's 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' from The Life of Brian film. And one home even reported that they had played Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' at a funeral.

Co-Op Funeralcare's, Lorinda Robinson, said: "Hymns were once the mainstay of a funeral service but pop music plays such an important part in people's lives that it now acts as the theme tune to their passing."

Missing piece of puzzle

However, while we plan every last detail of our funeral - as well we might - it's also worth giving some thought to how we are going to pay for it. A bog standard funeral will set you back at least £3,000. If you want the male voice choir or the Sinatra tribute act, it'll cost you far more. If you don't make plans for how to pay for this, your loved ones will be saddled with the bill at the worst possible time.

You can think about using a pre-payment plan, or leaving a specific sum in your will to pay for the funeral. Then, once you've dealt with the dull financial side, you can go back to choosing the line-up for your last show.

Top pop tracks for funerals

1. My Way, Frank Sinatra
2. Time to Say Goodbye, Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
3. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
4. Over the Rainbow, Eva Cassidy
5. Angels, Robbie Williams
6 You Raise Me Up, Westlife
7 You'll Never Walk Alone, Gerry & The Pacemakers
8 We'll Meet Again, Vera Lynn
9 My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion
10 Unforgettable, Nat King Cole

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