Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 #YODO

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 – #YODO for our Twitter friends – runs from 18-24 May. There are events taking place all over the UK. Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 – #YODO for our Twitter friends – runs from 18-24 May. There are events taking place all over the UK.

Final Fling and others will be marking the week with a Death Cafe… the growing movement to encourage open conversations about life, death, loss, grief… all the things that have been a bit of a taboo for way too long. If you have an interest in your own life and your eventual end of life, get involved! Look out for Twitter chats every day from 1-2pm on various subjects

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Top 10 Gospel music for funerals

ospel music is one musical option for funerals.

Gospel music is a variation on hymn singing. Growing out of black communities, gospel music tends to have a bit more sass and is sung with a bit more gusto than hymns sung in the Christian mode. Sales of gospel music recordings tend to be more lively than sales of hymns too.

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Top 10 Hymns for Funerals

For many people, hymns that family can sing together are ideal for funerals. There’s something about raising our voices together – however croaky, weak, wobbly or off-tune – is an action of mutual support and a way of celebrating the life of the person who’s died. See our Top 10, listen, download a copy immediately.

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Music and death

Music and death go hand in hand for some of us. Salles des departs at Raymond Poincare hospital in the suburbs of Paris recognises the importance of bringing music and death together. This trauma hospital has created a sensitive morgue for families to visit.

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Live music at funerals

Live music at funerals adds amazing depth and quality. A soloist on cello or violin can add an amazing poignancy. A lone piper can bring a poignancy that no recording could beat. A duet, trio or quartet can make hearts swell with their strings.

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