"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow"

Sarah sings regularly at funeral services and believes music can be one of the best sources of consolation at such a difficult time. Arranging a funeral can be a very stressful, and very often those arranging the service are not sure what music to choose, or what is suitable. Sarah can walk you through the different parts of the service and can help with music choice for each section. Equally, if your loved one had very specific instructions about the music they wished for in their funeral service, Sarah will do her utmost to honor those wishes.

During Covid 19 there have been some changes to the numbers allowed at a funeral. The maximum attendance at funerals is now 50, subject to public health advice. This number does not usually include musicians, but always check with your celebrant, funeral director or visit for more information:


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Roman Catholic funeral mass

Below are the usual places in a Roman Catholic funeral mass where you would typically have music. Parts of the mass such as the Memorial Acclamation, the Great Amen and the Song of Farewell (Receive his/her Soul) may also be sung. There are very few changes to the musical content during Covid 19. An extra piece of instrumental music may be played as the coffin enters the church. There is no Sign of Peace due to social distancing.

Opening Hymns:

  • The Cloud’s Veil
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Here I am Lord
  • Be Not Afraid
  • Be Still My Soul
  • You Are Mine
  • May the Choirs of Angels
  • Be Still (for the Presence of the Lord)
  • Morning Has Broken


  • On Eagle’s Wings
  • Tar Anuas a Spioraid Naomh
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd (Crimmond or Egan)
  • Hiding Place
  • ‘Sé an Tiarna m’Aoire
  • Here I am Lord
  • Shepherd of My Heart


Plainchant, Mo Ghrása Mo Dhia, Seinn Alleluia, Celtic 


  • A Mhuire Mháthair
  • Ag Chríost an Síol
  • All that I am
  • As I Kneel Before You
  • Ave Maria (Schubert/Gounod/Caccini)
  • Bring Flowers of the Rarest
  • Panis Angelicus
  • Soul of My Saviour


  • A Clare Benediction
  • Amazing Grace
  • Ave Maria (Schubert/Gounod/Caccini)
  • Bí a Íosa im’ Chríose
  • Here I am Lord
  • How Great Thou Art
  • In The Sweet By and By
  • Jealous of the Angels
  • May the Road Rise to Meet You
  • Pie Jesu (LLoyd Webber/Fauré)
  • There is a Place
  • Voice of an Angel

Exit piece:

(Some priests will allow a piece of music here that is not a hymn.  Always check with the celebrant first.)

Exit Hymns:

  • Abide with Me
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Amazing Grace
  • Be Still My Soul
  • Going Home (Quietly Peacefully)
  • In The Sweet By and By
  • May the Choirs of Angels
  • May the Road Rise to Meet You
  • Nearer My God to Thee
  • Voice of an Angel
  • You Are Mine

Exit popular music:

  • In the Arms of the Angels
  • Black is the Colour
  • Bring him Home
  • Danny Boy
  • Jealous of the Angels
  • Nella Fantasia
  • Songbird
  • The Voyage
  • The Rose
  • We’ll meet again
  • You Raise me Up

Some nice instrumentals:

  • An Cúlainn
  • Gabriel’s Oboe
  • Táimse im’ Chodladh

Civil/Non Religious Funeral Services

  • civil service can combine religious content with the family’s own choices of music, speeches, poems and words of remembrance.  
  • non-religious service is without any religious content and is designed by the family with the assistance of a civil celebrant or Humanist celebrant. The service will usually consist of music, eulogies, poems and words or remembrance.

Talk to your funeral director to find out more.

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    Some Kind Words


    Thank you Sarah O'Kennedy from the bottom of our hearts, for singing for our Da on his journey at the church


    Sarah, thank you for today. Your singing was beautiful. It made the mass extra special for us


    You have a beautiful voice and your singing made my Dad's mass very special.