Planning a Funeral Ceremony

When somebody close to you passes away it is an upsetting and bewildering time. Organising the Funeral Service may not seem to matter much next to the enormity of death. However, a well planned Ceremony can give great dignity to the deceased and be a source of comfort and inspiration to the living.

Whether or not we believe in God, or believe in Organised Religion, a Funeral Ceremony can throw light on the life lost and create a meaningful experience for close family and friends.

Choosing a Church or Crematorium

Whether you choose a Ceremony in a Church, Crematorium or elsewhere, Live Music is one of the greatest ways to bring people together. That's because music has such extraordinary power to refresh and inspire us. Harp music has been used down the ages for the purposes of healing. The harpist's gentle sounds soothe us and relieve any distress or tension.

Harp and Vocal Music for Funerals

Ruby offers a wide range of harp music and vocal music to reflect the emotions felt on this sad occasion: Music for Mourning, Music for Celebrating a Life Well Lived, Music to Remember By and Music to Remind Us that Love is Eternal.

Including Ruby's Live Music will bring to mind the Spirit of the Loved One and help everyone to connect together to feel comforted and uplifted.

Funeral Music Suggestions

The following music suggested is especially suitable for a Funeral. Please see the Repertoire and Ready Repertoire sections of the site to see the full choice of music available.

Arriving in Heaven or Achieving true Peace

In The Arms of The Angel

Sarah Mclachlan

Love Is All Around


Hallelujah Chorus


Here Comes The Sun


What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

Monty Python

Can You Feel The Love Tonight

Elton John

Classical and Calming

The Four Seasons


Gladiator Theme

Hans Zimmer

Encyclopaedia Botanica

Ruby Paul



Groovy Kind Of Love

Phil Collins

Moonlight Sonata

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Encyclopaedia Botanica

Ruby Paul

Spring (The Four Seasons)


Flower Duet


O For The Wings of A Dove


I Giorni


Canon in D


Hornpipe From Water Music


Trumpet Voluntary


On Wings Of Song


Trout Quintet, Final Movement


Clare De Lune

Claude Debussy

Prelude in C Minor






Clarinet Concerto- Theme


The Heart Asks Pleasure First

Michael Nyman

The River Flows in You


The Water is Wide

James Galway

Ave Maria


Hallelujah Chorus


O Mio Babbino Caro


Theme From Pastoral Symphony No 6


Bitter Sweet Love and Loss


Eva Cassidy

Wild Mountain Thyme

Celtic Traditional

The Rose

Bette Midler


Nat King Cole

Sunshine On My Shoulders

John Denver

Candle In the Wind

Elton John

Cant Smile Without You

Barry Manilow

Love songs - For a love that Never Dies

Sheep Will Safely Graze




Cant Help Falling in Love With You

Elvis Presley

The Heart Will Go On

Celine Dion

Ill Always Be There

Ruby Paul

Endless Love

Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

Dream a Little Dream of Me


Our Love is Here To stay


You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Stevie Wonder

A Thousand Years

Christina Perri

Blue Moon

Billie Holliday

Three times A Lady

Lionel Richie





Love songs - Songs For A Mother or Father


Eva Cassidy

Fire and Rain

James Taylor

Let It Be


Ave Maria

Bach/ Gounod

Walking By My Side

Ruby Paul

Songs of Solidarity and Friendship

Lean On Me

Bill Withers

Stand By Me

Ben E King

Im Already There


Hey Jude


Wind Beneath My Wings

Bette Midler


Mariah Carey

Music for Mourning a Loved One

Time to Say Goodbye

Andrea Bocelli

Abide With Me

Emeli Sande

Aint No Sunshine

Bill Withers

Bring Him Home

Colm Wilkinson

Sound of Silence

Simin and Garfunkel

She Moved Through The Fair

Celtic, Traditional

Cry Me a River

Ella Fitzgerald

The Parting Glass

Celtic, Traditional

The Rose of Tralee

Celtic Traditional

The Star of The County Down

Celtic Traditional

Danny Boy

Eva Cassidy

David Of The White Rock

Welsh Traditional

Music for Remembering the Loved One, and the passing of Time

The Circle Game

Joni Mitchell

Time After Time

Cyndi Lauper

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Sandy Denny

May It Be


Beauty and The Beast


As Time Goes By

Sam Dooley Wilson


Elaine Paige

In My Life


Circle Of Life

Elton John

Fields Of Gold

Eva Cassidy

A Time For Us

Nina Rota


John Lennon

Songs About the character of The Deceased


Simon and Garfunkel

Nothing Compares To You

Sinead O Connor


Nat King Cole

Je Ne Regrette Rien

Edith Piath

Think Of Me

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Transition from Earth to Heaven - or from Life to Death

You Raise Me Up


Walking In The Air

Aled Jones

Flying Without Wings


Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton

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    Thank you so much for your contribution Ruby, we really, really valued having you there to play so beautifully for us, Sue and Patricia Newitt,

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    The Harp Music was so wonderful- it helped everyone so much to hear those lovely soothing tones, bless you Ruby and we will never forget our father and the day you played for him, Pamela Shelton,

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    My sister and I booked Ruby for our mum's funeral Mass. As a catholic we wanted something beautiful and haunting- not only to say goodbye in the elegant manner she deserved ,but to say goodbye for ourselves. Ruby was so professional in her immediate response and manner and addressed our situation with compassion and efficiency. She helped us sort out the music, and then performed beautifully, both as a Harpist and Vocalist.Thank you Ruby, for making a sad occasion so beautifully memorable, Ally James,

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    Hello Ruby, I just wanted to let you know how much your music meant to us at Bob`s funeral. You have a beautiful voice and are a gifted Harpist, it was a joy to listen to you, you did a fantastic job. Everybody mentioned to myself and daughters, how much they had enjoyed the service. I just wanted it to be a service that he would have wanted - and you did exactly that. God Bless. Pat Thornton, Park Wood Crematorium,

    Brighouse, West Yorkshire
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    Ruby sang and played the harp and tin whistle for a family occasion several years ago. It was perfect, not a dry eye in the place! When another sad family occasion arose more recently, I managed to track Ruby down again. The atmosphere was electric and was talked about for a long time afterwards! She even wrote and performed a special song in memory our mother. Ruby has an incredible singing voice that lends itself to different musical genres. She deserves to go far and have a serious recording contract! Ruby has a great personality and I regard her as more than a talented artist. She is also a friend. Thank you so much Ruby for making two very memorable occasions so very special. Maureen Prescott,

    Selby, North Yorkshire
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    Just to say, thanks so much for your Harp Music during Drinks last week. It really set the scene beautifully and helped make for a Special Day,Janet Marsden,

    Holdsworth House, Halifax
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    Hi Ruby, you played at a funeral at Markeaton Crematorium and sang your own song with the words "Ill always be by your side" What's the title please? It touched my heart as I think it would the bereaved I deal with and I wondered, have you have recorded it as I would really love a copy? Eric Roome, Funeral Director,

    Derby & District Funeral Service.
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    Ruby was truly amazing at my mothers funeral. She performed a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. Many Thanks. Matthew Jones

    June 2014, Malton
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