Musical Funeral

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Here are a few ideas for quotations that could be used at the funeral of a musician or someone who had a passion for music.

“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” – Percy Bysshe Shelly.

“The song ended, but the melody lingers on…” Irving Berlin.

It could also be possible to hold a ‘Jazz Funeral”:

When a New Orleans jazz musician dies, they are sometimes given a traditional Jazz Funeral – a tribute to life, rather than a concession to death. Typically, a jazz funeral will have been pre-planned in the deceased’s last wished, with them choosing the music and performers.  A wake featuring the other musicians honors the deceased in a parade of music and dance through the streets of New Orleans.

Kusko Which has some beautiful lines that may be suitable for a jazz funeral poem:

“When a jazz player dies.”
Dad speaks, his voice low,
almost reverent. “The others come
to both celebrate and morn
the life of such fine art. Through
the streets of old New Orleans.
Dancing to the tune
of a life well-played.”

The poem can be read at full at


Published On: 26th Nov 2010

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