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Three quarters unsure about loved one’s funeral music

A survey revealed that nearly three quarters of people in the East of England (71%) are not certain what song or hymn a loved one would like played at their funeral.

Over a third (35%) of more then 3,500 adults responding to the online survey commissioned by the East of England Co-op said they were unsure, while a further 36% knew their loved one would like a song or hymn, but didn’t know which.

And it seems people in the region want a more individual choice of farewell music at their own send-off. More than half said they would choose something other than the previously revealed top 10 most popular funeral songs, which put Frank Sinatra’s My Way at the top, followed by Time to Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli and Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings.  

Of those who did want a song from the top 10, Bette Midler’s recording was the most popular (13%), along with Robbie William’s Angels and My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion, both with 11%. Only 5% would choose Frank’s signature number. 

The most suggested song outside the top 10 was Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Other choices included the reflective Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen, and Never Forget by Take That, and the celebratory I’ve Had the Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. 

More tongue-in-cheek ideas included Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn), Light My Fire, Highway to Hell and Staying Alive, while quirky suggestions included The Timewarp, Gangnam Style, Abba’s Dancing Queen and The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes.

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