Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

Dido's Lament

The Aria is from Henry Purcell's early English Opera of 1689. Dido Queen of Carthage laments the departure of her Trojan lover Aeneas and resolves to die. She sings When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create No trouble, no trouble in thy breast; Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate. Remember me, but ah! forget my fate. It [...] Read more


Nat King Cole Died in 1965 when he was only 46 years old and his daughter Natalie was 15. In 1991 Natalie Cole recorded a duet with the voice of her long dead father - Unforgettable.

Walk On

This blog missed National Poetry Day, but I think it might have been on that day that something half heard on the radio stuck in my mind. Someone was reading what he described as a popular poem which went like this: When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don't be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm Is a golden sky And the [...] Read more

Comedian Frankie Boyle Chooses a Song for his Funeral

In the Guardian last Saturday What is the closest you've ever come to death? - Middlesbrough. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? - People hate jokes. What song would you like played at your funeral?