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"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo


With one of the most distinct sounds, the music of the bagpipes aptly communicates and expresses the many deep emotions of losing a loved one. As part of the healing process, the role of a bagpiper is to honor and pay tribute to the life of your loved one through music. Today, the bagpipes are not just for Scottish or Irish funerals and memorial services, but are used widely at services for heads of state, veterans, and family members. No matter your faith or cultural background, I would love to have the opportunity to honor your loved one and compliment your service through the bagpipes.


As you plan this time to remember and honor the life of your loved one, I will gladly work with you and your funeral home to ensure that the bagpipes best compliment your service. With over ten years experience, I am comfortable with and would love to help you with personalizing the Scottish bagpipes for the funeral or memorial service. Please check out my suggestions and samples below. If there is a song not listed here, but that you are interested in, or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


If you have never heard a bagpiper at a funeral or memorial service, or if you unfamiliar with how the bagpipes are typically used, the following is generally optimal:


  • The bagpiper plays as the funeral procession arrives at the church, as the casket or urn is taken in, and as the guests enter.
  • The bagpiper plays as the casket or urn is taken to the hearse and as the guests return to their vehicles
  • The bagpiper plays as the guests enter the cemetery, and as they approach the grave before the graveside service.
  • The bagpiper plays "Amazing Grace" or another requested tune after the graveside benediction.



Please note that is completely acceptable to have any combination of these, and if you questions or special requests please feel free to ask.



Suggested Music

Amazing Grace
O Danny Boy
Hector the Hero
The Syke Boat Song
The Mist Covered the Mountains
Going Home
The Dark Island
The Flowers of the Forest
Flight of the Eaglets
Loch Lomand
Now Thank We All Our God

Abide with Me
The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended
God of Glory, God of Grace
Eternal Father
Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
I Heard the Voice of Jesus


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