Being 75, and having thus far survived several serious and diverse health episodes, I have sporadically spent time, some with my husband, doing the 'putting our affairs in order,' or more pragmatically, less tactfully, last will and testaments, funeral preferences, etc.
My husband has not put his in writing to date, but since it is primarily military, I pretty much know what he wants. For example there is a Navy tradition, where a boatswain's mate,( shortened to bo'son mate by comrades), uses small pipe (similar to a piccolo, more like a multi-note whistle) to announce important events, including retirement ceremonies and funerals. On these occasions the pipe's 'music' is somewhat symbolic of transition, and commonly called 'piping over." A military funeral of any branch is finished after presentation of the FLAG and playing of TAPS.
However, I have deviated from the normal civilian rituals, at least in areas that I have lived. My distinct preference is 90% all music, some with and some without audience participation, reading of the complicated obituary which includes my biological and adoptive families (already written), audience stories (IF appropriate for church) and NO SERMON funeral. If you think this unusual, succinctly my philosophy is 'a sermon does not make a saint.'
I consider music the equivalent of 'piping over.'
In order to make this request for music easier on those who try to comply, I am making a CD, I have encountered a popular musical group of unusual composition, 4 males and an orchestra. I saw them on TV and began listening them, primarily via You Tube. I plan to purchase at least one DVD. They speak and sing 3-4 languages and have several world tours. You may check them out here.
A number of their concerts include other celebrities in the music field like Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand. Some of these videos are amateurish, but the music recording is representative of their voice richness and range.
Attribution: Videos = YOUTUBE links, none of which are my work. Nor have I been contacted to promote them.They do not need my endorsement. - NitWit1
NOTICE: If YOUTUBE links do not work, the title of the music and IL DIVO will get you to the clip in YOU TUBE. I don't believe these play using 64 bit IE.