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Published on October 26th 2012.

PR Puffs: Funeral songs

Because even in death, you are not safe from the wealthy wheels of PR as this timely press release shows.

This time they are plugging a new mobile app called iFuneral.

They say: "iFuneral is an innovative and easy tool for people to plan how they would like their life to be celebrated should the worst happen."

But let's be honest, there really is no "should" about it.

It all proves that there's always a new way corporates can make a fast buck - even from the grim reaper.  

Anyway here goes, adding a meaning to the word popular, hitherto unknown outside of Transylvania.


 News: The Very Last Song in the North West?

Survey reveals region’s Top Ten funeral songs

Who Wants to Live Forever is the message most people in the North West want to leave for loved ones, according to a survey of songs people want played at their funerals, commissioned by App provider iFuneral.

By choosing Queen’s classic track as its favourite, the region bucks the national trend for the most popular song, Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

In second place came Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman.

Just one of the North West’s Top Ten funeral songs from the survey was a traditional church hymn, with respondents overwhelmingly voting for contemporary melodies and chart hits. Nonetheless, patriotic hymn Jerusalem by William Blake earned itself third place. 

The North West’s Top Ten most popular songs people want played at their funerals are:

1.    Who Wants to Live Forever, Queen

2.    Time to Say Goodbye, Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

3.    Jerusalem, William Blake

4.    Let it Be, The Beatles

5.    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Eric Idle

6.    Wind beneath My Wings, Bette Midler

7.    My Way, Frank Sinatra

8.    Angels, Robbie Williams

9.    Imagine, John Lennon

10. You Raise Me Up, Westlife


Always Look on the Bright Side of Life was Number One in every region except the North West, where people favoured Who Wants to Live Forever, and the East Midlands where the top track was You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The national Top Ten most popular songs people want played at their funerals are:

1.    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Eric Idle

2.    Who Wants to Live Forever, Queen

3.    Jerusalem, William Blake

4.    Time to Say Goodbye, Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

5.    Imagine, John Lennon

6.    Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler

7.    I’ve Had the Time of My Life, Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

8.    You Raise Me Up, Westlife

9.    You’ll Never Walk Alone, Gerry & The Pacemakers

10. Abide With Me, Henry Francis Lyte


(Now the money bit)

Introducing iFuneral

Now for the first time an iPhone App puts YOU in control of your final appearance and ensures that your wishes are known - from the songs you’d like played at the ceremony to dress codes, coffin styles and cortege arrangements. It then communicates your wishes to next of kin.

People can also log details of law firms, insurers or pre-payment plans, charities they wish to support, preferred funeral directors and bereavement counsellors. This makes for the swift location of legal documents, such as wills, and allows grieving relatives to tie up administrational processes simply and easily with minimal distress.

Not only can you state your religion and opt for burial or cremation, but also:

  • ·         Choose flowers and music for the ceremony (with the option of adding tracks from iTunes)
  • ·         Select from a wide range of coffin styles
  • ·         Specify cortege arrangements and even the clothes they want to wear/want other people to wear for the ceremony
  • ·         Add any special requests

Notes to editors: 

Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2000 adults aged 18+ between 31 August and 3 September 2012. 

The iFuneral app was created by Nathaniel Kurt, who has worked in the industry for over 25 years. After suffering the bereavement of several partners and close friends at a young age, Nathaniel was shocked at how little he knew about their funeral wishes and felt he couldn’t give the deceased the send-offs they deserved. iFuneral is an innovative and easy tool for people to plan how they would like their life to be celebrated should the worst happen.

It’s also a bit of fun, after all it’s your funeral!

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