Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Funerals Need More Zeppelin

CURRAN, Mich. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Funerals are never a pleasant experience, but the kind of music that’s played during the service can determine whether those who have passed dance through the gates of heaven or just plod in.

That’s according to former funeral director John Reigle, who says you can do a funeral “right” by having one like Ray Charles’s where the music was upbeat, lively and “more of a celebration.”

He says songs from Led Zeppelin and The Eagles usually ensure a memorable funeral, but admits the music selection always comes down to what the deceased’s family deems appropriate.

In many cases, that means traditional spiritual hymns or low- key band music. Case in point: Ronald Reagan’s funeral, which Reigle calls “very sedate” and “boring.”

Still, Reigle has admiration for the families that pick music “that celebrates life” and he puts the responsibility on funeral directors to steer the family in this direction.

More of Reigle’s funeral tips can be found in his new book, When Death Occurs (Consumer Advocate Press).

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