Music is an important part of many social rituals. One of the purposes of music is to help us access our feelings, both happy and sad. During the funeral ceremony, music helps us think about our loss and embrace our painful feelings of grief. Consider music that was meaningful to the person who died or to your family. Most funeral homes and many churches and other places of worship have the capability to play CDs or music from iPods. Check out the quality of the sound system and if it doesn’t meet your standards, find an outside source to provide a high quality system. If you’d like to have live singers or musicians, your funeral director or clergyperson can help you contact and schedule them. Most funeral homes and churches will have their own organist or pianist.