Memorial Services

Saying goodbye to a loved one is difficult and deeply personal.  The sound of the bagpipes can add poignancy and provide a fitting tribute.

Below is a list of the most common times a piper might play at a memorial service. Certainly, any changes/additions to this list are acceptable.

At the church or memorial hall:

  • Play outside the church or hall as mourners arrive.
  • Meet the hearse and follow the pall-bearers and casket/urn into the church.
  • Play a lament during the service.
  • Follow the pall-bearers and casket out of the church and back to the hearse.

At the cemetery:

  • Play near the graveside, or outside the mausoleum or chapel as the mourners arrive.
  • Meet the hearse and follow the pall-bearers and casket/urn to the grave site.
  • Play while the flowers are being placed.
  • Play during the lowering of the casket or placing of the urn.
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