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.