Singing for funerals is part of my music ministry.

It may sound morbid, but it comforts the bereaved.

As long as I focus on the music and avoid

eye contact, I am fine.  This music ministry began


when I was a teen organist and choir member.

While teaching, I was unable to continue

this ministry since funeral times conflicted with

my work schedule.  As a retiree, I volunteered.


It was seldom that I encountered anyone from

my “other life” as a teacher.  It did occur at

odd times though.  Choir members gather

one half hour prior to warm up and get


last minute instructions.  Drink some water.

Remain quiet in our places as the music

Director played background organ pieces.

So, there I sat, front and center, awaiting


the processional music when I was startled

by a female voice who declared: “You teach

German, don’t you?”  I felt several sets of eyes

from choir members wander  my way.


Someone related to the deceased happened

to be from Germany and wanted to meet me

afterwards. It is astonishing when lives converge!

Who knew?  What a small world indeed!


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10 Responses to Astonishing

  1. A small world, indeed… This has happened to me a few times over the years and it is astonishing! Singing for funerals is such a lovely thing to do, Mary Ann. A common thing for weddings, but how beautiful to be bathed in music during times when we need it most. Thank you.

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  2. Emily says:

    Very beautiful mom! Love you xoxo

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  3. I love it when things like that happen!

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  4. How startling! I hope you had time to connect at some point.

    How many people are in the group singing for funerals? It’s a wonderful ministry to be involved in. Our choir in NY sang for weddings of people we knew well in the church. Most of us were working and couldn’t get to funerals.

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    • Anne, thank you for your understanding comment. We connected after the funeral. My mind was focused on our music and certainly elsewhere when this happened. Rather amusing when I ponder it. The number who sing at funerals varies by the day of the week. Saturday funerals will usually have more in attendance. The number can be anywhere from 6-10 or so. We make some beautiful music together too! Be well. Happy Memorial Day Weekend. oxox

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