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Published: Sunday, June 8 2014 8:04 a.m. MDT

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A Scientist
Provo, UT

"I knew there was one name my friends could never call me. They could never call me shallow. They seemed determined to wear that one themselves."

On the contrary, it is a very shallow, erroneous, and self-absorbed way of thinking to judge all things secular as "shallow" simply because they do not necessarily include traditionally religious songs.

BusStopRatBag
Layton, UT

My stepfather specifically requested 'I Did It My Way' be played at his funeral. It was very appropriate to him and his life. It meant a lot to the people he left behind. There were a few hymns too - none of which I now remember. I am a religious person yet my personal list contains Van Morrison (no stranger to hymns actually) and Mark Knopfler.

This is a strange article for me. Who sits down and decides it's a good idea to spend an hour or so pontificating about the funeral song selections of others? I wonder if Mr. Johnston would strike up this conversation at a backyard BBQ with friends never mind push it out to thousands he doesn't know. It seems a deeply personal subject to me.

I realize this is an opinion piece but I can't help thinking the blogification of journalism continues apace.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

Amazing Grace was played at my dad's funeral, but he could have been one of those guys who buried in his Corvette, too.

"My Way" would have been appropriate, as well, and though he was not at all religious, my hunch is that he's just fine.

Is the primary purpose of funerals to celebrate the deceased's life? Or to reinforce religious belief's for those left behind?

Understands Math
Lacey, WA

Apparently the top 10 list of songs is from a UK organization called Co-operative Funeralcare. I notice the writer does not mention songs by artists not well-known in America like Westlife and Robbie Williams. I am surprised that the writer did not mention two other popular songs on the list that would go against his thesis: "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "We'll Meet Again", both of which have a more spiritual, if not necessarily Christian, bent.

This appears to be a list of individual recordings that are popular at funerals in the UK. Are live performances of hymns even counted? Are songs that might have many different recordings counted as a song, or is each recording counted separately?

I really don't think there's a lot of conclusions that can be made from the list.

I'm leaning towards "Aloha Oe" for my own funeral.

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