Funeral Day Steelband by Gary Trotman Steelasophical.
A celebration of life.
Funeral Day Steelband by Gary Trotman Steelasophical. “The very first funeral service I ever played at was for my very own mother – the second service was for her her sister my aunty. This places me in very unique position of truly understanding the balance between grieving and celebration of life by means of music!
From the traditional Caribbean songs such as Yellow Bird, Island in the Sun to more uplifting and up tempo songs such as Bob Marley Reggae selection to well known pop songs. trust in Steelasophical to create and maintain just the right atmosphere.
Picture taken at St Anselms Church, The Green Southall – the morning of my mothers funeral
As an experienced musician, Gary travels throughout the UK in order to play at Funerals and other events.
Gary is the founder of Steelasophical, a leading provider of Caribbean musical services based in the UK
By its very nature, a funeral is a very emotive event, and the most appropriate time for family and loved ones to say a final farewell to the deceased person.
No two funerals are the same, and sometimes he receives requests for tunes that are not usually associated with funerals or the loss of a loved one, but none the less are important to the family.
Gary also knows that everything has to be right first time, and from the moment of the initial enquiry, he will listen and understand individual requirements and give immediate and initial advice without obligation
Should you appoint him, he will then work with the undertaker and/or the family advising on appropriate protocols and actions, and where appropriate advising on music choice.
To provide the ulifting musical backdrop to the service as friends and family arrive. This can be up to 90mins prior to the arrival of the dearly newly departed. Also entrance and recessional music.
Graveside / Crematorium
Steelasophical performs with backing music and Steel drums, but no power is required as our PA system is battery powered. Music to be played as and when required
A very popular choice is to have Steelasophical perform music during the wake. It will create just the right mood while family and friends gather and together celebrate in the memories of the departed, in a uplifting but respectful way. The gathering after the funeral is commonly known as ‘the wake’. It is also referred to as ‘the reception’. There is no requirement to have a wake but it is a long-standing tradition and mourners may want to meet up after the ritual of the funeral service to remember the deceased in a more informal setting.
When you suffer a bereavement, a funeral for a member of your family can be one of the most emotional times of your life. Everything your family and friends thought about a loved one is expressed on that day.
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Do’s and Do not’s
Funeral Day Steelband
Texting and making or receiving phone calls during a service is a big no-no. It is very disruptive to those around you, and gives the impression that you are not especially interested in the events going on.
Such behaviour can easily be construed as hurtful to those who are grieving, even if that is not your intention. So just to ere on the side of caution, it is best to power off your phone and keep it tucked away.
Offering words of kindness is perhaps the best thing that one can do when attending a funeral.
However, though sharing condolences face-to-face is more personal, if you are unable to attend a funeral service, sending a message of sympathy can be a thoughtful alternative.
Funeral Day Steelband
Sending flowers is generally seen as a more heartfelt way to show you care than simply sending a card.
Furthermore, though offering money is often understood as impersonal, it is thoughtful to send a charitable donation to a foundation in honor of the deceased.
At the end of the day, you are there to pay your respects to the deceased and their family. Simply being there and observing the ceremony is appreciated- don’t sweat the small stuff.
Funeral Day Steelband
It is very common to hold a reception for friends and family after the funeral or cremation.
As these are often arranged at short notice, there are a few points to consider:
How many people are you going to invite, as this will dictate the size of the venue required.
Will you you require catering and a bar.
If relatives have travelled a long distance will they require accommodation.
If you are having a reception after
The funeral ask either the funeral director or a family member of friend to make an announcement to let people know when and where it is either at the funeral home or at the end of the memorial service.
However if you only want a family only reception just tell the appropriate guests and make sure that they are aware that it is a closed event.
The reception is a final send off for a loved one, and you do what you feel is right for you and your family. there are no wrongs or rights as what you can or can’t do just what feels right and respectful.
You can also have a open speaking platform where friends and family can say a few words about the deceased and share memories of them with everyone.
The main thing to remember is it should reflect the person you are saying goodbye too
Price Guide – Funeral Day Steelband
Impossible to give a fixed price as this depends on many factors such as band size, location, duration of performances etc.
To the right is a base guide to prices that may help frame your budget expectations.
Let us know which option(s) you would like to consider and also, the location.
The funeral procession typically begins at the home of the person who has sadly passed away, though you may choose a different location if you wish. Your chosen Funeral Director will arrive in good time, ensuring you can view any flowers and floral tributes before leaving for the service. You will need to arrange for family and friends who are travelling in the limousines or guests who wish to follow the funeral procession to arrive at your home or the home or wherever the procession will start. This will ensure everyone is ready to leave for the funeral service on time. It is also possible to choose a specific route for the procession to take. This may be comprised of a journey which includes treasured memories or personal landmarks. When you are ready to leave, we will escort you and your family to our chauffeur driven limousines and ensure you have everything you need for the service. Our Funeral Directors often lead the cortege on foot for a short distance before getting into the hearse. Upon arrival at the church or crematorium, they will lead the cortege on foot once more.
Your Funeral Director will ensure every detail has been taken care of in advance, from any music you have requested to the order of service sheets. They will co-ordinate with the person who is conducting the service and meet with the chapel attendants to ensure all arrangements are in place. We will provide sufficient pallbearers and ensure they escort the coffin with dignity and respect. If you wish to select your own pallbearers, the Funeral Director will be able to oversee these arrangements and ensure everything runs smoothly. The Funeral Director will often lead you into the church or crematorium, walking either in front or behind the coffin before it is placed upon a wooden platform known as a catafalque. We will make sure that all of your guests have arrived before proceeding with the funeral service.
The order of the funeral ceremony will be completely up to you, though please keep in mind that there may be a time limit at the venue you have chosen. The service may include funeral music, funeral hymns, prayers, funeral poems and readings from family and close friends. The funeral ceremony can be held at a religious venue or at a crematorium which provides a chapel for you to use. The Funeral Director may stand just outside or at the back of the church or crematorium during the service. Once the service has finished, you will be taken over to where flowers and floral tributes have been laid, before escorting you and your family to the committal service, if you are having one. DIGNITY FUNERALS
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