Monthly Archives: October 2016

Final Fling

At Sir Terry Wogan’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey last month, Peter Gabriel sang That’ll Do – Sir Terry’s top pick when he appeared on Desert Island Discs in 2012. So how can you ensure music played in your memory hits the right note?

The top ten funeral songs in the UK include Frank Sinatra’s My Way, Over the Rainbow sung by Eva Cassidy and Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. But if the thought of leaving the music choice at your final farewell to your friends and family makes you shudder there’s only one way around it – to write a will.

After all your kids’ and grandkids’ choices may be completely at odds with what you’d have picked, as recent research in The Guardian showed. The most-nominated song among 16- to 24-year-olds was Death Cab for Cutie’s I Will Follow You into the Dark while the older generation (55-to-64) plumped for the Pythons with Joy Division and the Flaming Lips in between.

Anyway, in today’s digital age there’s no need for your musical legacy to not fully reflect the contents of your iPod – in fact, you could even make a playlist of your funeral favourites, should the worst happen. Then, when you write your will, you can give your Executors instructions for your send-off including your iPod password to ensure it passes melodiously.

Of course, there are many reasons for writing a will alongside choosing your funeral song: protecting your family after you’ve gone and safeguarding your assets being the prime. If you haven’t made a will, or if you’re interested in updating an existing one, contact us today on 01243 216900 or email info@legalmatters.co.uk. To misquote Frank Sinatra, we’ll do it your way.