A celebrated part of New Orleans culture is the jazz funeral. If you’ve never experienced one, you’re not alone—for the most part, it’s a Louisiana ritual. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a larger-than-life jazz funeral event in any part of the country. These kinds of services are especially popular for musicians.
Plan and Design a Meaningful Funeral Service
Although you can create any type of custom funeral service for you or for a loved one, jazz-themed funeral services usually include these elements:
- Service. A funeral service is first performed, according to the deceased’s wishes or the wishes of the family. This service can be traditional, religious, or be designed within a music theme to match the jazz theme.
- Procession. Processions will include family and friends, and participants usually walk from the funeral home to the cemetery.
- Music and bands. Brass is the instrument of choice for these services: trumpets, trombones, and tubas are used to create the music that always fills the streets of New Orleans. While the procession makes their way over to the cemetery, the music is mournful. After the burial, (or, in New Orleans, the entombment, since the city’s location requires mausoleums), the music becomes more joyful and celebratory, and everyone nearby joins in with singing and dancing, forming what’s called a “second line.”
While many jazz funerals are celebrated for musicians who have died, it’s now become more common to design these for people of every age, background, and ethnicity. If you’d like to plan a jazz-themed funeral either for yourself or for a friend or family member, start by talking to a funeral home.
Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Pittsburgh is happy to fulfill your wishes for a New Orleans jazz-themed funeral service, or any service that includes a traditional ritual and music. If you’d like to pre-plan your funeral, we can help walk you through the process so that your funeral is meaningful to you or to your loved one.