The appearance of a piper can prove very dramatic whilst family and friends pay tribute to their departed loved ones.

This is assisted by the emotive sound of the bagpipes playing traditional songs that can uplift the spirit or touch the heart.

A Piper can play as the cortège/congregation arrives at the church or crematorium and at a number of key stages in the proceedings, including:


  • While the coffin is taken from the chapel to the hearse
  • Whilst leading the coffin from the hearse to the graveside
  • At the graveside


  • As the coffin is taken from the hearse inside the crematorium
  • During the service – pipe as the wreath is laid and/or as the curtain is drawn
  • At the end of the service as people leave the crematorium


Some popular songs are listed below:

  • Flower of Scotland
  • The Flowers O ‘ the Forest
  • Going Home
  • Amazing Grace
  • Abide With Me
  • My Home
  • The Dark Island
  • Highland Cathedral
  • The Skye Boat Song
  • The Mist Covered Mountains
  • Lochaber No More
  • The Mull of Kintyre