A LOCAL singer is helping the bereaved with the grieving process by performing songs dedicated to their loved ones.

With funeral restrictions still in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lagmore musician Cara McCann is playing and singing requests to help give those who have passed receive a heartfelt send-off.

Speaking to the Andersonstown News, the well-known performer explained how she has been “inundated” with requests.

“I mostly do funeral and wedding singing and I’ve been doing it since I was a wee girl, but I just feel helpless now because these people can’t have funerals for their loved ones,” she said.

“They don’t really have anything that they can do for them so I put a notice up on my Facebook page saying that I am willing to do this when families are at their most bereaved.

“People are just sending me a wee bit about their loved one and what song they want. Some people are also doing it for anniversaries or the birthday of their loved one, but a good few have been for people who have passed away.

“They’re getting thousands of hits in a couple of hours, these songs. There are over 200 people have shared the graphic I did to say that I’m willing to do it. People really appreciate it and it’s the least I could do. Because I can’t get out to sing at the funerals it’s the next best thing.”

She added: “It’s really important to people because music creates emotion, and now whenever they hear that song, even if I sung it 10 years later, it sparks emotions and helps them remember their loved ones.”

If you have been bereaved and would like to request a song for your love one you can send your request to Cara via Facebook. (@cara.mccannmusic)