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What Song Would You Want Played at your Final Goodbye?

February 15, 2012

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I know its a weird thing to ask, but this topic came up in my Better Blogging Group and I got curious. I have been lucky not to have attended many funerals but I am genuinely fascinated by the songs people choose. A close friend of mine recently chose ‘Bad moon rising’ by CCR, which made me smile as it is a song that you have to play loud and I know that is why he wanted it played.

I have so many songs that I say ‘oooh I love this one!’ but which one would I want played? and what experience would you want your audience to have?  Then it came to me. Recently I have fell for this song as it makes me smile every time I play it.  I play it as the last song in my running tracks and it never fails to get me in the best mood for the day.

One Day Like This a Year Would See Me Right

I would want people to celebrate that day.  I would want them to know that it was my destiny to go when and how I went and that was my life – short or long – that was it.  This song sets me up for a great day and if I could give just a little of that to my friends and family on that day… how special would that be.

It may be naive of me to think I could do that with a song, perhaps that is true – but then I am naive at times – so why not give them a little of that too.

If you had the choice what would your ‘song’ be?  What would you want your last message to people be?

7 thoughts on “What Song Would You Want Played at your Final Goodbye?”

    1. It is a strange video isnt it – very subtle – which isnt my strong point… I had to ask Frank what it was all about… but I guess it does exactly what the song says, keeping you in the moment – making the most of the day…

  1. Love love love ‘Elbow’ – they wrote my favourite ever line in a song ‘I’ve been working on a cocktail called “Grounds for Divorce” ‘ – but I’m not sure I’d have that as my final song. That will take some thinking about. I am on a permanent quest for my top 100 songs and I can’t do that! I think I’d leave it to my friends and family

  2. Great song Kerry. To me leaving a song to be played at your funeral gives you a chance to say goodbye to friends and family. Kinda how you’d like to be remembered.

    Death is a taboo subject for so many that anything that brings it into the light has to be a good thing.

  3. Hi Kerry. A lovely thought-provoking post and I have to say I can’t answer the question of what song I’d want played. All I can say is that it would be something upbeat and happy – I’d love to think I’d leave everyone smiling, thinking “That was SO Janet!” I’m going to give this some thought – could we cheat and have several songs, rather like Desert Island Discs? No? Well, it was worth asking! Janet

  4. hi Kerry, it’s an interesting question and makes me realise how important it is to talk about our own funerals. Not an easy thing to do but leave it too late… Thank you for raising the issue and personally I love your choice of song. best, Sally

  5. Sally,
    This post prompted a great a talk with my partner about what I wanted and ask him. It is an uncomfortable conversation but an essential one. I asked my dad recently and he wants to be cremated and his ashes sprinkled on his dogs’ food… He has 5… It shows that you really do need to ask… Songs for him? John Wayne!

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