Not sure how to eloquently start this post, so I’ll just tell the truth.
This is not a topic I generally think about but I was listening to one of my favorite radio stations the other day, and they were discussing the recent death and funeral of Kay Yow, historic women’s basketball coach.
She apparently recorded a video that was played at her funeral and the debate was “on” as to whether or not that was appropriate.
My initial and continued reaction to the discussion was how freakin’ selfish have we become in our society to think it an intrusion for the dead person to be making remarks at her own funeral? Screw whoever said the funeral was for the living and not the dead – why does it have to be that way? After all, the star of the funeral is the one who’s life it was that ended (or transcended somewhere else) – not ours.
No matter what you believe happens to our souls when our physical body dies, the death of the physical body is nonetheless a traumatic and life-altering event to the person suffering the actual death – much more so than the one watching.
So, I would hope that we all get our big girl panties on and deal with it.
And, you know what, maybe I’ll just make that music video I’ve always wanted to and sing for all to hear after I’m gone. (To those of you that think you know my vocal capabilities – stop shuttering!) How about Feelings? Something less torturous with a twinge of irony maybe? Every Breath You Take? Maybe I’ll stadium rock it with We Will Rock You/We are the Champions? How about one that I always wished someone would sing about me anyway – What’ll I Do?
Whatever I decide – it’ll be for me, since my name will be on the program for those sitting in the audience!
(It will especially not be for Kevin Kiley who will not be invited anyway since it would be too much for him. Michael Irvin, however, is always welcome – to my funeral or any living party. And, they know what I’m talking about.)
(PS – I tried to call in but couldn’t get through…sorry for the delay…life goes on…)