How to Say Goodbye.

shafts-of-lightMy work both as a hospice volunteer and as a personal historian involves helping people record their stories at life’s end. When we know our time is limited it can focus our mind on what is truly important. There are many ways of saying goodbye. Some people choose an ethical will, something that I’ve written about in previous posts. Others prefer a video or book that chronicles their life. For some it could be a scrapbook filled with a lifetime of memorabilia. And still others put together a photo book that graphically highlights a life lived.

The other day my friend Gwyn alerted me to her son’s blog. Rob Jones has created a wonderful site devoted to the music he loves. It’s called The Delete Bin and what caught my attention were his list of 10 songs about death. One of them was written and sung by Warren Zevon after he knew he had only a short time to live. It is a poignant and powerful reminder that we all need to find a way to say goodbye…even if we are well and hope to go on living for some time. The truth is we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Take a listen. Maybe there’s a poem or song in you that needs to be written now, to those you love.

Photo by Tanakawho

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2 Responses to How to Say Goodbye.

  1. Thanks a lot for the mention, Dan.

    Where I don’t think the loss of a loved one ever really makes sense, I think there is a lot of wisdom to be found in song. That one by Zevon in particular packs a punch, maybe because it focuses so much on his loved ones, rather than on himself. I never did like “My Way” for that.

    Thanks again for the mention, Dan.

    Cheers,
    Rob.

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