Monday, November 7, 2016
Have you ever heard of a singing will? Most people choose the music they want played at their funerals, but what about the moment just before your funeral when you want to experience music but cannot manage to choose it yourself? Music has expressive qualities that are unique and precious to us, so it is important when we near the end of life that we find the comfort that music brings. A singing will allows you to detail the music you would like to hear near the end of your life, a “life soundtrack,” if you will, helping to distract from the experience and deepen it. Like an actual will, you must find the time to update your singing will as each memory passes.
See Mark Vanhoenacker, My Deathbed Playlist (and Yours), N.Y. Times, November 5, 2016.