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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 20:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know this is a near-morbid subject, but I would like to share an experience with all of you.
My mum died this past April of a very fast-moving cancer. She was diagnosed in mid-January and died on 01 April. My father wanted her funeral to be something she would have approved of, so he asked me and my older sister and brother to each contribute a song to be played during the funeral. My older brother chose The Beatles' In My Life (I almost picked that), my sister chose (gag) Bette Midler's Wind Beneath My Wings, and I chose Queen's These Are The Days Of Our Lives. My dad chose a song from a James Bond movie (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) titled We Have All The Time In The World (sung by Louis Armstrong). He could not recall the Queen song so I played it for him as a preview. He thought the song was "eloquent and very beautiful" (talk about flooring me!!!). Mine was the last to be played during the funeral. Hearing Freddie's voice bouncing off the walls of the chapel was so comforting at such a trying time for me and my family. You should have heard the weeping (not mine, I was smiling!) -- everyone, including the priest, were so moved by Freddie's singing they were still crying after the song ended.
Afterwards, I had friends and family members telling me what a beautiful song that was. I told them "That was Freddie Mercury and Queen" and got smiles and sounds of recognition.
BTW...my mum loved the song. She always said it reminded her of her father and things he would have said. It's the best tribute I could think of for my mum!!

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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 22:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Aw...


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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 22:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I forgot to add that Mum's "exit music" out of the chapel was the instrumental version of Guide Me Home. Dad thought that was a nice touch!

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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 22:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Simply beautiful...

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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 22:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you, dear -- it was! :-)

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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 22:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think this is a wonderful story Lisa.


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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 23:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That is an absolutely beautiful story.


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Posted: 29 Jun 04, 23:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nice touch - you're a very thoughtful person, Lisa.


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 06:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well that is terrible to hear but certainly a fitting end.

I'd like to have 'Dear Friends' at my funeral. Now I've just got to play the waiting game..*twiddles thumbs*


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 06:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Theres is loads of Queen songs that could be played at funerals. I want Bohemian Rhapsody (last minute is perfect for one) or TSMGO at mine i think.


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 06:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's so sad. A great choice in music, though.


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 07:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was torn between TATDOOL and Who Wants To Live Forever but Dad vetoed the latter. It really tore him up (he remembered it from Highlander); he liked the movie (mostly for his hero Sean Connery) and he didn't want to associate a funeral with that. I thought the former was a better choice anyway!
I think I would like the vocal version of Guide Me Home as the song at my funeral. I always cry when I hear it -- except for at Mum's funeral, which was odd -- but perhaps Freddie was helping in his own way? I like to think that!

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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 07:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Guide Me Home is a perfect choice. I'd choose Show Must Go On though.

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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 08:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sad but beautiful story...


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 10:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I dunno. I think "Another One Bites the Dust" would be a nice ice-breaker at my funeral. That is, I'd like to put the "fun" back into funeral.

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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 13:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

At my funeral I wouldn't have any hymns I would have Queen. TSMGO & TATDOOL would be ideal but to make everyone happier AOBTD.


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 16:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

at Great King Rats funeral a couple years ago-- WWTLF was played in the church during the service...

his mother walked up to me later and said 'now i know why he loved Queen so much'--

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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 16:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lisa, your story literally made me cry. I read it a few times, it caused shivers down my spine... I think your Mum could never get a better song for her goodbye... I think about that a lot, I mean Queen music at funerals. And I want it too. Whenever I die I want Queen music with me till the end. I already told that to my folks and they said I'm crazy... Totally expected;) But anyway I made my mum promise if i ever die before the natural time, there'll be Queen with me, as always.


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 17:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i want happy queen music at my funeral


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Posted: 30 Jun 04, 17:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

iron eagle wrote:

at Great King Rats funeral a couple years ago-- WWTLF was played in the church during the service...

his mother walked up to me later and said 'now i know why he loved Queen so much'--

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Ellis told me about that. Very fitting for Tim. He was a great guy, I only met him at the 2001 US convention but after talking to him felt like I'd known him a long time.
Really miss him!