Fiancee of Thanatos
Joined: Aug. 2009
|Posted: Aug. 28 2009,9:50 am
Since I am hopelessly nerdy , I would like the following:
The opening part of my memorial service, perhaps a sort of processional for the guests, could be the hymn "Shall We Gather at the River" -- although without the words, or with new lyrics (if I ever write them). I don't care for most of the traditional words (not bad, just not my cup of tea), but the music is lovely.
The service itself may take place right before, or shortly after, my body is placed on a scaffold (or something resembling a Parsi "Tower of Silence") to be consumed by birds. Perhaps the ritual would culminate in the act of laying me out on that final bed; perhaps people would rather lay me out first, then hold a service afterwards -- and not at the site. Either way is fine.
It should be a simple service, with people sitting in a circle and remembering me. There should be poetry readings (of my poetry and other relevant poetry), fond recollections, jokes...
Then, at the conclusion of the service, or at an appropriate "climactic" moment, people should play Mozart's "Masonic Funeral Music." Since Wicca, my religion, is derived in part from Freemasonry, Mozart -- an initiate of Freemasonry -- was the closest thing to a Wiccan in his day. And he's my favorite composer. So there could be no better tribute to me than this piece. It possesses a profoundly sad, wandering quality, but it ends on a beautiful note of perfect, divine serenity.
"Death is the mother of beauty." -- Proverb