The last funeral I attended was in January 2008. It was for one of my sorority sisters, who died too soon, and left behind a husband and two beautiful young children. She had a long battle with cancer, and it seems she took the time to think of the right song for her funeral. The song she chose was “Soak Up The Sun” by Sheryl Crow. “Soak Up The Sun” is another one of those songs that I had heard over and over, but never allowed the message to register until I was sitting in that chapel. We were all there to pay our respects, say goodbyes, remember the good times, and mourn with others whose lives were touched by hers. I’m not sure, though, if anyone expected that we would leave her funeral with such a special gift. By choosing that song she gave us a message to walk away with, that if taken to heart, could make all of our lives a little easier to live.
The song I want played at my funeral isn’t something I’ve put a lot of thought into. I suppose it should be something that represents me somehow, but more importantly it should lift people up when they hear it. These days whenever I hear “Soak Up The Sun” I get a little rush of energy. I imagine Suzy’s beautiful smile and know she’s close by reminding me to cherish this life, but not to take it too seriously. Her life was a gift to so many and she found a way to leave us with just one more.
“I’m gonna soak up the sun, gonna tell everyone to lighten up
I’ve got no one to blame, for every time I feel lame I’m looking up”