Your Funeral Music: New Radio Show Explores Death
What music would you want played at your funeral?
It’s a question that most of us don’t like to think about, but it’s one that’s worth considering. After all, our funeral music can say a lot about who we were as people and what we valued in life.
That’s the idea behind Your Funeral Music, a new radio show I host and produce, which airs on Sunday evenings on WFNU Frogtown Community Radio. Each week a new guest shares songs they want played at their funeral and the meaning behind the music. This local (and personal) show features folks from the Frogtown and Midway neighborhoods of Saint Paul.
Benefits of Contemplating Our Mortality
Discussions start with funeral music but commonly explore family, the after life, and the importance of contemplating our mortality.
Here are some of the benefits of contemplating our mortality:
- It can help us to live more meaningful lives. When we know that our time on Earth is limited, it can motivate us to make the most of each day.
- It can help us to develop stronger relationships with our loved ones. When we know that we won’t be around forever, it can make us cherish our relationships even more.
- It can help us to let go of fear and anxiety. When we accept that death is a natural part of life, it can free us from the fear of death and allow us to live more fully.
If you’re not used to thinking about death, it can be a challenging topic to contemplate. But it’s a topic that’s worth exploring, as it can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.
In Bhutan there’s a folk saying that to be a happy person one must contemplate death five times daily. Looking for a shortcut to happiness? Consider using the WeCroak app. Each day, the app sends you five invitations at randomized times to stop and think about death.
The WeCroak invitations come at random times and at any moment just like death. When they come, you can open the app for a quote about death from a poet, philosopher, or notable thinker.
Download the We Croak app here:
Here’s our most recent episode:
The show has been well-received by guests who appreciate the opportunity to talk about death in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Though creating a playlist of songs can be challenging for some. Overall each guest has enjoyed the exercise.
Playlist of Guest Funeral Music
Please Join Us
If you’re interested in slowing down at the end of the week to contemplate what it means to be alive and how you want to be remembered, I welcome you to listen along. Your Funeral Music airs on WFNU Frogtown Community Radio, 94.1FM, every Sunday at 8PM. You can also listen to past shows on our website, Your Funeral Music.