In December 2007, my father died of esophageal cancer. I miss him dearly. I have so many fond memories of my daddy. I find, however, that the strongest memories come back when I hear one of his favorite songs.
Music was always an important par my dadâ€™s life, especially when he was younger. I remember how he would come home with a new 45 record or album on Friday evening after a long weekâ€™s work. Heâ€™d change his clothes, and go to the â€œcomponent setâ€ (no CDs back then!) in the basement, and play his new record. I could hear the song playing over and over and over again. Of course, by the end of the evening I would know all of the words!
Now, as I go about my life, Iâ€™ll hear a song that he used to play, and it will stop me dead in my tracks. The songs bring back such powerful, and wonderful memories of my dad and my childhood. The lyrics come back to me, and I sing out loud. I feel my fatherâ€™s presence again.
Music can invoke powerful memories of your loved ones. If your loved one had a favorite song, hymn, or genre of music, take a moment and listen to it. You can find almost any song on the internet these days. Also consider using your loved one's favorite songs in funerals or memorial services.