Tracks of my years 9

So last week I talked about the piece of music we used for mums funeral, this week I have decided to talk about Dad’s funeral.

My father died suddenly in November 2000 from an industrial accident. Due to injuries he occurred in the accident he had to be kept in a medical come (sedated and paralyzed) for 3 weeks before he turned septic just as the doctors thought he was improving. Over those three weeks, my mum stayed at the hospital and I visited him everyday (MadDad and I came back from Berkshire when mum rang the morning after his accident). I read to him, we played songs to him and most of all we talked to him and I told him everyday how much I loved him. As a family we made the decision to remove any life support on November 6 2000 and within a minute he was pronounced dead.  He was 54 years old.

We knew that my dad wanted to be cremated, but we were not sure of the type of service he would have wanted, but do know that he would have made his own coffin if he had realised how much they cost!

He was a great man, loved my many, respected by more and in the end we decided to play his favorite song at the end of his funeral which was by M People,



It is only when I look back on it now, that I realise just how inappropriate it was, oh yes, he really was moving on up!

Tracks of my years, is a something I do to let my children have an insight in to me and my musical history and why certain songs mean so much to me.  I would love to see you join in.  All you need do is link any music post you might have done over the last week.

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9 thoughts on “Tracks of my years

  • Dawnie Brown

    It may have been a little inappropriate buy hey I bet your Dad would have loved it and had a good chuckle at that one wherever he is 🙂

    I’ve linked up my musical memory post that I did yesterday

  • Michelloui | The American Resident

    Ok, I’m firstly going to say how sad it is to hear of someone dying so young and even though he was in a coma, he may well have known you were all there with him. That is so lovely, and so fortunate.

    But secondly I am not sure if you meant this post to be humorous or not, but I admit to cracking a little smile when I read what song you played. If it was your dad’s favourite song, then it was completely perfect. And although it sounds kind of funny ‘moving on up!’ I think it actually is quite appropriate. x

    • admin

      Michelloui | The American Resident » The post is what it is. We never really realised the significance of the song until after the event. it is one of those things, we were blindsided with grief and he loved this song, so, so much. It is only recently I have been able to listen to it and smile, it makes me think of him in the car with the windows down, singing away

  • Dawnie Brown

    I think it’s a great song to go out to 🙂 I bet your Dad would have loved it and wherever he was I bet he was having a good old chuckle xx

  • Trish @ Mum's Gone to

    Jen, I hadn’t realised how young your dad was when he died, and from an accident too. That’s so tragic.
    It was only a short while ago I was laughing at my dad wanting ‘Blanket on the ground’ for his funeral – in the end we played it at the wake!

    • admin

      Trish @ Mum’s Gone to » He was very yound and it was such a loss for us all. I adore blanket on the ground and am now going to listen to it on you tube.

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