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The New Year has brought the loss of singer and music icon David Bowie, who passed away from cancer at the age of 69. Tributes have been pouring in across social media to the Man Who Fell to Earth, with many highlighting his influence on popular culture.
But David Bowie’s death is also influential when it comes to the importance of funeral pre-planning and making sure your end of life decisions are clearly communicated to your loved ones. Not only does it make it easier on family members, but it also can leave a lasting legacy.
David Bowie knew he was dying for at least a year and worked tirelessly to complete his album Blackstar as a final gift to the world. He released his final album just two days before he passed away, and this was a carefully choreographed feat.
When it comes to funeral arrangements, it’s important for people to make known their wishes, and David Bowie did just that. His close friends and confidantes knew that Blackstar was going to be his last great musical project and they helped him achieve this goal. They worked with him to release the album toward the end of his life, almost to soften the blow of his loss and celebrate him as an artist.
Blackstar is a message to fans. The song “Lazarus,” released two days before David Bowie’s death, opens with the lyrics: “Look up here/I’m in Heaven!”
In the end, like he’d always been as an artist, David Bowie was ahead of everyone when it came to his grand finale.
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