Persuasive Essay

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Ms. Judith Hayter
Director
Silver Lining Funeral Homes

Ms. Hayter,
I have read the funeral homes policies and procedures concerning music played at funerals. However, realizing one's own mortality and understanding that the time I have remaining is reduced to days instead of weeks or months has made me question this policy. I am asking you to make an exception this once and grant me a dying wish. I wish to have a favorite song played that means so much to me, my family and friends. It would be wrong to have my funeral without it. Please consider my request to have the song titled, "You Can't Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones played at my funeral. While you may assume that this song is a curious selection to have played at my funeral, a brief outline will highlight how it actually is a key into a time period that carries meaning for not only myself, but all who know me and will attend the gathering. I have lived my life with a firm positive outlook realizing that at times we all do not get what we want, but we do get what we need. Since I began to love this song, the truth in the lyrics “You get what you need” have been seen repeatedly in my life. The day I met the man who has become my life partner, best friend, confidant, husband, and lover I was at the lowest point of my life. I had just gone through a terrible breakup with a high school love that had planned along with me, to make a life and combine our desires as a unit that looked to the future with the anticipation that only young lovers have. It just so happened that the song in question seemed to be playing everywhere I was at the time; on the car radio, in stores, and at my friend’s homes. At first, I was furious at the straight forward message only hearing the beginning lyrics, “You can't always get what you want.” During this time, a man I had known only in passing was at a gathering of friends at the lake. The song in question came on the radio; I went to change...
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