“Memories (The Way We Were)” – performed by Barbara Streisand
Memories light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories of the way we were
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were.
Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me, would we, could we
Memories may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember we simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter we will remember
Whenever we remember the way we were.
The way we were.
Many families choose to have a memorial service for a departed family member either before or after basic cremation. During the memorial, the families and the friends of the deceased will gather and they will celebrate the life of their loved one who passed away.
During the service, one of the songs that you can play is the piece of Barbara Streisand entitled “Memories (The Way We Were)”. The song will be perfect because it talks about reminiscing the good memories that you have shared with the person that you have loved.
You will really find the true meaning behind the song once you read the lyrics as the piece also talks about separation. This is why people choose to remember the good memories instead of the bad especially when someone dies. And when there are other memories that bring you pain, you just try to forget them and pretend that they never happened. For many people, this is a form of coping. They deliberately reminisce all the good times that they have spent with their deceased loved one. And through that, they realize that these memories can never be relived again.