Monthly Archives: May 2016


With Gratitude

by Sue Kemple, CEO, My Last Soundtrack

I recall a conversation years ago with my then rector, the late Reverend Hank Franklin, at Emmanuel Church in Southern Pines. He was himself recalling a conversation he’d had with a reporter from the New York Times years before that. Hank’s father had been a lifelong military officer, and the reporter’s questions seemed – well – kinda loaded.

“How,” he asked Hank, “do you reconcile your

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Embracing Mortality Off the Grid

by Sue Kemple, CEO, My Last Sountrack

So we’re venturing into new territory this weekend – the world of podcasts. Keep your eyes out for the first couple of episodes in the next few weeks, where I talk with (mostly local) people in the industry – and in my life – about the importance of having these challenging conversations about death, and how to start them. As I improve my skills in the arena, I’m sure quite a bit

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We Don’t Have Time

“We don’t have time, my friend; that is the misfortune of human beings. Focus your attention on the link between you and your death without remorse or sadness or worrying. Focus your attention on the fact that you don’t have time and let your acts flow accordingly.  Let each of your acts be your last battle on earth. [… Unless you are immortal] there is no time for timidity, simply because timidity makes you cling to something that exists

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not so great at death

Americans Are Not So Great at Talking about Death

No, we’re not.

But we love our music.

Putting together your Last Soundtrack is a great way to think about your life, plan a little for death, and open the door to talking about the harder stuff. Hey, don’t fear the reaper – if you’ve been reluctant to tackle these difficult but necessary conversations with the people who matter most to you, why don’t you try starting with the music?

You can listen to the Marketplace piece

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The Hard Days

by Sue Kemple, CEO, My Last Soundtrack

On Sunday, President Obama delivered an anti-Trump commencement address at my alma mater, Rutgers University. While I’m currently all about anti-Trump rants, I’m more partial to commencement addresses that speak directly to the hearts of the graduates. Author and columnist Anna Quindlen, for instance, gave a powerful commencement address to our graduating class 25 years ago, a talk mostly about the importance

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