Rita Wilson Knows Exactly What She Wants After She Dies

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, one of the most famous couples in the entertainment industry are both actors and artists. Wilson has expanded her creative work into singing and songwriting — and one of her more recent songs dives into a topic that for many, is too dark to even mention. After Wilson’s cancer diagnosis, she set up a plan for what she wanted her family to do after she passes on.

At age 63, Rita Wilson knows what she wants after death

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Rita Wilson attends 2019 Hammer Museum Gala| Leon Bennett/WireImage

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In an AARP profile with Wilson, the singer/songwriter/actress talk about her COVID-19 diagnosis (which she and Hanks luckily recovered from), as well as her music career. The first song she wrote was called “Grateful.”

“‘Grateful’ was about how we all have hard times, but they sometimes lead to things that ultimately make us happier,” Wilson told the magazine. Writing that song, in fact, had incredible timing, looking at what came next:

Soon afterward, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery. The treatment was successful, thankfully.

But it put a lot into perspective for the 63-year-old.

“I told my husband that if I were to go before he did, I wanted two things,” she explained. Wilson outlined her wishes:

One was that he should feel super sad for a really long time. The second thing was that he should hold a big celebration, with a lot of singing and dancing and people telling stories.

This is what Rita Wilson wants her husband Tom Hanks and their kids to do for her

These desires — for Hanks and their children to celebrate, rather than just grieve — led her to write another song.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards in 2020 | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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“There’s a song … ‘Throw Me a Party,’ on my latest album, Halfway to Home,” Wilson told AARP. Even thought “Throw Me a Party” is about her own death, Wilson’s perspective on it is nothing but light and love. The lyrics:

So when I’m gone, throw me a party
You should dance as if I was there
Don’t be sad or be broken-hearted
Just send your voices up in the air
Sing my songs and light up the sparklers
Tell my stories and drink all my wine
And know my life is just getting started
When I’m gone
Throw me a party
Come on and throw me a party

Wilson talked about her breast cancer diagnosis on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Wilson talked more about getting cancer when she was a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

“… in some ways cancer was a blessing,” she admitted. “It really taught me to live every moment to the fullest and every moment as if it was your last.”

A perspective for the ages.

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