Take one memory

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We watched the film After Life at the weekend, and I really loved it. The film's premise is that people who have recently died arrive at a slightly derelict institution, where they must -- with the help of an advisor -- decide on the one memory that they will take with them to the afterlife. Everything else will be forgotten, and they will live in that memory for ever. At the end of a week, the chosen memory is carefully recreated on video by technicians, and they go off to the afterlife to live in that moment.

Rather than trying to suggest that this is the way things actually are when you die, I felt that the director intended it to stimulate viewers to think about which memory they would take with them, if they were in the same situation. By coincidence, I'm re-reading 'The Amber Spyglass' at the moment (the final part of Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy), and there is a similar idea in that, posed in a different way. So this has been on my mind recently, and I went to bed after the film thinking about memories.

Think about it yourself -- picking just one special memory is incredibly difficult. I've obviously got a number which are too personal for public broadcast on this blog (ahem), but I thought I'd share a few of the more -- how shall I put it? -- U Certificate ones with you.

What would your 'afterlife memory' be?