By nature, written farewells to loved ones are mournful. When we're lucky, the heart and spirit of the individual is captured and we are urged to pause and appreciate our own lives. We might even learn something. Laurie Anderson's farewell to Lou Reed offers so much that's worth sharing—and not just the lovely and heartbreaking description of her husband's dying moments. Her piece touches on taking chances, the value of communication with loved ones, the powers of meditation, and hope.