Legendary performer Doris Day will not have a funeral following her passing on May 13.
As People reports, Day passed away due to complication stemming from pneumonia. She celebrated her 97th birthday just over a month ago.
The multi-talented singer and actress was Oscar-nominated and, per Variety, was hailed as one of “Hollywood’s most popular stars of the 1950s and ’60s.”
But unlike many people do, Day wished to not celebrate her life with a funeral. Her manager and close friend, Bob Bashara, told People:
“No funeral, no memorial, and no [grave] marker.”
According to Bashara, while Day was still alive, she refused to talk about what should be after her death because she had a difficult time accepting death.
He believes she didn’t want a funeral because, despite what her longtime fans have seen on screen, Day “was a very shy person”:
“She didn’t like death, and she couldn’t be with her animals if they had to be put down. She had difficulty accepting death.”
“I’d say we need to provide for her dogs [after she died], and she’d say, ‘I don’t want to think about it’ and she said, ‘Well, you just take care of them.’ She had several when her will was written, and she wanted to be sure they were taken care of. She didn’t like to talk about the dogs dying.”
At an early age, Day’s natural ability to sing shined, and her career as a performer quickly followed.
As Bashara told People, the “Que Sera, Sera” singer was a spiritual person and believed her voice was God-given. It was simply her job to use:
“She believed in God, and she thought her voice was God-given. She would say, ‘God gave me a voice, and I just use it.'”
Day was the mother to one. Her son passed away in 2004.
Per her will, her estate will be left her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation. One of her last wishes was to have her foundation precede her after death.
She is survived by a grandson named Ryan.