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My Dying Friend’s Woke Wake and Why We Need to Talk About Death

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Recently, on a beautiful blue-sky Saturday, I attended my first “woke wake.” My dear friend has welcomed in the love and care of hospice, and she and her family wanted to host a celebration.

The meaning of “woke” signals an awareness of social action, with a focus on racism and bias in our culture. She also wanted to be “awoke” to the experience of her wake.

More importantly, her party was an honest expression that she will die soon. Her acknowledgement was courageous. We share so openly about birth, and yes, there is deep sorrow with , but doesn’t it deserve as much open acknowledgement?

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