Her Living Wake: Reminiscing and Farewell Party

Denise Carson

in Parting Ways

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520251083
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949416 | DOI:
Her Living Wake: Reminiscing and Farewell Party

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In this chapter, the author narrates her mother's last moments and the way they conducted the farewell party. The author contemplates the parallels in her parents' lives and their polar opposite approaches to death. Sitting in the ambulance with her mother's dead body on the way home makes the author remember her father's last moments. In her father's last hours, an ambulance crew entered their home; they lifted him onto a gurney, loaded him in the ambulance, and raced, sirens blaring, to the hospital. Isolated in an antiseptic chamber of a hospital, he died. Fourteen years separates the final days of the author's father and her mother. In contrast, for her mother the sirens are silent on the ambulance that carries her mother, and instead of going to the hospital, it is leaving the hospital for home.

Keywords: farewell party; last moment; death; dead body; final days

Chapter.  6229 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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