Slow Wake / Never Ending Wake
Who said death has to be serious, that funerals have to be sad, and that loved ones left behind have to suffer in silence and isolation?
A Slow Wake changes all that.
The concept for the Slow Wake is loosely based on the Slow Food movement, which originated in France and Italy and has blossomed in this country as well.
Slow food is the opposite of fast food. Europeans invented Slow Food after they pinpointed fast food as a major culprit destroying their way of life -- a good life where an appreciation for food, family, friends and stable social structures is enhanced over the dinner table but disappears when people grab food -- fast food -- on the run.
The Slow Wake encourages people to slow down and plan what they want to have happen not only at their funeral, but in the days, weeks, and years after they pass.
Do they want a family/friends/associates gathering a day/month/year after they pass to celebrate dogs/cats/red wine/beer/baseball/dancing/sports/opera?
Do they want a yearly hike to Mt. Rainier or the local pub, where the first round of drinks will be on the house?
Free Metro bus passes gifted to John's friends 14 days after John passes because John and his friends rode the number 14 bus to work every day for 10 years?
People can host slow wakes before they pass so that by the time they eventually do pass, everyone will be comfortable with carrying on the tradition, far into the future. Or the one who passes can fund the event far into the future.
The idea is to take the isolation and sting out of death by making death a natural part of all of our lives.
Which it already is. The Slow Wake makes it natural. Before the funeral.