Two days before he was scheduled to die, John Shields roused in his hospice bed with an unusual idea. He wanted to organize an Irish wake for himself. It would be old-fashioned with music and booze, except for one notable detail — he would be present.
"At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death" is from the May 25, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Catherine Porter and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.