Meet the Fatalities: Sudden, Expected Death--Woe

In THE LAST GHOST, the Death that comes to end a person's life depends on the nature of the cause of death. There are 16 deaths, called Fatalities, in the book. Over the next 16 days, we will meet one Fatality each day, and discuss which heartbreaking fictional character death belongs with each character.

Meet the Sixteenth Fatality, Sudden Expected, Commonly Referred to as Woe

"She was lost in the mounds of snow, camouflaged in with the ice. It reminded him of when he saw her for the first time, tiny and frail and almost translucent, he thought to himself that she was what it would look like if you animated a snowflake. He wondered if she would melt in the same way if you held her in your hand, and then he banished the thought—he couldn’t touch anything without its destruction. He watched her, a glimmering piece of snow, a fallen bit of starlight."--The Last Ghost

Woe is the sixteenth fatality, the youngest and newest of the deaths. She is described as a paradox, as she is both sudden and expected, which is confusing to most of the other deaths. She almost exclusively takes cases of premature infants and other very sick children—because the death might be almost certain, but the time of life wasn’t long enough to qualify as gradual.

Woe is kind, and merciful, and is very sympathetic to humans.


A heartbreaking fictional character’s death that would have received Woe is Christian Orland in The Last Ghost.

“Christian will always be dead. We can pretend all we want but your parents still lost their son, you’re down a brother, and I don’t have a best friend. Even if we fix everything in the world, both our lives, and we achieve world peace and end hunger, Christian will never ever not be dead. This ending is always sad.” —The Last Ghost

Christian Orland is a twenty-two year old man with his whole life ahead of him when he dies in a car accident after driving off a bridge on Sunday morning. Yet, Woe was his death..or was she?

Find out more in The Last Ghost, available now wherever books are sold.