Raising awareness about death

The When You Die Trailer Is Here!

The Documentary That Inspired This Website


What happens to your body, spirit, and consciousness when you die? This 2018 documentary asks those in the know—from scientists to near death experience survivors—exploring the biggest elephant in the room: Everybody dies.

The When You Die Project is a documentary and website that brings issues of mind and body together in the exploration of end of life care and what happens when you die. Our mission is to normalize the conversation about death and dying. We want death to be a part of life.


At the Bedside: What’s It Like?

By the When You Die Staff In the Victorian era, birth and death happened at home, so people knew more or less what to expect. But that’s not true...

Living on a Timeline

Read more about Nora and Aaron’s story here.   And check out Nora McInerny Purmort’s memoir, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Too).

Plan for Death As Though It’s a Birth

Sheila Kitzinger was a "champion of women's rights in childbirth." She spent her career pioneering birth plans that secured choice and autonomous control for women giving birth. And in...


The WYD Podcast

Introducing the When You Die Podcast hosted by Kelly MacLean. Kelly is a humorist, writer and host of The Tao of Comedy podcast where she tricks comedians into waxing poetic about the nature of reality. She’s a proud member of the When You Die. @thekellymaclean


Somewhere along the line, I developed this theory that all jokes are simply little brushes with death.

Death Can Show Us Many Things

And Maps And Plans

Preparing for a good end of life

Thinking about death is frightening, but engaging in practical planning ahead leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy...

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WhenYouDie.org is where you’ll find clips from our documentary-in-progress along with stories we love—stories that inspire us, intrigue us, and help further a healthy discussion about death in our culture.


We don’t endorse every point of view in these stories but respect them and offer them up in the spirit of reclaiming death as a rich, challenging, rewarding, exhausting, heartbreaking, heart-filling, integral part of our human journey.
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Through personal stories and professional insight When You Die will make the case for taking death from the margins of society, and restoring it to it’s rightful place along side birth.