Raising awareness about death

When You Die is a feature documentary and web project
that brings issues of mind and body together in the exploration of end of life care
and what happens when you die.

Why is it so hard to talk about dying?


When heading into the unknown unprepared, we humans are rarely at our most confident. And when it comes to death, we have plenty of reason to feel anxious. It’s times like these that we need to hear from those who’ve gone before us. And that’s what our latest WYD In Focus provides: candid accounts from family members and caregivers who’ve been present at the deaths of loved ones—because understanding what happens at the bedside might surprise you.

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At the Bedside: What’s It Like?

November 24, 2016 /0 /0

Where Do “We” Go?

September 8, 2016 /0 /1

Have You Met BJ Miller?

July 14, 2016 /0 /0

Teaching Doctors to Say When

June 3, 2016 /0 /0

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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.
Stories We Love

“My dying patients shared lessons about what they could have done, what they should have done, and what they didn’t do until it was too late. They looked back at their lives and taught me all of the things that were really meaningful, not about dying… but about living.”

The Wheel of Life, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD

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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.