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The When You Die Project:
Hosting the conversation you've been avoiding.

From existential afterlife questions such as “What happens when you die?” to hospice care and the nuts-and-bolts of end-of-life planning, if it has to do with death, we’re talking about it — Through movies, podcasts, resources, and more. We believe death awareness brings a happier end to a fuller life.

The Movies

Director Johanna Lunn guides viewers on a personal journey to find answers by, exploring stories of near-death experiences, deathbed visions and more.

Chapter 1

In the Realm of Death and Dreaming

Chapter 3

Architecture of Death

Latest

The Art of Dying

This book by Peter Fenwick and Elizabeth Fenwick presents “accounts by the dying and those who have been with the

Features

The When You Die Trilogy is Complete!

For tickets, click here! We are excited to announce the launch of our 3rd documentary film: Architecture of Death: The Inner World of Dying. In it we explore the physical aspect of dying, as well as the unseen felt experiences that

The Final Act of Living by Barbara Karnes

This full-length audiobook with a newly updated preface is where Barbara Karnes shares her insights and experiences gathered over decades of working with people during their final act of living. For both professionals and laypeople, this book weaves personal stories

In the Realm of Death & Dreaming
is now for sale!

In this documentary director Johanna Lunn explores what happens when you die – does consciousness continue or is it lights out?

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Stories

Telephone of the Wind by Alexander McBride Wilson

Messages on the Wind

It started with Itaru Sasaki in Otsuchi, Japan. Devastated by the loss of his cousin and a strong desire to

The Sharing Place

Death can shatter a family. And when that family includes children, it can be even harder. It can be a

In the Realm of Death & Dreaming
is now for sale!

In this documentary director Johanna Lunn explores what happens when you die – does consciousness continue or is it lights out?

The When You Die Project: Hosting the  conversation you’ve been avoiding. 

From existential afterlife questions to palliative care and the nuts-and-bolts of green burial, if it has to do with death, we’re talking about it. We believe death awareness brings a happier end to a fuller life. 

WhenYouDie.org is where you’ll find clips from our upcoming documentary about death along with stories around death 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.

Share your story about death through images, text, audio or video 

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. You can contribute, too. What’s your death story?

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