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.


The Perfect Death

Each body has its own way of shutting down due to illness or injury. In a natural death, your breathing will simply slow until it stops. That is out of our control. Eventually all of our bodies will wear down to nothing more than ashes and dust. But American culture struggles with accepting mortality. We don’t like to age; we don’t like ugly. Unfortunately, neither idealizing nor ignoring death will make it go away.

Of Death, Humor & Chickens

Somewhere along the line, I developed this theory that all jokes are simply little brushes with death. Man walks down the street whistling, slips on a banana peel and falls. He’s strolling along, ‘I wonder where you get a good sandwich around here’ and smack! He finds himself face to face with his mortality; bruising tailbone, and ego, alike.


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


At the Bedside: What’s It Like?

In the Victorian era, birth and death happened at home, so people knew more or less what to expect. But that’s not true for us! And because we don’t talk much about death and dying we are left with whispered stories, scenes from movies, and random bits that cross social media.

Where Do “We” Go?

While many of us have heard of that phenomenon (and ones like it) referred to as a “near-death experience,” Parnia prefers to call it an “after-death experience.”

Have You Met BJ Miller?

  We don’t want to diminish how much palliative care physician BJ Miller’s TED Talk, “Not Whether But How,” will

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