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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 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.

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Grief Speaks

Each culture has its own traditions, rituals and ways of expressing grief and mourning.

Self-care in the Time of COVID-19

With COVID-19 very much a part of our lives, we have collective feelings of being uncomfortable or out of sorts. This feeling can be attributed to a global grief, and the antidote is being tender with ourselves – and others. Stressed out has become the new normal, and, clearly, it’s not healthy.

Features

The official trailer for In the Realm of Death & Dreaming.

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

Michael Hebb — Death Over Dinner

“Death is the Medicine. We often think about medicine as a thing that staves off death, that keeps us from death, that battles death. And it’s a pretty powerful thing to invert that and to think that death itself is actually the medicine.” — Michael Hebb

Thanatophobia and How to Overcome the Fear of Dying

It’s not unusual to fear death. It is the great unknown, after all. It brings the ultimate sadness and enormous loss. But to carry that fear always, obsessively, makes it a phobia. And that phobia has a name: Thanatophobia.

Stories

Fear of dying alone

Fear of Dying Alone

In facing a world pandemic we face our greatest fears: dying alone. Psychologists say that there are two separate concerns.

Image from when you die documentary

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?