Raising awareness about death


Check out the trailer for our upcoming 2019 feature documentary!

Introducing In the Realm of Death and Dreaming – a film that begins at the end!
Since its origin, humanity has posed the question, ‘what really happens when you die?’ The presumed answers have defined culture, religion and community as we know them. Through a combination of near-death experiences, personal stories and scientific research, the documentary explores whether consciousness survives death, and why it matters when choosing end of life care.
The When You Die Project is proud to share our new trailer for the feature documentary In The Realm Of Death And Dreaming, the first film in an epic trilogy exploring our titular question.
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. 


Death Doula Jill Schock on ‘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

Longtime hospice worker, grief counselor, and meditation teacher, Charley Rosicky discusses “Complicated Grief” and shares stories of working with the dying and those left behind. 

The When You Die Podcast is hosted by Kelly MacLean—humorist, writer, and host of The Tao of Comedy podcast. She’s a co-producer of In the Realm of Death and Dreaming and proud member of the When You Die team. You can follow her @thekellymaclean.

Relating with Mesothelioma

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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 upcoming documentary 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.

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?