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.

TV, Science, and the Afterlife


Robert Maplethorpe, 1988 self portrait taken shortly before dying of an AIDS-related illness.

Tibetan Buddhist Skeletons Dancing

Diego Rivera, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central or Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central, 1946.


Introducing the When You Die 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...

Living on a Timeline

Read more about Nora and Aaron’s story here.   And check out Nora McInerny Purmort’s memoir, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Too).

Plan for Death As Though It’s a Birth

Sheila Kitzinger was a "champion of women's rights in childbirth." She spent her career pioneering birth plans that secured choice and autonomous control for women giving birth. And in...

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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.
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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.