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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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Life and Death, Tragedy and Grief in the time of COVID-19

Grief can be an isolating experience, but as the world adapts to life in a pandemic, we are forced to redesign how we grieve as communities in isolation. And when a community is unable to physically come together in tragedy, they find ways to be together, apart.

Movie Therapy

Movie Therapy

Five classic movies for coping with fear and anxiety brought on by the coronavirus. Go ahead and cry, laugh, release.

Dead Like Me

Dying to Watch: Binge-worthy Series

Over the years many TV shows have dealt with death. From a family of funeral directors to a man in deep anger in his grief, these series have actually created a conversation about death and dying, sometimes comedic, sometimes touching and sometimes painfully realistic. When You Die team member, Kelley Edwards, picks and shares her favourite binge-worthy series. (Caution, there may be some spoilers ahead.)

Features

Living in the in-between

Living In the In-Between

In this time of the corona virus and the death of our former life, we may face terrible realities, but we also face amazing possibilities.

Living in the in-between

In the Realm of Death & Dreaming

An Update on the WYD Documentary Project

Who are we? Does consciousness continue after death? The more I looked into dying, the more intriguing it became, and I realized we are just not talking about these things.
— Johanna J. Lunn

All the Things

All the Things

No matter how organized a person, there are still things to be handled after someone dies. Items accumulated in a lifetime have to go somewhere, and family members left behind are given the task of cleaning and clearing out the home of someone they’ve lost.

Is it possible we are wired for mystical experiences, transcendence and love? Cancer patients who experienced crippling end-of-life fear and anxiety participated in psilocybin research. Dr. Anthony Bossis of NYU Medical Center, shares their insights. Just enter your email here for access to the full video.

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.

Good Ground Great Beyond

Good Ground Great Beyond

Angela Lutzenberger, founder of the Maine non-profit, Good Ground Great Beyond, speaks about her vision for creating alternative, after death care options, including open air cremation, for the people of Maine.

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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?