“We are scared of death and I think that is in large part because we hide it away, out of sight and avoid it until we have to,”
says Nancy Borowick of her photo essays for The New York Times that document both her father’s and her mother’s journeys through cancer treatment and ultimately their deaths, at separate times. “I’ve gained a lot of perspective since my father died and no moment was wasted this past year with my mother.”
It’s not just a moving tribute to the photographer’s parents but an unflinching documentation of what few of us witness in our culture until we’re faced with the reality of death in our own families.
The When You Die staff is committed to bringing death back into our everyday conversations as an integral part of our human journey.