These are excerpts from interviews that Erica has conducted with people about death and dying… and life. They are the building blocks for the audio in our traveling exhibit. Please enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments section. And share them with your friends!
A woman’s story about being with her love at the time of his death. It was painful, but also profoundly beautiful.
A man describes his best friend’s graceful approach to death, employing Act 39 (legislation in Vermont that allows eligible Vermonters with terminal diseases the option to be prescribed medication that will hasten the end of their life).
This is a story about the nature of receiving visitors as a dying person. According to Bill, some of his visitors are overly cheery, some too emotional, but in the end, all were appreciated.
A woman describes the moment of her partner’s death, then the palpable sense that ‘he was still there’ in the house, in the hours after his death.
In the last two months of his life, Bill decided he wanted to…watch musicals. So a group of friends gathered weekly to do just that.
A woman describes the nature of her grief after losing her boyfriend, and her surprise that the second year was harder than the first.
Her father died when she was a girl. In this story, she talks about her grief group. It was a place she could rest for a minute…where there was color and light in a dark time.
After surviving breast cancer treatment, a woman receives news that her heart is failing and she could die at any time. This is a story about how she lives with this daily uncertainty.