Death Becomes Them

Submitted by: triplej 8 years ago
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/gallery/2008/mar/31/lifebeforedeath?picture=333333088

Portraits and short descriptions of people who aren"t doing so well.
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Female 32
I liked what the first woman said, the quote is on picture 2 for Edelgard Clavey, 67

"Death is a test of one’s maturity. Everyone has got to get through it on their own. I want very much to die. I want to become part of that vast extraordinary light. But dying is hard work. Death is in control of the process, I cannot influence its course. All I can do is wait. I was given my life, I had to live it, and now I am giving it back"

It`s was sad and beautiful. Nicely done.

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Female 60
Reminds me of a quote from a sick & dying man. "Doctor, Doctor, will I die?". Reply: "Yes, my son & so shall I" I`m with Willowpuff & others - it was a sad & somewhat poigniant reminder that we`re all made of flesh & blood...
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Male 233
I am (still) bored!
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Male 89
that`s really hard to read.
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Female 135
I couldn`t even finish looking through all of them... so depressing. :-(
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Male 339
Rita Schoffler`s story brought tears to my eyes.
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Female 660
depressing.

everything is art nowadays

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Female 420
... I prayed he wouldn`t be in pain anymore and I later found out that around that same time, he just sighed and was gone. Not trying to be poignant, but this post made me remember a rather heart-wrenchingly beautiful moment of death. My first experience with losing someone close and since then, I don`t fear death.
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Female 420
How sad that so many of them seemed angry or afraid at the end. My grandfather became even more of a hero in my mind in his las days. He was 85 when he died of cancer. I was able to be the first relative, along with my grandmother, to see him after the diagnosis. He called me into the hospital room and told me not to be sad. He told me he knew he was going to heaven and was happy. He told me that for the last half of his life, he was eager to go, not that he wanted to die or that life held no value, but he knew that as soon as life passed for him, time would not be a factor. He said, he knew he would see us in heaven. I was comforted by his testimony. The night he died, I almost left without saying goodbye because he was sleeping. My aunt stopped me and said, "Don`t you want to give him a kiss goodnight?". He was so frail towards the end and I wanted him to be at peace and out of pain. I kissed him on his head and whispered "I love you." and left. On the drive away.
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Female 262
I agree with Dingo118...

This makes me want to live... Yes, its depressing... But the point is... I still have my life... I can prevent some forms of death, and I can learn from what these people said and did... It`s a reflection I am lucky to have... I mean, people wait a life time to cling to life... Thats to long, I want it now... I am 22... And I am going to live life... No matter how depressing it might seem... Just so my final words aren`t regret or what-ifs...

Thank you for posting.

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Female 731
"This is the end.."
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Male 2,076
really good.
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Female 4
wow , most of this people look better than my grandma :D
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Female 377
Oh wow, I cried.
I just feel so sad for them since they had no choice. :(
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Female 501
"foiledocean
That made me really sad

they seem so down and like they were people who gave up..."

these people didnt give up.. they did not have the choice to be terminally ill..
this really makes you think about your own life..make sure you fit in as much as you can, because one day it will change.. enjoy life!

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Female 332
start
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Female 332
omg, I really cried. The saddest part for me was seeing so many of those people die so young. 40s and 50s are not normal ages to die. Also, most, if not all, were victims of cancer.

This may be a small slice of society that they show, but my ex`s mom works in hospice and that is really what you see: people just reaching, or not yet in, retirement age and dying of cancer or some other curable and preventable ailment.

I wish that people would begin to look at cancer as a symptom and not a disease. If people would feed their bodies better, exercise, and de-stress most of these deaths could have been prevented.

I hope all of you will look into something like a diet as close to 100% raw vegan as possible and/or an exercise program, because that age bracket is plummeting. Educate yourselves on what it is you`re eating, on what sugar, meat and refined foods are doing to you, and on what the gov & drs tell you is appropriate versus what makes common sense.

Now`s the time to s

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Male 2,216
Some of the photos were interesting, people looked so at peace after death, but the stories were the most interesting part, very poigniant and some rather sad ones! Makes you think about your own life, doesnt it?
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Male 47
conclusion:
carpe diem.
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Female 447
Picture 18 (I think) is really nice. It`s more a peaceful dead look than some of the other faces where all the life was gone and they looked creepy.
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Female 450
It`s beautiful, yet sad. Sad to see how a good portion gave up on whatever they believed. They just...gave up.
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Female 15
Life is short, brutal and strange...but how we cling to it at the end, eh?
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Female 670
Willowpuff
Female, 13-17, Europe
1036 Posts Tuesday, April 01, 2008 3:20:36 PM
For some reason, they`re really beautiful portraits. They`re incredibly tasteful and they really reflect life itself to be honest.
Very nice indeed.

i agree

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Male 2,313
That was really interesting, I liked it a lot.
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Female 207
Richoricho, photography of the dead is a form of art that extends back for centuries. The very first camera was invented in 1015 (though by all standards it was a prelude to the camera. It was called a `camera obscura` (no, not like Fatal Frame, the game) and was a shadow box used to form images on sheets of paper. The first portable real camera was invented in the 1600`s. People have been doing it since then, how can you say it`s not an art form? You`re capturing someones emotions in the last moment of life, and after. I`d say that`s more than art.

It made me sad, but it was worth seeing. It really makes you think and consider just how short life really is.

And this isn`t meant to be funny for all of those who are whining that it`s boring. This is life. Sometimes life isn`t funny. Get over it. You`ll end up just like them, and you won`t be laughing when it happens. Nope.

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Male 2,160
sad,and not funny,period.
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Male 580
Hmm...sad.
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Male 2,113
boring did not make me sad just bored
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Male 1,036
Photo`s of nearly dead people is not art.
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Female 1,545
What beautiful artwork.

Not to sound emo, but sometimes everyone needs a good wake up call to realize they are only here for a fraction of eternity. We need to be reminded that mortality is beautiful and that death is only the next step, not the end.

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Female 2,196
interesting but depressing
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Female 4,028
That was actually very interesting and remarkable to me.
Life...
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Female 112
that was sad and yet...it was refreshing to see something just real and normal posted online. [ex. guy with four legs]
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Male 2,372
It`s soooo emo!
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Female 4,197
I think it`s quite beautiful, not depressing. It`s a fact of life we all rty to avoid talking about in seriousness. Very tastefully done.
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Male 55
well done for linking to photo 18 out of 22 instead of the first one....
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Female 311
really strange and sad. i`ve never seen anything like this done before.
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Female 51
That made me really sad

they seem so down and like they were people who gave up...

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Male 747
Thats not depressing its creepy...
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Female 662
That`s really depressing.
I loved the portraits though. But the descriptions were a bit too much.
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Female 1
Beautiful and dark.
Made my grey day black.
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Female 678
“It is as though I am being rejected by life itself"

thats when i stopped reading. good idea, just a bit dark for me right now.

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Male 4,012
D-E-P-R-E-S-S-I-N-G
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Female 2,220
For some reason, they`re really beautiful portraits. They`re incredibly tasteful and they really reflect life itself to be honest.
Very nice indeed.
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Female 1,516
I was really excited about this when I read the description, but after reading through several of these people`s stories, I am finding myself horribly depressed.
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Male 2,720
aprils fools! yippee!
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Male 28
That`s really depressing.
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Male 5
haha this is good
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Male 382
Link: Death Becomes Them [Rate Link] - Portraits and short descriptions of people who aren`t doing so well.
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