Some time ago the Guardian ran a series of photographs by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta. The series involved photos of subjects both before and after death. What makes these photos even more haunting are the interviews Lakotta conducted with each subject prior to his/her passing. The reactions of those interviewed ranged from total acceptance to a desire to fight against the inevitable.
While some may consider the exercise morbid I found it a fascinating study into the human psyche. Reading the words of those who know their time in this world is about to end was something I’ll never forget. Some found comfort in their religious beliefs while others did not want to die. If nothing else this study serves to show us just how precious life is and how short our stay here is.