I would sleep in this until I got too old to climb up the ladder dead ass
I love dogs so much
2000’s American Anime Journalism
I woke this morning to find one of our sweet baby kittens was no longer alive. I cried and I cried some more. I cried til my eyes hurt. I loved this little baby. It was the runt, so cute and tiny. It had NO tail at all, not even a stub (its dad is bob tailed), such a unique and precious little babe. It never was very healthy, it had something wrong with its little paws, and something messed up with its mouth too. It had a lot of issues, and I’d been worried about it for quite some time. Even though I felt this was coming, I didn’t expect it. Seeing its little lifeless body broke my heart into a million pieces. Maybe this was what was meant to be… maybe he was suffering in ways we didn’t even realize… as terrible as this is, maybe it was for the best. No animal deserves to suffer. Regardless, I feel my heart has been ripped out. Tears swell in my eyes just thinking about this little babe. I had to do something special for it, before it was laid to rest.
Photographer Walter Sachels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his 70s, Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold, bizarre project – photographing individuals before and directly after their death.
Schels and his partner Beat Lakotta began approaching potential individuals at hospices in Berlin and Hamburg. The pair were on constant alert, at times running out in the middle of the night to shoot before the undertaker would come.
Though emotionally draining, Schels recognized that the series became an important epitaph to people before they actually died. With family and friends unable to cope with the looming truth, terminally ill patients often feel completely isolated.
“It’s so good you’re doing this”, Schels quoted a dying man to The Guardian, “No one else is listening to me, no one wants to hear or know what it’s really like.”
Schels is no longer terrified of death and now sees avoidance of the issue as a serious problem in contemporary society, people unable to be truly present for loved ones when they need them most. Life Before Death is an attempt to confront our worst fears and perhaps, to see those nearing the end in a more human light. For the individual stories behind each of the portraits click here.