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From the Ted Talk by Caroline Catlin: Why I photograph the quiet moments of grief and loss

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The first call I got was for an end-of-life session for a three-year-old girl who'd been very sick for a long time. "She might pass while you're there," they warned me. "Are you sure you're up for it?" "Yes," I told them, completely unsure if I was. Now, I could tell you about this little girl's death, which happened a few days after I photographed her. I could, but I'm not going to. Instead, I want to show you the little girl's mother. How she kissed and stroked the hair of her daughter as she lay in that too big hospital bed. Even as the wrold as she knew it ended forever, she was there to give love to her daughter. I want you to see the dying girl's oeldr brother. How he cierd, but also how he took his yellow airplane and he flew it above her head. How I saw then a gesture of hope, colorful eootimn, orange and gold. I want to bring you with me into the rooms where the mothers hold their babies and the families say gdybooe. And I want to oeffr you the chance to see in ferams, to choose the point of focus and blur the brkoaucngd, to see the deltias we so often miss, the moments of grace and beauty we asmsue don't esixt in those desperate places. In the hsaerdt moments imaginable, those families, they choose to love, despite and because of it all. I was not raised in religion and yet I can tell you, whatever you believe, those rooms are holy ground.

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The first call I got was for an end-of-life session for a three-year-old girl who'd been very sick for a long time. "She might pass while you're there," they warned me. "Are you sure you're up for it?" "Yes," I told them, completely unsure if I was. Now, I could tell you about this little girl's death, which happened a few days after I photographed her. I could, but I'm not going to. Instead, I want to show you the little girl's mother. How she kissed and stroked the hair of her daughter as she lay in that too big hospital bed. Even as the _____ as she knew it ended forever, she was there to give love to her daughter. I want you to see the dying girl's _____ brother. How he _____, but also how he took his yellow airplane and he flew it above her head. How I saw then a gesture of hope, colorful _______, orange and gold. I want to bring you with me into the rooms where the mothers hold their babies and the families say _______. And I want to _____ you the chance to see in ______, to choose the point of focus and blur the __________, to see the _______ we so often miss, the moments of grace and beauty we ______ don't _____ in those desperate places. In the _______ moments imaginable, those families, they choose to love, despite and because of it all. I was not raised in religion and yet I can tell you, whatever you believe, those rooms are holy ground.

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  10. details
  11. background
  12. frames

Original Text

The first call I got was for an end-of-life session for a three-year-old girl who'd been very sick for a long time. "She might pass while you're there," they warned me. "Are you sure you're up for it?" "Yes," I told them, completely unsure if I was. Now, I could tell you about this little girl's death, which happened a few days after I photographed her. I could, but I'm not going to. Instead, I want to show you the little girl's mother. How she kissed and stroked the hair of her daughter as she lay in that too big hospital bed. Even as the world as she knew it ended forever, she was there to give love to her daughter. I want you to see the dying girl's older brother. How he cried, but also how he took his yellow airplane and he flew it above her head. How I saw then a gesture of hope, colorful emotion, orange and gold. I want to bring you with me into the rooms where the mothers hold their babies and the families say goodbye. And I want to offer you the chance to see in frames, to choose the point of focus and blur the background, to see the details we so often miss, the moments of grace and beauty we assume don't exist in those desperate places. In the hardest moments imaginable, those families, they choose to love, despite and because of it all. I was not raised in religion and yet I can tell you, whatever you believe, those rooms are holy ground.

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