For some, hospice is perceived as a place loved ones are sent to die. Windber Hospice in Windber, Pa., about 15 minutes outside of Johnstown, is on a mission to help patients pass easily with compassion.
Throughout childhood, my grandmother, Peggy Lichtenfels, has always spoken highly of her work in hospice. Growing up, I remember her calling the hospice and saying, “Who died today?” I never understood what she was doing until I got older. My grandma is the volunteer coordinator, so it was her job to call and ask how many people had died so she could arrange to get a “hospice rose.” This photo series explores death as a celebration, and the role a hospice plays in this journey.