If you are reading this, you’re alive.
Also if you are reading this, one day you will be dead.
I mean that. Really, I do.
Death is inevitable, important, and maybe even beautiful.
Let’s see how!
Everything Dies! A Coloring Book About Life! is a playful, poignant celebration and exploration of life and death.
In my 25th year, six loved ones and teachers died within an eight month period. I made this book as a way to meditate on and better understand death.This coloring book is a part of my personal healing process and is a reflection of my own experiences. What surprised me was this: every time I began to explore a part of dying, I inevitably was brought face-to-face with the immense wonder it is to be alive.
Everything Dies! is a 100 page coloring book that depicts, among other things, funeral rites from around the world, soil biology and decomposition, the mourning of loved ones, the legacies of human rights leaders, and modern embalming.
We often walk around pretending death doesn’t exist, but I think it’s healthy to face it every once in awhile. Life becomes so much more rich when we know we don’t get to live forever.
This is an important conversation to have. I hope this coloring book can be a part of your conversation.
Also, I made a coloring book because I love the idea of a piece of art being unfinished until someone else adds something to it. I’ve only started these drawings; they are yours to complete!