She died in March of 2014, about a month after her 80th birthday.
When I visited her in hospice care a few days before, I knew it would be the last time I saw her. I said my goodbyes while she was asleep without photographing or filming her. I had already made peace with her death –– she had been sick and in pain for years, it was time.
We cleaned out her apartment a couple days later. It no longer felt like a home, it was just a space that we would no longer make memories in.