Words of comfort

When we die, we rarely leave a message to those we love.

It strikes me as strange that we don’t write self-eulogies to be read out our funerals. The only formal way we have of communicating love after our death is through our will and testament but surely love can be expressed in forms other than the transmission of property?

I photographed the funeral of Hannah Rye in 2017. Hannah Rye had been battling Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, but died aged 15.

Whilst too young to die, Hannah wasn’t too young to not want to comfort those she left behind so she personally addressed thirty tambourines to her friends and family. At her funeral, the tambourines formed part of the service.