While on an assignment to take photographs in the Brookland Neighborhood, I happened to walk past this art installation in an alley. It’s called “Signs of Regret”
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.” She recorded their dying epiphanies in a book, Five Regrets of the Dying.
It’s part of Micro Showcase a Micro Housing installation, and the installation faces the Glenwood cemetery.
I might add that a lot of work in the LGBTQ population is not just about having courage to live true to ones’ self – it is about the opportunity to, in places that sometimes don’t want people to exist as their true selves. As the signs show, this is a powerful human motivation.
It’s worth noting that this week the residents of Washington, DC, protested against Congress’ desire to take away their right to die the way they choose. It’s expected that Congress will not overturn the Death with Dignity Act in the end.
More photos below, plus a 360 degree view, to capture the scene.
“Signs of Regret” – see http://microshowcase.com/signs-of-regret-installation/ “If we were walking down a street that ends with our lives, what are the road signs we might wish to heed as we travel? –Brian Levy” Washington, DC USA #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA