It’s extremely haunting to see people in the often quotidian moments before they pass. It reminds us how quickly things can change, or, in the case of suicide, the privacy and inarticulacy of pain.
One such images depicts Rachel and her boyfriend, Merrick, in the last photograph they ever took together. He would die in a motorcycle accident soon after.
The photograph above was posted by Rachel on the one year anniversary of her boyfriend’s death.
This photograph was posted by a friend of the man on the right, who committed suicide soon after.
The photo’s caption reads,
One of the last photos of my friend and his girlfriend. He committed suicide at his work, and she found out she was pregnant a day later.
We are constantly flooded with images of our friends and acquaintances on social media. We are intimately familiar with them. But in this context they become strange, complicated and contorted.
One of the most troubling photographs in the subreddit is of Reddit user itssydneyy and her brother. The caption reads:
This is the last picture of my brother and I, taken days before he was murdered this February. He was only 17.. I miss him terribly.
This photograph shows two friends having fun on vacation.The tragic caption reads:
The last image of my best friend Tara (24) and her sister Pippa (21), taken at the end of a 3month trip around Morocco. They both died a day later, in a car accident, as they started their journey back home to the UK for their mum’s birthday.
The subreddit also features many of the last photographs taken of Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie and other beloved public figures that passed away this year.
It’s a very difficult subreddit to search through, but many have turned to it to help process their grief by showing the world the precious last moments of their loved ones.
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