A Matter of Death and Life

High school seniors at The Harley School in Rochester, New York, have the option of taking a class called “hospice.” Most who sign up for it don’t know what they’re in for, but none of them forget the experience when it’s over.

Sofoniyas Worku, left, an 18-year-old student watches while hospice resident Joan Flack rests. A native of Ethiopia, Sofoniyas has experienced death before: he lost his aunt and a friend to malaria. Joan died on May 4, 2013. Photographs by Brigitte Bouvier.