Photographer Perfectly Captures A Terminally Ill Mom's Right To Die

She was loved by all.

After Sherrie Jeweline Navarro Heit was diagnosed with a terminal case of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), she assigned photographer Llewellyn Gannon to preserve the memories of the final year of her life for her five-year-old son, Simon.

"I was inspired to document Sherrie's life and death because I admired her," Gannon told A Plus. "I wanted to help her feel her impact while she was still here."

The photo series began on July 30, 2014, Sherrie's last birthday, and spanned the months leading up to her death. The photo series captured Sherrie bravely making the decision, after the disease made it difficult for her to breathe and swallow, to die peacefully on April 4, 2015.

These 15 photos offer a hauntingly beautiful look at her last year.

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(H/T: Street Roots)