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This is a story about loss.

In 1990, Scott Thode was given an assignment by The New York Times Magazine to document the life of Evelyn Mirach, a single mother dying of AIDS.

Evelyn faced the wrenching task of selecting a foster mother to care for her young daughter Christy after her death.

The story was widely reported in the press at the time and Evelyn and Christy often found themselves the unwilling prey of a press hungry for a good story.

The following pictures, shot over the course of two years, document that painful, confusing and touching process as mother and daughter fought through separation and attachment and ultimately found a surrogate mother, Grayce Cumberland, who had the emotional strength to take on the adoption.

The images in the QuickTime version are accompanied by a song that Scott Thode composed after Evelyn's death.

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