Phil Elverum's wife died in a spare room on the second floor of their house in Anacortes, Wash.
After that day in 2016, Elverum made an effort to cut the room off from the rest of the house. He threw open its lone window and closed the door, ceding the space to the rain, leaves, and birds that flew in.
"I just wanted to air it out, neturalize the room," he said, "and let whatever thoughts and feelings were in here dissipate."
Then, one day, he opened the door again.