During our five hours that we spent in Pompeii, one of the most shocking sights was seeing the tragic reality of human loss from Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Wandering through the ruins gives you an inside look into how people lived and just how large the community was back then. However, it’s not until I saw the actual casts of the people, that I started to grasp their last moments- this woman sits with her knees crouched and hands up to her face. Another man is found lying on his stomach with his hands covering his face, and money collects in the bird baths in honor of their memory.