When Sophia Glaser was just 20 years old, she entered a music video contest.
The young woman shot a striking video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros track "All Wash Out" that features a woman who travels through lush forests, lies in shimmering water and dances in open fields at sunset.
But that creation proved to be her last, because soon after, Glaser died in her sleep from a brain hemorrhage.
Her family played the video at her funeral, and Glaser's sister Luna later sent it to the band, asking if they might be willing to share it.
The famed group did one better: they made Sophie's creation the official video for the song, and on the YouTube page, they posted Luna's letter in full, along with the poignant lyrics to the song.
"Sophie, my little sister was just 20 when she entered the contest," reads the letter. "This Sunday we played the video at her memorial service. She passed away recently during an exchange semester in Prague. She suffered from a brain hemorrhage and just never woke up from her sleep one night."
"I find the description (which went along with her video); 'A girl goes on a journey to wash away what's behind her leading to her rebirth' incredibly moving as she would have no idea that she would soon leave this earth," she continues, talking about the unlikely chain of events that led to Sophie starring in the video.
"Sophie was not meant to act in the video, but due to incredible karmic circumstances, the actress who was supposed to participate was prevented to come (last minute) and Sophie stepped in. Both acting and directing."
"It gives indescribable joy and comfort to be able to turn to this video, during this period of grieving and to know that it will stay with us. She spread such an unbelievable amount of joy and light during her -- much too short -- life," she writes. "And has left the world forever richer."
Watch Sophie's video here:
Jennifer Van Evra
on Jan 13, 2014