Water is an element of great strength and holds deep and abiding symbolism. Water is used in baptism, a highly spiritual event that reflects the nature of death and being reborn, cleansed and anew. Resurrection, reincarnation... either way you see this new birth, you come out whole and clean, ready to start a new life with a regained sense of freedom.
"this is my death. this is my birth." is my way of examining the transition between death and waking up to a new life.