How do YOU fill in the blank? “Before I die, I want to ___________”
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:45am
Like many others who experience loss, artist Candy Chang needed an outlet after experiencing the death of someone close to her. Chang got permission to create an interactive wall made from chalkboard paint on an abandoned building in her neighborhood. Using the prompt “Before I die, I want to______,” Chang and her neighbors reflected on their lives and shared their aspirations before they die.
Within a day, the wall was full of responses and it has grown from there. What started as an anonymous way to share intimate thoughts has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. Over 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 35 languages and over 70 countries.
“In order to die well, we need to learn how to talk about it,” Chang said during a May meeting for the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Nurses Annual Assembly.
Projects like Chang’s help start the conversation about end-of-life, hospice, and palliative care. By talking about death early and freely, families can make informed decisions and make the end of life -- and life itself -- a bit better.
How do you fill in the blank? “Before I die, I want to _______.”