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April 19th, 2017

Before I Die walls in Portland, ME raise awareness of end-of-life care

“By getting out here and challenging people to think about their deaths, it makes them think about their dreams and put their lives in perspective, and hopefully it will lead into them thinking about documenting end-of-life care decision making,” says Carr.
Read more at WCSH-6
October 27th, 2016

‘Happy,’ keeper of the Asheville Before I Die wall, dies

Earl Lee Gray, better known as Happy, was a disabled veteran in Asheville, North Carolina who sat in a chair on Biltmore Avenue every day taking care of the local Before I Die wall. His spirit lives on in the hundreds of people he touched.
Read more at Citizen Times
August 6th, 2016

Before I Die makes an impact at a New York cemetery

Before I Die makes its way to Town of Tonawanda cemetery: "The first week it was up, when within days someone put, ‘I want to have a living child,’ I knew we were giving people a place to express their emotions, their dreams, their desires."
Read more at Buffalo News
June 16th, 2016

15-year-old Boy Scout creates a Before I Die wall and shares thoughtful reflections

Bailey Meyers, 15, made a wall for his New Haven community: "I think when people anonymously put things on the boards, then they’re more honest about it... because there’s no one judging them… A lot of times we’re just constantly hurtling through life... this will help people get back on track."
Read more at Shore Line Times
March 20th, 2016

How Before I Die Walls Boost Palliative Care

"By placing the emphasis on the end of life with this project, the conversation is a natural stepping stone to the growing importance and acceptance of palliative care."
Read more at Home Healthcare News
November 20th, 2013

Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space

"What makes the world significant — more than that, what makes 'the aggregate of our joy and suffering' significant — is perhaps the simplicity and sincerity of our answers to the simplest and most sincere of questions."
Read more at Brainpickings
November 1st, 2013

Revealing “Before I Die” Art Project Goes Global

To help celebrate the book launch, an “International Day of Walls” event will happen on November 5 that will bring together even more people from cities worldwide who will put up their own interactive art wall.
Read more at My Modern Met
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