What do you want to do before you die? That’s the question behind the “Before I die wall.” Donor support of hospice allowed us to bring the wall to the Columbia Gorge.
A Before I Die wall is a large chalkboard with multiple rows of the sentence starter, “Before I Die I want to…”which people complete. Created by Candy Chang, the first wall was painted on the side of an abandoned home in her neighborhood. It helped her grieve for a woman who had been like a mother to her.
The wall encourages reflection and conversations about what matters most to us before we die. It is also about connecting people. “Connection is what keeps us afloat as we live, as we die and as we grieve. Grief is what transports us from the life that we hoped for to the life that we actually have. It brings us into the present moment, to the moment when we can stand before a chalkboard and write something new,” said Providence medical social worker, Gwen Williams-Thomas.
The four-sided structure was built by local artist CJ Rench and his team. It includes lighting on top for nighttime viewing.
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“Connection is what keeps us afloat as we live”