With National Healthcare Decisions Day being observed on April 16, 2018 and in an effort to promote positive conversation about death and dying in the community, Community Hospice has created a “Before I Die Wall” to help friends and neighbors think about what is most important in their lives. The wall challenges people to think about relationships with death and one another, put their lives in perspective and hopefully lead people to be proactive when it comes to end-of-life care decision making.
Before I Die is a global art project originally created by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. “Before I Die Walls” can be found all over the globe. Over 2,000 walls have been created in over 70 countries and over 35 languages.
“We are honored to bring this project to the Central Valley,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO of Community Hospice. “Our mobile ‘Before I Die Wall’ will hopefully spark conversations around our community and encourage productive and proactive end-of-life care decision making. We welcome and invite community members to visit our wall and share your thoughts.”
The “Before I Die Wall” will be at various locations throughout Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties during the months of March and April.
• California State University at Stanislaus, Mary Stuart Rogers Building
• University of the Pacific, Derosa University Center
• Modesto Junior College
• Love Modesto
• Earth Day Modesto, Graceada Park
• Community Hospice
Community members can follow the wall on Facebook @CommunityHospiceCV to find its current location. For more information call 209-578-6301 or visit hospiceheart.org.
This project was made possible by Community Hospice, Franklin and Downs Funeral Home, Modesto Lowe’s Home Improvement, Big Island Movers and the generous host sites.
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community.