“Before I Die” Wall allows public to share bucket-list wishes

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“Before I Die …,” a global art project that invites community participation, is coming to Winters on Friday, Feb. 8. Two large chalkboard signs – one in English and one in Spanish — will be installed at Railroad Avenue and East Main Street, near the big palm tree in the parking lot next to Steady Eddy’s Coffee House and Ficelle. Passers-by are invited to grab a piece of chalk and complete the sentence “Before I Die, I want to …” with a heartfelt wish, a goal or an intention. This is a collaborative project of Yolo Hospice, the city of Winters, Winters Healthcare, the Elder Day Council, the Winters Participation Gallery and the Winters High School Art Club. Students in the club are designing the signs. In the past 18 months, Yolo Hospice has collaborated on “Before I Die” walls in Davis, Woodland and Dixon. The organization’s community ambassador, Liz Romero, recently approached Winters officials about staging the project and received an enthusiastic response, she said. “We’ve found these walls are helpful in getting people thinking about what’s important and meaningful in their lives,” Romero said. “We hope to inspire conversations about death. It is, after all, part of life, and sharing our thoughts and wishes with our loved ones has emotional and practical benefits.” The first “Before I Die” wall was created by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans. Versions have since been produced more than 2,000 times in 70 countries, and presented in 35 languages.  For more information, visit: http://beforeidie.city/ . Yolo Hospice is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides expert and compassionate hospice care, palliative care, bereavement services, and public education about end-of-life issues for all people in the region’s culturally diverse community.The organization has been serving patients and families in Colusa, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, and Yolo Counties for 40 years. In 2017, it formed a strategic alliance with Citizens Who Care to expand its services, particularly in the area of caregiver support. For more information, visit www.yolohospice.org.]]>

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