University of Florida | Department of Psychology

“Before I Die” Wall Project Makes its way to Gainesville

As part of the international Before I Die Wall project, five temporary walls were mounted around Gainesville this Spring, including on the UF campus. The interactive walls received a lot of attention and positive support from the community and local media. The Life Story Lab in the Psychology Department partnered with UF Health to engage college students through a Before I Die Wall at the Reitz Union. The wall acted as a death education event, bringing awareness to National Health Care Decision Day which encourages completion of Advance Directives (e.g., Health Care Surrogate and Living Will). The week-long event was successful in prompting students to think about aspirations for their own lives, and opening dialogue about wishes at end-of-life. Students’ responses to the prompt: Before I Die I Want to…. ranged from specific goals such as “provide a loving home for a child in need” or “meet Joe Biden” or ”pay off my parents’ bills” to more philosophical life goals such as to “find happiness,” or to “have a meaningful life.” For more on walls around the globe, see: http://beforeidie.city For information on end-of-life conversations, visit: http://theconversationproject.org