Conferences & Institutes

Before I Die FestivalBefore I Die Festival

April 15 - 17, 2016

What is it?

Sponsored by the IUPUI School of Nursing, powered by Spirit & Place, the festival is an event for the living about the dying. The goal of this event is to encourage conversation and help participants reflect on how we manage death and dying by providing space and opportunities to talk and discuss end-of-life issues as individuals and as a society.

What will we achieve?

Our hope is to generate conversation around a sensitive topic and connect people with resources. Community engagement is our goal, all ages, all walks of life, including health care professionals and lay persons.

Special Events & Festival Schedule

Join us at one of the pop-up Death Cafes, hosted as part of the Before I Die Festival. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 2-4 pm at Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 5 pm at JoEtta's Pizza Villa, Linton, IN

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5 pm at Raymond James Stutz Gallery (enter from alley off 10th St), Indianapolis, IN

Friday, April 15, 2016 from 7-8 pm at Starbucks at Emerson & Main St., Greenwood, IN 

"Before I Die" Wall - April 15 - 17, 2016. South grounds of Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Developed by New Orleans artist Candy Chang, the "Before I Die" wall is a public art project that invites people to contemplate death, reflect on life, and share their personal aspirations in public.

Other festival activities are listed on the pages below.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016 * National Healthcare Decisions Day 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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