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'Before I Die' wall heads to UNLV

Posted at 7:47 AM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 10:54:38-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A new art installation is coming to UNLV today and it's sure to get you thinking.

It's called the "Before I Die Wall." It's a fill-in-the-blank chalk wall that asks passerby what they want to do before they die.

The question is meant to spark an important conversation and encourage people to live their life to the fullest.

Nathan Adelson Hospice is leading the charge behind this month-long campaign in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness Month.

The project originated with an artist in New Orleans, who had the idea after a close friend passed away. The project has since turned international with over 5,000 around the world.

CEO and President of Nathan Adelson Hospice Karen Rubel says talking about what you want to happen before and after your death is stigmatized and difficult. This simple question can help families get past that.

"We celebrate births all the time but we don't really have a comfortableness when talking about death. We try to do some creative things to get people to have those conversations with their family members, with their doctors, or even just start thinking about it," Rubel said.

If you want to write your answer down, the wall will only be at UNLV for one day. You can find it in the student union courtyard from about 9:45 am through the afternoon.

The wall's next stop is the Pahrump Nugget on Thursday.