Before I Die Wall Mural

A Compassionate Communities project by St Elizabeth Hospice

The Before I Die Wall project

What's on your bucket list? 
What are your aspirations in life? 

As part of an artwork installation, St Elizabeth Hospice is asking these questions to the local Ipswich community to open up conversations about death, loss and grief.

Located opposite DanceEast, on St Peter's Dock, the chalkboard installation will encourage the local community to write, in chalk provided, their ambitions for that they wish to do before they die, in a ‘bucket list’ style piece of art.

The 8-metre wall will be on Ipswich’s Waterfront for the month of May, coinciding with ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ (8-14 May), an annual national initiative which encourages communities, individuals and organisations to come together and open up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement.

Why are St Elizabeth Hospice doing this?

The ‘Before I Die’ wall is a global participatory art project and in Ipswich will contribute to the missions of St Elizabeth Hospice and its facilitation of the ‘Compassionate Communities’ work in the local area.

Hugh McElhinney, Volunteer Community Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the hospice to be able to bring the ‘Before I Die’ wall initiative to Ipswich and we thank Ipswich Borough Council and Art Eat Events for their support with facilitating this.

“This will be a unique way for St Elizabeth Hospice to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week 2023, but also one which we hope will encourage the community to open up conversations with friends and loved ones concerning death and how we can all support one another with death, loss and grief."

Ipswich Borough Councillor, Colin Kreidewolf, said: “I am delighted St Elizabeth Hospice has brought Compassionate Communities to Ipswich Waterfront, allowing Ipswich people to participate in this poignant and thought-provoking project.”

The project is funded by the Central Area Committee.

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