Tulsa Central Library


Phillips Theological Seminary 

"The "Before I Die..." wall attracted a diverse group of people completing this life examining prompt at Phillips Theological Seminary. From graduate students taking a course on how to care for others, to nearby neighbors living in mobile homes and an RV park, the responses showed us that everyone has a goal on their "bucket" list. The wall's presence on our campus sparked conversations about death and dying in a fresh way. While we train many people as clergy who will sit with families as a loved one transitions from this life, the wall was a reminder that not everyone leaves this world desiring the same thing. The diversity of responses from the simple, "see the ocean," to the aspirational, "know true love," reminded our faculty, students, staff and neighbors that regardless of how we live or love, death will touch us all. Phillips is thankful for the gift of the "Before I Die..." wall and the awareness it raised for our community."    Kurt Gwartney, Sr. Director of Seminary Relations




Christ Church


The Journey Home 

"The Wall provided another dimension to our annual fundraising event!  The participant’s experiences of deciding on the "one, most important ‘Before I Die I Want To’ action" were described as introspective, interesting, and soul-searching. The Wall drew people to it immediately after setup.  At the end of our evening before preparing the Wall for transport, one patron asked for more time which resulted in a wonderful, heart-warming last posting!"            Doug Quinn, Board President


Langston University 

"The Before I Die wall celebrates hopes and dreams, and starts the conversation about what’s most important in a person’s life. The students at Langston’s Cultural Diversity Day put chalk to board in an effort to focus their thoughts and identify what they want to accomplish before dying. Give a voice to the voiceless. Be a millionaire. Save a life. Travel the world. Become a mommy. People’s aspirations were written in chalk for everyone to see. Some students commented on how inspired they felt and some laughed as they wrote simpler things. No matter what was written, the wall sparked conversations about living well and, subsequently, dying well."          Britni Smith, Clarehouse Education Director


Brookside Library 

"Brookside Library customers, adults, teens and children, were very interested in the wall and began engaging with it immediately! Some customers had questions and asked staff, but most simply walked up to the wall, grabbed chalk and started writing. There was a great response and the wall filled up several times. A few customers brought back their friends specifically to show them the wall and add their contributions. We happened to find a book about the Before I Die Wall here at the library and displayed it at the front desk. It was great to see customers so interested in the wall, and to read all the various additions to the wall each day."          Kelly Bayles, Brookside Library Branch Manager