What is a Before I Die Festival?
Before I Die festivals are part of a growing social movement to foster reflection about how we as individuals and as a society manage death and dying. By providing space and opportunities to openly discuss end-of-life issues, we can improve the percentage of those who plan ahead and take actions to address our mortality.
The Before I Die NM festival has educational, entertaining elements such as field trips, art, movies, theater, panel discussions and Death Café conversations.
Before I Die festivals have drawn thousands to events in Cardiff, Wales (UK), Indianapolis, IN, Bakersfield, CA, El Paso, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Louisville, KY, and cities throughout New Mexico.
The fourth annual Before I Die NM festival will be held during weekends in October and November in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Espanola and Las Cruces.
Read more about the Before I Die NM festival here.
Why Have a Death Discussion Festival?
We’re all going to die, yet less than 30% of adults do any end-of-life planning: wills or trusts, advance medical directives or preneed funeral planning. It’s better to talk about our wishes well before death becomes a grim reality and our loved ones can be informed.
Before I Die NM appeals to baby boomers who are beginning to face their own mortality. The festival also provides the opportunity to engage younger generations on end-of-life issues. Sponsors connect to participants through this unique experiential festival that educates, excites and fosters planning for the inevitable.
Charitable Partner: Fathers Building Futures
Part of the proceeds from Before I Die NM will be donated to charitable partner Fathers Building Futures, a 501c(3) nonprofit social enterprise that empowers formerly incarcerated parents. They provide on-the-job workforce training and supports to enable sustainable futures for these people and their families. They make all-natural pine caskets, wooden urns, and handmade gifts in their workshop. A portion of sponsorship fees may be tax-deductible as charitable donations.