2016 #BeforeIDie Festival

Thank you to everyone who made this festival a success!

Samaritan, the Courier-Post, and Perkins Center for the Arts are proud partners for this thought-provoking and fun event. Join us for an interactive afternoon of conversation, information, an award-winning documentary, art, poetry, music and more that allows you to dabble, or jump in, to end-of-life conversations at your own pace. It is a one-of-a-kind event in South Jersey!  

Before I Die festival poster

Click here for a special Courier Post news topic page with inspiring and thought-provoking stories about end-of-life wishes, advance care planning, fufilling your bucket list items, and having these tough conversations.

Schedule of Events



Bring your mat and join this meditative and restorative practice with Chrissy Juliano

atul gawande being mortal

Movie Screening & Discussion

Being Mortal Film Screening and Discussion
FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. After the 56-minute documentary, there will be a 45-minute discussion.


Take a bit of time to consider some of life’s big questions. You will have the opportunity to record your personal responses to those questions using simple tools to create a journal page that you will take with you. All tools will be supplied. 

Paul Lisicky

award-winning author 

An interactive workshop with Paul Lisicky, American novelist and Cherry Hill native
This session will include the author reading from his recent book, The Narrow Doora deeply moving memoir of friendship. Followed by a discussion about memory and loss and a short writing activity.

Nicole Angemipathologists' assistant & INSTAGRAM STAR 

Q&A with South Jersey native and local pathologist's assistant Nicole Angemi
What the Living Can Learn from the Dead

With more than 877,000 instagram followers Nicole Angemi (Caution: Graphic Images) has brought the world of autopsy to social media. This vibrant mom and wife isn't trying to be disrespectful of the dead. She's trying to educate the living. Mortui Vivos Docent  - Let the Dead Teach the Living. This workshop will include graphic images and a frank discussion about death, dying, and how pathology teaches us to live better.

poetry readingPoetry reading

Local poets are invited to join in. This hour includes a special reading of the poetry written by Rosemary Burgo, a hospice patient expressing her thoughts about illness and end of life. Read by Marian Mitchell, Samaritan spiritual support counselor.

music notemusic

South Jersey musicians: Sara O’Brien, Dave Kelly, Hotsy Totsy, The Commiserators (with Shannon McGill), Monko, John Shaughnessy, Rob Volansky of Wayside Shakeup, Mark Lipko, Jay Jones, Chris Perks, Natasha Steinmacher, Joe Bonaparte, Barry Hollander, Joshua James

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conversationsConversations of a Lifetime Before-I-Die Chalkboard
Camden County Surrogate - Michelle Gentek-Mayer | Living Wills
Lourdes Wellness Center
Gift of Life Donor Program
Kawempe Home Care Beads for Education  
Samaritan's Timely Conversations


funeral planningDiscuss your honors, wishes, traditions and customs. Learn about pre-planning, traditional funerals, cremation, and memorial services.

David Petaccio, Mount Laurel Home for Funerals
Jill Bradley, Bradley Funeral Home
atrick and John Healey, McCann-Healey Funeral Home


Consider how an estate and financial planning can help you enjoy your retirement, protect your savings, avoid taxes, and transfer wealth to family members and your favorite charities.

financial plannerAmy Leis*, AWNA, Financial Advisor Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Mark F. Lose*, CRPC, CAP, Financial Advisor Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc
Barbara E. Little*, Esq., Associate, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel llp


Gabriel Corti, magicianGabriel Corti, magician

Liz HoughtonLiz Houghton , face painter  



fork and knifeTonewood Brewery
Flying Fish Brewery
Tortilla Press
Revolution Coffee Roasters
The Pop Shop
Constellation Collective
Special Cake by DiBartolo's Bakery
Bistro di Marino
Sharrott Winery
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

This list is still being updated.

Special Thanks

Falco Media Services 


Contact Christine Corti at 856-552-3258.


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