2017 #BeforeIDie Community Gathering

beforeIdie 2017


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 day of conversation, information, 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!  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
The Perkins Center
for the Arts

Collingswood, NJ


 Click here to read inspiring and thought-provoking stories about end-of-life wishes, advance care planning, fufilling your bucket list items, and having these tough conversations. 

We welcome guests to attend the exhibits without registering.
Registration is only requested for specific presentations.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Children, Adults, Families

Queen Nur

Presentation by Queen Nur | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Queen-NurQueen Nur is a highly interactive international Storyteller and Teaching Artist from Willingboro, NJ. Following the griotic tradition, her stories capture historical victories, celebrate folkloric traditions, and profoundly speak the quintessence of humanity. Audiences may experience tears upon the soul; and within the same breath of story, have a toe-tapping, hand-clapping good time.

 Register here


Other Activities

  • Creative, age-appropriate activities for children and adults
  • Exhibitors
  • Light snacks


2:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Ages 21+

Queen Nur

Encore Presentation by Queen Nur | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Queen-Nur This presentation will be different than her 12:00 PM presentation.

Register here


Nicole Angemi

Presentation by Nicole Angemi | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Nicole Angemi

Nicole Angemi, a South Jersey pathologist's assistant, embraces the Latin phrase: Mortui vivos docent, meaning the dead teach the living. Her wildly popular Instagram account has 1.1 million followers and serves as an excellent educational platform for damaged and diseased body parts. Nicole's presentation about what the dead teach the living is interesting, some-what grotesque, and very informative!

Register here

Alison Dilworth

Presentation/discussion by Alison Dilworth | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
(Note: This presentation will take place in loft area and is not handicap accessible.)

Alison Dilworth

Alison Dilworth  is a Philadelphia muralist, painter, photographer and blogger. She is also a doula. She will lead a discussion of her blog post, “Your Bartender is Having a Miscarriage and You Order Another Round,’’ about miscarriage, taboo subjects, resilience and the creation of shrines. You can read Alison’s Nameless Things blog at http://www.alisondilworth.com/


Benita Cooper

Presentation by Benita Cooper | 3:15 PM -  4:15 PM

Benita CooperBenita Cooper, founder and president of The Best Day of My Life So Far, strives to reduce older adult isolation and promote intergenerational engagement through storytelling. The Best Day of My Life So Far, is grounded in the belief that the best day of your life could be when you share about the worst day of your life, because you are sharing it with people who really care to listen. 

Register here


Contact Christine Corti at 856-552-3258.



11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice
Bradley Funeral Home

Bradley & Stow Funeral Home
Falco Caurso & Leonard Funeral Home
Mount Laurel Home for Funerals
Gabriel Corti - Magician
Camden County Surrogate (Living Wills)
Price & Price
Tyanna Foundation
Community Rocks
Inkwood Books
McCann-Healey Funeral Home
Venard Cabbler
- Author
Virtua Perinatal Bereavement Program

Death Couture
Hand-crafted jewelry & home décor featuring REAL skulls, bones, and bugs. ALL specimens used are cruelty free!
Tear Drop Memories
An antique shop devoted to mourning mementos and mortuary collectables.
Humanity Gifts Registry
HGR receives donations of bodies for medical education and research and coordinates their distribution among all medical and dental schools throughout PA, including Philadelphia.
Gift of Life Donor Program
A non-profit coordinating life-saving and life enhancing transplants through organ and tissue donation.
Image Explosion, LLC
Hire a professional photo organizer to organize all your old photos and albums, digitize your media (VHS, home movies), and preserve your memories.

FOOD & Drink

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We invite you to enjoy some light refreshments from these local establishments.

  • Tortilla Press
  • Harvest Seasonal Grill
  • Bistro di Marino
  • The Square Meal
  • Tonewood
  • Flying Fish
  • Sharrott Winery


  • Cake by DiBartolo Bakery
  • Cookies from Constellation Collective
  • Coffee from Revolution Coffee Roasters



4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Enjoy music from an array
of local musicians!

Sara O'Brien
John Falco
Kevin Monko
John Shaghnassy
Natasha Gibson Steinmacher
Hotsy Totsy
Barry Hollander 
Charles Koory
Jay Jones
& more



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