“Before I die I want…”. This sentence wants to be added to the new marketplace in Ergolding. On big black boards, with chalk next to them. The action irritates, interests, and makes the passers-by pause. And for writing.
Life goals are very different
One writes, before I die, I want to “go to Canada”, another writes “find true love”. Before our eyes, Helga Huber picks up a piece of chalk and writes “living in peace with everyone”. She explains: “Because I’ve often noticed that people still have a problem at the end and that’s why they can’t die. Because they haven’t made peace with some of their relatives.”
An uncomfortable subject for many
Before I die – a topic that we all don’t like to talk about, a man around 60 says, stopping in front of the signs on his bike: “I’m on the road with this matter with a notary, will and so on. It affects me that. I have a mother who is 89 years old.”
An American had the idea
The idea for this campaign came from the American artist Candy Chang. Because questions remained unanswered after the death of someone important to her, she looked for answers on a board. The idea of the plaques spread around the world. Lisa Friedel, a student in the subject “Social Work”, who is currently doing an internship at the Landshut district office, has now brought the campaign to Ergolding: “So that more people can simply deal with the topic and get a different perspective on the topic of death and dying . And at the same time on life.”
“Time” as a recurring theme
The first boards are quickly filled. Something is striking, says Kunibert Herzing from the Landshut hospice association when reading through the resolutions: “What always stands out is the topic of time. That’s quite amazing. We have so many technical aids, so much frills that you actually think we have them a lot of time. But obviously we’re spending the time doing the wrong things.”
Clarify details in good time
In fact, dealing with death can also make life better, says Gerhard Hug, who has been helping people on their last journey as a volunteer hospice caregiver for years. “In the end, most people don’t regret what they did, but rather what they didn’t do.” In his experience, however, it also makes dying easier if things are clearly regulated at an early stage. This is also confirmed by Kunibert Herzing from the Landshut hospice association, who also offers support. Living wills and health care powers of attorney, for example, are also very important and should be arranged in good time while you still have the strength.
The “Before I die, I want to…” campaign is to be extended to other municipalities in the Landshut district this year.