There Will Be No Wake Up to Dying Events This Year…

Hello! Thank you for visiting our site. We will not be holding any events in 2017. After a good run we have decided to close our doors. However, our audio stories will live on! You will be able to listen to our stories for many years to come. For now they are on this website and soon they will be hosted at a new home. To be announced soon. Stay tuned!!

Thank you all for all you have done to help us encourage thoughtful conversations about death, dying and life!

With gratitude,


Open House – “Dying to Know Day”

The Wake Up to Dying Project – Open House

August 9, 2016
5:00 – 7:30pm
174 River St., Montpelier, VT

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The Wake Up to Dying Project will host an Open House in their Montpelier office on Tuesday, August 9 as part of “Dying to Know Day.” D2KDayUSA is happening across the United States from August 8-15. Bevival has partnered with The Groundswell Project to kick off the first year of D2KDayUSA and promote death literacy through conversations and community actions.

At the Open House, Wake Up to Dying Project staff and board will open their doors to meet and greet the community and share a mini-version of their successful end-of-life exhibit, which was installed in Burlington for four days this July. If you missed it, or would like to come back for more, now’s your chance!

Come say hi, have some snacks, look at artwork, browse books and local resources and listen to some of our first-person audio stories from people reflecting on death, dying and life.

From 6-7pm there will be a facilitated Death Chat. Please arrive a little before 6:00 if you would like to participate.

  • Where: 174 River St., 2nd floor, Montpelier, VT
  • Schedule: 5:00-7:30pm, Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Audio stories and refreshments
    6:00 – 7:00 – Death Chat

Free and open to the public.  Donations welcome!



July 12–17, 2016 – Traveling Exhibit Event – Burlington, VT

The Wake Up to Dying Project

Traveling Exhibit Event Schedule

July 12-17, 2016

Fletcher Free Library (235 College St.) & College St. Congregational Church (265 College)

The Wake Up to Dying Project aims to shift our cultural perspective on death from fear and avoidance toward acceptance – by inviting people to acknowledge death, be prepared for it, and live more fully having done so. We do this by gathering and sharing first-person audio stories about death, dying and life. We bring these stories, along with related art and hands-on engagement opportunities, to communities in a creative traveling exhibit.

For the second year in a row, our innovative end-of-life exhibit, complete with big white tents, will once again appear outside of the Fletcher Free Library, right in the heart of downtown Burlington from July 14–17.  Workshops, panels and chats will be held at the Congregational Church and the library July 12–17. 

WUTD---Burlington-Both-TentsVisitors to the Traveling Exhibit can:

  • listen to audio stories about death, dying and life,
  • add your bucket list goals to our massive chalkboard,
  • learn about and take away end-of-life resources,
  • attend a workshop, panel or “death chat”
  • bring what you learn and experience back to your home and community.

All events are free and open to the public


Thursday & Friday, July 14-15 11:00am – 7:30pm

Saturday, July 16, 10:00am – 7:30pm

Sunday, July 17, 10:00am – 5:00pm


Workshops, panels and chats will be held either at the Fletcher Free Library or at the College Street Congregational Church at 265 College St.

Call For Volunteers – Burlington, VT July 12-17, 2016

Volunteers are what make our events sucessful!The Wake Up to Dying Project is excited to be returning to Burlington this summer with our traveling exhibit and we need your help. Our events run on volunteer power! Can you lend a hand to help make this unique experience a success in your community?

We will be in Burlington, VT July 12-17.

Please consider volunteering for a 2-4 hour shift to help with:

  • Help make the exhibit look beautiful and inviting by lending a hand with set-up.
  • Be a Greeter and help people explore the many ideas around death, dying, and life that the exhibit has to offer.
  • Help create a warm and reflective space as a Listening Volunteer in our audio story tent.
  • Guide visitors through the materials provided by local organizations in our resource area.
  • Help us break down the exhibit after the event  and send us on our way to the next town!

IMG_1112Volunteers are needed everyday, so regardless of your schedule, you can help! Community based volunteers make this a very special experience for everyone. Our aim is to provide a warm, contemplative space for visitors to feel comfortable to explore, share or simply observe. Please sign up to join us today.

We do hope you plan to attend the event. Bring a friend or loved one with you to share in this unique experience!

Please email me at if you’d like to volunteer and/or need more specific information on any of the duties. Looking forward to seeing you in Burlington!

Best regards,

Mary Wesley – Event Coordinator

Past Event – Somerville, MA – September 24th-27th, 2015

The Wake Up to Dying Project

Traveling Exhibit & Workshop Schedule

September 24th – 27th, 2015

Seven Hills Park – Davis Square – Somerville, MA 

Past Event – Brattleboro, – June 25 – 28, 2015

The Wake Up to Dying Project

Traveling Exhibit & Workshop Schedule

June 25 – 28, 2015 – The River Garden – 157 Main Street – Brattleboro, VT

Past Event – Burlington, VT – July 16th – 19th, 2015

The Wake Up to Dying Project

Traveling Exhibit & Workshop Schedule

July 16-19th, 2015

Fletcher Free Library – 235 College Street – Burlington, VT

Past Event – Montpelier, Vermont – July 24-26, 2014

We’re super excited for our first multi-day event, coming up July 24 – 26 in Montpelier, Vermont. Our innovative audio story exhibit will be set up in the courtyard of the Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State Street. Each day features our audio stories along with facilitated discussions with local experts. (All events are free of charge. All events in the exhibit tent unless otherwise noted.) Here’s the schedule:

Past Event – Full Circle Festival Roundup – April, 2014

Before I Die Wall

We had a great weekend at the festival in Burlington last month! It was our first showing of the Before I Die chalkboard, and people had PLENTY to say about what they want to do before they die. Some examples: