You'll have the chance to have your questions answered as they talk about acknowledging your own grief and creating the space to move to places of peace and healing. Please sign in wearing your most comfortable clothing, with a pen and paper nearby. Both BJ and Iana Sundari look forward to meeting you all.
About the Grief Journey | Navigating Life After Loss Three-Part Series:
Join us as we explore grief and mourning through personal stories from world recognized grief specialists as they share practical tips, tools and techniques to help you grieve. This engaging and interactive three-part online series will include time for in depth conversations with the presenters, mediations, personal reflections, writing and small group discussions. Our goal is to create loving and supportive spaces in which your grief can be witnessed, and you can learn how to authentically mourn the losses in your life.
This series is produced by Garrick Colwell, co-founder of Kitchen Table Conversations, and Reimagine's Program Director, Dara Kosberg.
About the Facilitators:
Iana Sundari Malcolm At 27, and after 7 years of being her Caregiver, Iana lost her mother to Breast Cancer. At 31 years old, she lost her father to Brain Cancer. Since then Iana has dedicated her life to the support of Caregivers and all those managing life after loss. Outside of her work as the Director of BIPOC Wellbeing for The Dinner Party, Iana is a birth and death Doula. She is a Yoga and Meditation teacher and leads Wellness retreats worldwide with her company Bliss Out Retreats. She is currently traveling around the US and Canada in a converted school bus with her husband and pitbull, writing about racial injustice on her blog NamasteUSA.blog and talking about designing your life post pandemic on her podcast, The Collective Reset.
Dr. BJ Miller is a longtime hospice and palliative medicine physician and educator. He currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability.
BJ’s been on faculty at his alma mater, UCSF, since 2007 and has worked in all settings of care: hospital, clinic, residential facility, and home. Led by his own experiences as a patient, BJ advocates for the roles of our senses, community and presence in designing a better ending. His interests are in working across disciplines to affect broad-based culture change, cultivating a civic model for aging and dying and furthering the message that suffering, illness, and dying are fundamental and intrinsic aspects of life. His career has been dedicated to moving healthcare towards a human centered approach, on a policy as well as a personal level.
BJ has given over 100 talks nationally, and internationally, on the topics of death, dying, palliative care and the intersection of healthcare with design. His 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), has been viewed over 11 million times and his work has also been the subject of multiple interviews and podcasts, including Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times, The California Sunday Magazine, GOOP, Krista Tippett, Tim Ferriss and the TED Radio Hour. His book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, was co-authored with Shoshana Berger and published in 2019.