Reimagine has been hosting candlelight vigils throughout the pandemic in order to break down taboos and hold space for all that we've lost. Tonight's program will include a conversation between New York Times-bestselling artist, illustrator and graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton -- author of the new book How to Say Goodbye: The Wisdom of Hospice Caregivers (Bloomsbury) -- and Ladybird Morgan, a registered nurse, clinical social worker, and educator in end-of-life care. Reimagine community collaborator Rachel Kodanaz leads the honor ceremony at this vigil.
Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times–bestselling artist and graphic journalist with a degree in social work who combines these practices to tell the stories of people who are often overlooked. She has illustrated and/or authored eleven books, including Salt Fat Acid Heat, The Gutsy Girl, and Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words. Her visual storytelling series Meanwhile was the New York Times’s first weekly drawn journalism column. The creator of DrawTogether and co-founder of Women Who Draw, she lives in the Bay Area. wendymacnaughton.com @wendymac
Ladybird Morgan is currently a private palliative care consultant with Mettle Health where she co-facilitates discussions about the practical, emotional, spiritual and existential elements of chronic and terminal illness. She offers similar support as a staff member at Commonweal’s Cancer Care Help Program. She is a co-founder of The Humane Prison Hospice Project. Ladybird’s other primary interest is in supporting the work of psychedelics as tools for transformation. She is a co-investigator/study therapist with a University of Washington study of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy and a Learning Facilitator for Synthesis LLC Psychedelic Practitioner Training. Ladybird has been working in end-of-life care as a registered nurse, social worker and educator for over 20 years with organizations including The Zen Hospice Project and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), guiding individuals, families, caregivers and medical practitioners to find their clearest voice as they step across significant thresholds in life and in preparing for death.
Rachel Kodanaz is a heart-minded professional specializing in current and relevant approaches in support of individuals and workplaces following a loss or trauma. She is a best-selling author, seasoned keynote speaker and a business consultant. She began her career serving in management of Fortune 500 companies, overcoming her own adversity following the sudden death of her husband while raising a 2-year-old. She was immediately confronted with the see-saw created when personal and professional trajectories collide, giving her the opportunity to provide invaluable insights about loss to Human Resources departments. She lives a healthy lifestyle in Colorado pursuing physical adventures including the Hawaiian Ironman and providing emergency medical technician (EMT) services to the community. She also serves the Reimagine community as a collaborator and event host. https://www.rachelkodanaz.com
Reimagine is a nonprofit organization catalyzing a uniquely powerful community–people of different backgrounds, ages, races, and faiths (and no faith) coming together in the hopes of healing ourselves and the world. We specifically support each other in facing adversity, loss, and mortality and – at our own pace – actively channeling life's biggest challenges into meaningful action and growth.