New York

October 27 – November 03, 2018

Reimagine End of Life is a week exploring big questions about life and death. Join the City of New York in a community-wide conversation.

New York

One Week

  • 322 Events
  • 60 Interactive Rituals
  • 32 Performances
  • 15 Comedy Shows
  • 1 Universal Topic

The five boroughs of New York City are joining together to create over 300 events exploring death and celebrating life...from all perspectives.

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After attending a Reimagine event, over 90% of attendees identified feeling more grateful for their lives and the people in it.

Join the Conversation

“It was so nice to attend events where the age groups were diverse and many younger people were interested and talking about these bigger ideas. I was blown away, and very grateful to attend.”

Discover Community

“[Reimagine] made me feel alive. It made me feel connected. It was such an intimate encounter with strangers. It allowed me a peek into the hearts of many. I cried, I laughed with them. I wished them well on their journey even if I didn’t know them. It was this sense of belonging that I was yearning for as a foreigner in this city. For a moment, I felt the city’s heartbeat. It gave me reason to fall in love with SF all over again.”

Feel Connected

"The intergenerational nature of the events felt special and unique. The range of content, and the fact that so much of it was community-generated, was incredibly impressive. I left every engagement feeling more connected to my city, my friends who attended alongside me, and the topics of great importance to all in my life.”

Note from Reimagine NYC Producers

Each Reimagine event week is shaped by local event hosts, the production team on the ground, and unique qualities of each city. While exciting opening and closing events bookend the week-long Reimagine experience—reflecting John Leland’s description of Reimagine as the “SXSW®” of death and dying”—it’s the homegrown activities shaped by citizens and groups that are the heart and soul of this endeavor. We’re trying to meet New Yorkers where they’re at geographically, intellectually, and spiritually. Join us on this journey to wonder, remember, and prepare for the life-cycle event that binds us together.

CLICK HERE to a go deeper behind the scenes.

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Volunteer with us!

We’re looking for friendly, thoughtful and professional volunteers to help us with on the ground support during Reimagine NYC! Fill out this simple form and we’ll be in touch with different volunteer opportunities.

Conversation Sabbath

Oct. 26 – Oct. 28

In partnership with NYC faith institutions, The Conversation Project, and What Matters, Reimagine is inviting NYC clergy to preach, teach and engage about the vital importance of having values-centered conversations with loved ones about what is most important regarding end of life care, so our wishes are honored. Reimagine will provide free training for clergy and laypersons Tuesday, Oct. 16. During Reimagine week, congregants can attend free advance care planning workshops.

Please sign-up to join us for Conversation Sabbath. It will make a difference in how everyone’s wishes are expressed and respected.

Questions: Rachel Lovett

Institutional Funders

Media and Promotional Partners


ACE Publishing LLC, African Burial Ground National Monument, Akshay Kapur, Alica Forneret, Allison C. Meier, American Sephardi Federation, Aminta Kilawan-Narine and Rohan Narine, Amy Cunningham, Anima in Ash, Anthony Bossis, Arielle Friedtanzer, ArtsUp, Atl Tlachinolli, Ayana Woods, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bard Graduate Center, Bardo ∞ Project, Bethany Tabor, Bevival, Bluestockings, Brenda Zlamany, BRIC, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Zen Center, Bushwick Gallery and Art Space, Caitlin O'Brien, Calvary Hospital; Rashida Sanchez, Cameron Mullenneaux, Cara Belvin, CaringKind, Carole Zabar Center for Film, Carolyn Jones Productions, Carter Burden Leonard Covello Center, Carter Burden Network, Center for Social Innovation, Chicago City Limits, Chinatown Community Young Lions, Chinese American Coalition on Compassionate Care, Clinton Housing Development Company, Coler Therapeutic Recreation Department, Columbia University, Compassion & Choices, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, ConnectLives, Coping After Suicide, Corey Kennard, Cornell Tech, Craig D. Blinderman, Cynthia Whipple, Dance Walk, Danza de Concheros Azteca "Atl-Tlachinolli of the Virgen de Guadalupe", David Kessler, Dawn Gross, Daye Hwang, Death by Design Podcast, Death Cafe, Death Over Dinner, Derfner Judaica Museum, Design Dream Labs, Diana Oh, Digital Legacy Association, Dyalogues, East Side Institute, EFA Project Space, El Museo de los Sures, Elizabeth 'Lily' Cardaropoli, Elizabeth Velazquez, Elizabeth Velazquez, Emily Cavanagh, Emily Flake, Empty Arms Bereavement Support, Fashion Institute of Technology, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Flushing Library, Gigi Branch, Gina Colombatto, Good Death Roundtable, Greenwich House Music School, Grief Dialogues, Hal Bromm Gallery, Hamilton-Madison House, Harlem Yoga Studio, Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Heide Hatry, Helen Whitney Productions, Henry Fersko-Weiss, HIV Arts Network, Hope Edelman, Icons in Ash, Ida Benedetto, Improv4, Inspired Memory Care, Institute of Healthcare Improvement, International Doulagivers Foundation, International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), Ira Byock, Island Kids, James Cohan Gallery, JASA, Jeanne Heifetz, Jennifer Perez, Jessica Zitter, Joanna Ebenstein, Joanne L. Harpel, Joanne Nerenberg, John Bruce, John Leland, Jonas Mekas, Joseph Sacco, Judson Memorial Church, Kathleen Horan, Katie Green, Kavod v'Nichum, Kelli Dunham, KGB Red Room, KGBbar, Kimberly C. Paul, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LabShul, Lady K Fever, Laetitia Barbier, Laika Young, Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas, LatticeWorks, Laura Shields, Leigh Davis, Lizzie Leiman Kraiem, LUMEN, Luv 'til it Hurts, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, Main Street WIRE, Mama Donna Henes, Manhattan Meditation Center - Brahma Kumaris, Manny Cantor Center, Mano a Mano, Marjorie Ingall, Mark Mitchell, Marne Lucas, Mary Lemmer, Megan Willy, Merchant's House Museum, Meredith Hays, Merkin Concert Hall, Michael Hebb, Michael Roberson, Millet Israeli, Mindy Toro and Dancers, MK Czerwiec, MoMA, Morgan Brown, Mori M. Mento, Mourners Corner, Moving For Life at Studio 55C, My Lasting Letters, Nancy Belza, Nancy Borowick, Nancy Patz, Neil Goldberg, New York Caring Majority, NYC Department of Veterans' Services, NYU Langone Health, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, NYU School of Professional Studies Applied Health, NYU Silver School of Social Work, One Last Gift, Open Doors, Ophira Eisenberg, Park Avenue Synagogue, Paul Puccinelli, Peace Films, Penn Southies Seniors Improv Show, Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Presenza Amica, Prime Produce, PSS Circle of Care, Queens Memory Project, Queens Public Library, Queer Memoir, Rabbi Elana Zaiman, Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder and David Zinner, Rashida Sanchez, Rattlestick Theater, Rebecca Soffer, Residency Unlimited, RIO GALLERY Broadway Housing Communities, Rising Dragon Tattoos, RIVAA, RiverSpring Health, Rubén García y Cynthia Reyna La Semilla Teatro, Rubin Museum of Art, Sacred, Sadhana, SAGE, Sandi Dubowski, Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, Shaina Feinberg, Shalon, Shatzi Weisberger, Simon Fortin, Six Word Memoirs, Soaringwords, Socrates Sculpture Park, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Spencer Merolla, Spero Medical Group, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, St. George Library Center, StoryCorps, Studio 55C, Sunview Luncheonette, Tapan Parikh, Target Margin Theater, Teatro LATEA, The Art of Dying Institute, The Bhakti Center, The Burns Archive, The Center, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, The Conversation Project, The Conversation Series, The Dinner Party, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Fine Art of Living And Dying, The Greene Space at WNYC, The Hart Island Project, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving, The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), The Liz Claiborne Center for Humanism in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital Center for Spirituality and Health, The New York Open Center, The New York Public Library, The Nocturnists, The Theater at the 14th Street Y, The Wrinkle Project, TheaterLab NYC, Tobi Kahn, True Story Theater, Twin Alchemy Collective, UJA-Federation of NY, Union Theological Society, UnionDocs, United Synagogue of Hoboken, Ursula Scherrer, Urte Reyes, Vicki Kurtz, Vision Space NYC, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Visuals for Change, W83 Ministry Center, Wendy Richmond, West End Synagogue, What Matters: Caring Conversation About the End of LIfe, Word Up Books, WordToRI, You're Going to Die, Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End of Life Care, Zen Hospice Project