Reimagine

Reimagine

San Francisco, CA

Reimagine

Reimagine

We are here to reimagine...

how to spark community-driven experiences that explore death and celebrate life through creativity and conversation.

Our Story

Our purpose as a nonprofit organization is to host a public conversation that transforms our approach to life. Reimagine is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, we create weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparati...
Our purpose as a nonprofit organization is to host a public conversation that transforms our approach to life. Reimagine is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, we create weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance. We envision a world in which we are all able to reflect on why we’re here, prepare for a time when we won’t be, and live fully right up until the end. Reimagine was initially prototyped in 2016, inspired by OpenIDEO’s End of Life Challenge as part of an effort to investigate the intersection of art, community, and end of life.
Our purpose as a nonprofit organization is to host a public conversation that transforms our approach to life. Reimagine is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, we create weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance. We envision a world in which we are all able to reflect on why we’re here, prepare for a time when we won’t be, and live fully right up until the end. Reimagine was initially prototyped in 2016, inspired by OpenIDEO’s End of Life Challenge as part of an effort to investigate the intersection of art, community, and end of life.

Upcoming Reimagine events

Upcoming Virtual Experiences

Reimagine Candlelight Vigil with Poet Victoria Chang

At this month's Reimagine Candlelight Vigil, our special guest is award-winning poet Victoria Chang. Let's honor our loved ones and celebrate the transformation of loss into creativity.
Thu. September 09
Zoom
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free

Passed & Present with Rebecca Soffer and Michelle Sprott

We'll explore how food and memories can connect us to our loved ones over the holidays with author Allison Gilbert, Cofounder/CEO of Modern Loss, Rebecca Soffer, &"Brunchnista", Michelle Sprott.
Thu. November 18
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Passed & Present with Allison Gilbert and Megan Devine

Join this urgent conversation on grief & remembrance with author Allison Gilbert, and Megan Devine, psychotherapist, writer and founder of Refuge in Grief.
Thu. October 28
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Passed & Present with Mary Fetchet and Wanda Irving

Join this urgent conversation on grief & remembrance with author Allison Gilbert, Mary Fetchet, Co-Founder and ED of Voices Center of Resilience, and Wanda Irving, maternal care reformer.
Thu. September 30
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Reimagine Candlelight Vigil with Author Armistead Maupin

At this month's Reimagine Candlelight Vigil, our special guest is "Tales of the City" author Armistead Maupin. Let's honor our loved ones and celebrate the transformation of loss into creativity.
Mon. August 09
Zoom
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Free

Passed & Present with Allison Gilbert & Zibby Owens

Join this urgent conversation on grief & remembrance with author Allison Gilbert and Zibby Owens, host of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books & founder of Moms Don’t Have Time to Grieve.

Thu. August 26
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Previous Reimagine events

San Francisco, CA

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

July 13, 2021
Brooklyn, NY

Cemetery Shorts

July 24, 2021

Passed & Present with Allison Gilbert & Claire Bidwell Smith

July 29, 2021

Psychedelics for Grief

July 26, 2021

Reimagine Latinx Community Forum / Foro comunitario

July 21, 2021

Reimagine Candlelight Vigil with Radio Host Diane Rehm

July 08, 2021

Ballroom Has Something to Say...About Art, Justice & Healing

June 08, 2021

National Parks of Emotion Art Lab

June 10, 2021

Reimagining Father's Day

June 20, 2021

Dying Beyond the Binary: Sacred Matters for LGBTQ+ Lives

June 10, 2021

Reimagine LGBTQ+ Community Forum

June 25, 2021

Zoom Basics for Reimagine Collaborators Hosting Experiences

June 09, 2021

Tea Chat: Life & Death as a Mixed-Race Asian

May 21, 2021

Reimagine Candlelight Vigil with Chef Madison Cowan & Guests

June 09, 2021

What Really Matters: Harnessing the Wisdom of Loss to Thrive

May 24, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & special guests

May 20, 2021

Day of Remembrance: Honoring Nursing Home Lives Lost

May 20, 2021

Tea Chat: Navigating South Asian Ancestral Grief

May 07, 2021

Table Talk | Between Worlds: Life & Death as a Mixed-Race Asian

May 14, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Charles Coté

June 09, 2021

Feeding the Soul: Grief, Loss, and Healing in a Pandemic

May 20, 2021

Tea Chat: Care to Prepare Follow-up

April 23, 2021

Homecoming: Navigating South Asian Ancestral Grief & Reclaiming Spirituality

April 30, 2021

Heartwood: Evening on the Art of Living with the End in Mind

May 17, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Kate Fagan

June 16, 2021

This is How We Feel: The Grief of Black Men

April 29, 2021

Table Talk | Death Over Dim Sum

April 16, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Melissa Gould

May 13, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Kelly McDaniel

May 06, 2021

Coffee Chat: An Americas COVID-19 Memorial

April 16, 2021

Tea Chat: Preserving your Family Story

April 09, 2021

Mother's Day Candlelight Vigil with V, formerly Eve Ensler

May 09, 2021

Meet, Greet, and Dream With Reimagine Collaborators

May 12, 2021

Last Suppers with Kirsten Johnson and Guests, Session 3

April 20, 2021

Last Suppers with Kirsten Johnson and Guests, Session 2

April 13, 2021

Tea Chat | Family Ties: Connection and Conflict

March 19, 2021

Reimagine Candlelight Vigil with David Henry Hwang

April 09, 2021

A Long Way From Home: The Grief of Black Women & Mothers

May 06, 2021

Passed & Present with Allison Gilbert & Leslie Gray Streeter

June 24, 2021

Sister Circle: A Model for Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust

March 25, 2021

Make This House a Home: SGL/LGBTQ+ Folks Aging Together

May 25, 2021

De Ambiente: Grief, Faith, and the LGBTQ+ Boricua Diaspora

June 01, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Marisa Renee Lee

April 15, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Liz Eddy

April 01, 2021

Biennial Coffee Chat: Public Memorials & Social Memory

March 19, 2021

Table Talk | Family Ties: Connection and Conflict

March 12, 2021

Passed & Present w/ Allison Gilbert, Vicki Jay & Tyler Feder

May 27, 2021

Passed and Present with Allison Gilbert & Alica Forneret

April 29, 2021

Passed and Present with Allison Gilbert & David Kessler

March 25, 2021

COVID-19 Memorial Day Vigil

March 01, 2021

Table Talk: Asian-American Community Forum

February 26, 2021

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith and Ned Buskirk

April 08, 2021

Marketing Your Space

March 03, 2021

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell SmithCynthia Carter Perrilliat

March 11, 2021

Passed and Present with Allison Gilbert & Dr. BJ Miller

February 25, 2021

Meet, Greet, and Dream With Reimagine Collaborators

February 24, 2021

How to a Host a Reimagine Experience

February 10, 2021

Reflections: Community Event for the National Covid Memorial

January 19, 2021

Mourning Into Unity Peace Vigil

January 03, 2021

Holding Hope for the Holidays

December 23, 2020

Together on the 9th: A Candlelight Vigil

January 09, 2021

Deepak Chopra & Kirsten Johnson in a Conversation about Death

December 08, 2020

Reimagine Community Forum on JEDI Initiatives

December 17, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Rabbi Steve Leder

December 17, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Artistic Offerings

November 21, 2020

Gifts of Love: Gratitude in Action

November 27, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Game Night with Oceana and Friends

November 29, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Balm for the Soul

November 29, 2020

When Night Falls: A Memory Gathering Experience

November 27, 2020

Tending Heart, Tending Grief

November 28, 2020

Together on the 9th: A Candlelight Vigil with Neil Gaiman & Rabbi Sydney Mintz

December 09, 2020

Writing Your Roses: Psychomagic, Flowers, & COVID-19 Grief

November 21, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Gratitude & Sound Healing Circle

November 21, 2020

Liberation+Breath+Community: A BIPOC Gathering

November 21, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering, Day 1: Opening Ceremonies

November 20, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Say Their Names, Honoring Your Dead

November 21, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Keynote Conversation

November 21, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Drawing Meditation Workshop

November 21, 2020

Honoring and Coping with Grief During the Holidays

November 21, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Collective Remembrance Tapestry

November 21, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering, Day 3: Celebration

November 22, 2020

Grief Journey with Hope Edelman and Bradley Vinson

December 07, 2020

Grief Journey with Liz Hernandez and David Kessler

November 30, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: Recollect & Reconnect

December 05, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: THANKSGIVING

November 26, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering, Day 2: Community & Creativity

November 21, 2020

The Gratitude Gathering: RETREAT REGISTRATION

November 20, 2020

Grief Journey with Dr. BJ Miller and Iana Sundari

November 16, 2020

Mourning Into Unity: National Virtual Vigil on Election Eve

November 02, 2020

How Do I Grow My Email List?

November 10, 2020

Holding Space with Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider

November 19, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Dr. BJ Miller

November 05, 2020

Virtual NightLife: Creatures of the Night

October 29, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Dr. Jessica Zitter

October 22, 2020

Building Your Digital Home: Tools & Platforms to Get Started

October 27, 2020

Virtual Candlelight Vigil with Tig Notaro, Amy Burkman, & Shelby Gale

November 09, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Hope Edelman

October 15, 2020

What is Your Story? Clarifying Your Brand Messaging

October 13, 2020

Deep Dive into Designing Your Inclusive Space

October 30, 2020

Office Hours for Creating Inclusive Spaces

October 14, 2020

Mourning Into Unity: How to Host Online Vigils & Film Onsite

October 10, 2020

A Space to Dream: Meet Potential Reimagine Collaborators

October 29, 2020

A Space to Dream: Meet Potential Reimagine Collaborators

October 15, 2020

Tending The Garden: Cultivating Healing Amidst Trauma

October 28, 2020

Strange Fruit: A Sounding Board For Life, Death, & Justice

November 11, 2020

Meet, Greet, and Dream With Reimagine Collaborators Of Color

November 18, 2020

Taking Care Of Business: Advance Planning With Faith

October 21, 2020

Marketing Your Space

October 09, 2020

How to a Host a Reimagine Festival Event

October 09, 2020

Opening Night Vigil with Anne Lamott and Kristin Urquiza

October 09, 2020

Organize Your Own Community's "Mourning Into Unity" Vigil

September 29, 2020

The Art of Creating Inclusive Spaces

September 24, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Allison Gilbert

September 10, 2020

A Space to Dream: Meet Potential Reimagine Collaborators

September 10, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith and Michael Hebb

August 27, 2020

Together on September 9th: A Poetic Candlelight Vigil

September 09, 2020

Dose of Togetherness Festival Finale

August 31, 2020

Living, Dying, and Yoga with Janet Stone

August 27, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Bitch Talk Podcast

August 17, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Sheila-Merle Johnson

August 10, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Medium Fleur

August 20, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Amy Pickard

August 06, 2020

Together on the 9th: A Musical Candlelight Vigil

August 09, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Dr. BJ Miller

August 13, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Jason Rosenthal

July 30, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Barbara Morningstar

July 27, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith and Vivian Nunez

July 23, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Sadhana

July 20, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Chris Garcia

August 12, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Stacy Bare

July 16, 2020

Dismantling Disparities: An Anti-Racist Workshop to Restore Justice at End-of-Life

July 29, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Adia Victoria

August 05, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Whitmer Thomas

July 29, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Kate Manser

July 13, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series featuring Fariha Róisín

July 22, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Sukey Forbes

July 09, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Emily Wells

July 15, 2020

Virtual Studio Visit: Pia Interlandi [Re]Dressing Death

July 03, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Peggy Maguire

July 08, 2020

Morbid Cities: Coping with Climate Change in NYC and Venice

July 01, 2020

Virtual Studio Visit: Mark Mitchell's ReImagined Burial

July 03, 2020

Grieving the world we lost? The Black Experience of COVID-19

July 01, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Kelsey Crowe

June 29, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith & Being Here, Human

July 02, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders: Arun Ramamurthy & Trina Basu

July 08, 2020

Transforming Anger Into Mindful Action

June 16, 2020

Resiliency Moments: Art & Healthcare During a Time of Crisis

July 02, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Baratunde Thurston

June 24, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Lakecia Benjamin

July 01, 2020

Together on the 9th: A Virtual Candlelight Vigil

July 09, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Mandolin Orange

August 19, 2020

Fireside Chat with Dr. Ira Byock & StoryCorps' David Isay

July 20, 2020

Dose of Togetherness: Death & Dying in the Black Community

June 19, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with David Kessler

June 15, 2020

Reimagine's Art Responders Series: Treya Lam

June 17, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Tara Rynders

June 22, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith and Karin Luise

June 18, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith and Corey Kennard

June 11, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Tom Almeida and Margaret Beim

June 08, 2020

Dose of Togetherness: Shared Narratives of Healing

June 05, 2020

Together on the 9th: A Virtual Candlelight Vigil

June 09, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Tim Chang and Peace Inside

June 01, 2020

Holding Steady with Claire Bidwell Smith and Sunita Puri

June 04, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Yoko Sen & Rick Hanson

May 27, 2020

Holding Each Other Tight

June 09, 2020

Holding Steady with Claire Bidwell Smith and Dr. Ira Byock

May 28, 2020

Dose of Togetherness: Brad Wolfe in Conversation w/ His Dad

May 18, 2020

Holding Space with Claire Bidwell Smith and Tembi Locke

May 21, 2020

Soil Delivery Project

June 25, 2020

Soil Delivery Project

June 18, 2020

Soil Delivery Project

June 11, 2020

Wednesday's Dose of Togetherness: Tapping into Inner Wisdom

May 06, 2020

Soil Delivery Project

June 04, 2020

Dose of Togetherness with Coby Kozlowski

May 13, 2020

Diving into the Depths with Dr. Larry Brilliant

May 12, 2020

Reimagine Opening: Virtual Vigil w/ Jack Kornfield + Guests

May 09, 2020

Monday's Dose of Togetherness: Reflections on What Matters Most with StoryCorps

May 11, 2020

Dose of Togetherness: Every Ending Is Also a Beginning: Reframing Your Story of Loss with Hope Edelman

May 08, 2020

Dose of Togetherness: Finding Connection when No One Has the Energy to Spare with Megan Devine

May 04, 2020

Wednesday's Dose of Togetherness: Care of the Soul within Times of Pandemic with Katy Butler

April 29, 2020

Monday's Dose of Togetherness: Connection with Reimagine's Teresa Yung

April 27, 2020

Friday's Dose of Togetherness: Finding Awe with Stacy Bare and Gratitude with Belinda Liu

April 24, 2020

Monday's Dose of Togetherness: Calming Conversations: Lessons from a Dandelion with Teresa Yung & Dr. Dawn Gross

April 20, 2020

Wednesday's Dose of Togetherness: The Art of Embracing the Unknown with Alua Arthur

April 22, 2020

Friday's Dose of Togetherness: "How can I help?" with Dina Kaplan and Mara Holt Skov

April 17, 2020

Wednesday's Dose of Togetherness: "So that's what Leonard meant" with Rabbi Sydney Mintz

April 15, 2020

Monday's Dose of Togetherness: Reimagining Ritual and an Argument for Radical Gentleness with Michael Hebb

April 13, 2020

Friday’s Dose of Togetherness: Mindfulness w/ Rick Hanson

April 10, 2020

Together on the 9th: A Virtual Candlelight Vigil with Jack Kornfield

May 09, 2020

Together on April 9th: A Virtual Vigil

April 09, 2020

Wednesday's Dose of Togetherness with Mirabai Bush and Golbie Kamarei

April 08, 2020

Monday's Dose of Togetherness: Gaining Perspective on Negative Events with Eve Ekman and Emiliana Simon-Thomas

April 06, 2020

Friday's Dose of Togetherness: What Matters Most with Pastor Corey Kennard and Dr. Jessica Zitter

April 03, 2020

Wednesday's Dose of Togetherness: Facing Uncertainty with Frank Ostaseski

April 01, 2020

Monday's Dose of Togetherness: Common Humanity with Eve Ekman and Emiliana Simon-Thomas

March 30, 2020

Friday's Dose of Togetherness: Grounding with Dina Kaplan and Shakiyla Smith

March 27, 2020

REGISTRATION FULL - Wednesday's Dose of Togetherness: Mindfulness w/ Rick Hanson

March 25, 2020

Daily Dose of Togetherness: Gratitude w/ Eve Ekman and Emiliana Simon-Thomas

March 23, 2020

Daily Dose of Togetherness: Prototype w/ Jeannie Blaustein and Teresa Yung

March 20, 2020