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

What Really Matters: Harnessing the Wisdom of Loss to Thrive

What can you learn after life-altering loss to live a more fulfilling life? Join death doula Alua Arthur, grief expert Claire Bidwell Smith, & Dr. BJ Miller for this workshop on thriving after loss.
Mon. May 24
Zoom
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Free

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & special guests

Join best-selling author Claire Bidwell Smith, and the co-editor and writers of "Sisters in Mourning: Daughters Reflecting on Care, Loss, and Meaning".
Thu. May 20
Zoom
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Day of Remembrance: Honoring Nursing Home Lives Lost

Please tune in to honor over 182,000 nursing home lives lost to COVID-19. Highlights include spiritual reflections, musical tributes and statements by elected officials. Presented by Gray Panthers NYC
Thu. May 20
YouTube
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tea Chat: Navigating South Asian Ancestral Grief

Grab a warm drink and join us in a casual, free-flowing conversation as we revisit the stories we heard at the Homecoming: Navigating South Asian Ancestral Grief & Reclaiming Spirituality on 4/30.
Fri. May 07
Zoom
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Free

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

Join community leaders, educators, and artists of mixed-AAPI heritage for a conversation about grief, identity, and belonging.
Fri. May 14
Zoom
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Free

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Charles Coté

Join best-selling author Claire Bidwell Smith and 13thirty Cancer Connect's Charles Coté, a poet and author.
Wed. June 09
Zoom
11:00 AM - 12:00 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. July 29
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

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

From the dawn of human history, communities have come together in times of grief to plant, cook, and share. Let's eat!
Thu. May 20
GoToWebinar
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

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

Join this virtual conversation with author Barbara Becker and her Zen teacher Robert Chodo Campbell as they navigate the broad questions of the paradoxical marriage of life and death.

Mon. May 17
Zoom
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Kate Fagan

Join best-selling author Claire Bidwell Smith and Kate Fagan, Emmy-award winning journalist and NYTimes best-selling author, in an exploration about our collective grief and anxiety.
Wed. June 16
Zoom
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Melissa Gould

Join best-selling authors Claire Bidwell Smith and Melissa Gould, author of Widowish, in an exploration about our collective grief and anxiety.
Thu. May 13
Zoom
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Holding Space: Claire Bidwell Smith & Kelly McDaniel

In anticipation of Mother's Day, join best-selling author Claire Bidwell Smith and author and psychotherapist, Kelly McDaniel, in an exploration about our collective grief and anxiety.
Thu. May 06
Zoom
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

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

At this month's vigil, featuring V - formerly Eve Ensler, activist and author of The Vagina Monologues - we will honor mothers and mourn lives lost to gender-based violence.

Sun. May 09
Zoom
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free

Meet, Greet, and Dream With Reimagine Collaborators

We invite past, present, and potential Reimagine collaborators to dream and connect with folks in a fun speed-dating like format.
Wed. May 12
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Free

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

At this Table Talk, Black women discuss ancestral and present-day grief passed from mother to daughter.
Thu. May 06
Zoom
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free

Passed & Present with Allison Gilbert & Leslie Gray Streeter

Join this urgent conversation on grief, mental health, & remembrance with critically-acclaimed authors Allison Gilbert and Leslie Gray Streeter.
Thu. June 24
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

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

In this Table Talk, learn about some of the most innovative housing initiatives across the U.S. for older adults who identify as LGBTQ+ and Same Gender Loving.
Tue. May 25
Zoom
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free

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

In this Table Talk, members of the House | Ballroom Community (HBC) share their insights into the role of art in strengthening family and transforming grief into healing.
Tue. June 08
Zoom
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free

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

In this Table Talk, spirituality is the primary lens to explore how LBGTQ+ Puerto Ricans are coping, healing, and connecting.

Tue. June 01
Zoom
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free

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

This conversation is for those who support grieving children, teens, & college students, featuring author Allison Gilbert, National Alliance for Grieving Children’s Vicki Jay, & artist Tyler Feder.
Thu. May 27
Zoom
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free

Previous Reimagine events

Tea Chat: Care to Prepare Follow-up

April 23, 2021

Homecoming: Navigating South Asian Ancestral Grief & Reclaiming Spirituality

April 30, 2021

This is How We Feel: The Grief of Black Men

April 29, 2021

Table Talk | Death Over Dim Sum

April 16, 2021

Coffee Chat: An Americas COVID-19 Memorial

April 16, 2021

Tea Chat: Preserving your Family Story

April 09, 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

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

March 25, 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 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 Smith & Cynthia 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