San Francisco

April 15 – 21, 2019

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

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Tuesday, April 17

One Last Thing ...

Hosted By

Elysa Fenenbock + Creative Nomad

This interactive art installation offers a space for you to communicate with those people and those relationships you’ve lost. In loss, a soundtrack often repeats in our heads, if just once more I could… hear her laugh, feel his kiss, be held, be felt and understood… What if you could? Exhibit runs throughout Reimagine week.

Tue. April 17
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7:00am-4:00pm

free

Five Days: An Art Installation

Hosted By

Emily Payne Art and SFSC - Aquatic Park Center

How can creativity be an ally in helping us connect to both the living and the dead?
Join me at the Aquatic Park Center as I create an outdoor wall drawing dedicated to my father, who I lost at the age of ten. The anniversary of his drowning accident and subsequent death, five days later, happens to fall right during the week of Reimagine End of Life.

Tue. April 17
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10:00am-2:00pm

FREE with donations accepted on behalf of the SF Senior Center at Aquatic Park

There are always options... even at end of life.

Hosted By

Compassion & Choices

This presentation will provide an overview and update on the CA End of Life Option Act since it went into effect in June 2016, as well as other legal options for more control at the end of life. In addition, we will provide tools and resources that will prepare you to have empowering conversations with your doctor and family.

Tue. April 17
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12:00pm-1:00pm

FREE

Making Advance Care Planning Easier

Hosted By

Laguna Honda Hospital / SFHN

Conference given by Dr. Rebecca Sudore to heath care professionals on initiating conversations about advance care wishes and communicating changes in medical care that warrant reconsideration of goals of care. 

Tue. April 17
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Laguna Honda Hospital

12:00pm-1:00pm

SOLD OUT

Sharing Stories: CA End of Life Option Act

Hosted By

Compassion & Choices

This interactive and informative panel discussion will reflect on various stories (both personal and professional) related to CA End of Life Option Act that went into effect June, 2016. This panel is part of Institute on Aging's "Training Tuesday" Series, designed for aging-services professionals. CEUs will be offered for the following: APA, BRN, CAMFT, MCLE.

Tue. April 17
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12:30pm-2:30pm

FREE

True Story Theater

Hosted By

Mercy Housing

Playback Theater Experience: True Story Theater promotes social healing through theatre. They perform and teach an embodied theatre of empathy, respect and creativity. Volunteers from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using music, movement, and dialogue. 

Tue. April 17
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1:00pm-3:00pm

sold out

Estate Planning Essentials: Proper Documentation is a Gift to Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Hosted By

Lauren Cappelloni

Join experienced estate planning and trust administration attorney Lauren Cappelloni for an educational seminar on how establishing an estate plan can allow you to fulfill your lifetime and testamentary objectives and ensure that your assets are distributed to family members, friends or charities as efficiently as possible and without court intervention.

Tue. April 17
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5:00pm-6:00pm

Free

Honoring Our Animals: A Ceremony of Re-Attachment

Hosted By

Green Pet-Burial Society / Family Spirals

It is becoming widely acceptable to consider pets as family members – except at the time of death. Our sunset ceremony Reimagines what it would be like to have a burial service for a beloved animal at a conservation whole-family cemetery, with art, song, dance, and poetry.

Tue. April 17
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5:00pm-7:00pm

Free

The Identity of Self

Hosted By

IDEO

How might our loved ones experience our digital ephemera after we die? The Identity of Self will bring together a community of likeminded artists, designers, and technologists to explore how the internet, machine learning, and immersive media might change how we plan for and experience death.

Tue. April 17
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IDEO San Francisco

5:30pm-8:00pm

Sold Out

Death Cafe

Hosted By

Death Cafe

We welcome you to our Death Cafe. It is a safe, respectful space where you can feel comfortable sharing your questions, curiosity, fears, beliefs and stories about any/all aspects of death, grief, mourning, bereavement. We have learned that there is often lots of laughter as well as a few tears. 

Tue. April 17
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6:30pm-8:30pm

FREE

Bay Area Death Talk: Options at the End of Life

Hosted By

Compassion & Choices

This will be an educational and conversational space for learning more about your end-of-life rights and options. Learn about California's End of Life Option Act: what it is and what it isn't, how to access it; other legal options for more control at the end of life; and how to communicate your end-of-life wishes to your doctor.

Tue. April 17
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6:30pm-7:30pm

FREE

Wall Becomes a Window

Hosted By

Hillary Goidell / Deborah Cohan

Wall Becomes Window is a series of photographs that acts as both a trace and a conduit. I joined a small group of young women with metastatic breast cancer during a BAYS/Commonweal retreat. Hearing their desire for a more expansive sense of time and place, I offered images as tangible markers and points of access back to the embodied connections they found together in Bolinas. The photographs will be showcased as part of the Shadow Channel event.

Tue. April 17
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6:30pm-10:00pm

Free

Nourish: Drink From Ceramics Glazed With Ashes

Hosted By

Justin Crowe

Test your true comfort level with your mortality by drinking from ceramic cups made using the ashes of 200 anonymous people. The ceramic design series called Nourish was created by artist Justin Crowe and asks users to confront death and mortality through an unavoidably intimate activity. This event is intended as inspiration to celebrate, share, and enjoy life while reflecting on our very existence. 

Tue. April 17
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6:30pm-10:00pm

Free

Shadow Channel

Hosted By

LavaSaga + Reimagine

What channels exist in the shadows of our realm to reimagine the gift of life? Shadow Channel is an art exhibit exploring the veil between death and life. This interactive exhibit will feature Bay Area Artists through installation, photography, painting and performance. Participants are invited to wear all black with no logos and to bring a small personal artifact to leave as a gift on an altar.

Tue. April 17
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6:30pm-10:00pm

FREE

Death Cafe

Hosted By

Mission Hospice & Home Care

Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment... with tea and snacks.

Tue. April 17
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Seniors at Home, Jewish Family & Children’s Services (Palo Alto)

6:30pm-8:30pm

free

Finding Humanity at the End of Life: Part 1: Reaching Across Traditions - Spirituality and Medicine at End of Life

Hosted By

Dr. Jessica Zitter and JCC East Bay

Is spiritual support important for hospitalized dying patients? In Part One of "Finding Humanity at the End of Life," Dr. Jessica Zitter and Pastor Corey Kennard will take a look at the intersection of faith and medicine at the end of life and how to bridge traditions and cultures between medical professionals and their patients.

Tue. April 17
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$8, $10

Malaise Airways™

Hosted By

Malaise Airways™

Malaise Airways™ is the only airline that offers one-way flights to the Afterlife, book your flight today! "Because you don't have a choice when you die."

Tue. April 17
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$12, $15

Empathy Bootcamp

Hosted By

Help Each Other Out

Most of us make reaching out to people experiencing loss, illness, divorce, and any range of difficulties harder than it has to be. We teach empathy skills and conversational dos and don'ts so you feel prepared to comfort friends, colleagues, and family who are suffering. Our approach is grounded in social science but delivered with humor and heart.

Tue. April 17
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7:00pm-10:00pm

FREE (donations accepted at the door)

How Grief Leads Us to Our Life Purpose

Hosted By

Erin Garay

Grief shows up in our life every single day - from the loss of a loved one to a major, or even minor, life change. When we can recognize that it is grief we are feeling we can be more gentle with ourselves and allow the grief process to prepare us for what we are brought here to do in this life. Join us for this incredibly inspiring and soul comforting talk and Angel Birthdays book signing. Free book with ticket!

Tue. April 17
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$12, $15

Dying is a Trip: Are You Prepared for the Journey?

Hosted By

East Bay Center for Living and Dying

We will interview two senior physicians about experiences surrounding the dying process and important choices you will face around medical interventions, life-sustaining treatment, and comfort. Following an interactive discussion, attendees will be assisted to fill out POLST (Physician Order for the End of Life) Form and Advanced Directives.

Tue. April 17
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Private Oakland Home

7:00pm-10:00pm

$16, $20

Memento Mori

Hosted By

Reimagine End of Life

Memento Mori is an ancient Roman phrase meaning "Remember Your Mortality." Come experience a night of amazing creators sharing their work and unique backstories on the topic of mortality, loss, memory, and love. Our exceptional contributors include: Dr. Paul Ekman and his daughter Dr. Eve Ekman, Angelica Ekeke, Yoko Sen, Dr. September Williams, Liz Ogbu, Loren Rhoads, and Daniel Barash.

Tue. April 17
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7:30pm-10:00pm

$16, $20

Kundalini Yoga ~ Death Medicine

Hosted By

The Center SF

Death’s medicine can awaken us to our ephemeral nature and open our hearts to love. Aging, death, and loss can be the seed of a positive and illuminating transformation in our life. During this meditative practice, you will be guided in Kundalini breathwork, kriya, and sound healing. We will open the heart, cross the hour of death, and journey into the unknown through our undying spirit.

Tue. April 17
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8:15pm-9:45pm

$15, $18