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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Wednesday, April 18

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.

Wed. April 18
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10:00am-2:00pm

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

Prepare for Your Care - Having Your End of Life Wishes Honored

Hosted By

Reimagine

Join us for this PREPARE workshop that will provide tools for you to identify your future hopes and wishes for medical care when living with a progressive or serious illness or at end of life; to identify a person who will advocate for your wishes when you no longer can; and to learn how to better talk with doctors and family and friends about your wishes and theirs. 

Wed. April 18
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12:30pm-2:00pm

free

A Learning Exchange: Multi-Cultural Views of End-of-Life and the Grieving Process

Hosted By

Mercy Housing

Rev. Terri Daniel, MA, CT will lead a workshop that bridges the gap between what death means in various cultures and helps to foster a deeper understanding of how death is viewed differently or similarly between cultures. 

Wed. April 18
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1:00pm-2:30pm

sold out

Prepare for Your Care - Having Your End of Life Wishes Honored

Hosted By

Reimagine

Join us for this PREPARE workshop that will provide tools for you to identify your future hopes and wishes for medical care when living with a progressive or serious illness or at end of life; to identify a person who will advocate for your wishes when you no longer can; and to learn how to better talk with doctors and family and friends about your wishes and theirs. 

Wed. April 18
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1:30pm-3:00pm

free

Moving in the Fullness of Life and Death

Hosted By

Walking in Witness and Impromptu No Tutu Elder Dancers

 How do we move freely into life in the presence of death? Join us for an intriguing walk and movement investigation in Oakland's renowned Mountain View Cemetery. Dancers Greacian Goeke and Kaethe Weingarten will lead an informal procession to several evocative places where we will explore and share our responses through movement and witnessing.

Wed. April 18
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2:00pm-4:00pm

Free

Writing Your Grief: getting to the story behind the story

Hosted By

Refuge in Grief // Megan Devine

Grief has a big story to tell, and it's a story we need to hear. This three hour workshop explores different ways of entering the story that is more than a story. Using prompts, timed writing, and group discussion of published prose on grief, we’ll explore the relationship between words on the page and words in your heart. All levels of writers are welcome.

Wed. April 18
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2:00pm-5:00pm

$28, $35

When the Fall Comes

Hosted By

Mercy Housing

When the Fall Comes a short auto-biographical film produced by Adriana Marchione. This film addresses love, loss, and art by chronicling how one woman moves through grief by using dance, poetry, and a performance piece to illustrate her healing process. 

Wed. April 18
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2:00pm-3:00pm

sold out

Living with Dementia and Dealing with Death: Tools to Honor the Wishes of a Person with Dementia

Hosted By

Alzheimer's Association

Please join us to learn about advanced dementia, end of life decisions, and tools for planning now, to achieve a better peace of mind for all involved.

Wed. April 18
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The Learning Studio - 5th Floor

SF Public Library Main Branch

3:00pm-4:30pm

Free ($5 donation suggested at the door)

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.

Wed. April 18
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5:00pm-6:00pm

Free

MY LASTING LETTERS Workshop

Hosted By

Frish Brandt / My Lasting Letters

A Lasting Letter is a letter written to someone you care about, someone who you wish to hear your voice and read your words long into the future. With all the technologies we've invented, there is still nothing that replaces paper and the magic of the contemporaneous note. Everyone has a letter in them. The process of writing a Lasting Letter is as moving and resonant as it is to receive one.   

Wed. April 18
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5:30pm-7:00pm

$16, 20

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.

Wed. April 18
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5:30pm-7:30pm

FREE

Conscious Grieving: Sacred Practices for Transforming the Energy of Loss

Hosted By

San Francisco Village and USF School of Nursing

To grieve consciously means that we go mindfully into the process, as fearlessly as possible, with our focus on inner transformation rather than external events. Through the use of mystical practices such as guided inner journeying and sacred ceremony, we can acquire new and effective healing tools.

Wed. April 18
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6:00pm-8:00pm

FREE

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.

Wed. April 18
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6:00pm-10:00pm

free

Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering

Hosted By

Zen Hospice Project

The Open Death Conversation is a forum for discussing the many aspects of death and dying. We are not attached to any outcome. We do not direct the conversation. Everyone is invited; we only ask that participants show up with an open heart and open mind, and allow themselves to go where they need to go. Through conversation, we bring death out into the open.

Wed. April 18
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6:30pm-8:30pm

$25

Bridge - Stories From Elders

Hosted By

Reimagine + Presence

What if TED flipped the script, and instead of listening to some hotshot, young whipper-snappers, we spent some time paying attention to the wisdom of our elders? "Bridge" is a speaking / storytelling evening aimed at crossing generations, and featuring people in their 80s and 90s who have lived interesting lives. They have something to tell us.

Wed. April 18
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6:30pm-8:30pm

$12, $15

End of Life: “Sudden Death - by illness, accident, or choice” 

Hosted By

UCSF / Jewish Family and Children's Services / Theater of War

For clinicians and healthcare trainees

Wed. April 18
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N/A

6:30pm-9:00pm

SOLD OUT

Preparing for Life's Greatest Mystery: The Art of Forgiveness

Hosted By

The Point at Rockridge

In this experiential program, we’ll look at how forgiveness can help us create peace with ourselves, family members and anyone else we need to forgive. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a relationship in which you would like to forgive. 

Wed. April 18
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6:30pm-8:00pm

Free

Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia for LGBT Care Partners

Hosted By

Openhouse / Family Caregiver Alliance / Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. This presentation provides an overview about dementia and LGBT caregiving concerns. To RSVP, please call or email Patti Spaniak at 646.409.7775 / patti@cayugaconnectors.org

Wed. April 18
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6:30pm-7:30pm

free

Finding Humanity at the End of Life: Part 2: Exploring Racial Inequities in Healthcare at the End of Life

Hosted By

Dr. Jessica Zitter and Glide Memorial Church

How can we build trust and confidence in our healthcare system for African Americans? In Part Two of "Finding Humanity at the End of Life," Dr. Jessica Zitter and Pastor Corey Kennard will explore the great divide between seriously-ill African American patients and the healthcare system they come to for support.

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$8, $10

Life: A Performance and Conversation about Death

Hosted By

FACT/SF

Life: A performance and conversation about death is a contemporary dance performance, a lecture, and a discussion with FACT/SF. Life is the second part in choreographer Charles Slender-White's triptych on mourning, loss, and death. Join us for this performance and dialogue, and discover a unique point of access to the conversation about dying, grief, and memory.

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$16, $20

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."

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$12, $15

Improv for Uncertainty: An Interactive Session Learning from Comedy Legends

Hosted By

Improv4

Life is full of uncertainty. Want to be ready for anything that comes your way? Want to develop a process for learning and laughing throughout life? Or just want to get a taste for what Saturday Night Live cast members do? Learn how to learn, how to fail with grace, and do it all with a smile during this interactive improv session.

Wed. April 18
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SOMA (500 3rd St., SF, CA 94107)

7:00pm-9:00pm

$24, $30

Soul Song Paralytic

Hosted By

Saint Solitude and Dara Lorenzo

Soul Song Paralytic is a musical-visual collaboration that brings together the musician Dup Crosson (Saint Solitude) and the visual artist Dara Lorenzo for a unique project exploring “grief, death, and other favorites." Drawing from and sublimating our personal losses into a complete musical album and visual exhibit, we hope to create a shared public space where mourning and all its facets can be on display with pride. PLUS we will have special guest Angelica Ekeke present a rare performance of her "visual symphony" entitled The Removal. 

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-10:00pm

$8, $10

Healing Your Grief 2 Minutes at a Time

Hosted By

Erin Garay

Join us for this intimate and self-reflective workshop that takes you through many different healing activities that will help you begin to process your grief in unique and original ways. This 2-hour workshop will help you journal through your emotions and then meditate on those emotions to release them and heal them. This evening will help you support yourself through this healing process and allow you to see your grief in a new way. Free signed workbook with ticket!

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$32, $40

Working with Death: Storytelling and Music

Hosted By

Storied San Francisco

Please join us for a night of live storytellers who worked in fields in and around death, including: former San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office investigator Graham Cowley; Yeva Johnson, a physician, poet, and musician who works with patients and families at the end of life; and Black, Latinx, Intersex, Two Spirit Genderqueer artist/educator and AIDS war veteran, Mason Jairo Olaya-Smith. Following, musicians Lia Rose and Morgan Bolender, and storyteller Halim Madi will end the evening with a moving set of songs and storytelling.

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-9:15pm

$15

THE SOUND PORTAL - A Sound Bath Meditation

Hosted By

Loriel Starr

Cultivating our ability to rest, relax and release the tension of accumulated stress strengthens our capacity to let go and surrender into inner peace and well-being. This helps us not only in or daily lives, but ultimately supports us to prepare for the letting go and surrender that we are destined to experience in our dying process.

Wed. April 18
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7:30pm-9:00pm

$22, $28

Severance and Freedom

Hosted By

Ezra Luke

Opening night of Severance and Freedom, a visual exploration of emotions tied to the ending of a personal connection and the strength and serenity that resides within it so that we may act free of constraint and find a balance along that journey.

Wed. April 18
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8:00pm-11:00pm

FREE

The Death Show

Hosted By

BATS Improv

In this highly interactive and unpredictable exploration of our society's most taboo topic, a cast of veteran improvisors takes on death. Using your ideas, questions, impressions and suggestions, they will create a series of scenes, songs and games to look at the topic from every angle.  

Wed. April 18
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8:00pm-10:00pm

$14, $17

Good Grief with Chris Garcia + Bitch Talk

Hosted By

Punch Line San Francisco + Bitch Talk

Stand-up comedy with Chris Garcia, Reggie Steele, Irene TuRonn Vigh, Dan Rothenberg, and a live podcast with Bitch Talk following the show. This is a different kind of comedy event. We’re not going to beat around the bush and avoid the heavy or just make light of it. We’re going to dive into our losses, grief, and pain, because we know that’s where the deepest laughs and healing are born. 

Wed. April 18
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8:00pm-10:00pm

$20