San Francisco

16—22 April, 2018

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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Friday, April 20

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.

Fri. April 20
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7:00am-10:00pm

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.

Fri. April 20
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10:00am-2:00pm

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

Who We Are MATTERS as We Move Toward End of Life!

Hosted By

AgeSong Living

How can we counter the mainstream understanding of aging as decline and/or disease with a more expansive, humanistic, and creative vision and approach as we move toward end of life? By playing "Who You Are Matters," a group board game, we share meaningful conversations to move forward with clarity, confidence, and a stronger voice. It's not just a game, it's our lives!

Fri. April 20
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Private San Francisco Home

10:00am-12:00pm

$10, $12

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.

Fri. April 20
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12:00pm-1:30pm

Free

Memory Boxes

Hosted By

Hospice East Bay

Join us as we repurpose and decorate boxes to hold the memories and special objects connected to the one we are grieving. Utilizing an array of art materials, we will spend the afternoon creating a literal and metaphorical place to store our sacred memories.

Fri. April 20
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12:00pm-3:00pm

Free

The Good Death - Art Show

Hosted By

Sketchpad Gallery

Is death something to be feared or celebrated? Join us for a very special Sketchpad Gallery group show, "The Good Death" - an open conversation about the end of life. Also joining us is Morgan Brown, creator of "Conversations I Wish I Had" - a traveling pop-up phone booth for people to speak to someone in their life who has died.

Fri. April 20
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12:00pm-6:00pm

Free

Reimagine Film Festival - Early Afternoon Session

Hosted By

Reimagine + Sound Off Films

Session 1 (of 3) - On Living and Dying

The Reimagine Film Festival is a day-long experience with 3 sessions. Part 1/3, the early afternoon session, includes films that focus on living at the end of life, as opposed to the finality of death and dying.


*NOTE: If you purchase tickets to the evening session, which features a conversation with Pixar’s Lee Unkrich, director of Academy Award winner ‘Coco,’ followed by a special screening of this spectacular film, you will a receive a 75% off discount code via email for this session. So purchase your evening session tickets first!


Fri. April 20
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Marina Theater

12:30pm-3:00pm

$15 ($5 if you purchase the evening session featuring 'Coco' first)

People Are A Light To Love Art Workshop with Veronica De Jesus

Hosted By

Veronica De Jesus

People Are A Light To Love art workshop with Veronica De Jesus, including an artist talk and creative experience

(This is a paid event, but no one on will be turned away at the door for lack of funds.)

Fri. April 20
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1:00pm-4:00pm

$15, $20

Getting Your Affairs in Order: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning

Hosted By

San Francisco Village

Whether you’re single, partnered, or married, learn about the various documents everyone should have like health care directives, HIPAA releases, and powers of attorney. What are the differences between trusts and wills? Bring your questions and enjoy learning how to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Fri. April 20
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1:00pm-2:30pm

sold out

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.

Fri. April 20
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1:00pm-2:00pm

Free

Playback: Theater Honoring Stories of Family Members of Loved Ones with Dementia

Hosted By

Laguna Honda Hospital / SFHN 

This program will encourage family members whose loved one has dementia to share their stories. After hearing the stories, the Stagebridge playback actors will play back the expressed themes and experiences. In doing so, the actors both honor and validate the shared and individual family experiences as a way of healing.  

Fri. April 20
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Laguna Honda Hospital

1:00pm-3:00pm

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. 

Fri. April 20
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1:30pm-3:00pm

free

Grief Medicine: Yoga and Sound Healing for Transformation

Hosted By

Amber Field & Amy Hyun Swart

Come join Amy Hyun Swart and Amber Field for an afternoon of energizing and nourishing yoga + movement, sound healing, and expressive arts to support you in acknowledging, accepting, and attending to whatever has brought your heart to the place of being broken.

Fri. April 20
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3:00pm-5:30pm

$36, $45

Reimagine Film Festival - Late Afternoon Session

Hosted By

Reimagine + Sound Off Films

Session 2 (of 3) - On Remembrance

The Reimagine Film Festival is a day-long experience with 3 sessions. Part 2/3, the late afternoon session,  features four films united by themes of remembrance and memory. 


*NOTE: If you purchase tickets to the evening session, which features a conversation with Pixar’s Lee Unkrich, director of Academy Award winner ‘Coco,’ followed by a special screening of this spectacular film, you will receive a 75% off discount code via email for this session. So purchase your evening session tickets first!


Fri. April 20
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Marina Theater

3:30pm-6:00pm

$15 ($5 if you purchase the evening session featuring 'Coco' first)

No Regrets: Reimagine Your Life Workshop

Hosted By

Elysa Fenenbock + Creative Nomad

Dream forward and look toward the end of life to design a path of purpose aligned with your spirit: take advantage of every second of this wild adventure. This interactive session will help you rediscover your North Star and tap into the world’s most sustainable creative fuel - your purpose. In this playful workshop, we’ll dream with our hearts, brainstorm with our minds, and make with our hands. 

Fri. April 20
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Google San Francisco @ 345 Spear St., 4th floor

4:00pm-6:00pm

FREE

Reimagine: Art and Design for the End of Life

Hosted By

California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus

Move beyond the healthcare and spiritual realms into the creative realm, where designers and artists are helping people have more meaningful end-of-life experiences. This evening of design, music, innovation and the arts includes a screening + talk-back of the new film ‘End Game,’ work from the CCA community and presentations by incredible designers and artists engaged in the end-of-life space inspired by CCA’s mission to Make Art that Matters.


This event is made possible with the support of End Well.


Fri. April 20
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5:00pm-9:00pm

Free

Second Chance - Immersive Theater: Face Your Death, Live More Fully

Hosted By

LavaSaga

You will join an intimate group of strangers and face your own death in this 2-Hour immersive, participatory theatrical experience. LavaSaga's debut production will premiere at a beautiful, multi-story venue in San Francisco, CA — April 20 - 22, 2018. This will sell out. Less than 400 tickets will be sold. No dates will be added.

Fri. April 20
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Mission District (Location Revealed in Confirmation Email)

5:30pm-12:30am

$77

Death Over Dinner: The Jewish Edition

Hosted By

JCCSF / Reboot

Reboot and JCCSF present Death Over Dinner Shabbat. The way we die — end-of-life decisions, death rituals, what happens after we die — is probably the most important conversation we are not having. In the unique setting of Carousel Consignment SF, surrounded by keepsakes and reminders of the past, Reboot and JCCSF invite you to transition out of the workweek and enter a space of ritual and reflection.

Fri. April 20
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6:00pm-9:00pm

$36, $45

A Night of Grief & Mystery - concert

Hosted By

Stephen Jenkinson + Gregory Hoskins + Band

Picture it: A storyteller. A band. An evening of mongrel sorrow, dappled by magic and wonder, fringed with regard for the gift of the tongue, harkening and hortatory and bardic and greying, steeped in mortal mystery. Join Stephen Jenkinson + Gregory Hoskins + Band for this concert of sorts. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there; that’s what’s in store. 

Fri. April 20
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$25, $35, $45

Reimagine Film Festival Featuring Pixar's "Coco" + Forum w/ Director Lee Unkrich

Hosted By

Reimagine + Sound Off Films

Session 3 (of 3)

Feature Presentation

A conversation with Lee Unkrich, Director of Pixar’s Academy Award winning film, ‘Coco,’ explores the ways in which the filmmaker approached an animated film on death and the afterlife — geared toward children — and what we all can learn about reframing the issue through storytelling. A special screening of 'Coco' will immediately follow the conversation.

Fri. April 20
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7:00pm-9:30pm

$25 (purchase this event to receive 75% off discount code for Reimagine Film Fest afternoon sessions)

Living Library and Reflection Room

Hosted By

Reimagine

We're turning the "Green Room" of Swedish into a Living Library and Reflection Room through the creations of an inspiring group of artists. Who or what has helped you in times of grief or loss? We're growing a living crowdsourced card catalog of those sources which have served as companions, roadmaps, guides, or light through. Still Life Stories invites you to view their new body of work encompassing personal objects of meaning and the stories they hold. What will you leave behind? The room will be open during Reimagine show times from Thursday to Sunday for ticketed guests only of the events being held there. 

Fri. April 20
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7:00pm-11:00pm

Included with tickets for Reimagine events held at Swedish American Music Hall

Indigenous Drum Circle and Wiping of the Tears Ceremony

Hosted By

The Center SF

We gather in Sacred Circle to acknowledge and palpably connect with the Ancestors and to perform a traditional Wiping of the Tears Ceremony to express and release grief and to remember those who have Journeyed Home.

Fri. April 20
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7:15pm-9:45pm

Free (suggested donation at the door)

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."

Fri. April 20
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8:00pm-12:00am

$12, $15

Brad Wolfe & The Moon - Symphony of Loss, Love & Life

Hosted By

Brad Wolfe & The Moon

Time for a special late-night Reimagine show. Join Reimagine founder Brad Wolfe and the return of his band Brad Wolfe & The Moon for this unique full-band experience.

Fri. April 20
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9:30pm-11:30pm

$20