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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Saturday, April 21

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.

Sat. April 21
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7:00am-10:00pm

free

Foundations of Mindful Caregiving (2-day course)

Hosted By

Zen Hospice Project

Foundations of Mindful Caregiving is a deep immersion into time-tested practices for cultivating mindfulness and compassion in end of life caregivers. This weekend course offers a methodology for maintaining healthy and sustainable relationships through challenging times.

Sat. April 21
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9:00am-5:00pm

$495

One for the Ages: An Intergenerational Dance Party at City Hall

Hosted By

Daybreaker + Reimagine

Reimagine is collaborating with Daybreaker to host an event that will bring together people of all ages and communities to come and experience a morning full of positivity, hugs, and fun at on of SF's most iconic venues. Join us for yoga and dancing, plus free coffee, snacks, and lots of happy people enjoy a selection of everyone's favorite retro dance tunes!

Sat. April 21
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SF City Hall

9:00am-12:00pm

seniors attend for free!

Passion and Compassion - Conscious Living, Conscious Dying

Hosted By

Living/Dying Project

A workshop for anyone wanting to deeply explore healing, whether in the context of end-of-life issues, spiritual awakening or integrating passion and compassion into our daily lives. We are all going to die but don’t know when. Can this truth inspire us to awaken rather than to pull back from being fully alive? 

Sat. April 21
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10:00am-5:00pm

$64, $80

Living Well, Aging Well - Positive pathways to wellbeing in life and towards death

Hosted By

SFSC - Aquatic Park Center

Experience speakers, expression through art, film, theater, and active discussion addressing our journey towards dying. Practical information and assistance will be offered to prepare for determining your choices.

Sat. April 21
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10:00am-2:00pm

FREE (donations suggested at the door)

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.

Sat. April 21
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10:00am-2:00pm

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

Grief & Gratitude: Grief Workshop & Ritual

Hosted By

The Sacred Hearth

Humans have been grieving in community throughout history. Only in the past hundred years or so have people become more isolated in their expressions of grief. This workshop and ritual gives participants language around grief, chances to share their stories of loss, and community holding, release, and recognition of the sacred nature of life and death.

Sat. April 21
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10:00am-6:00pm

$36, $45

End of Life Contemplations Workshop

Hosted By

Zen Hospice Project

In this workshop we get in touch with the final stage of life. Doing so enables us to more completely prepare for our eventual end of life experience, from emotional reactions to practical considerations. Like dying, this session is not easy... but it is necessary. Expanding on our Open Death Conversation: Evening Gathering, this workshop incorporates guided meditations and experiential exercises that in turn guide the discussions.

Sat. April 21
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10:00am-4:30pm

$150

Making Beauty Out of Grief: Morning Altars in the Mountain View Cemetery

Hosted By

Morning Altars

Our hands can metabolize emotion. Come learn the seven steps of Morning Altars with artist and author, Day Schildkret. Together, we will redeem this profoundly simple and ancient creative ritual of mandala making. This will be a hands-on workshop where we will build altars, share our stories, and make beauty from grief.

Sat. April 21
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10:00am-1:00pm

$16, $20

The Grief And Love Project: An interactive space designed to heal grief and expand love

Hosted By

Elisabeth Becker and Morgan Brown

We invite you to come explore The Grief And Love Project - a highly sacred and creative day designed for you to “Choose Your Own Ritual” by means of an interactive maze inviting your heart to discover a wide array of meaningful and useful practices intended to heal grief and expand love. Some of San Francisco’s top artists, therapists, coaches, and visionary leaders are coming together and providing support in this safe space to connect.

Sat. April 21
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SOMA (1436 Howard St #201, SF, CA 94103)

11:30am-5:30pm

$36, $45

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.

Sat. April 21
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12:00pm-6:00pm

Free

Emerging Rituals: Experiencing New Ways of Honoring & Celebrating End of Life

Hosted By

SevenPonds & Final Passages

SevenPonds and Final Passages present an afternoon of discovery - a series of powerful demonstrations that invite participants to immerse themselves in a wide range of emerging practices and rituals around end of life. Our presentation includes live music and demonstrations of natural death care, a death doula, shrouding, and discussions by experts on home funerals, green burial, memory celebrations and the creation of a heart will.

Sat. April 21
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12:30pm-4:30pm

FREE

Shadow Puppet Memories: Reflecting on Life Passages

Hosted By

Daniel Barash

Join us for a hands-on puppetry workshop for all ages. Explore the feelings and memories associated with end-of-life themes through the magical world of shadow puppetry. Daniel Barash of THE SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP will lead a 90-minute workshop in which he will introduce audience members to the art of shadow puppetry.

Sat. April 21
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1:30pm-3:00pm

Free (suggested donation of $10 per person / $15 per family at the door)

Die Wise: Sanity & Soul - author talk / reading

Hosted By

Stephen Jenkinson

Author Stephen Jenkinson presents Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul. Die Wise is Stephen's award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Dying well is not a matter of enlightened self-interest or personal preference. Dying well must become an obligation that living people and dying people owe to each other and to those to come. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well.

Sat. April 21
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2:00pm-4:00pm

$25, $35, $45

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.

Sat. April 21
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Mission District (Location Revealed in Confirmation Email)

2:00pm-12:30am

$77

Curious Maps of Impossible Places

Hosted By

Ruth's Table

Bay Area artist, Neil Murphy, shares with Ruth’s Table gallery his Curious Maps of Impossible Places. Join our event to create your own Curious Map. Explore how events in your life are connected to others and consider your journey into an abstract future. This event is free and open to the public.

Sat. April 21
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2:00pm-5:00pm

FREE

Reimagine Earth Day (Part 1): "An Inconvenient Sequel" Film Screening w/ Director Bonni Cohen

Hosted By

Congregation Emanu-El

Join director Bonni Cohen - and all of San Francisco - on the eve of Earth Day at a screening of the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power." While we're losing treasured species and ecosystems everyday, we can still band together to celebrate our earth and help protect the life it sustains. Bonni will be available for Q + A after the film, and will be a featured speaker at the following Remembrance Ceremony for the Environment!

Sat. April 21
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5:30pm

Free

Deities of Yesteryear: A Multi-Dimensional Art Experience

Hosted By

Victor Castro / Shamanic Labs

Shamanic Labs brings their Multi Dimensional Art Experience, featuring projection mapping, wearable subwoofers, augmented reality, physical moving objects, and incredible works of art that defy logic and begs to ask the question... Where is he bringing these things from? I'd like to say, they are from the other side.

Sat. April 21
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6:00pm-10:00pm

$16, $20

I Wish I Told You

Hosted By

ArtsUp

Join us for an intimate and multi-disciplinary art event where both artists and audience will share with their loved ones something they wish they told them before — or before it's too late. We’ll celebrate life by sharing the moment with the people we love. You’ll be thrown into a participatory experience hosted in a unique space where you will create a poem, a song or a love message to tell them how much you love them and why they are special to you.

Sat. April 21
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Secret address sent to attendees prior to event

7:00pm

$12, $15

You're Going to Die w/ Mount Eerie

Hosted By

You're Going to Die

YG2D offers a curated entertainment experience proudly presenting great artists as they deserve to be presented: in the concert context of acknowledging their brilliant beaming mortal magic. Death is Real w/ Mount Eerie features Phil Elverum, whose wife, the French Canadian cartoonist & musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with cancer just after giving birth to their first child in 2015. She died a year later.

Sat. April 21
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7:00pm-11:00pm

$18, $22

Repertoire for Dying

Hosted By

Maryliz Smith

Join us for an evening of live storytelling and music as we listen to true stories of intimate moments between people preparing for their death. A dialogue will follow the performance on what might be possible at the time of death if the world view claiming it to be a failure had a chance to shift.

Sat. April 21
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Private Emerald Hills Home

7:00pm-8:30pm

$16, $20

PotluckConnect

Hosted By

Stephanie Thoma

Join us for a potluck and conversation about the loss of life, belongings or relationships, our fears and our hopes, and how these experiences that feel alienating ultimately connect us.

Sat. April 21
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Private Home in SF (exact address to be sent to attendees after registration)

7:00pm-9:00pm

Free

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. 

Sat. April 21
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7:00pm-11:00pm

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

Reimagine Earth Day (Part 2): Remembrance Ceremony for the Environment

Hosted By

Congregation Emanu-El

Join all of San Francisco on the eve of Earth Day. Come listen and learn, sing and speak, take time for silence, and honor the species and the environments we have lost in the past year. Then, let’s band in solidarity for what we have to work for, today and in the future. Featuring a communal reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in one of the City’s most beautiful sanctuaries.

Sat. April 21
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7:30pm-9:30pm

Free

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."

Sat. April 21
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8:00pm-12:00am

$12, $15

ELEMENT

Hosted By

Presence

ELEMENT is an event that contemplates life after the death of the planet. Enjoy micro-tasting experiences from local artists serving food inspired by death. Join us for this immersive culinary journey!

Sat. April 21
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8:00pm-11:00pm

$32, $40

Die Laughing + Soundtrack of Our Lives

Hosted By

Sara Faith Alterman, Dara Kosberg, and Juan Luna-Avin

Come explore the comedy in tragedy! Die Laughing features funny and heartwarming true tales about the subject nobody really wants to talk about about: death, and how it intersects with sex, love, adventure, family, money, and a million other things. Music by artist and DJ Juan Luna-Avin, whose project 'Soundtrack of Our Lives: Sometimes Always" invites people to curate the playlist for their own funeral.

Sat. April 21
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9:00pm-11:00pm

$12, $15