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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Monday, April 16

Spirituality

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Sacred Dying: Vigiling 101

Hosted By

Sacred Dying Foundation

Vigiling 101: Your toolkit for being present with your loved ones. Join us as we learn about sitting vigil and creating a compassionate and spiritual dying experience. Learn how to create a sacred space, and engage the dying with communication, music, and ritual. Dr. Megory Anderson’s experience with hundreds of vigils brings this session to life.

Mon. April 16
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7:00pm-9:00pm

Free


Tuesday, April 17

Spirituality

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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

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


Wednesday, April 18

Spirituality

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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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, April 19

Spirituality

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Can Faith Partners, Health Systems & Academia Collaborate for the Good of Community?

Hosted By

Alameda County Care Alliance

Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat and Bishop Gregory Payton share the history and model of the ACCA and engage the audience in how the faith community, academia and health care entities can and have collaborated to meet the holistic health needs of their community.

Thu. April 19
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SF Public Library, Main Branch (Latino/Hispanic Community Room)

3:00pm-4:30pm

Free

​Death Meditation: If Today was Your Last Day​

Hosted By

Krissy DeAngelis

Tomorrow is not promised, yet we walk through our lives delaying dreams, not speaking Truth, playing it safe, and staying asleep. Not anymore–for today, we will taste the potency of our own death. Inspired by Ana Forrest's Death Meditation, we will journey deep into meditation and guided journaling to uncover our heart's longing and questions we've avoided too long. Together, we will unveil the blueprint for your new life. This powerful practice will transform you. Please bring a journal, a pen, and a photo of a passed loved one.

Thu. April 19
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3:30pm-5:00pm

FREE


Friday, April 20

Spirituality

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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

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

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)


Saturday, April 21

Spirituality

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, April 22

Spirituality

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Reimagine Closing Ceremony

Hosted By

Reimagine + Congregation Emanu-El

After an incredible week, join us for the Reimagine Closing Ceremony - a remembrance parade and outdoor commemoration led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz of Congregation Emanu-El. People of all faiths - or no faith - are welcome! Meet at the temple at 1:30pm, and then go as a group to a secret, beautiful outdoor location. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a photo or an object of significance. Still Life Stories will be there to capture photographs of your treasured items.

Sun. April 22
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Meet at 2 Lake Street, Walk to Sacred Outdoor Spot

1:30pm-3:00pm

Free

Journey of the Mourner / Journey of the Soul: A Map

Hosted By

JCCSF / Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky

Someone has died, and you are struck, deeply. You are having a profound and unfamiliar experience. Where are you going? What can you expect? Come find yourself on this map, a visual representation of the process of the mourner, and also, a Jewish view of where the soul is during this first year of mourning. 

Sun. April 22
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2:00pm-4:00pm

FREE, $5 suggested donation at the door

Finding Meaning in Loss with Isa Gucciardi

Hosted By

Sacred Stream

Join Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., for a special talk on Finding Meaning in Loss, an exploration of Buddhist understandings about consciousness and death. Isa will offer some strategies for navigating this profound experience so that you can benefit from the teachings it has to offer you.

Sun. April 22
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5:30pm-7:00pm

$8, $10