San Francisco

15—21 April, 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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Monday, April 16

Workshop

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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.

Mon. April 16
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Private Hayes Valley Home

9:30am-12:30pm

$16, $20

Solo-Ager Success and Satisfaction Plan

Hosted By

PJCC

Are you over 50 with neither a spouse nor children geographically nearby? Then you’re a solo-ager. Wonder how to make sure you’re not alone as a solo-ager? Plan ahead with help from Deborah Owdum of RSVP, the agency that helps seniors find meaningful volunteer activities, and Betty Burr, Gerontologist and Certified Retirement Coach. 

Mon. April 16
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10:00am-1:00pm

FREE

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

Workshop

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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

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

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

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)


Wednesday, April 18

Workshop

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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

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)

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

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

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

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


Thursday, April 19

Workshop

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Crush Your BLOCK: Reimagine death to claim life

Hosted By

Leslie Santos + Jennifer King

This guided workshop uses positive psychology to align with our inner knowing, design a path of purpose, and identify mental barriers: a transformational process that invites the death of the small self so our true selves can emerge.

Thu. April 19
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10:00am-1:00pm

$50

Que no sean tus últimas palabras: Mi familia sabrá lo que yo quiero.

Hosted By

Compassion & Choices

No es fácil pensar sobre que sucederá al final de su vida. El tema de la muerte y de morir es difícil de enfrentar y aún más de hablar con sus seres queridos. Ayuda cuando usted se tomó el tiempo de hacer un plan. Que no sean tus últimas palabras... Mi familia sabrá lo que yo quiero. Eso trae mala suerte. Es demasiado negativo y deprimente. Tengo otras cosas que hacer. Soy demasiado joven. Deja de poner excusas. Empieza a hablar. Infórmate acerca de la planificación adelantada de cuidados.

Thu. April 19
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10:30am-11:30am

Free

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.

Thu. April 19
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1:00pm-2:00pm

Free

Preparing Seniors for Advanced Medical Directives (長者醫療照護事前指示準備)

Hosted By

Self-Help for the Elderly (安老自助處)

Many Chinese seniors are not aware of the Medical Advanced Directive forms when they are admitted into the hospitals. Many families are not aware they have to assist their parents/grandparents to complete the form. This workshop will educate the seniors about the form itself, and have an open discussion on the topics of health, healthcare options, and final decisions. (入院時,很多長者並不清楚有關醫療照護事前指示。而且,許多家人亦不知道他們必須協助他們的父母或祖父母完成表格。這工作坊將向長者介紹醫療照護事前指示。並就健康、照護選擇和最終決定等題目作一起討論)

Thu. April 19
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Lady Shaw Senior Center (邵逸夫爵士夫人中心)

1:00pm-3:00pm

Free (免費入場)

'When the Fall Comes' Film Screening and Creative Response Workshop

Hosted By

Filmmaker and Arts Educator Adriana Marchione

Join Adriana Marchione, filmmaker, arts therapist and educator for a special screening of her documentary short, 'When the Fall Comes' followed by an experiential arts workshop inviting responses to grief through the language of creativity.

Thu. April 19
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7:00pm-9:30pm

$20, 25


Friday, April 20

Workshop

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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

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

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


Saturday, April 21

Workshop

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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

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

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)

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


Sunday, April 22

Workshop

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Holy Sh*t: Your Story Matters

Hosted By

Ann Randolph

Your story matters. Join master teacher and award-winning writer/performer Ann Randolph for a day-long workshop on giving voice to the unspeakable. No Mud, No Lotus. Holy Sh*t invites us to write and speak our SH*T out loud and in doing so, liberates us creatively. The truth shall set us free. 

Sun. April 22
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12:30pm-6:30pm

$100, $125

Laughing Matters: What Laughter Teaches Us about Living & Dying

Hosted By

Jennifer Mathews

In this experiential workshop, we'll explore how “unconditional laughter” opens up our willingness to choose how we respond to life, death, and everything in between. Join us as we stretch our imaginations beyond conventional views of joy and suffering, beyond humor and seriousness, and beyond the habitual patterns of our minds.

Sun. April 22
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The Women's Building (Audre Lorde Room)

1:00pm-4:00pm

$20, $25

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

Prepare for Your Care

Hosted By

Laguna Honda Hospital / SFHN

Join us for this PREPARE workshop that will provide tools for you to identify your future hopes and wishes for medical care when you are living with a progressive or serious illness; to identify a person who could advocate for your wishes when you are no longer able to speak for yourself; and to learn how to better talk with your doctor and family and friends about your wishes.

Sun. April 22
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Laguna Honda Hospital (Administrative Building)

2:00pm-4:00pm

FREE

Playing "Hello" - a game about living, dying and what matters most

Hosted By

Chloe Martin, Ph.D.

Join us in Marin to play "Hello" - an incredible game that gets you thinking, talking and connecting with others about living, dying, and what matters most. Come alone or bring a friend or family member. You will have fun and leave enriched. 

Sun. April 22
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4:00pm-6:00pm

$16, $20