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What is Re:Imagine?


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What is Re:Imagine?


 

A citywide conversation about living and dying  through art, experience, and design

Death is an ever-present part of life, yet the subject still lurks in the shadows. Only 30 percent of us in the U.S. ever talk about our own end-of-life wishes. Re:Imagine hopes to up that number,    bringing together individuals and organizations to share work, spark conversations about our mortality, and build a movement through seven days of storytelling, art, experience, and design.

Join health care professionals, artists, innovators, designers, and performers as we explore cultural taboos around death and imagine how we might live well and leave well.

RSVP To Each Event BELOW Separately

more announced soon...

 
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Monday Oct 24 @ Grace Cathedral

 

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Monday Oct 24 @ Grace Cathedral

 

RE:IMAGINE'S Opening Night @ Grace Cathedral: "The Healing Path" 

 Join us Oct 24th for this special FREE EVENT from 6:00-9:30PM, Opening Ceremony at 6PMAn evening of candlelight labyrinth walks, conversation, community, music, and enlightening workshops on dying and living await you.

AS PART OF THE NIGHT, YOU CAN REGISTER FOR TWO FREE WORKSHOPS BELOW

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6:30-7:45 WORKSHOPS

Hosted by Grace Cathedral + OpenIDEO @ Grace Cathedral, 6:30-7:45pm

RSVP for 1 of the following workshops: 

OPTION 1: Panel Discussion - How Preparing for Death Can Teach Us How To Live. Moderated by the Very Rev. Malcolm Clemons Young, Dean of Grace Cathedral. This panel features The Rev. Lauren Artress, pioneer of the Labyrinth Movement; Catherine Dodd, director of SF Health Service System; Rabbi Sydney Mintz, leader of SF's largest synagogue; Dr. Jennifer Brokaw, TEDx speaker (see A Daughter to Father Heart-To-Heart w/ Tom Brokaw). 

OPTION 2: Gameplay - My Gift of Grace. Created by Nick Jehlen of Common Practice, this incredible game is played in groups and sparks important conversations about living and dying.

OPTION 3: Discover Labyrinths - with Lars Howlett.  Lars uses the art of sacred geometry to create replicas of Classical and Medieval patterns, and leads a new generation in building + walking labyrinths.

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8:00-9:15 WORKSHOPS

Hosted by Grace Cathedral + OpenIDEO @ Grace Cathedral, 8:00-9:15pm

RSVP for 1 of the following workshops: 

OPTION 1: OpenIDEO Conversation - Design + End of Life. With palliative care specialist/TED speaker BJ Miller and IDEO editorial director Shoshana Berger, plus highlights from OpenIDEO's global End of Life Challenge.

OPTION 2: Death Meditation - with Angel Grant. Angel, executive director of Death Over Dinner, has been traveling the globe teaching yoga practices and sharing talks on how to reduce the many ways we suffer. Participants should bring a mat with a pillow, blanket, notebook and pen! 

OPTION 3: The Art of Vigilling - Sounds within the Stillness, with Megory Anderson + Gary Malkin. Vigilling is a sacred art form. Offered by a theologian and composer who have devoted their lives to this, this session provides an overview of the optimal vigilling process through music, ritual, and other expressive art forms. 

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THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT

Hosted by Grace Cathedral + OpenIDEO @ Grace Cathedral, 6:00-9:30pm

No RSVP needed, the following activities are available all evening:

Candlelight Labyrinth Walks. Walk labyrinths in candlelight and enjoy stirring music from Sam Jackson (singing bowl) and Gabriel Gold (halo) for the indoor labyrinth, and Kendra Fay (harp) and Destiny Muhammad (vocals) for the outdoor labyrinth. Walking instructions provided.

The Innovation Chapel. Produced by OpenIDEO, and featuring electronic musician Yoko K. from Japan, this sacred space is transformed  to reimagine hospitals and explore the last sounds we want to hear before we die.

Columbarium Visits. Visit and learn about the cathedral's beautiful Columbarium ministry.

MMORI. Discover the modern Memento Mori, a connected bracelet and web app prototype that helps to celebrate loved ones, harness personal strength, and promote a meaningful life. 

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TUESDAY OCT 25

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TUESDAY OCT 25

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MEMENTO Mori

Hosted By MMORI
@ Here Collective, 930 Alabama Street, SF, Doors 7:30, Show at 8pm sharp

Memento Mori is an ancient Roman phrase meaning "Remember Your Mortality." Come experience a night of amazing creators sharing their work and unique backstories on the topic of mortality and memory. Featuring bestselling author Rebecca Skloot (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), Pop-Up Magazine speaker Laurel Braitman (writer-in residence at Stanford Medical School), noted artist Val Britton, TED fellow Constance Hockaday, sound designer Yoko K., SF musician Brad Wolfe and the Moon, and more storytellers to be announced.

 
 
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WEDNESDAY OCT 26

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WEDNESDAY OCT 26

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#REALTALK-ING LIFE AFTER LOSS: (A DIFFERENT KIND OF) DINNER PARTY

Hosted By The Dinner Party
@ Here Collective, SF, 7:30-9:30PM

Join us for a meal and a meaningful conversation about the people we've lost, and what it means to live well after. The Guinness World Record for largest potluck sits at 1,275 participants. We're okay with second best. 

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FREE WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING CA'S MEDICAL AID IN DYING LAW & PLANNING AHEAD

Hosted By Compassion & Choices
@ SF Public Library, 5:30-7:30PM

California's End of Life Option Act was signed into law and became  effective on June 9, 2016.

When signing, Governor Brown stated, "I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn't deny that right to others." This educational event provides a basic overview and understanding of the law.

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LESSONS FOR THE LIVING FROM THE BEDSIDES OF THE DYING

Hosted By Redwing Keyssar
Lisa's Hearth, Oakland, 7PM

Join us for an evening with Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author, as she engages us in conversations about facing the mirror or mortality. Redwing offers poignant and provocative stories from her book, Last Acts of Kindness; Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying, and from her 25+ years experience as a midwife to the dying.


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OPEN DEATH CONVERSATION: AN EVENING GATHERING

Hosted by Zen Hospice Project           @ Zen Hospice Project, 6:30-8:30pm

Our Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering is an excellent way to explore conversations dealing with end-of-life. An informal evening, held at our Guest House in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, brings people together from across the country to discuss topics relating to death.

Death OVer Dinner @THE BATTERY

Hosted By Death Over Dinner      
@ The Battery SF, 6-9PM

In 2013 Michael Hebb and Angel Grant launched Death Over Dinner with 500 dinners in one night in 22 countries. Since then there have been tens of thousands of #deathdinners held around the globe, and the media has been along for the journey: NYTimes, USA Today, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Forbes, CNN, TEDMED.

Re:IMAGINING END OF LIFE @CCA      

Hosted by California College of the Arts @ CCA, SF, 6:30-9:30PM

Please join California College of the Arts students and faculty for a film screening of Death Makes Life Possible by anthropolgist Marilyn Schlitz Ph.D. (with Deepak Chopra). Following the film will be a panel discussion with Marilyn and CCA faculty and students on how artists, craftspeople and designers can contribute to improving the end-of-life experience for people of all ages. This evening event is part of CCA's multi-year VIBRANT CITIES initiative that aims to provide a platform for faculty and students to engage in meaningful conversation where art + design meets social culture.

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THURSDAY OCT 27

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THURSDAY OCT 27

You're Going to DIE PresentS: When They Died, AN EVENING OF STORIES & MUSIC

Hosted By You're Going to Die
@ Swedish American Music Hall, SF Doors 7pm, Show 8pm-11pm

You're Going To Die presents a curated evening of creative engagement with mortality, through the music & stories born from the lives of those we've lost & how we lost them.

How Doctors DIe WITH DR. IRA BYOCK AND DR. JOON YUN 

Hosted By Health 2.0 and Orchestra One Here Collective, SF, 7pm

In 2011 Dr. Ken Murray wrote an online essay that circled the globe several times, making it clear that millions of us want to know how clinicians plan on facing their own final days. Dr. Ira Byock is a world renowned leader on the topic of dying well, with many seminal books, and countless articles on the topic. Dr. Joon Yun, who served as a radiologist on the Stanford clinical faculty, has made headlines of late for his $1 million Palo Alto Prize to end aging. These two, seemingly opposing, intellectual heavy weights will launch into a discussion about mortality and the spectre of life extension. Moderated by Deathoverdinner.org Founder Michael Hebb and Dr. Sean O'Grady from Orchestra One. 

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NEW CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE ART OF DYING PEACEFULLY

Hosted By Crossroads Hospice       
Cultural Integration Fellowship, SF  7-9PM

Knowing we are not the body but exist "in" the body is the key to peacefully exiting "out" of the body.  Anton Grosz, PhD will present the theory and practice of going into the light... a trip we all must take one day.


MY Fabulous Farewell

Hosted By CPMC Spiritual Care Department and Struggling in Good Faith @ California Pacific Medical Center Davies Campus - The Gazebo Room, SF, 6pm-8pm

The LGBTQI community’s relationship with death is “complicated.” Come be with your family of choice for an evening of morbidly fabulous or fabulously morbid stories of not only death, but life, and the challenges of living our truth right up to and through our life’s end. As peoples who have endured, we have stories to share, injustices to right, lives to honor and memorials to plan. Together let us discover ways to celebrate the end of our lives with as much fierce bravery and wit as it takes to authentically live our lives. 

Movement and WitnessinG Exploration in Mountain View Cemetery

Hosted By Greacian Goeke & Dr. Kaethe Weingarten Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, 11:30am-12:30pm

Explore ideas of life and death through facilitated movement in Oakland's tranquil and expansive Mountain View Cemetery. All ages and abilities welcome. We will engage in simple movements and reflect on the resonances of being alive in a place designed to honor both the living and the dead.

Rain or shine! Indoor location if need be. Meet at the water fountain inside the gates.

 
 
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FRIDAY OCT 28

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FRIDAY OCT 28

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THE ART OF DYING VIRTUAL + AUGMENTED REALITY ART EXHIBIT

Hosted By DreamLogic
@ The Laundry, 6-10PM

This interactive art show features work by pioneering artists from around the world who are using immersive technologies to reimagine what it means to be mortal. 

MORTIFIED

Hosted By Mortified
Here Collective, SF, 7PM

Don’t fear the reaper. Laugh in his face.

Death isn’t exactly hilarious. But humor can be a cathartic way to deal with, disguise, and destigmatize conversations about it. Mortified features adults reading from their real teen angst artifacts like journals, poems, lyrics, and letters, and for this special Re:Imagine show we’re diving deep into our funniest material about mortality. Yes, funniest. Trust.

 
 
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SATURDAY OCT 29

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The NOcturnists

Hosted By The Nocturnists
@ Here Collective, SF, Doors 7pm, Show 8-11pm

A live storytelling event where physicians speak about their experiences with death, dying, and end of life. The Nocturnists started as a scrappy, open-mic storytelling event for physicians, and has now blossomed into a full-fledged bicoastal movement. 

Open Death Conversation: A DAYLONG  IMMERSION

Hosted By Zen Hospice Project
@ Zen Hospice Project, SF 10AM-4:30PM

Our Open Death Conversation: A Daylong Immersion is an opportunity for participants to explore their relationship to death in general, and their own mortality in particular. These daylong forums are designed for persons seeking to investigate their physical, emotional and rational responses to the reality of death. Trained facilitators will lead participants through experiential activities, guided contemplations, writing exercises, group sharing and meditation.

THE ART OF DYING VIRTUAL + AUGMENTED REALITY ART EXHIBIT

Hosted By DreamLogic
@ The Laundry, 6-10PM

This interactive art show features work by pioneering artists from around the world who are using immersive technologies to reimagine what it means to be mortal. 


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LETS PLAY GO WISH WITH DR. DAWN GROSS

Hosted By GoWish and KALW
Here Collective, SF 12PM-1:30PM

Let’s Play Go Wish! Relief lies in knowing the answers to the questions we never ask. The best way to prepare for the end of our lives is by asking ourselves and those we love what matters most while we are very much alive!

Join Dr. Dawn Gross, host of KALW's Dying to Talk, for a simple card game which makes it easy to start the conversation. You’re invited to bring a friend, loved one or total stranger, or simply come as you are to play the game of a lifetime for a lifetime. The only way to lose the game…is not to play. KALW panel discussion with guests will follow from 2-3pm. Suggested donation $10 at the door. 

DYING TO TALK, LIVE PODCAST TAPING ON KALW

Hosted By Dying To Talk, with Dawn Gross on KALW Here Collective, SF 2-3PM

"Art, Ritual and Death: A Community Conversation"

What do Halloween, Dios de los Muertos and All Saints Day have in common? They each transform the taboo around talking about death. In honor of these upcoming rituals, KALW's Dying to Talk and Re:Imagine | End of Life week are coming to the heart of our community with an audience attended panel discussion, including Rene Yanez, Curator of San Francisco's Dios de los Muertos and Ned Buskirk, creator of Your Going to Die. Share your traditions and learn from others at the event at Here Collective in San Francisco Saturday, October 29. Recorded show will air Sunday, October 30 at 8am on KALW 91.7.

Heart To heart Cafe

Chinese American Coalition of Compassionate Care El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, 2-4PM

CACCC is a non-profit organization in hope to enhance end of life care and improve advance care planning and decision making for Chinese Americans through community outreach education and volunteer, caregiver, and health professional training. Heart to Heart® Café is developed to provide a space and encourage any adults to talk about end of life issues and share their own wishes. We gather participants in a relax setting with some tea and pastries, playing a special designed deck of cards that contains different end of life content such as physical concerns, spiritual needs, and financial situations etc. Through the game will help encourage you sharing your end of life wishes.

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SUNDAY OCT 30

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OPEN DEATH CONVERSATION: AN EVeNING GATHERING

Hosted by Zen Hospice Project  @Mountain Yoga, Oakland             6:00-7:30pm

Our Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering is an excellent way to explore conversations dealing with end-of-life. An informal evening, held at Mountain Yoga in Oakland, brings people together from across the country to discuss topics relating to death.

THE ART OF DYING VIRTUAL + AUGMENTED REALITY ART EXHIBIT

Hosted By DreamLogic
@ The Laundry, 6-10PM

This interactive art show features work by pioneering artists from around the world who are using immersive technologies to reimagine what it means to be mortal. 

Dying to know

Hosted By Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC), with Mission Hospice & Home Care and Seniors At Home @ PJCC Board Room, 12:30-5PM

Join us for an afternoon devoted to compassionate consideration of end of life concerns for ourselves and our loved ones. Keynote address from Mission Hospice Medical Director Dr.Gary Pasternak; topics include advanced directives, palliative care, and more. 


DEATH OVER DINNER - JEWISH EDITION @ JCC EAST BAY 

Hosted by JCC East Bay's Amy Tobin and Shoshana Berger of IDEO with Reboot @ JCC East Bay, Berkeley, 6-9pm

Drawing on both ancient and contemporary Jewish thinkers, Reboot's new project provides a framework and insights to enrich these dinner table conversations on life's most challenging moments. Death Over Dinner - Jewish Edition believes that talking about death helps us articulate and affirm who we are and what we ultimately care about, leaving us better able to embrace the mysteries of death and to appreciate life. In partnership with Michael Hebb, co-founder of Death Over Dinner, and Reboot faculty member and IKAR co-founder Rabbi Sharon Brous.

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Carpe Diem 

Hosted by Luisa Covaria of OpenIDEO @ Here Collective, 930 Alabama Street, SF, 8pm

This audio-video performance takes an audience through an experiential journey. You'll explore life and loss, confront your fears, and remember those we long for.

You are welcome to bring poetry, music and anything you would like to share  to honor the magical unicorns in your lives that are not physically present with us anymore, we would love to have you share.

 
 
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MMori


MMORI BRACELET 

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MMORI BRACELET 

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MMori Bracelet

Gifted from MMORI

Derived from art ancient Latin phrase "Memento Mori," meaning "remember your mortality," this digitally connected bracelet is a symbol of our limited time on earth and a daily reminder to celebrate those who matter most.

Each bracelet unlocks a galaxy of online stories of people we love, both those who have come before us and those who are with us now, who continue to inspire us.

We are spearheading the creation of a modern Memento Mori (an ancient Roman phrase meaning "remember your mortality"). It's meant to be an app + physical bracelet that, together, remind people to live life more fully through the lens of death.