New York

October 27 – November 03, 2018

Reimagine End of Life is a week exploring big questions about life and death. Join the City of New York in a community-wide conversation.

Thank you, let's keep this going!

Wow. The stories, the people, the connections, the city. Reimagine in New York was truly more than anyone could have ever imagined. Now, we need your help! To keep the momentum going, please make a contribution to Reimagine so we can build on this collective success. As a brand new nonprofit, it's YOU who make this all possible.

New York

One Week

  • 322 Events
  • 60 Interactive Rituals
  • 32 Performances
  • 15 Comedy Shows
  • 1 Universal Topic

The five boroughs of New York City are joining together to create over 300 events exploring death and celebrating life...from all perspectives.

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After attending a Reimagine event, over 90% of attendees identified feeling more grateful for their lives and the people in it.

Join the Conversation

“It was so nice to attend events where the age groups were diverse and many younger people were interested and talking about these bigger ideas. I was blown away, and very grateful to attend.”

Discover Community

“[Reimagine] made me feel alive. It made me feel connected. It was such an intimate encounter with strangers. It allowed me a peek into the hearts of many. I cried, I laughed with them. I wished them well on their journey even if I didn’t know them. It was this sense of belonging that I was yearning for as a foreigner in this city. For a moment, I felt the city’s heartbeat. It gave me reason to fall in love with SF all over again.”

Feel Connected

"The intergenerational nature of the events felt special and unique. The range of content, and the fact that so much of it was community-generated, was incredibly impressive. I left every engagement feeling more connected to my city, my friends who attended alongside me, and the topics of great importance to all in my life.”

Note from Reimagine NYC Producers

Each Reimagine event week is shaped by local event hosts, the production team on the ground, and unique qualities of each city. While exciting opening and closing events bookend the week-long Reimagine experience—reflecting John Leland’s description of Reimagine as the “SXSW®” of death and dying”—it’s the homegrown activities shaped by citizens and groups that are the heart and soul of this endeavor. We’re trying to meet New Yorkers where they’re at geographically, intellectually, and spiritually. Join us on this journey to wonder, remember, and prepare for the life-cycle event that binds us together.

CLICK HERE to a go deeper behind the scenes.

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Volunteer with us!

We’re looking for friendly, thoughtful and professional volunteers to help us with on the ground support during Reimagine NYC! Fill out this simple form and we’ll be in touch with different volunteer opportunities.

Conversation Sabbath

Oct. 26 – Oct. 28

In partnership with NYC faith institutions, The Conversation Project, and What Matters, Reimagine is inviting NYC clergy to preach, teach and engage about the vital importance of having values-centered conversations with loved ones about what is most important regarding end of life care, so our wishes are honored. Reimagine will provide free training for clergy and laypersons Tuesday, Oct. 16. During Reimagine week, congregants can attend free advance care planning workshops.

Please sign-up to join us for Conversation Sabbath. It will make a difference in how everyone’s wishes are expressed and respected.

Questions: Rachel Lovett Rachel@letsreimagine.org.

Institutional Funders

Media and Promotional Partners

Collaborators

Academy of Mount St. Ursula, Ace Books, Adepeju Adeyemo, African Burial Ground National Monument, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Alchemy Collective, American Sephardi Federation, Anima in Ash, ArtsUp, The Audre Lorde Project, BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Laetitia Barbier, Bard Graduate Center, Ellen Bartel, BCG, Cara Belvin, Nancy Belza, Ida Benedetto, Keren Ben-Horin, Bevival, The Bhakti Center, , Craig D. Blinderman, MD; Barry Blitstein, Bluestockings, Nancy Borowick, Anthony Bossis, Patrick Boylan, Deirdre Boyle, Heidi Boucher, Gigi Branch, BRIC, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Zen Center, Jennifer Brokaw, MD; Morgan Brown, John Bruce, Lisa Buksbaum, Bushwick Gallery and Art Space, Ira Byock, MD; Carole Zabar Center for Film at The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Chodo Campbell, Elizabeth 'Lily' Cardaropoli, Cards by De, CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving, Carolyn Jones Productions, , Maya Ciarrocchi, "Carter Burden Leonard Covello Senior Center, Emily Cavanagh, Roz Chast, The Center, The Center for Social Innovation, Central Synagogue, Lucia Chan, Mount Sinai/Beth Israel's Asian Services Program, ChaShaMa, Chicago City Limits, Deborah Clearman, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Christen Clifford, Clinton Housing Development Company, Cloud Cult, C’mon Everybody, Coler Hospital Therapeutic Recreation Department, Gina Colombatto, Columbia University Bioethics Masters Program, Columbia University Center for Science and Society, Columbia University Narrative Medicine, Columbia University Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, Coping After Suicide, Cornell Tech, Brad Corrigan of Dispatch, Zoë Crossland, Amy Cunningham, Ann Marie Cunningham, Billy X. Curmano, MK Czerwiec, Dance Walk, Danza de Concheros Azteca "Atl-Tlachinolli of the Virgen de Guadalupe", Leigh Davis, Jeanne Denney, Death by Design Podcast, Death Cafe, Death Over Dinner, Dan Diaz, Digital Legacy Association, Michelle Drayton, Shlomit Dror, Sandi DuBowski and Mourner’s Courner, Kelli Dunham, Queer Memoir, Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection, Dyalogues, East Side Institute, Joanna Ebenstein, Hope Edelman, Anastasia Edwards, EFA Project Space, Ophira Eisenberg, Koshin Paley Ellison, Empty Arms Bereavement Support, Kathryn Erbe, Frankie Faison, Jonathan KYLE Farmer, Fashion Institute of Technology, Shaina Feinberg, Henry Fersko-Weiss, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Fine Art of Living And Dying, Emily Flake, Nick Flynn, Alica Forneret, Simon Fortin, Arielle Friedtanzer, Jay Gandhi, Chris Garcia, Rubén García, Seigan Edwin Glassing, Neil Goldberg, The Good Death Roundtable, Katie Green, Jess Greenbaum, Greenwich House Music School, Dawn Gross, MD, Guild Hall, The Church of Transfiguration, Miguel Gutierrez, Haiti Cultural Exchange, Hal Bromm Gallery, Hamilton-Madison House, Josh Hamilton, Harlem Yoga Studio, The Hart Island Project, Joanne L. Harpel, Heide Hatry, Meredith Hays, Michael Hebb, Jeanne Heifetz, Helen Whitney Productions, Mama Donna Henes, David Herskovits, HIV Arts Network, Kathleen Horan, Marie Howe, Daye Hwang, Icons in Ash, Marjorie Ingall, Rabbi David Ingber, Improv4, Inspired Memory Care, International Doulagivers Foundation, International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), Institute for Human Caring, Dave Isay, Millet Israeli, James Cohan Gallery, JASA, Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins, The Jewish Center, Judson Memorial Church, Tobi Kahn, Akshay Kapur, Kavod v’Nichum, Laurel Kendall, Pastor Corey Kennard, David Kessler, Island Kids, Laurie Kilmartin, Amy Kisby, Dara Kosberg, Annie Lanzillotto, Lizzie Leiman Kraiem, Vicki Kurtz, L’Rain, Sarah Jane Lapp, Lab/Shul, Ladybird Morgan, Lady K-Fever, Latino Commission on AIDS, Latticeworks, Rosanne Leipzig, MD, John Leland, Mary Lemmer, Amy Levine, Kairon Liu, Lincoln Square Synagogue, Grace Livingston, The Liz Claiborne Center for Humanism in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Alison Lowenstein, Marne Lucas, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, Main Street WIRE, Wendy MacNaughton, Manhattan Meditation Center - Brahma Kumaris, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, Mayday Space, Jonas Mekas, Allison C. Meier, Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center, Doneley Meris, Spencer Merolla, Phillip Miner, Craig Minowa, Mark Mitchell, MJHS, Linda Mary Montano, Moving For Life, Cameron Mullenneaux, El Museo de los Sures, The Museum of Modern Art, My Lasting Letters - Frish Brandt, Joanne Nerenberg, New York Caring Majority, The New York Public Library* branch partners include:, 53rd Street Library, 67th Street Library, Countee Cullen Library, Grand Central Library, Jefferson Market Library, Kingsbridge Library, Mosholu Library, Mulberry Street Library, Seward Park Library, St. Agnes Library, St. George Library Center, Tompkins Square Library, The Nocturnists, Murray Nossel, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, NYU School of Professional Studies Applied Health, NYU Silver School of Social Work, Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End of Life Care, Caitlin O’Brien, Dojun O’Connor, Diana Oh, One Last Gift, Open Doors, Orbital, Frank Ostaseski, Tapan Parikh, Nancy Patz, Kimberly C. Paul, Peace Films, Penn Southies Seniors Improv Show, Jennifer Perez, Pioneer Works, Le Poisson Rouge, Robert Pollack, Presenza Amica, PSS Circle of Care, Paul Puccinelli, The Queens Library* branch partners include:, Queens Library at Corona, Queens Library at Flushing, Queens Library at Forest Hills, Queens Library at Glen Oaks, Queens Library at Howard Beach, Queens Library at Jackson Heights, Queens Library at McGoldrick, Queens Library at Rego Park, Queens Library at Ridgewood, Luis Ramos, Rattlestick Theater, John Reed, Reflections Yoga Center, Khalid L. Rehman, Residency Unlimited, Urte Reyes, Cynthia Reyna, Wendy Richmond, Rio II Gallery, Broadway Housing Communities, Rising Dragon Tattoos, RIVAA, Michael Roberson, Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea Rushton, Hugh Ryan, Joseph Sacco, MD, Sacred, Sadhana, SAGE, Rashida Sanchez, Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder, Ursula Scherrer, Day Schildkret and Morning Altars, Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, Elena Schowlsky, Shalon, Laura Shapiro, Laura Shields, Micky Shorr, Julie Simon, Tracy K. Smith, Socrates Sculpture Park, Rebecca Soffer and Modern Loss, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Spaceworks at the Williamsburg Library, Spero Medical Group, Rabbi Mychal B. Springer, St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church, Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch, Tara Storch, Studio 55C, Sunview Luncheonette, Sur Rodney Sur, Swan Song, Bethany Tabor, Mari Tanaka, Tapan Parikh, Target Margin Theater, Teatro LATEA, Theater of War Productions, TheaterLab NYC, True Story Theatre, Twin Alchemy Collective, UJA-Federation of NY, UnionDocs, Union Hall, United Synagogue of Hoboken, Elizabeth Velazquez, Vision Space NYC, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir, Elisha Waldman, MD, Sandy Warshaw, Shatzi Weisberger, WeWork, West End Synagogue, Cynthia Whipple, Megan Willy, W83 Ministry Center, Pawel Wojtasik, The Woodlawn Cemetery, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, The Wrinkle Project, Fay Hoh Yin, Monona Yin, Laika Young, You’re Going to Die, Rabbi Elana Zaiman, Rhonda Zangiwell, Zen Hospice Project, David Zinner, Jessica Zitter, MD; Brenda Zlamany