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

Health/Wellness

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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.

Mon. April 16
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7:00am-4:00pm

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.

Mon. April 16
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Private Hayes Valley Home

9:30am-12:30pm

$16, $20

Miscarriage and Infant Death: Making Sense of What Never Makes Sense

Hosted By

Congregation Emanu-El

Although 25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and many parents in our communities have lost children, both of these losses can be taboo subjects and unspeakable. Join us to explore how we create community, offer loving support, open up conversations and create a safe space for those who have suffered a loss.

Mon. April 16
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9:30am-11:00am

FREE

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

Mother Lear

Hosted By

We Players

A poignant production about an irascible middle-aged scholar with dementia who communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of King Lear as the two struggle with aging, love and their own balance of power.

Mon. April 16
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6:30pm-9:00pm

$32, $40


Tuesday, April 17

Health/Wellness

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There are always options... even at end of life.

Hosted By

Compassion & Choices

This presentation will provide an overview and update on the CA End of Life Option Act since it went into effect in June 2016, as well as other legal options for more control at the end of life. In addition, we will provide tools and resources that will prepare you to have empowering conversations with your doctor and family.

Tue. April 17
@

12:00pm-1:00pm

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

Death Cafe

Hosted By

Mission Hospice & Home Care

Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment... with tea and snacks.

Tue. April 17
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Seniors at Home, Jewish Family & Children’s Services (Palo Alto)

6:30pm-8:30pm

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
@

Private Oakland Home

7:00pm-10:00pm

$16, $20

How Grief Leads Us to Our Life Purpose

Hosted By

Erin Garay

Grief shows up in our life every single day - from the loss of a loved one to a major, or even minor, life change. When we can recognize that it is grief we are feeling we can be more gentle with ourselves and allow the grief process to prepare us for what we are brought here to do in this life. Join us for this incredibly inspiring and soul comforting talk and Angel Birthdays book signing. Free book with ticket!

Tue. April 17
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$12, $15

Finding Humanity at the End of Life: Part 1: Reaching Across Traditions - Spirituality and Medicine at End of Life

Hosted By

Dr. Jessica Zitter and JCC East Bay

Is spiritual support important for hospitalized dying patients? In Part One of "Finding Humanity at the End of Life," Dr. Jessica Zitter and Pastor Corey Kennard will take a look at the intersection of faith and medicine at the end of life and how to bridge traditions and cultures between medical professionals and their patients.

Tue. April 17
@

7:00pm-9:00pm

$8, $10

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

Health/Wellness

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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)

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

Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia for LGBT Care Partners

Hosted By

Openhouse / Family Caregiver Alliance / Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. This presentation provides an overview about dementia and LGBT caregiving concerns. To RSVP, please call or email Patti Spaniak at 646.409.7775 / patti@cayugaconnectors.org 

Wed. April 18
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6:30pm-7:30pm

free

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

Finding Humanity at the End of Life: Part 2: Exploring Racial Inequities in Healthcare at the End of Life

Hosted By

Dr. Jessica Zitter and Glide Memorial Church

How can we build trust and confidence in our healthcare system for African Americans? In Part Two of "Finding Humanity at the End of Life," Dr. Jessica Zitter and Pastor Corey Kennard will explore the great divide between seriously-ill African American patients and the healthcare system they come to for support.

Wed. April 18
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$8, $10

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
@

7:30pm-9:00pm

$22, $28


Thursday, April 19

Health/Wellness

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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

Give the Gift of Dignity for Terminally Ill Homeless People

Hosted By

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Hospice Providers Coalition

A professional exchange to discuss homelessness and the endowment of beds to support terminally ill homeless people facing end-of-life alone.

Thu. April 19
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11:00am-1:00pm

$40

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)

Dying To Talk - Starting With The End In Mind

Hosted By

Dying To Talk Coach

While none of us know when or how we will die, by practicing how to uncover what is most important to us, while we are well, we give ourselves then best opportunity to live life fully through our final exhale. Join Dawn Gross, MD, PhD, and Dying To Talk facilitators for this interactive session and safely explore the matters that matter most when we believe our time is limited.

Thu. April 19
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2:00pm-3:30pm

Free ($5 donation suggested at the door)

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
@

3:30pm-5:00pm

FREE


Friday, April 20

Health/Wellness

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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
@

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
@

12:00pm-1:30pm

Free

There are always options... even at end of life.

Hosted By

Compassion & Choices

This presentation will provide an overview and update on the CA End of Life Option Act since it went into effect in June 2016, as well as other legal options for more control at the end of life. In addition, we will provide tools and resources that will prepare you to have empowering conversations with your doctor and family.

Fri. April 20
@

1:00pm-2:00pm

Free

Grief Medicine: Yoga and Sound Healing for Transformation

Hosted By

Amber Field & Amy Hyun Swart

Come join Amy Hyun Swart and Amber Field for an afternoon of energizing and nourishing yoga + movement, sound healing, and expressive arts to support you in acknowledging, accepting, and attending to whatever has brought your heart to the place of being broken.

Fri. April 20
@

3:00pm-5:30pm

$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

Health/Wellness

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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

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. Doors open at 11:30am, and you are welcome to drop in anytime during the day!

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

11:30am-5:30pm

$36, $45

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

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


Sunday, April 22

Health/Wellness

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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