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.

RSVP to events using the schedule below.

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Monday, April 16

Lecture/Panel

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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

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

"Homegoings" Film Screening and Discussion

Hosted By

Angela Hennessy // The School of the Dead

"Homegoings" is a documentary about Isaiah Owens, a renowned funeral director in Harlem. The film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones home. Join us for post-film discussion with interdisciplinary artist Angela Hennessy and public theologian and poet Marvin K. White.

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

Free

Lessons From the Oldest Old

Hosted By

Institute on Aging

John Leland, reporter for The New York Times, will share insights gleaned from conversations with elders, which inspired his recent series of articles in The NYT, which in turn led to his recent book, Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from A Year Among the Oldest Old.

Mon. April 16
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7:00pm-8:30pm

$5 - $15


Tuesday, April 17

Lecture/Panel

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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
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12:00pm-1:00pm

FREE

Sharing Stories: CA End of Life Option Act

Hosted By

Compassion & Choices

This interactive and informative panel discussion will reflect on various stories (both personal and professional) related to CA End of Life Option Act that went into effect June, 2016. This panel is part of Institute on Aging's "Training Tuesday" Series, designed for aging-services professionals. CEUs will be offered for the following: APA, BRN, CAMFT, MCLE.

Tue. April 17
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12:30pm-2:30pm

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

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
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7:00pm-9:00pm

$8, $10


Wednesday, April 18

Lecture/Panel

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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)

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.

Wed. April 18
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5:00pm-6:00pm

Free

Bridge - Stories From Elders

Hosted By

Reimagine + Presence

What if TED flipped the script, and instead of listening to some hotshot, young whipper-snappers, we spent some time paying attention to the wisdom of our elders? "Bridge" is a speaking / storytelling evening aimed at crossing generations, and featuring people in their 80s and 90s who have lived interesting lives. They have something to tell us.

Wed. April 18
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6:30pm-8:30pm

$12, $15

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

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


Thursday, April 19

Lecture/Panel

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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

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)

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

Opening Reception | Death Panels: Comics That Help us Face End of Life

Hosted By

California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus

Storytelling — visual, textual, and the powerful combination of the two in comic form — is an effective and healing medium for exploring extreme situations and the emotions they create. This exhibit will feature comic art that tells stories of experiences with life-limiting illness, acute care medical decision making, dying, and death. Exhibit runs from April 11-29. 

Thu. April 19
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5:00pm-7:30pm

Free

Panel Discussion: How Do Graphic Narratives Help Us Face Life-Limiting Illness and Death?

Hosted By

California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus

Storytelling — visual, textual, and the powerful combination of the two in comic form — is an effective and healing medium for exploring extreme situations and the emotions they create. The panelists will discuss the use of graphic narrative to better teach, understand, and process experiences with life-limiting illness, acute care medical decision making, dying, and death.

Thu. April 19
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7:00pm-8:30pm

Free


Friday, April 20

Lecture/Panel

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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

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
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1:00pm-2:00pm

Free

Reimagine: Art and Design for the End of Life

Hosted By

California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus

Move beyond the healthcare and spiritual realms into the creative realm, where designers and artists are helping people have more meaningful end-of-life experiences. This evening of design, music, innovation and the arts includes a screening + talk-back of the new film ‘End Game,’ work from the CCA community and presentations by incredible designers and artists engaged in the end-of-life space inspired by CCA’s mission to Make Art that Matters.


This event is made possible with the support of End Well.


Fri. April 20
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5:00pm-9:00pm

Free

Reimagine Film Festival Featuring Pixar's "Coco" + Forum w/ Director Lee Unkrich

Hosted By

Reimagine + Sound Off Films

Session 3 (of 3)

Feature Presentation

A conversation with Lee Unkrich, Director of Pixar’s Academy Award winning film, ‘Coco,’ explores the ways in which the filmmaker approached an animated film on death and the afterlife — geared toward children — and what we all can learn about reframing the issue through storytelling. A special screening of 'Coco' will immediately follow the conversation.

Fri. April 20
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7:00pm-9:30pm

$25 (purchase this event to receive 75% off discount code for Reimagine Film Fest afternoon sessions)


Saturday, April 21

Lecture/Panel

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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


Sunday, April 22

Lecture/Panel

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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