Reimagine: End of Life

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Reimagine: End of Life is a Death Conference in SF, April 16-22 2018. There are a ton of different events, many of them free, of interest to Death Workers, people who are moving through grief from personal loss and those contemplating and planning for their own deaths.

From among the many interesting free offerings, here are a few that stand out:

Nourish: Drink From Ceramics Glazed With Ashes

Hosted By

Justin Crowe

Test your true comfort level with your mortality by drinking from ceramic cups made using the ashes of 200 anonymous people. The ceramic design series called Nourish was created by artist Justin Crowe and asks users to confront death and mortality through an unavoidably intimate activity. This event is intended as inspiration to celebrate, share, and enjoy life while reflecting on our very existence.

Mon. April 16

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TBD

3:00pm-7:00pm

Free

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“Homegoings” Film Screening and Discussion

Hosted By

Angela Hennessy // The School of the Dead

Homegoings” is a documentary film about Isaiah Owens, a renowned funeral director in Harlem. Directed and produced by Christine Turner, 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

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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 with practical details and personal stories.

Mon. April 16

@

7:00pm-9:00pm

Free

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Death Cafe

Hosted By

Death Cafe

We welcome you to our Death Cafe. It is a safe, respectful space where you can feel comfortable sharing your questions, curiosity, fears, beliefs and stories about any/all aspects of death, grief, mourning, bereavement. We have learned that there is often lots of laughter as well as a few tears.

Tue. April 17

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6:30pm-8:30pm

FREE

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)

Conscious Grieving: Sacred Practices for Transforming the Energy of Loss

Hosted By

San Francisco Village and USF School of Nursing

To grieve consciously means that we go mindfully into the process, as fearlessly as possible, with our focus on inner transformation rather than external events. Through the use of mystical practices such as guided inner journeying and sacred ceremony, we can acquire new and effective healing tools that are not usually found in traditional counseling, religious, or support group settings.

Wed. April 18

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6:00pm-8:00pm

FREE

Psychedelics and Death with Dr. Richard Miller: New Science, New Understandings

Hosted By

Congregation Emanu-El

Dr. Miller – author of the new book “Psychedelic Medicine” – will discuss the new science around the use of psychedelics and death, and the profound new understanding of brain science around trauma, anxiety, and additions.

Wed. April 18

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7:00pm-9:00pm

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

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3:30pm-5:00pm

FREE

A Rabbi, Priest, Minister, and a Monk and a Nun Walk into a Bar…

Hosted By

Congregation Emanu-El

… The bartender says, “What is this, some kind of joke?” Join this conversation with local faith leaders to learn what their different traditions have to say about dying, death, end of life and the afterlife.

Thu. April 19

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7:00pm-9:00pm

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. From their very different perspectives as doctor, nurse, chaplain, family members, and caregivers, the panelists will discuss how writing and drawing (and the combination of the two) enhances their work.

Thu. April 19

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7:00pm-8:30pm

Free

Reimagine: Art and Design for the End of Life

Hosted By

California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus

The public is invited to join California College of the Arts students and faculty for a special evening of film, art, design and music. We will screen the new film “End Game;” hear presentations from innovators who are designing for the end of life; and see art and design work from the CCA community that explores the end of life space.

Our goal is to take the end of life discussion beyond the healthcare and spiritual realms into the creative realm, where artists and designers are creating work designed to help people have more meaningful end of life experiences and fulfill 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

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)

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