Reimagine End of Life, New York City

October 27-November 3, 2018

October Reimagine End of Life was a week-long event that offered programs and activities throughout the New York community, exploring death and celebrating life through conversation and creativity.

What Matters co-sponsored a variety of programs throughout the week, including advance care planning sessions. Highlights included:

  • Theater of War
    Dramatic readings of ancient Greek plays were a catalyst for town hall discussions about the ethics and emotions surrounding end-of-life care.

  • Death Over (Shabbat) Dinner–Jewish Edition, featuring founder Michael Hebb
    The way we die is the most important conversation Americans aren’t having. We brought resources from Death Over Dinner–Jewish Edition to the Shabbat table, to transform this potentially difficult conversation into one in which everyone can take part.

  • Roz Chast in Conversation
    The New Yorker cartoonist and author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a graphic memoir about her aging parents, was interviewed by Romemu’s spiritual leader, Rabbi David Ingber.

  • Lives Well Lived
    In this feature documentary, 40 people aged 75 to 100, with a collective life experience of 3,000 years, share their secrets, wit, and wisdom on how to live a meaningful life.

  • Reimagining End-of-Life Care: A Multi-Faith Exploration
    Hosted by the Jewish Theological Seminary, this panel discussion focused on how diverse religious traditions and communities can provide guidance and wisdom to ensure the best care for the whole person at the end of life.

  • If Not Now, When?
    What Matters group information sessions introduced participants to advance care planning.


Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life
With Dr. Jessica Zitter and Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold Eisen

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi: When Breath Becomes Air with Rabbi Neil Zuckerman
Co-sponsored by What Matters, Park Avenue Synagogue, and Central Synagogue

When Breath Becomes Air: A Conversation with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi
and Rabbi Mychal Springer

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