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Reimagine End of Life Week

Reimagine End of Life Week is a citywide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, we create weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance.

Programs at the Library

Prepare for Your Care: Learn How to Have Your End-of-Life Wishes Honored  

A workshop leader from Reimagine will first lead participants in creating personal six word memoirs and then provide the tools for participants to identify wishes for medical care when living with a progressive or serious illness or at the end of life. Learn how to talk more effectively with doctors, family, and friends about your wishes and those of loved ones.  

Saturday, October 27 @ 1pm
Howard Beach
92-06 156 Avenue

Saturday, October 27 @ 2:30pm
20-12 Madison Street

Saturday, November 3 @ 2pm
151-10 14 Road

How End-of-Life Planning Can Give Your Life New Meaning Now   

In 2015, when Fay Hoh Yin expressed her end-of-life wishes to daughter, Monona, their relationship and lives improved. Miraculously, Fay recovered from near-death. The two have since published Fay’s memoirs, Riding with the Wind, which they will share followed by an interactive session to discuss end-of-life issues. We will be playing the “Go Wish” game. This program is presented by Queens Memory and New Americans Program in collaboration with the Forest Hills Asian Association. Program will be in English with Chinese translation available.  

Saturday, October 27 @ 2pm
Forest Hills
108-19 71 Avenue

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善終計劃 如何給予您生命新 的意義   

當郝飛在 2015年向女兒殷安中表達善終的意願時,她們的關係 和生活都開始改善。神奇地,郝飛從死亡的邊緣走回來。之後, 她們出版了郝飛的回憶錄 “Riding with the Wind”。 她們在 此會與我們分享這本書,接着專家會與大家一起討論有關善終 計劃的問題。在節目最後,我們會玩"Go Wish"的遊戲。   

星期六, 10月27日, 下午2點
Forest Hills
108-19 71 Avenue

Truth or Dare: An Open Conversation about Medical Care at the End of Life   

Dr. Dawn Gross will explain why our current health care system errs on the side of quantity over quality of life. Learn how to clarify, advocate, and align medical services to support you and those you love the way you wish. The distinction between hospice and palliative care will be highlighted as well as benefits and limitations of advanced care directives and other health care forms. Participants can engage in an interactive workshop that will leave them confident and inspired to have conversations about what matters most in life with the people they love.  

Monday, October 29 @ 6pm
Jackson Heights
35-51 81 Street

Writing Workshops Led By The New York Writers Coalition  

Join NY Writers Coalition for special creative writing workshops exploring end-of-life themes. A NYWC workshop leader will guide the group through writing prompts touching on legacy, endings, and imagination -  or you can write what you feel. Participants can share their work and receive supportive feedback. This process will allow for a dialogue through writing around loss, denial, wonder, and preparation.  

with Elena Schwolsky
Monday, October 29 @ 5:30pm
Rego Park 
91-41 63 Drive

with Rhonda Zangwill 
Thursday, November 1 @ 5:30pm
85-12 Main Street

with Adepeju Adeyemo
Saturday, November 3 @ 2:30pm
Cambria Heights 
218-13 Linden Boulevard

with Alison Lowenstein 
Saturday, November 3 @ 2:30pm
Glen Oaks 
256-04 Union Turnpike

Heart to Heart® Café   

A facilitator trained by the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care will lead participants in the Café Card Game, helping participants to identify their own wishes and/or understand what a loved one wants done when life is ending. This program will be presented in Mandarin Chinese.  

Tuesday, October 30 @ 1pm
41-17 Main Street



41-17 Main Street

Defining Hope Screening and Discussion    

End of Life Choices New York will present a screening and discussion of "Defining Hope," a documentary about weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life. The screening with be followed by a panel discussion, including producers of the film and experts in hospice and palliative care.  

Thursday, November 1 @ 6pm
41-17 Main Street

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Film Screening and Discussion of "My Love, Don't Cross That River"    

As part of this event, we will screen My Love, Don't Cross That River, a documentary of an elderly couple, married for 76 years, capturing their everyday life and simple acts of affection. Following the screening, we will discuss the film and the idea that death is not the opposite of life, but part of it. This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.  

Saturday, November 3 @ 2pm
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue

“님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오” 상영/ 토론회    

삶의 끝 다시 상상해보기 주간은 삶과 죽음이라는 큰 질문에 대해 창의적 프로그램들과 토론을 통해 뉴욕시 전체가 함께 탐구해보는 주 입니다. 이 주간의 이벤트 중 하나로 퀸즈 도서관 맥골드릭 지점에서 “님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오” 의 상영과 토론을 개최합니다. 영화는 76년의 결혼생활을 한 한국의 노년 부부에 대한 다큐멘터리로, 부부의 일상과 꾸밈없는 애정 표현이 잘 녹아 들어 있어 개봉 당시 많은 사랑을 받았던 작품입니다. 영화는 한국어 음성/ 영어 자막으로 지원될 예정이며, 상영 후 토론회는 영어로 진행될 예정입니다.   

토요일, 11월 3일 2018년, 오후 2시
맥골드릭 지점, 퀸즈라이브러리 
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue

Prepare for Your Care: Learn How to Have Your End of Life Wishes Honored    

A workshop leader from Reimagine will provide the tools for participants to identify future hopes and wishes for medical care when living with a progressive or serious illness or at the end of life. This program will be presented in Spanish.  

Saturday, November 3 @ 2:30pm
38-23 104 Street

Prepárese para su cuidado: Aprenda cómo hacer que su deseos de fin de la vida sean respetado    

La Semana de reimaginar el final de la vida es una exploración de grandes preguntas sobre la vida y la muerte a través de la creatividad y la conversación en toda la ciudad. Un líder del taller de Reimagine primero dirigirá a los participantes a crear memorias personales de seis palabras y luego proporcionará las herramientas para que los participantes identifiquen que clase de  atención médica prefieren cuando viven con una enfermedad progresiva o grave o al final de sus vidas.   

Sábado, 3 de noviembre a las 2:30 p.m.
38-23 104 Street

Reimagine is a nonprofit organization that envisions a world in which we are all able to reflect on why we’re here, prepare for a time when we won’t be, and live fully right up until the end.