Committing to making the most out of every day of our lives means being prepared for the logistics of what happens when life ends. Taking the time to understand expectations, options and action items enables us and our loved ones to spend time celebrating a life well lived instead of worrying about every medical, legal and financial decision.
This empowering dinner conversation will be based on the work of a group of healthcare and wellness leaders who are committed to breaking the taboo regarding conversations about end of life.
Our conversation will be based on the work of ever-growing communities such as DeathOverDinner.org, TheDinnerParty.org, Re:Imagine who empower us to talk about an often-not-discussed topic—death and dying.
- Smoked Trout Winter Niscoisse Salad
- Pommes Duchesse
- Ratatouille of the Winter Harvest
- Cauliflower and Brussel Sprout Gratin
- Lyon Style Chicken
Prepare for Shalon with recommended reading:
- 12 Life Lessons from a Man Who's Seen 12,000 Deaths
- Last Day, from Charlotte's Web
- Just Show Up
- Coalition for Compassionate Care - Tools for Advance Care Planning
Prepare - Created by Dr. Rebecca Sudore (UCSF), evidenced based, and developed for low literacy populations
Advance Care Directives - planning for end of life from The Mayo Clinic
What is a "Living Will?" from LegalZoom
Dara Kosberg is a Founding Team Member of The Dinner Party, community of people transforming life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement. She recently joined the Reimagine team to help with arts programming for their upcoming San Francisco city-wide conversation called Reimagine End of Life in April.
Brad Wolfe is the Founder and Executive Director of Reimagine, a new nonprofit with a mission to catalyze conversations and break down people’s taboos around challenging topics. It was initially inspired by OpenIDEO’s End of Life Challenge, as part of a 2016 project to examine the intersection of art, meaning, and end of life. They’re hosting Reimagine End of Life (April 16-22), a citywide festival and conversation about end of life with Bay Area artists, storytellers, health care professionals, innovators, religious communities, and organizations.
Shruti Kothari is a Director at Kaiser Permanente Ventures with a focus on improving the health care continuum in the key areas of quality, service, and value. She is also an advisor for End Well: Design for the End of Life Experience. End Well is bringing together design, tech, health care and activist communities for inspired thinking, idea sharing and deepened empathy intended to change our relationship with living and dying.