Events

Upcoming Events

May 28 & 29, 2019 

SOMETIMES THE ONLY CHOICES ARE HOW WE FACE DEATH,

AND HOW OUR COMMUNITY CAN SUPPORT US.

There’s nothing inherently medical about dying.  It’s much larger than medicine. It’s purely human.  Part of the missions is to keep all of this couched in humanity, not medical science, or social science, but really a full arc of humanity. Kindness, total openness, vulnerability, exchange.~ BJ Miller, MD, End Game

End Game, an Academy Award nominated documentary, is about one thing we all share as human beings – the experience of death and dying.  Many of us will be called on to be caregivers at some point in our lives, and many of us will be patients.  As advances in medicine continue to develop treatments and technology to sustain and extend our lives are allowing people to live longer with serious and chronic illness.  And yet creating the space to talk about death and our values around end-of-life care is more often than not, stressful and emotionally difficult.  Fear of the unknown or of saying the wrong thing or the belief that talking about it makes it happen, can prevent the topic from ever coming up until a health crisis occurs.

Elizabeth Coplan, Grief Dialogues Founder, is offering a screening of End Game on May 28 (Seattle) and May 29 (Bainbridge Island), followed by an audience discussion with a panel of selected community experts.  Film and discussion are open to the public and free of charge.

End Game lays bare what happens in a medical environment during the last stages of life. The film shows how these experiences can be positively addressed.

However, this reliance on the medical profession to discuss end of life issues often leaves us with unanswered questions and a less than positive death experience for ourselves and our loved ones.

After viewing the film, and discussing what the end-of-life can be, our panel will open a dialogue with the audience.

Panelists:

Kari Hilwig, MSW, Palliative Care Social Worker, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Taryn Lindhorst, PhD, LCSW, Director, Center on Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work at the University of Washington

Maya Scott, MSW, LSWAIC, Pediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Rashmi K. Sharma, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington

Shoshana Ungerleider, MD, Producer and Founder, End Well: Design and Innovation for the End of Life Experience(May 28thonly)

Karen Vargas, Founder and Director, Living Life Leadership

Elizabeth Coplan, Master of Ceremonies, Author and Founder, Grief Dialogues

Sponsors (materials available in the lobby at each performance):

Grief Dialogues

UW Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work

Ernest Becker Foundation

People’s Memorial Association

Island Volunteer Caregivers

Partners (materials available in the lobby at each performance):

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (an Initiative of WA State Hospital Association and WA State Medical Association)

Speaking of Dying

Providence Hospice 

Grief Coach

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

7 P.M. Kane Hall, University of Washington

Tickets: https://endgame.brownpapertickets.com

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

6:30 P.M. BIMA Auditorium, Bainbridge Island

Tickets: https://bpt.me/4222821

FROM ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILMMAKERS ROB EPSTEIN AND JEFFREY FRIEDMAN
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY

END GAME

For more information, contact Elizabeth Coplan, ecoplan@coplan.com, 206-930-9984.

 

 

Past Theatre Performances

Oct 31, 2018

ReImagine NYC
Grief Dialogues: The Play

3:30 p.m.

New York Open Center

New York City, NY

 

September 26, 2018

Grief Dialogues: The Play

8:00 p.m.

Cockroach Theatre

Las Vegas, NV

 

June 15, 2018

Grief Dialogues: The Play

7:00 p.m.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Bainbridge Island, WA

 

Tuesday, June 19 & 20 and June 26 & 27

7:30 p.m.

18th & Union Theatre

Seattle, WA

For more about the play, click below.

Grief Dialogues: The Play

 

2017 THEATRE PERFORMANCES & BOOK READINGS

October 17,  2017

Hospice

7 p.m.

A full-length play about the final
day of a mother's life
Produced by Parley Productions
Performed at West of Lenin
Seattle, WA

Just a Little More Time Book Readings

On June 8, 2017, Kathleen Eaton, Dr. Sharon Stanley, Corbin Lewars (editor),  Ann Teplick, G. Elizabeth Kretchmer, Paul Boardman, Elizabeth Coplan, Dave Reeck, Andrea Adams,  and Sierra Rigdon read before a filled house at the Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle, Washington.

We've enjoyed four different book readings (Bainbridge Island, WA; La Canada, CA; and Seattle, WA)  and plan for several more in other cities. Come back to this page soon for updates.

 


Interested in other events that continue our conversation around death and grief?

Please share by sending information to info@griefdialogues.com

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