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Reimagine: Life, Loss, and Love- a virtual worldwide festival

We are excited to announce that End of Life Choices New York will be hosting online events as part of Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love, a worldwide virtual festival hosted by Reimagine during COVID-19.  Reimagine End of Life is a nonprofit that organizes in-person and online festivals exploring big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. The festival kicked off May 1 and will run through July 9. Registration is officially open for the events below, and we hope to soon add more events to our program. 

The Case for Medical Aid in Dying in New York

June 16th, 5:00pm-6:30pm on Zoom.

Registration is free.

Click here for more information and to register.  

Panelists will discuss the Medical Aid in Dying Act (being considered by the legislature) from their perspectives as a doctor, lawyer, legislator, person living with cancer, and person with disabilities. The esteemed panel includes, Barbara A. Backer, RN DSW; David C. Leven, JD; Assemblymember Amy Paulin; Benny Pollak; and Timothy E. Quill, MD. 

Registration is free.

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EOLCNY’s Clinical Director, Judith Schwarz, PhD, will be discussing voluntarily stopping eating and drinking as a peaceful, legal option to hasten death. The presentation will include background clinical and legal information about VSED, and a video presentation of an elderly woman who chose a VSED death. The video was lovingly made by her daughter with her consent and covers the duration of her “fast.” 

Planning for a Better End of Life: A Guide to Navigating Today’s Healthcare System

July 1st, 5:00pm-6:00pm on Zoom.

Registration is free.

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A presentation and discussion on: palliative care and how/when it can benefit you; telling your doctors about your end of life care wishes; health care proxies, a living wills, and other directives; how hospice care can improve quality of life. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. This event is made possible through a grant from the New York Foundation for Eldercare.

End of Life Choices New York is one of hundreds of collaborators coming together to explore life, love, and loss. Artists, storytellers, healthcare professionals, faith and community leaders, and innovators from around the world are uniting to create this unique virtual festival in response to COVID-19. You can view the entire schedule of virtual events taking place during Reimagine: Life, Love, & Loss here, and the End of Life Choices New York event page here .

We hope you will join us and share these events with your friends, family, and community! 

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