Earlier this month I wrapped up production on my last big event of the year, the End Well Symposium.
The End Well Symposium was conceived by Shoshana Ungerleider, MD. She started the Underleider Palliative Care Education Fund which supports palliative care education in different capacities. She had been working with Wellhaus Media to design and ideate the event and they graciously brought me on as the producer when it came time to make the experience a reality. It was an astounding event with thought-provoking and emotional talks about the end of life experience from all perspectives and disciplines.
The audience included people from multiple disciplines including healthcare, design, technology, policy and innovation. It was the opportunity to come together as a community over a shared passion to bring dignity and innovation to dying. The goal was to create a conversation that would spur action and bring openness to a topic that is scary and taboo at times. The program was a full day of keynote and fireside chat style talks that were punctured and impactful
Ali Shaheed Muhammad discussed how dying plays into his experience of being an artist; Musician, Yoko Sen shared how her hospital stay impacted her to find ways to incorporate music and sound to the hospital experience; Cynthia Perillat Carter gave us insight into how caregivers need to also be cared for and how her organization supports them; Torrie Fields shared her story of being diagnosed with cervical cancer and being uninsured and how that pushed her to advocate for better policy that support the sick.
It was truly an eye-opening and moving experience to be a part of this day. I can hardly wait for the videos to be released so I can re-watch some of the talks. I was mainly positioned at the table in the back of the room ensuring that everything ran on stage smoothly. I am excited to watch the talks again when I am not calling cues on a headset 🙂
Some of the reactions and thoughts from the day:
— Jessica Zitter, MD (@JessicaZitter) December 8, 2017
— Courtney Martin (@courtwrites) December 15, 2017
“Asking am I loved? Do I give love? Why wait until the end of our lives to ask these questions?” @fostaseski and @rocketgirlmd on allowing death to inform how we live at #EndWell17 @endwellSF pic.twitter.com/A9p3rYOFUi
— Shoshana Ungerleider (@ShoshUMD) December 7, 2017
— End Well (@endwellSF) December 7, 2017
From OnBeing: Death Without Duality: Three Both/Ands at the End of Life by Courtney Martin (our wonderful MC)
From Pallimed: Conference Review: 2017 End Well Symposium by Lizzy Miles
I am so grateful to have been a part of creating this experience. I have so much admiration for Shoshana, Wellhaus Media and the speakers who brought their gifts and hearts to making this an unforgettable and impactful day. What a way to close out an amazing year. How are we going to top it, 2018? Bring it on!