As Randi Belisomo knows, Chicago’s reputation for violent death often overshadows the day-to-day realities of its most vulnerable aging residents. By working across a network that includes civic, religious, health and community groups, she and her partners are bringing community-based end of life planning to Chicago’s South Side Chatham neighborhood.
End Well speakers are pushing boundaries and inspiring possibilities.
End Well is a first of its kind gathering of design, tech, health care and activist communities with the goal of generating human-centered, interdisciplinary innovation for the end of life experience.
The single-day symposium’s fast-paced agenda of provocative minds and empathic priorities promises a unique immersion in the cultural, clinical and systems issues and opportunities relating to the end of life experience – and marks the beginning of a movement to actively change our relationship to living and dying.
Other speakers include Dr. BJ Miller, a palliative care physician at University of California, San Francisco and former executive director of Zen Hospice Project; Michael Hebb, a serial dining entrepreneur who founded the founder of Death Over Dinner initiative; and Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, a clinical assistant professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue.