Reimagine Week 2018 at CHAM


The Quality in Life Team at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) invites members of the community to participate in Reimagine Week, October 27– November 3, 2018, as we explore the topics of life, death and remembrance through a series of special events.

Reimagine End of Life is a citywide, week-long effort designed to bring diverse communities together to address the taboos related to death and celebrate life. All over the city, people and organizations across the fields of art, culture and healthcare will host events, exhibitions, literary readings, documentary film screenings and educational workshops.  CHAM is the first and only children’s hospital in New York to partner with Reimagine End of Life. We hope you will join us.

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Event Schedule

Start Light, Start Bright, First Star I See Tonight
Remembering Our Children, Because Our Care Does Not End

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: CHAM Lobby and West Courtyard at Moses Campus
3415 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467
Free Admission, 50 Spaces Available

Join as we unveil an interactive art installation created by Bronx artist Lady K-Fever and students of Academy of Mount St. Ursula.  We will honor children who have died by placing stars in their memory as part of an exhibit celebrating their lives. When the sun goes down and the sky starts to glitter, we can all pause and remember their smiling faces. While they may no longer be with us, they will always live on in our hearts. Together, we will reflect and remember. The exhibit runs throughout CHAM Reimagine Week, October 27–November 3, 2018.

Organ Donation: How One Life Can Save Another

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 12:00–3:00 pm
Location: Academy of Mount St. Ursula
330 Bedford Park Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458
Free Admission, 50 Spaces Available

Did you know that when you apply for your first driver’s license in New York, you could choose to become an organ donor at 16 years old? We are collaborating with the students at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula all-women’s Catholic high school to conduct educational seminars around organ donation.

Join us to thoughtfully explore culture, values and faith while gaining the knowledge needed to make an informed choice about organ donation. Living as an organ donor is about more than checking the box.

The Power of Remembrance: Creating a Space for Discussion, Support and Healing Through Storytelling

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Robbins Auditorium, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461
Free Admission, 200 Spaces Available

Do you have a story of someone special? Do you want to share their story with others? How can we learn from each other about living on after a loss? Let’s let the power of storytelling strengthen our connections.  Join us for a Story Slam, where we can share our stories of life, death, remembrance and organ donation. Hear from students, residents, patients, family, staff and the Bronx community.

The Decision to Live in Others: Regifting Life and Restoring Hope

Join us for a book discussion of Taylor’s Gift — a story about living beyond death and the gift of life.

Taylor’s Gift, written by Tara and Todd Storch, is an inspiring account of thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch, whose life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With limited time to consider their options, her grieving parents made the life-changing decision to donate her organs.

Over time, Tara and Todd met four of the five people who are still living today because of Taylor’s gift. Through these connections, the Storches have discovered the unexpected blessings that accompany the gift of organ donation. Please join us for this important and heartfelt discussion at the following branches of the New York Public Library:

Kingsbridge Library
291 West 231st Street
Bronx, NY, 10463
Date: November 1, 2018
Time: 10:30–11:30 am
Family Storytime: When Dinosaurs Die
Free Admission, 25 Spaces Available

Mosholu Library
285 East 205th Street
Bronx, New York 10467
Date: October 29, 2018
Time: 3:30– 4:30 pm
Family Storytime: When Dinosaurs Die
Free Admission, 25 Spaces Available

Time: 5:30– 6:30 pm
Author Talk: Tara Storch, Taylor’s Gift
Free Admission, 50 Spaces Available

To My Dear Child: Discover the Sound of Your Words and Share Your Story Through Music

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Family Learning Place, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
3415 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467
Free Admission, 10 Spaces Available

We will be hosting a special evening of song for parents whose children have died. Singer-songwriter Emily Cavanagh will assist parents in turning a letter to their child into a song of remembrance. No experience is needed, no sharing required. We hope to see you there.

About the Quality in Life Team at CHAM

The Quality in Life Team (QUILT) is the pediatric palliative care team at CHAM. QUILT works alongside families facing life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. QUILT provides support for families as they face complex medical decisions and uncertainty, as well as comprehensive pain support addressing the social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs of each child and their family.

We also care for children and families when a child dies. By partnering with Reimagine End of Life, we aim to assist families with sharing the stories of their children who have died and honoring their lives. When a child dies, not only is a family impacted, so is their entire community. Join us as we remember and Reimagine.

About Reimagine End of Life

Reimagine End of Life is a nonprofit organization that seeks to explore death and the celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Learn more about the 2018 Reimagine week events in New York City.