Past Event Archive

Our Completed Life Conferences and Symposia comprise multi-session events exploring the essential notions of a completed life. The point at which any life is complete can be determined only by the individual, based on the values they deem important. A terminal diagnosis might shape the definition of when life is considered “complete.” For example, can I experience joy, see beauty in my surroundings, ambulate safely, engage in meaningful social interaction? Watch our video archives to explore this, and many more, questions.

American culture is generally uncomfortable addressing death. Yet, within this same culture, we embrace the belief that life is a cycle beginning with birth and ending with death. How do we explain this profound cultural paradox? Like many of life’s great unanswered questions, meaning is found through open discussion. Our Panel Discussions aim to facilitate this conversation with the help of multimedia – books, documentaries, and film.

Completed Life Town Halls focus on the narrow and the expansive. Barriers persist between providers and patients at the very end of life; indeed, these conversations are often not standard in hospitals or medical facilities across the United States. A major deficiency therefore persists in most patients’ lack of awareness of accessible end-of-life treatment options that can support them in their dying experience.

Those lucky enough to have full access to medical treatments may already feel their lives are “completed,” and might want to skip a period of increasing debility late in life by choosing the time of their own death. What might be the criteria for making such a choice, and what methods to achieve death might be permissible? Furthermore, what options might be available to those who have lost decision-making capacity? These questions are profound and difficult. Our Lunch hours offer the Completed Life Community the opportunity to join this conversation with our Completed Life Faculty and special guests. Join our mailing list to receive information about our upcoming Lunch Hours.

Some might want to live until actually overcome by death, while others might wish to die before losing bodily functions essential to their personal dignity. Still others, knowing the likely progression of their disease, might choose to view their life as complete before arriving at the precipice of “existence” where suffering – despite efforts at effective control – does not end.