In March of 2015, as my friend Bruce Kramer was dying, in making one final request, he asked me to look for the “ripples” in our work together. After nearly five years of radio interviews and a book, I couldn’t see anything else to do until The Convenings was launched in 2016. That ripple has become a wave and it continues to grow, with greater force and focus, becoming a new entity: “End in Mind.”
End in Mind is a Minnesota based non-profit dedicated to creatively exploring what it means to thrive with a serious disease, disability or into one’s impending death, focusing on the choices we can make when it comes to end-of-life planning and the conversations that need to happen around these important issues. End in Mind was formed as a not-for-profit organization because we feel that offers a path for continued growth and future sustainability. Our new name offers clarity. While we aren’t all about The End, we do want people to consider this key question: How would you live with the end in mind? What choices would you make? What matters the most?
Our new logo speaks to the knowledge and wisdom we attain as we move through our lives, with those lives (hopefully) broadening and deepening until the end. It is said the dying are the best teachers of living, and in fact Bruce Kramer and many we’ve met through The Convenings have been invaluable guides as we’ve learned from their experiences.
There’s much more to learn and a whole lot to talk about, and that’s why we’re so excited about our new beginning as End in Mind. Join us as we kick off our new series of events in Shakopee on October 30th at Mystic Lake Event Center with our friends from the St. Francis Regional Medical Center and Scott and Carver counties. Watch us on live television in Duluth, on WDSE-TV, November 8 at 7 pm. Of course, our social media channels are also great ways to connect and start some life changing conversations. As always, we are grateful for the continued support of Allina Health and Health Partners to further this important work.
Here’s to the power of possibility!