SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018 3:30 PM

Cremation and the Modern Process: A lecture on the history of cremation followed by a crematory tour. What is cremation? How long have we been doing it, and how does it work? Amy leads this presentation of cremation’s history and its impact on present-day and future funerals. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to visit the crematory with Gema LaBoccetta, Green-Wood’s Crematory manager. This is one of the most remarkable presentations that Amy helps lead. Please join us! Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232. 718 768-7300. 

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, JULY 10, 2018 6:30 PM-8 PM

Amy hosts the Death Cafe at Green-Wood Cemetery. Inspired by the centuries-old European salon, a Death Cafe is an informal gathering where people come to discuss philosophical, personal, or scientific ideas about--yes!-- death. British founder Jon Underwood believed that this kind of gathering would help people make the most of their finite lives, and it seems to work.  Today, there are over 4,400 Death Cafes in 26 countries around the world. The fact that you're discussing death, a previously forbidden topic, with fellow wayfaring strangers creates an unusual and pleasant intimacy. Tea and light snacks are provided. “A place for people to discuss our inevitable fate.” – Gothamist

SATURDAY and Sunday, June 16-17, 9:30-5:30 PM

After Death Care and the Home Funeral, teachings by death midwife Olivia Bareham for anyone interested in being a death doula or anyone anticipating a death in the family. (Amy in attendance and assisting.) Covered topics: 

  • Unexpected death: holding space in the ER
  • Completing health care and death care directives
  • Stillbirth/infant death: bringing baby home
  • After-death rites and rituals, and sealing the chakras
  • Benefits of a 1- to 3-day home vigil
  • The death midwife kit
  • Care of the body (bathing, dressing, anointing)
  • Shrouding
  • Decorating the cremation casket
  • Laying the body in honor
  • Jewish and Muslim Tahara rituals
  • After-death traditions from around the world
  • Self-care for caregivers: preventing burnout
  • Films, meditations, written exercises, demonstrations and hands-on practice support the information shared.
    $405 (Members & Nonmembers) Early Bird $370 by 5/8.  The New York Open Center, 22 E. 3oth Street, New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 212-219-2527
    Email: registration@opencenter.org

TUESDAY JUNE 26, 7:00-8:30 PM

Death and Dying in the LGBT Community, Green-Wood Cemetry, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Death is famous for its universality and sameness, its ability to level every playing field. But death and dying are often experienced differently by those in the LGBT community, and the life expectancy of an LGBT person is still somewhat shorter due to suicide and hate crimes continuing in this country and all over the world. Please join death educator Amy Cunningham, trust and state attorney Michael Bond, Esq., actor Robert I. Rubinsky, and Teresa Theophan, Assistant Director of Care Management Services t AGE, the advocacy group for LGBT elders, in an unforgettable  conversation on the history of LGBT death, dying and funeral ritual. Our panel will cover a lot of ground--a same sex couple's tomb in ancient Egypt, persecution in Europe during WWI, to how non-traditional families were created when the church was of no ssistanc, to how AIDS led to "celebration of life" event and radical adjustments to he way we memorialize our dead. LGBT singles will learn about the importance of the appointment of agent form and other related documents. 

COMING UP: Green Burial workshop, Funeral Planning 101, Guidance on Funerals in the Home. 

Highlighted memories

 Amy shows a felted wool shroud from Bellacouche.com at her greener funeral talk at Pioneer Works, Redhook, Brooklyn, October 4, 2017.

Amy shows a felted wool shroud from Bellacouche.com at her greener funeral talk at Pioneer Works, Redhook, Brooklyn, October 4, 2017.

 Amy at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Trade show, October 2016.

Amy at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Trade show, October 2016.

 Amy drives a 2016 dark green Honda Pilot upstate for most green burials and it's a somewhat better fit. But our firm has all manner of lovely transport vehicles.

Amy drives a 2016 dark green Honda Pilot upstate for most green burials and it's a somewhat better fit. But our firm has all manner of lovely transport vehicles.

 Maple Street, Brooklyn, New York, March 2018

Maple Street, Brooklyn, New York, March 2018

 At the screening of Helen Whitney's  "Into the Night,"  Green-Wood Cemetery's Historic Chapel, March 2018

At the screening of Helen Whitney's "Into the Night," Green-Wood Cemetery's Historic Chapel, March 2018