Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 pm

Green-Wood Cemetery’s Death Café is inspired by the centuries-old European salon, an informal gathering to discuss philosophical, political or scientific ideas. In 2011, British entrepreneur Jon Underwood brought this concept to discussions of the most universal, forbidden topic of all: death. His intention was to provide an opportunity to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.” Today, there are over 4,400 Death Cafes in 26 countries around the world. Green-Wood is proud to host these Death Cafe gatherings every other month in the beautiful, modern chapel. It’s an opportunity for safe and open exchanges, without an agenda. Amy will moderate. Tea and light snacks are provided.

“A place for people to discuss our inevitable fate.” – Gothamist

November 19, 12:30–1:50 p.m.

Good to Go: A Guide to the Modern Funeral, Brooklyn Lifelong Learning. Amy will speak for a second time on end-of-life experience planning at Brooklyn Lifelong Learning, the adult education arm of Brooklyn College, 2515 Glenwood Road #1AA, Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889, 718.951.5647 Email BLL@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Tuesday, December 10, 6:30–8 PM

Memorializing Loved Ones at the Holidays: The holidays are a particularly difficult time for the family and friends of departed loved ones. How can they grieve and memorialize when the season is filled with so much cheer? Yes, grief can intensify at the end of the year, but all is not lost. Join Amy to learn about a myriad of unique keepsakes and tributes that can be created in a loved one’s honor, whether they come in the form of textiles, artwork, charitable donations, or rituals at the dinner table. We will also explore how digital platforms can provide an ideal space for sharing stories and memories that are easily accessible on the web. Discover what might feel right for you and your family. Meet in Green-Wood Cemetery’s modern crematory chapel.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Revisioning the Moments for End-of-Life Ceremony and Ritual, One Spirit Learning Alliance (attend in-person or by videoconference or by downloading recordings). As American families have become more religiously/spiritually mixed and diverse, a call for new language and ceremony has emerged around the end-of-life period. How can we better acknowledge change and loss, honor the dead, and pull ourselves together at times when sadness seems all there is? Are there perhaps more milestones to mark than those usually provided for by a funeral or memorial service that can promote healing touchstones as we acknowledge our grief? Join Amy in an optimistic tour of new occasions for ceremony in the journey of the dying process; transfer from place of death, committal, disposition, first anniversary and beyond. This workshop will inspire those who are anticipating the loss of a loved one, those who have recently lost a loved one, funeral directors, ministers, celebrants and death doulas find ways to add meaning to the processing of any grief experience. 247 W. 36th Street, 6th Floor, New York City, NY 10018. Phone: 212-931-6840; Cost: $ 100.00, One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

The Inspired Funeral, an all-day workshop at the New York Open Center. Planning for your own death, and getting acquainted with what is both traditional and newly possible in today’s end-of-life rituals, is a spiritual practice that enables you to face your own mortality with courage and ultimately express your most deeply-held values. Sadly, people who postpone funeral discussions are too frequently confronted with decisions involving thousands of dollars as they hold Kleenex in their hands.

Join Amy in a day-long talk about the fascinating, uplifting trends within today’s funeral business. Our conversation will cover how to plan a reasonably-priced, back-to-basics funeral or memorial service as Amy offers timely, helpful information on the green burial movement, green cemeteries near New York City, new thinking on the burial shroud, cremation pros and cons, biodegradable caskets, blended-faith/alternative ceremonies, and more. One-Day Workshop $220 (Members & Nonmembers) Early Bird rate of $190 expires on 4/6 :19FAOD43S8. This course can be taken individually or as part of the Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program. New York Open Center 22 E. 30th Street York, NY 10016. Registration@opencenter.org. (212) 219-2527

“Those of you who are worn out and crushed by this mourning, let your hearts consider this: This is the path that has existed from the time of creation and will exist forever, many have drunk from it and many will yet drink. As was the first meal, so shall be the last. May the master of comfort comfort you. Blessed are those who comfort the mourners.” —Jewish blessing

Highlighted memories

Amy and architect Katrina Spade discuss the greening of the American funeral and Recompose.life at Green-Wood Cemetery, June 8, 2019. Photo credit: Dina Stander

Amy and architect Katrina Spade discuss the greening of the American funeral and Recompose.life at Green-Wood Cemetery, June 8, 2019. Photo credit: Dina Stander

Speaking to the Chevra Kadisha, Jewish burial society of B’nai Jeshurun, Manhattan, March 2019.

Speaking to the Chevra Kadisha, Jewish burial society of B’nai Jeshurun, Manhattan, March 2019.

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

Amy shows a felted wool shroud from Bellacouche.com at her greener funeral talk, Pioneer Works, 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.

At First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 2016.

At First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 2016.

Maple Street, 2015

Maple Street, 2015