Saturday, February 24, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cremation: History and the Modern Process. 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. This engaging and sometimes even light-hearted exploration will also touch on how to choose an end-of-life mode of disposition that expresses your own beliefs and values. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to visit the crematory with Gema LaBoccetta, Green-Wood’s Crematory Manager, then chat with Amy and other attendees at a short reception. Free to attend, RSVP recommended. Please register using the Eventbrite box below. This program takes place in our Modern Chapel just to the right after passing through the Gothic Arches at the main entrance.
Sunday, March 11, 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
"Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death." Panel conversation and film screening of a documentary exploring diverse perspectives on death and dying. Through the lens of astrophysics, art, cryonics, near death experiences and green burials, nine unique individuals from all walks of life challenge us to rethink our place in the universe. Each of them has been forever changed by encounters with mortality. This event has two parts, with separate tickets for each part. If you’d like to attend both, please order tickets for both in the Eventbrite box below:
Panel Discussion: 1:30 – 3 PM, free, Amy leads a salon-style panel discussion with key subjects from Into the Night, creative members of the death positive movement, and innovators in eco-burial.Screening and Q&A: 3:30 – 6 PM, $10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members. This evening’s special screening will take place in the Historic Chapel and be followed by a Q&A featuring award-winning Writer/Director/Producer Helen Whitney.
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 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