Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30

Memorialization 101, our “Grieving through the Holidays” version at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232. After the funeral is over, how do we begin memorializing the precious memories of a loved one and plan activities for the holidays in remembrance of those we’re missing so much? While traditional acts – such as published obituaries, grave markers, scrap books, and stories at the dinner table – are important and relevant, there are new and exciting ways emerging on how to preserve a person’s life, wisdom, and cherished values. Join Amy for a discussion about capturing the true legacy of a loved one. Learn about creating unique keepsakes, whether it is the form of textiles, artwork, charitable donations, or readings. She will also explore how digital platforms can provide an ideal space for sharing stories and memories that are easily accessible. Discover what might feel right for your family.

december 9, 2018, 3:30 - 5 PM

How to Talk to Kids About Death, Green-Wood Cemetery. How do we explain death and dying to our children? How much should they know and when? How can a pet’s death or a grandparent’s declining health be explained in a way that’s understandable? How can we engage their curiosity, talents, and emotions in funeral practices and traditions? Join funeral director and death educator Amy Cunningham and child and adolescent psychotherapist and registered play therapist Liana Smith-Murphy for an enlightening conversation on the best practices for discussing death with children. This program is intended for parents with children of any age. Free to attend

TUESDAY, january 8, 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 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 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

January 12, 2019, 2018 6 pm

“It’s Your Funeral” talk at the Park Slope Food Coop, 782 Union Street, Brooklyn, 11225. Non-members welcomed. Planning for your own death, and getting acquainted with what is both traditional and newly possible in today’s end-of-life rituals enables you to face your own mortality with courage. 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 talk about how to plan a reasonably-priced funeral or memorial service. The interactive lecture will include important information on the green burial movement, news of greener cemeteries within and outside NYC, new thinking on the burial shroud, cremation pros and cons, biodegradable caskets, blended-faith/alternative ceremonies, and more. You’ll get a glimmer of what funerals of the future might look like—and leave with planning literature for yourself or for someone you love.

 

“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

 Speaking about funeral planning and new ways to memorialize at DOROT, November 2018.

Speaking about funeral planning and new ways to memorialize at DOROT, November 2018.

 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.

 Maple Street, Brooklyn, New York, March 2018

Maple Street, Brooklyn, New York, March 2018

 Near Frank Lloyd Wright’s original burial plot, Spring Green, Wisconsin 2018.

Near Frank Lloyd Wright’s original burial plot, Spring Green, Wisconsin 2018.