Saturday, February 23, 2019 3:30-5:30
Green-Wood Cemetery hosts Amy's lively talk on the history of cremation, followed by a full crematory tour with crematory manager Gema LaBoccetta. Please join us for an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about cremation than you ever thought know-able, plus some nice socializing with other folks interested in exploring end-of-life options. Refreshments will be served. Just come through the huge Victorian gates (noting green parrots flying 'round the turrets) at 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11232, and join us in the building directly to your right.
TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 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
APRIL 27-28, 2019, 9:30-5:30
“Last Breath: Care of the Body after Death,” with Amy’s teacher, renowned Los Angeles death midwife Olivia Bareham. This workshop demonstrates the role of the death midwife from the final breath, through the 3-day home vigil and funeral until final disposition. Open to professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and anyone wishing to care for their loved-one naturally, at home, according to personal, religious and cultural traditions.
Topics explored include:
Unexpected death – Holding space in the ER
Home Funerals – Benefits, legalities and logistics
The death midwife kit
Care of the body (bathing, dressing, anointing)
Shrouding; Caskets and Shrouds
Laying the body in-honor
Buddhist after-death traditions
The death-care directive – your plan for funeral and final disposition
Self-care for caregivers – preventing burnout
Films, meditations, written exercises, demonstrations and hands-on practice support the information shared. $425 (Open Center members & nonmembers) Early bird rate $395 by March 15. The New York Open Center, 22 E. 3oth Street, New York, NY. 212-219-2527, email@example.com
MAY 18, 2019, 9:30-5:30
Join Amy in an all day workshop called “The Inspired Funeral” at the New York Open Center on what is both traditional and newly possible in today’s end-of-life rituals. We’ll spend the morning talking about 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. After questions and small group interaction, we’ll head to Brooklyn for a complete tour of Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory that includes the family witnessing area and faces of the retorts. Register here before April 12, $190.
“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.”