The Art of Dying Institute presents:
The rate of cremation surpassed the rate of burial in the United States in 2016, and yet most people know nothing about cremation’s history and what’s entailed in the process.
Art of Dying faculty member and funeral director Amy Cunningham has customized her lecture on cremation’s history for Open Center members, celebrants, and anyone planning a future funeral.
You’ll see images of mankind’s earliest known cremation in Australia 32 thousand years ago, learn about the pagan cremations of Ancient Rome, and see how ancient Judaism’s consistent objection to cremation led to 1500 years of Judeo-Christian burial. Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Madame Helena Blavatsky, Jessica Mitford, Ann Landers and Rev. Billy Graham will all make appearances in this engaging talk. You’ll learn how cremation services can be better personalized today and made more meaningful. New methods gaining traction will also be discussed.
A tour of the crematory with a view of the faces of chambers (or retorts) will follow, led by Green-Wood’s experienced crematory staff. In the end, you’ll better know how to choose between cremation and green burial, and select a mode of disposition that expresses your values.
Who knew that woven into cremation’s story were so many hotly contested views on facing death, and so much passion regarding what’s really right for the earth and all of civilization?
This program is open only to those enrolled in the Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program.
Green-Wood Cemetery’s modern crematory chapel
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Green-Wood is accessible by subway. Take the R line to Brooklyn’s 25th Street stop and walk uphill on 25th Street a long block. Come through the large Victorian gates at the Fifth Avenue/25th Street entrance. The guard will tell you where to go. There is plenty of parking. Don’t forget snacks and water for your excursion as there’s no coffee shop on the premises.
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Amy Cunningham, a progressive funeral director and owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, specializes in green burials in cemeteries certified by the Green Burial Council, simple burials within the NYC metropolitan area, home funerals, and cremation services at Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory chapels. Previously Amy was a magazine writer until 2007 when her elderly father’s memorial service got her interested in helping folks plan more meaningful end-of-life services. When she’s not directing funerals, she writes a funeral planning blog called TheInspiredFuneral.com. She believes that a good funeral can send everyone in attendance out the door with an altered view of what life’s all about, and the beginnings of a plan for moving forward.