Date & Time
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Planning for your death and getting acquainted with both traditional and contemporary end-of-life rituals can be a spiritual practice that helps you face your own mortality with courage in a way that reflects your most deeply held values. Sadly, people who postpone funeral discussions can be confronted with decisions involving thousands of dollars, as they hold Kleenex in their hands. Join N.Y. licensed funeral director Amy Cunningham as she discusses interesting trends in today’s funeral business: how to plan a basic, reasonably-priced funeral or memorial; the “green burial” movement and green cemeteries near New York City; new thinking on the burial shroud; pros and cons of cremation; biodegradable caskets; and blended-faith/alternative ceremonies.
Come envision what funerals of the future might look like.
A Half-Day Workshop
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$110 (Members & Nonmembers) Early Bird $95 by 4/6
This course is also part of the Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program
New York Open Center
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.