Date & Time
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Planning for your own death, and getting acquainted with what is both traditional and newly possible in today’s end-of-life rituals, is a spiritual practice that enables you to face your own mortality with courage and ultimately express your most deeply-held values. Sadly, people who postpone funeral discussions are too frequently confronted with decisions involving thousands of dollars as they hold Kleenex in their hands. Join journalist and NY licensed funeral director Amy Cunningham in a talk about the fascinating (uplifting!) trends within today’s funeral business. Our conversation will cover 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 lunch, we’ll travel by subway to Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery for Amy’s lively review of the history of cremation, followed by a full crematory tour and an opportunity to stroll the Victorian grounds. 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.
A One-Day Workshop with afternoon guided tour of Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
$220 (Members & Nonmembers) Early Bird rate $190 by April 12
This workshop can be taken alone or as part of the New York Open Center’s Certificate in the Art of Dying: Integrative Thanatology. Click HERE for more information.
This program is part of the Art of Dying Institute. For complete information click here.
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.