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. 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. This workshop is co-sponsored by Good Neighbors of Park Slope.

TUESDAY, february 12, 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

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.”

—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.