TUESDAY JUNE 26, 7:00-8:30 PM
Death and Dying in the LGBT Community, Green-Wood Cemetry, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Death is notable for its universality, but death and dying are often experienced differently by those in the LGBTQ community. Disparities associated with social inequality as well as institutionalized homophobia and transphobia greatly affect the mental and physical health of LBGTQ persons worldwide. The Center for Disease Control stresses the “need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services” specific to this population.
Join Amy, trust and estate attorney Michael Bond, Esq., funeral celebrant Donna Henes, and Teresa Theophano, Assistant Director of Care Management Services at SAGE, the advocacy group for LGBTQ elders, in a conversation about death, dying, and funeral rituals in the LGBTQ community. Panelists will explore a range of topics, including historic precedents (among them the discovery of a same sex couple’s tomb in ancient Egypt), the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the rise of alternative bereavement, and the creation of non-traditional families when many churches and families of LGBTQ people turned their backs on – or failed to recognize – their LGBTQ members. Attendees will also learn about vital end-of-life related planning materials.
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 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--yes!-- 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, a previously forbidden topic, 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
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30
Memorialization 101: How we memorialize our dead relatives and friends is changing with the times and while published obituaries, grave markers, scrap books, and stories at the dinner table are important, there are many other ways to preserve a person's life, wisdom and cherished values. Join Amy at beautiful Green-Wood Cemetery for a talk about memory and memorializing through repurposed belongings, textiles, artwork, charitable donations, readings and ritual. How can birthdays of deceased people and the anniversaries of a death be made both positive and memorable? How can we create our own healthy remembrance habits and rituals? In what way does our digital age influence our own legacy and that of others? Come with your own stories and practices and leave with a sense that life is improved by memorialization and legacy work. Contemplate what's worth keeping forever and what's best discarded. Cultivate your inner archivist and have fun in the process!
COMING UP: Guidance on funerals in the home, crematory tours and more. Fitting Tribute Funeral Services is a sponsor of Reimagine End-of-Life, a group that will promote events and conversations about the death and dying all over New York City the last week of October, 2018.