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A Day in the Life of A Gravedigger

May 23, 2023 , 6:00pm 7:30pm

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Ever wonder what it’s like to live alongside death on a daily basis? What inspires someone to work in the death-care field? Green-Wood’s “A Day in the Life” series brings together industry professionals for lively conversations on the intricacies of their trade and to answer your burning questions about the field of end-of-life care.

This evening, we are getting you the inside scoop from professionals right here at the Cemetery. If you’ve ever visited Green-Wood, you’ve no doubt seen our crew in action completing a myriad of tasks to keep this active cemetery in operation.

Price: Free. Registration required.

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We will be focusing on the daily routine of a gravedigger, in addition to a crematory operator and an operations manager: Gus Padilla, Frank “Mutzy” Morelli, and Frank “Bernie” Bernadini.

Cemetery workers are essential to ensure that cremations and burials are done safely and respectfully to aid in the end-of-life rituals for all of the families they serve. This evening, they will share their unique perspective on working in a death care space and guide you to a better understanding of their day-to-day jobs. A short Q & A will follow the moderated panel, so bring all those questions you’ve been dying to ask.

Free. Registration required. Please consider a donation to the Green-Wood Historic Fund so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programs throughout the year.


  • COVID-19 Policy: In accordance with New York State and CDC guidance, masks are optional. Attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Where to go: Contactless check-in will take place at the Modern Chapel.