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Death Cafe

May 29th , 6:15pm 7:45pm

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Credit: Jothan Cashero

The Death Cafe is a simple concept. Bring strangers together to discuss one of the great universal truths: death. With thousands of chapters in over 26 countries around the world, Death Cafes are informal gatherings that aim to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.” There is no set agenda, but small group conversations might include thoughts on burial versus cremation, green burials, what music you want played at your funeral, or a personal experience you had dealing with grief. 

Price: Free. Registration required.

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Taking place in the Cemetery’s Modern Chapel, Gabrielle Gatto, Green-Wood’s manager of public programs and a death doula who holds a certificate in thanatology, invites you to share their thoughts, anxieties, hopes, and questions about death. It’s an opportunity for safe and open exchanges—along with tea and pastries!

Free. Registration required. Please consider a $10 donation to the Green-Wood Historic Fund so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programs throughout the year.


  • Attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Tickets: There is no need to print tickets. Attendees will be checked in by name.
  • Where to go: Contactless check-in will take place at the Modern Chapel near the Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street (500 25th Street).