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Mortality & Me: Green-Wood’s Book Club

July 8th , 6:00pm 8:30pm

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It’s often difficult to engage in conversations about death: Will I say the wrong thing? Am I going to offend someone? Who wants to talk about that morbid stuff anyway? Green-Wood’s book club, Mortality & Me, will help make death an easier subject to talk about through compelling books that tackle this topic head on.

For this book club session, we will be discussing Alua Arthur’s Briefly Perfectly Human: Making an Authentic Life by Getting Real About the End, a deeply transformative memoir that reframes how we think about death.

Price: Free. Registration required.

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A lawyer-turned-death-doula, Arthur has shared her philosophy throughout the spheres of education, film, media—and now literature—that thinking about your own death can lead to a more fulfilling and authentic life. Her book is a powerful testament to getting in touch with something deeper by embracing the fact of our own mortality. 

You do not have to have read the book in its entirety to enjoy the event. A portion will be sent to attendees in PDF form, via email in advance. This section will be the basis of our discussion.

Mortality & Me’s moderator, Josie Wells, is the creator and facilitator of Footnotes & Indexes Book Club whose mission is to connect people to literature that feeds their curiosity and articulates their lived experiences as a form of community activism. She holds degrees in African American Studies and English from Rutgers University and is an award-winning journalist.

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).