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The Future of the Funeral

May 8th , 6:15pm 7:45pm

green-wood landscape
Credit: Bruce Katz

Join us as we examine the impact of evolving cultural landscapes on funeral practices, considering how diverse belief systems, multicultural influences, and changing demographics are shaping the rituals of tomorrow. We will explore the role of technology in memorialization, from virtual ceremonies and digital memorials to the use of artificial intelligence in creating personalized and interactive experiences that celebrate the unique lives of the deceased.We will peer into the future to consider the psychological and emotional aspects of grief and mourning in a rapidly changing world.

Price: Free. Registration required.

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All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to experts! Mary Pat will lead a tutorial for newcomers in both knitting and crocheting, while those at intermediate and expert levels are encouraged to bring their ongoing projects. Feel free to bring your own yarn, needles, and hooks; some materials will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mary Pat Klein is a highly skilled and renowned yarn craftsperson. Her knit creations have graced television screens, print ads, and Broadway stages. Her works have been featured on The Today Show and Guiding Light, as well as Broadway productions including Frozen, A View From a Bridge, Present Laughter, and the stage adaptation of Mrs. Doubtfire, for which she crafted the iconic blue sweater. Collaborating closely with Tony Award-winning costume designers, Mary Pat has custom crafted blankets, sweaters, hats, throw pillows, and an array of unique items.

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).