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New York These days: New York Right now: A Sunny Day at the Death Cafe

New York Today: New York Today: A Sunny Day at the Death (is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism) Cafe

New York These days: New York Right now: A Sunny Day at the Death Cafe

Good morning on this pleasant Tuesday (is the day of the week occurring between Monday and Wednesday).

The final location you may possibly feel to devote a sparkling spring day is at a death cafe.

But that’s exactly what we did this month, and what we discovered, to our pleasant surprise, was anything but bleak.

On the second Tuesday of each and every month, the landmark (landmark is a recognizable natural or artificial feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment and is often visible from long distances) Green-Wood Cemetery (cemetery or graveyard is a place where the remains of dead people are buried or otherwise interred) in Brooklyn hosts a “death cafe,” a salon-style gathering in which visitors can speak openly about death and mortality.

The death cafe movement, started in England in 2011, is now a global tradition taking place in coffee shops, offices and other unlikely spaces in much more than a dozen countries. Its goal is to make conversations about dying — from the philosophical (is there an afterlife?) to the mundane (metal urn or marble?) — much (may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin) less taboo.

When we joined a recent death cafe at the cemetery, we anticipated an evening of tissues and tears with a group of New Yorkers in mourning.

The reality was really the opposite.

We met a lively bunch of strangers, ranging from young adults to octogenarians, most of whom have been not grieving at all they had, rather, come for an intellectually stimulating, if at times uncomfortable, discussion.

“Death cafes (coffeehouse, coffee shop or café (sometimes spelt cafe) is an establishment which primarily serves hot coffee, related coffee beverages (café latte, cappuccino, espresso), tea, and other hot) are a kind of beautiful rehearsal for coming closer to death and understanding it and grappling with it, so that when we do have a death pending in our households, as is inevitable, we may well be a little far more ready for it and slightly significantly less rattled,” mentioned the funeral director and death educator Amy Cunningham, who facilitated the get-with each other.

“There’s no agenda — absolutely nothing is sold or prompted — so it can go in all sorts of intriguing directions in a totally natural way,” she said.

In between sugar cookies and laughs, our group jumped from religion to social media to psychotropic drugs to modern ethics.

“Can you be buried with your pet?” one lady, a documentary photographer, asked the group, following it up with (or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album),) a conversation on approaching death from a nonreligious point of view.

“How do you manage the loss of an estranged family member?” another wondered, prompting a third — who had lost a relative the week just before — to speak about the death of her distant father.

She and her husband then debated the pros and cons of understanding of a death by means of Facebook. Numerous minutes later, he told the group a separate story about the deathlike “static peace” he felt although tripping on the drug DMT.

(My contribution to the discussion: sharing how self-conscious I feel about what to say or do at funerals.)

“As frightening as it might seem,” Ms. Cunningham mentioned that evening, “there are several remarkable factors that can take place (may refer to) and approaches (may refer to: Scientific method Bowling action Flirting Instrument approach in aviation Approach (album), an album by Von Hertzen Brothers The Approach, an album by I:Scintilla Visual approach in) to grow and carry grief through the subsequent chapters of your life, and this is the way we evolve — by way of moments that seem so painful but then have hidden miracles of ecstasy.”

Green-Wood will host its subsequent death cafe on April (is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the fifth in the early Julian, the first of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the second of five months to have a length of) ten, and you can find out far more through Death Café New York City or the Death Lab at Columbia University.

Here’s what else is happening (happening is a performance, event, or situation meant to be considered art, usually as performance art):


For the very first time (is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future), prospective New York City house purchasers are looking to acquire two apartments with bitcoins, according to reports. [CBS New York]

More than half of the City Council has signed a letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, affirming their support for a decreased-fare MetroCard program for low-earnings New Yorkers. [Curbed NY]

One particular of the city (city is a large human settlement)’s most (may refer to) distinct and historic features — the glass set into cast-iron sidewalks recognized as vault lights — will soon be replaced. [Treehugger]

New York () is a historic walled city at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England) City’s favourite jelly bean flavor is buttered popcorn, according to the bulk candy web site (may refer to: Location (geography), a point or an area on the Earth’s surface or elsewhere Archaeological site, a place (or group of physical sites) in which evidence of past activity is preserved) [Staten Island Advance]

Today (may refer to: The day of the present, the time that is perceived directly, often called now)’s Metropolitan Diary: “One Mother to Another”

For a international look at what’s happening, see Your Morning (is the interval between sunrise and noon) Briefing.

Coming Up These days

A hearing on the landmarks assessment procedure, and the public’s part and rights in that process, on the ninth floor of the Municipal Developing at A single Centre Street in Manhattan. 9:30 a.m. [Free]

“Eggstraordinary Easter,” an afternoon of face painting, relay races, egg hunts and other (or The Other may refer to) household activities, at St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the Bronx. 4 p.m. [Free of charge]

The CUNY Graduate Center examines the contemporary practices of Jews, Christians and Muslims in their typical holy (means revered due to sanctity and is generally the state of being perceived by religious individuals as associated with divinity and considered worthy of spiritual respect or devotion; or inspiring) places — which includes Bethlehem, Ephesus, Hebron and Istanbul — using modern art.

And on show at the Morgan Library &amp Museum is the Morgan Image Bible, a 13th-century illustrated Old Testament, which was designed across civilizations, languages and cultures, revealing common threads in the Torah, the Bible and the Quran.

The exhibition opens Tuesday on Wednesday, you can join 3 religious leaders — Sheikh Khaled Bentounès, Rabbi Rolando Matalon and the scholar and minister Cláudio Carvalhaes — at the New York Public (public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings) Library for a conversation (is interactive communication between two or more people) on tolerance and traditions. [Totally free, register here]

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