For centuries, women were responsible for end-of-life care, usually in the home. This all changed when the commercial deathcare industry emerged in the mid-nineteenth century.
In 2020, we are once again experiencing a massive shift in the manner of funerary and memorialization practices. Death educator Bethany Tabor, along with artist Elizabeth Velazquez, will share more about these evolving practices, and, particularly, the work of marginalized populations, which are often overlooked in popular historical narratives. Velazquez will discuss the roles of ritual and memorialization in her artistic practice before opening up a group discussion with attendees.
This program is presented as part of a new Death Education series at Green-Wood, Death & Us. Death is the great universal, but the ways in which the dead are grieved and memorialized vary across racial, cultural, and economic divides in the United States. This series brings together a myriad of voices—from historians and preservationists to activists and funeral practitioners—to explore how diverse communities mourn and commemorate the departed from our nation’s founding to today.
Free. A Zoom link will be in your confirmation email upon registration.