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Ned Buskirk is the creator and host of the You’re Going to Die (YG2D), a movement intent on bringing people creatively into the conversation of death and dying, while helping to inspire and empower them out of the context of unabashedly confronting loss and mortality. Its current form as a half open mic/half curated event is held every month in San Francisco’s Mission district. YG2D has given way to a larger manifestation of its title, a movement that encompasses more than simply open mics and live shows, but is now also an online international community creatively engaging with our shared mortality and all its inevitabilities.
SARAH CHAVEZ (TROOP)
Sarah Chavez (Troop) is the executive director of the Order of the Good Death. She writes and recreates historical and cultural recipes for her blog, Nourishing Death, which examines the relationship between food and death in rituals, culture, religion and society. She co-founded Death & the Maiden, a project that endeavors to explore the historical and cultural roles women have played in relation to death. Sarah and Death & the Maiden co-founder, Lucy Coleman Talbot were recently nominated for the Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death Award at the Good Funeral Awards. Sarah is also an author and advocate for improved care and support of families experiencing infant and child death.
Bess Lovejoy is the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses. She is also an editor for mental_floss, and other work of hers has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian.com, The Believer, Lapham's Quarterly, The Boston Globe, Atlas Obscura and elsewhere.
Amy Cunningham is a licensed funeral director at Fitting Tribute Funeral Services who specializes in green burials in cemeteries certified by the Green Burial Council, simple burials within the NYC- Metropolitan area, home funerals, and cremation services at Green-Wood Cemetery's gorgeous crematory chapels.
Amy also writes a blog called "The Inspired Funeral" for the funeral trade, addressed to support funeral directors, funeral celebrants, home funeral guides, and bereavement therapists working to enrich end-of-life experiences.