NYC is throwing a city-wide festival about death this October

Written by
David Goldberg
Green-Wood Cemetery
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It's like NYC knew I had just started a Six Feet Under rewatch. 

On October 27, Reimagine End of Life launches a week of talks, screenings, tours and performances exploring how we deal with death and grief. The Halloween-timed event series will hit theaters, museums, libraries, synagogues, churches, tattoo shops and even hospitals (yikes!) with free and ticketed events.

Here are some of our picks from the whopping 250-event lineup:

Day of the Dead Festival
October 27, noon–6pm; St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
Build ofrendas (altars) to your loved ones at this celebration of Mexican heritage, featuring live music, folk art and more. 

They Live in the Songs: Remembering Lost Ones in Music
October 28, noon–3pm; Cornell Tech
Musicians of color talk about how music of the black diaspora can help heal the community in times of oppression, and lead a workshop on songwriting and production. 

Questions for My Eventual
October 28, 4:30–6pm; Green-Wood Cemetery 
Artists lead a walking tour and conversation at the legendary cemetery. 

The Ultimate Shavasana
October 29, 10am–noon; Brooklyn Navy Yard
This intense workshop involves yoga, meditation and conversation on the physicality of facing death. 

Roz Chast in Conversation
October 29, 7:30–9pm; Marlene Myerson JCC
The New Yorker cartoonist and author of the graphic memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? talks about chronicling the end of her parents' lives.

Needless to say, there are plenty more events, many of which are free. Be sure to check them out on the site

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