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The Art of Grieving with the Traveling Museum of Memento Mori

Join us for a unique and thought-provoking event with local historian and author, Amanda Woomer, and curator of the Traveling Museum of Memento Mori. Amanda will share some history of the Victorian mourning era as well as the artwork that was created throughout this macabre period. Guests will then be able to peruse the exhibits of the traveling museum, which features almost one hundred artifacts from the Victorian mourning period, including post-mortem photos, artwork and jewelry made from human hair, women’s fashion, funeral cards, personal letters, tear catchers, spirit trumpets, and more. Explore the artifacts as you think about your own mortality, plan for your own death, and face the reality of “memento mori”… someday we must die.

Copies of Amanda’s books will be available to purchase with cash, card, or Venmo.

Please note that some of the topics and artifacts may be disturbing for some so discretion is advised.

Registration is required, click here to reserve your spot. A $10 suggested donation to the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation will be accepted at the door.

Important Information

Address: Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1990 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208
Event Location: This event takes place at Forest Lawn’s historic Chapel in the heart of the cemetery. Enter the cemetery at any gate and follow the white painted line on the road to the Chapel; ample parking is available.
Inclement Weather Policy: If severe weather is forecasted, we will monitor the conditions for the best chance of proceeding with the event. Cancellations will be announced via email; make sure to check your spam folders.
Questions: Please call us at (716) 427-0727 or email Amizetta Haj, Director of Community Engagement, at ahaj@forest-lawn.com.


March 2
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Forest Lawn Cemetery
1990 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14209 United States
(716) 885-1600

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