Sustainable Design

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-D06 - The Changing Landscape of Mourning: Evolving Trends in Cemetery Design and Commemoration

Monday, October 22
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 126-AB

1.5 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AIA/HSW, AICP, FL, GBCI CE, NY/HSW

The role of cemetery landscapes is changing. Notions of the cemetery as the dominant landscape form for interment are being transformed as emerging societal, environmental, and global concerns become central to the conversation. This panel will discuss changing views on land use, design, cultural, and business models at play today.

* There will be a grief therapy dog present during this session.

Learning Objectives:

Ricardo Austrich, ASLA

Senior Associate
Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc.

Ricardo Austrich, RLA, Senior Associate at Halvorson Design Partnership, has more than 20 years of professional landscape design experience, with a focus on planting design and historic cemetery work. His recent projects have included master planning and design for Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA; West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia; Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN; Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY; Burial Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, MA; and Hancock Cemetery in Quincy, MA. Ricardo received a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell and MLA from UVA. He was recently elected president of the BSLA.

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Edward Bixby, II

Proprietor
Steelmantown Cemetery & Purissima Natural Burial Grounds

Ed Bixby, Board President of the Green Burial Council, is the owner and operator of the Steelmantown Green Burial Preserve in Steelmantown, New Jersey, and Purissima Natural Burial Grounds in Half Moon Bay, California. His extensive background in land use and development has provided Ed with keen insight into better land use practices and drives his passion for the natural burial movement and the benefits it provides to the present and future generations. Ed has led presentations on natural burial for numerous organizations and has provided educational training for both funeral directors and cemeterians alike.

Presentation(s):

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Melissa N. Unfred

Founder
The Modern Mortician


Melissa N. Unfred, The Modern Mortician, is a dual licensed funeral professional undertaking whole family death care for people and pets in Texas, as well as across the country. Her passion is community education on alternative death care options, aquamation, and shades of green and natural burial. She is shadowed by her sidekick, Kermit the Dog, Texas' first certified therapy dog in funeral service. Her instagram @Mod_Mortician features stories on the behind the scenes of her life and work, and education information for her over 10,000 followers.

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Craig C. Halvorson, FASLA

Founding Principal
Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc.

Craig Halvorson, FASLA, Founding Principal of Halvorson Design, is nationally known for his creativity and design brilliance in all phases of landscape architecture, including urban park and streetscape design, historic landscape master planning, commercial and mixed-use development, schools and colleges, and garden design for private estates. His experience includes master planning and design for Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA; Hancock Cemetery in Quincy, MA; Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN; Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA; Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, CT; Forest Hills Cemetery in Brookline, MA; and Burial Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, MA.

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