AMY CUNNINGHAM is a New York state licensed funeral director and the owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services in Brooklyn which specializes in green burials, home funerals, cremation services and memorial events of all sorts. In the process of helping families plan more meaningful funerals, she perceived the need for a website where people could better envision what’s possible when facing a death, something welcoming and factual that offers ceremony templates, readings, and a digital obituary platform. Amy has been profiled by the NYTimes, and named a top funeral innovator by FuneralOne. With mortuary training from the American Academy McAllister Institute, and a BA in English from the University of Virginia, she was trained as a celebrant by Glenda Stansbury and Doug Manning, and certified as a home funeral guide by Jerrigrace Lyons and Olivia Bareham. Amy thanks Char Barrett, Lee Webster, and Beth Knox for their encouragement.
KATEYANNE UNULLISI is a Seattle, Washington, funeral celebrant and home funeral guide. She collaborated with Amy on TheInspiredFuneral.com's ceremonies and readings. Kateyanne works to educate and empower people to have the kind of positive death experiences she knows are possible. As a funeral celebrant, she is known for creating memorials and celebrations of life that help bring healing and connection. The founder of The Emerge Foundation, she writes a blog 'Chrysalis', about death as part of life. As a recent board member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, Kateyanne wants folks to care for their own after death as much as they are able, which includes creating their own unique ceremonies and rituals. She co-wrote Home Funeral Ceremonies: A primer to honor the dying and the dead with reverence, light-heartedness and grace with Donna Belk, a funeral guide in Texas and a mother of the home funeral movement.