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A Funeral Fit for a Queen
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Thursday, September 8, 2022


A Funeral Fit For A Queen

The announcement of today’s death of Queen Elizabeth will put in motion funeral plans that have been in place for decades. It will be an enormous undertaking (no pun intended). What is being done for the Queen’s funeral, and for the benefit of your family, how can you do the same?

Have a Plan in Place

  • Operation London Bridge is the name of the plan to be followed upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II. It includes how the announcement of her death will be handled, the official mourning period, and the details of her state funeral.

The Queen film posterFuneral Elements

  • The details to be implemented are many. In the 2007 film The Queen, after Diana, “The People’s Princess,” dies in a car accident in Paris, the Royal Family is thrown into uncharted territory for holding a funeral for an Ex-Royal. Diana’s public funeral was based on Tambridge, the code name for The Queen Mother’s eventual funeral plans. It’s the only one that had been rehearsed and could be put together within a week’s time. Read more about the film and the true story here.

Write the Obituary

  • The Queen’s life is being told by the news media in many different ways. Most ordinary mortals will need to rely on paying for a death notice in the newspaper. What do your loved ones know about your life? You might want to start writing your own life story.

Invite Guests

  • The Queen’s funeral will be an invitation-only affair. Who would need to be invited to yours? It helps to have a list of family and friends put together, either on paper or in a digital file. Revisit that list to update phone numbers, emails, mailing addresses and whether the person is still alive. Check out The Family Plot File as a helpful tool.

Plan the Party

  • Of course there will be food and drink after the Queen’s funeral. What would you like for yours? Make a list of your favorite foods, music, and drinks. Go ahead, celebrate your life while you’re still alive!

Figure Out the Finances

  • The Royal Family doesn’t have to worry about how to pay for the funeral. How about your family? This is why people get life insurance. If you don’t have the savings in the bank, a final expense insurance policy helps cover the expenses of a funeral, which can range from $10,000 to $20,000 and more. If you are in New Mexico and want to find out more, call Gail Rubin at 505-265-7215.

Gail Rubin’s book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, has all of the details to plan a funeral fit for a queen or a king. Do yourself a favor and get a copy today.

Gail Rubin, CT, is author and host of the award-winning book and television series, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (that's a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the end-of-life and funeral planning conversation started. She "knocked 'em dead" with her TEDx talk, A Good Goodbye. She provides continuing education credit classes for attorneys, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, financial planners, funeral directors and other professionals. She's a Certified Funeral Celebrant and funeral planning consultant who has been interviewed in national and local print, broadcast and online media.

Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she is the event coordinator of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival and author of a guide to holding such festivals. Her podcast is also called The Doyenne of Death®. She produces videos about the funeral business and related topics. Her YouTube Channel features more than 600 videos!

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association. Her speaking profile is available at eSpeakers.com.

Gail Rubin has been interviewed about funeral planning issues in national and local broadcast, print and online media. Outlets include The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, CBS Radio News, WGN-TV,  and local affiliates for NPR, PBS, FOX, ABC-TV, CBS-TV and NBC-TV. Albuquerque Business First named her as one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

Sign up for a free planning form and occasional informative newsletter at her website, AGoodGoodbye.com.

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