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An Obituary Through the Eyes of Grandchildren
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Here is a unique obituary for Lloyd Bert Garcia, created by his grandchildren offering their fondest recollections of him. The photo is a drawing created by his granddaughter Evie. This was published in the Albuquerque Journal on January 17, 2021.
Lloyd Bert Garcia drawing

Drawing of Lloyd Garcia by granddaughter Evie

Seven grandchildren remembering their beloved Papa who passed away on January 16, 2020


I loved that my Papa was always willing to drop whatever he was doing to help with whatever I needed. He was also patient with me and helped correct mistakes I made. He was energetic and passionate about sports, his hobbies and especially his grandchildren. I loved him so much!


I remember that my Papa was extremely passionate when it came to sports. For example, I remember I was playing in a soccer game and he was yelling so much that the referee refused to ref the rest of the game. To be fair to Papa, the ref was making some pretty terrible calls. So in that way Papa always had mine and my team’s back, no matter what! That’s what I will always remember about him.


I miss you Papa… I wish I could see you and spend one more day with you!


My Papa was one of the best guys I knew. When he walked into room you noticed him. He was super funny and had a goofy laugh. One of my most memorable moments of him is when we would watch football, he would constantly yell at the refs for bad calls. I also remember when we had sleepovers he would wake up super early to go officiate at track meets. I remember him bringing us stuff for those meets, lanyards to backpacks, he got it all! When I was little I remember him always cheering us up to playing with us even if it was with care bears or dolls. I have so many more memories, too many to write!


My favorite thing about my Papa was how he would always laugh at a joke even if it wasn’t funny! That’s what I love most about Papa.


I loved having sleepovers with my Papa. We would always eat lots of snacks and watch movies. He spoiled me a lot and I love him.


I loved that I called my Papa, Mr. Potato Head! He was always nice to me. He was my buddy.

What would the children in your life say about you in your obituary?

You can find guidance for writing your obituary (or someone else’s) in Gail Rubin’s book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.

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 NM Festival. She also hosts A Good Goodbye Internet radio show and produces Mortality Minute radio and online video spots. Her YouTube Channel features more than 450 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 New Mexico Chapter. 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.

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