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April 3: Ready to Take the Cholla Challenge?
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Friday, March 19, 2021

Cholla cactus at Historic Fairview Cemetery

Cholla cactus in Historic Fairview Cemetery.

On Saturday, April 3, you have the opportunity to help transplant native cholla cactus in Historic Fairview Cemetery. There are several spots along the cemetery walls where trespassers are tearing down blocks to more easily climb over. Planting prickly cholla at these spots will help discourage this activity and, we hope, improve security at the cemetery.

This is part of the regular first Saturday volunteer clean up. Sign up on the Historic Fairview Cemetery Facebook Page.

If you’d like to participate in the Cholla Challenge, bring a shovel, wheelbarrow, lopper, and long tongs. Cholla can be transplanted by cutting branches and planting them in the soil. We need to use tools and great care to prevent getting stuck by its thorns.

You can focus on clean up activities if you prefer. Gardening/weeding is great exercise, with built-in social distancing. Help clean up Historic Fairview Cemetery and learn a bit of local history in the process!

Wear sunscreen, a face mask, a hat, long sleeves and sturdy shoes. Bring work gloves and tools such as a weed whacker, hoe, rake, and garden clippers if you have them. Water and trash bags will be provided. We will start at 9:00 a.m. Access the entrance to the historic section inside Fairview Memorial Park.

Historic Fairview Cemetery is located at 700 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM. Enter through the gates of Fairview Memorial Park, near the intersection with Avenida Cesar Chavez. Proceed east to the cemetery office, turn left and continue north into the historic cemetery area.

Historic Fairview Cemetery is maintained by a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to preserve the cemetery and share the history of Albuquerque and New Mexico through the lives of the people buried there. Gail Rubin is the President, and she welcomes people to get involved as Directors on the Board. If you would like to learn more, send an email to Gail [at] agoodgoodbye.com.

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.

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

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