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August 16: Rise Again El Paso
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Rise Again El Paso

Perches Funeral Homes and La Paz Faith Center will present “Rise Again El Paso” with Gail Rubin, a certified thanatologist and award-winning speaker, on Friday, Aug. 16 from 4 to 6 pm at 1201 N. Piedras St. in El Paso. For further information, please call (915) 564-5348.

Gail Rubin will bring words of healing to the El Paso community that can help those still coping with the El Paso mass shooting tragedy. 

The title of her talk refers the the refrain of the Stan Rogers song, “The Mary Ellen Carter.” The song is an inspirational hymn about triumphing over great odds. It tells the story of a heroic effort to salvage a sunken ship, the Mary Ellen Carter, by members of her former crew.

While the ship’s story is fictitious, the song’s refrain provides valuable life lessons in resiliency. “Rise again… rise again… turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain, and like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.”

To hear the song in its entirety as sung by Stan Rogers, watch this YouTube video, a recording of a live performance.

Gail Rubin will also present a full day Before I Die seminar on Saturday, August 17. The events were updated to include two Death Cafe discussions and “Lessons on Grief and Mourning in Cartoons.” Free registration is still open until August 12. More information here.

Gail recorded a video with Salvador Perches weeks before the mass shooting in El Paso. Here is their conversation about the seminar. We can only laugh about death when it seems like a distant possibility.

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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