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August 9: A Day in the Life of the Business of Death
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Tuesday, July 21, 2020


What do funeral directors, cemeterians and celebrants do during the course of a day? Here’s a hint: no day is the same!

On August 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. EDT/ 1:00 p.m. CDT/ 12:00 p.m. MDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT, join in a fascinating online conversation, “A Day in the Life of the Business of Death.” This free event is part of the groundbreaking virtual death discussion festival Reimagine: Life, Loss & Love. The festival has been extended to September 1, 2020. 

A Good Goodbye is collaborating with event hosts around the world to co-create this much-needed exploration of death-related topics. Events focus on embracing life, facing death, and loving fully, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heather Leigh
Heather Leigh, General Manager of Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, and Funeral Celebrant.

Heather Leigh, General Manager of Greenhaven Memorial Gardens in Elgin, SC, is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and Grief Recovery Specialist. She walks with families through the death of a loved one and creates unique, personalized memorial services.

Join in this conversation with Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and pioneering death educator, as she and Heather discuss topics such as:

  • Body disposition choices: more than burial and cremation – what options are available where.
  • What do you do with men who say, “Just throw me in a ditch, I’ll be dead.”?
  • Common questions that people ask about funerals, cremation, and working with the dead.
  • What’s a Certified Funeral Celebrant and how do they work with families?
  • Funerals, memorial services, celebrations of life – what’s the point?
  • How to have “the conversation” with your family and why it’s important.


Gail Rubin and Heather Leigh will also hold a virtual conversation as part of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival in October/November, 2020. Learn more about the festival here.

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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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM United States
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