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Berardinelli Funeral Home Celebrates 50 Years of Service in Santa Fe
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Tuesday, July 02, 2019


Berardinelli Funeral Home, also known as Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, celebrated 50 years of service to the community of Santa Fe, New Mexico on Saturday, June 29, 2019. They held quite a party, with at least 100 locals participating in a uniquely Santa Fe-flavored event.

Berardinelli 50th anniversary cake
50th anniversary cake for Berardinelli Funeral Home in Santa Fe.

There was music and dancing, cake and food, face painting and a bouncy house for the kids, and a drawing for local art items, including a model of a Southwestern church made of punched tin, a decorated cross, and — this being a funeral home — an artistic urn for cremated remains.

The attendance showed just how much Berardinelli Family Funeral Service is a part of the Santa Fe community. The funeral home opened in February of 1969. With the backing of three investors, Robert and Patt Berardinelli sold virtually everything they had to realize a lifelong dream they shared – to open and operate a funeral home with the focus of providing the most caring and professional service available anywhere. 

Meet Rick Berardinelli

Rick Berardinelli at 50th anniversary event
Rick Berardinelli at the 50th anniversary celebration.

While I was sitting in the shade of a tent, enjoying the music of Manzanares, Rick Berardinelli came over to speak with me. Robert and Patt’s son has been involved with the family business since 1975.

Berardinelli said, “It’s been incredibly gratifying to hear so many of the people here today saying, ‘You did my grandfather’s funeral, and I remember how well you served our family that day.’ We are so proud of our staff who go the distance for the people in our community.”

Rick Berardinelli grew up in Santa Fe. He attended Los Niños Kindergarten, Wood Gormley Elementary School, Harrington Junior High, the University of New Mexico, and Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, where he earned an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts as a Sous Chef. He worked in that capacity for three years, then attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1975.

Over the years he has held the positions of Vice President, President, CEO and Funeral Service Consultant. Rick has earned the credentials of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), a result of many years of education and activities related to his profession. He has served as a member and chairman of the New Mexico Board of Thanatopractice; as a board member and president of the New Mexico Funeral Service Association; as a member and lecturer with the National Funeral Directors Association; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Office of the Medical Investigator for the State of New Mexico.

Judging from the attendance at the celebration, Berardinelli Family Funeral Home is well beloved by the community they serve. Meet the funeral home’s staff.

Berardinelli Funeral Home will host Santa Fe events for the 3rd annual Before I Die New Mexico Festival, taking place November 2-10, 2019. Activities in Santa Fe will take place on Wednesday, November 6. Learn more at BeforeIDieNM.com.

Some photos from the celebration

Fun for the kids at the funeral home celebration
Fun for the kids at the funeral home celebration!
Dancing by Los Ninos de Santa Fe
Dancing by Los Ninos de Santa Fe.
Live music by Manzanares
Live music by Manzanares.
Santa Fe community enjoying the celebration.
Members of the Santa Fe community enjoying the 50th anniversary celebration of Berardinelli Funeral Home.

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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