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Celebrating Hearses Through History
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Hearses, funeral coaches, casket carriages, dead wagons – whatever you call them, these vehicles are an object of fascination. In this collection of film and television clips, @Gail Rubin presents Hearses Through History. The various body disposition vehicles featured include the humble plague cart, horse-drawn hearses, and automobiles from several eras.

These clips come from the following films and television programs. You can get the DVDs or streaming version through these Amazon affiliate links:

Six Feet Under from HBO (first episode and later in the five-season series) Get the full series – https://bit.ly/6FeetDVDSet

Monty Python and The Holy Grail (“Bring out your dead!”): https://bit.ly/MPandHolyGrail

Amadeus (Spoiler alert – Mozart dies at the end): https://bit.ly/AmadeusMovie

The Magnificent Seven (“Never rode shotgun on a hearse before.”): https://bit.ly/MagnificentSevenFilm

Wild Strawberries (classic Ingmar Bergman film with creepy runaway horse-drawn hearse scene): https://bit.ly/StrawberriesBergman

A funeral director vocational training film from the 1940s, featuring a side-loading funeral coach door where the pallbearers line up at the side of the vehicle.

Death at a Funeral (U.K. version with a British hearse): https://bit.ly/DAAFUK

Harold and Maude (featuring two hearses, a classic 1950s Cadillac and the Jaguar that Harold turns into a mini-hearse): https://bit.ly/HearseHM

Diamonds are Forever (1971 funeral coach in Las Vegas, Nevada): https://bit.ly/DiamondsForeverHearse

Get Low (features a 1938 automobile hearse): https://bit.ly/GetLowFilm

Grand Theft Parsons (Meet Bernice, a Cadillac Superior Royale funeral coach): https://bit.ly/GTPHearse

And lastly, a visit with Robert Durant, a funeral coach dealer with a top-of-the-line model with a great sound system! View the full video here:

Gail in Jaguar Hearse
Gail Rubin in the driver’s seat of this Jaguar hearse recreation from the film Harold and Maude.

Watch this video about how Ken Roberts made this recreation of the Jaguar hearse from Harold and Maude.

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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