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Crazy Photos: Frozen Dead Guy Days Coffin Race Teams, Costumes and More
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Thursday, March 23, 2023


From the 2023 Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival in Estes Park, Colorado, check out these photos of the whole crazy scene. There was lots of music, activities and generally good vibes. Planners would have been happy with 3,000 to 4,000 attendees. The event drew 6,000 to 7,000, a hugely popular turn out in this new location.

Gail Rubin was there to present Newly-Dead® The Game, thanks to the company Steps After Life. Steps After Life helps families with an online concierge who works directly with each family to swiftly resolve matters after a death. She also partnered with The Natural Funeral, which was an official sponsor of Frozen Dead Guy Days.

Coffin Race Teams

The highlight of Frozen Dead Guy Days is the Coffin Races. Twenty-eight teams competed to run an obstacle course with six pallbearers and a corpse in a home-made coffin. My favorite team was the Redrummers, inspired by the Stephen King novel and Stanley Kubrick film, The Shining. King was inspired to write the book after staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in the 1970s. John Cullen, owner of the Stanley Hotel, bought the rights to the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival and Visit Estes Park put the event together in three months.

Frozen Dead Guy Day Costumes

There were lots of people in colorful costumes, playing on the themes of “frozen” and “dead.” There were also just plain weird outfits. “Beetlejuice” was played by funeral director Stacey Cole-Winsor, who works with Allnutt Funeral Home in Estes Park. She provided the starting blast signals for the Coffin Races.

Frozen Dead Guy Day Contests

The Brain Freeze ice cream eating contest was very popular, as was the pie tossing contest and Newly-Dead® The Game. Video from the Newly-Dead contest to come!

Hearse Graveyard

The Denver Hearse Association brought a collection of hearses to display in one section of the Estes Park Events Complex.

Fun at Frozen Dead Guy Days

All in all, Frozen Dead Guy Days in 2023 was a big hit! Thanks again to Steps After Life. Learn more about the company in this video.

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 New Mexico Festival and author of a guide to holding such festivals. Her podcast is also called The Doyenne of Death®. She produces videos about the funeral business and related topics. Her YouTube Channel features more than 600 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. 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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