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Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Friday, June 21, 2019

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Today’s funeral and end-of-life news stories include those of a man who used California’s medical aid-in-dying law to facilitate having his head cryogenically frozen; palliative care for pets; and the perils to police escorting funeral processions. Click on the headlines to read the full story.

El Paso Funeral Homes Needing to Change Funeral Services After New Regulation: EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) Local funeral homes are dealing with new changes after the El Paso Police Department set a new regulation in place, banning police officers from escorting funeral processions. The policy was put in place after an officer was hit and hospitalized in the ICU.

Talking Veterinary Clients Through Palliative Care for Pets: Veterinary palliative care expert Dr. Katherine Goldberg has straightforward advice on how to discuss goals of care for ailing pets with their pet parents, and ultimately achieve better outcomes for the client and the pet.

Startups Shed Light on the Dark Industry of Funeral Services:Funeralocity is a free platform that allows consumers to search and compare prices for everything from caskets, embalming, funeral homes, and cremation providers. The site has services listed in over 100 metropolitan areas in all 50 U.S. states.

California Man Becomes the First ‘Death With Dignity’ Patient to Undergo Cryogenic Preservation: A terminally ill patient who opted for assisted death has undergone cryonic preservation at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

And if you missed the news coverage about the first one-day Before I Die Festival in Bakersfield, California, visit this post at The Family Plot Blog.

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.

A Good Goodbye
Albuquerque, NM