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Funny Death Ad for Before I Die New Mexico Festival
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Sunday, November 03, 2019

Festival coordinator Gail Rubin with ABQ Death Cafe mascot Lola and Before I Die walls.

Tomorrow, November 3, 2019, is the start of the third annual Before I Die New Mexico Festival. We created a funny online video to help spread the word about it. Events are taking place in Albuquerque, Taos, Espanola, and Santa Fe. Here’s the full schedule of events and links to register for the free events.

Look for my Death Cafe mascot Lola in the pine casket built by Fathers Building Futures at all Festival locations!

Here’s a quick overview of events:

  • Sunday, Nov. 3: Dia de los Muertos celebration in Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque and a Death Cafe in Taos.
  • Monday, Nov. 4: Events at DeVargas Funeral Home in Taos.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Events at DeVargas Funeral Home in Espanola.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6: Events at Berardinelli McGee Life Event Center in Santa Fe.
  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Events at Daniels Strong Thorne Mortuary in Albuquerque and Millennial Morticians with ABQ Brews at Tractor Brewing Wells Park location.
  • Friday, Nov. 8: Events at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9: Osher Before I Die Symposium, Mortuary Mall and speakers at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, a documentary screening of SOLACE: Wisdom of the Dying at The Guild Cinema.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10: Jewish Burial is Green Burial at the JCC and a screening of THE PRINCESS BRIDE at The Guild Cinema.

Get more details and register online here.

There are two versions of this video available: one is 60 seconds in length, the other is 1:44. Which do you like better? Comment and feel free to share!

The 60-second version:

The 1:44 version with more dialogue:

Thank you to our 2019 Festival sponsors:

• A Good Goodbye – Pioneering death educator Gail Rubin puts the “fun” in funeral planning. www.AGoodGoodbye.com
• Daniels Family Funerals & Cremations; DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory; Fairview Memorial Park; and Gabaldon Mortuary;
• FRENCH Funerals and Cremations and Sunset Memorial Park – www.FrenchFunerals.com;
• Morris Hall PLLC – an estate planning law firm – www.MorrisTrust.com;
• MyFinalChecklist.com – the end-of-life planning system you need to finally get it together for those you will leave behind;
• The Green Burial Council – a nonprofit organization that inspires and advocates for environmentally sustainable, natural death care. www.GreenBurialCouncil.org
• Passages International – providers of eco-friendly funeral and cremation products. www.PassagesInternational.com
• Everdays – an app that connects you with the people that matter most during life’s important moments. www.Everdays.com

Video Credits:

  • Rajeev Nirmalakhandan – Writer/director/editor
  • Santiago Sosa – Location manager / props
  • Alejandro Horcacitas – Cinematography
  • Laura Murden – Assistant director
  • Jack Lutz – Dead Guy
  • Tim Maloney – Healthy Guy
  • Gail Rubin – Waitress
  • Woody Woodstra – Guy Who Keels Over
  • Marianne Bjelke – Woman at Counter
  • Recorded at the Route 66 Diner, 1405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM

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