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July Death Cafe Events Now Scheduled Online or In-Person
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Thursday, July 1, 2021


Sugar Skull Death Cafe DonutsThe Death Cafe in Albuquerque will hold two events in July: one online on July 11 and one in-person on July 18. The objective of the Death Cafe is “To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”  It’s all about an interesting, unstructured conversation – open and free-flowing with no specific agenda.

When the pandemic took hold in March, 2020, Albuquerque Death Cafes were held online on Zoom. The format proved to be popular, not only with people in New Mexico, but also for those across the U.S. and around the world. As pandemic restrictions ease, in-person conversations are coming back.

Instead of a once-a-month discussion, ABQ Death Cafe host Gail Rubin will double up the number of events, holding one online and the other in person. Events will be held on Sunday afternoons. In-person events will be held at Manzano Del Sol, a retirement community in Albuquerque.

Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may attend without masks. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are required to wear masks while on the Manzano Del Sol campus. Manzano Del Sol is located at 5201 Roma Avenue NE. Meetings take place in the 5th Floor Lounge near the elevators.

Join The Meetup Group

The best way to keep in the loop on upcoming Death Cafes is to join the Albuquerque Death Cafe Meetup group. Click here to go to the Meetup page.

July 11 Online Death Cafe

Register through the Meetup group to get the Zoom link for the July 11 ABQ Death Cafe. Click here to RSVP for the online Death Cafe.

July 18 In-Person Death Cafe

We welcome your in-person participation and appreciate you letting us know if you will attend. Click here to RSVP for the in-person Death Cafe at Manzano Del Sol.

Your ABQ Death Cafe Host

Gail Rubin caricature

Caricature of Gail Rubin in TERP Magazine.

All of these Albuquerque Death Cafes are hosted by Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist, and a pioneering death educator. Rubin is a public speaker, a published author of three books, host of a TV interview series and podcast, a blogger, a funeral industry trade journalist, a Certified Funeral Celebrant, and an innovator in the funeral business.

She created a conversation-starting game called The Newly-Dead Game®, introduced the Death Café movement in the United States, and held the first Before I Die Festival west of the Mississippi in 2017. Albuquerque Business First named her one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

Gail’s motto is, “Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals and end-of-life issues won’t make you dead. Start a conversation today.”

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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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM United States
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