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June 1: Before I Die Bakersfield Festival
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Monday, May 13, 2019

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Death almost always seems to be a surprise. That’s why most people are woefully unprepared when it happens. The “Before I Die” – Bakersfield Festival, taking place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Greenlawn Memorial Park Southwest in Bakersfield, will help people plan ahead for their 100% guaranteed mortality with a variety of death-discussion-friendly events.

Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®, an award-winning author and TEDx speaker, is the featured presenter at the festival. In this video, she interviews Jim La Mar, President of Greenlawn Funeral Homes and Cemeteries about the “Before I Die” – Bakersfield Festival.

“This festival gives people a chance to find out everything they always wanted to know about death, funerals, cremation and burial but were always afraid to ask,” said La Mar. “We want to take the fear out of thinking about death and funerals and maybe even inject a bit of entertainment into the day.”

“Before I Die” Festivals and Death Café events are now cropping up around the country and drawing large numbers of attendees.  The Bakersfield event will take place at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield on June 1 from 10 am to 7 pm. All events are free.

The day will conclude with a showing of the movie “Undertaking Betty,” a romantic – sometimes outrageous – comedy with a behind-the-scenes look at two funeral homes in a small Welsh village, featuring Alfred Molina, Naomi Watts and Christopher Walken. The film begins at 5 pm, and popcorn will be served!

The schedule ofevents includes these activities:

  • “Death Café” conversation preceded by The Newly-Dead Game® that allowseveryone in the audience to play along, answering questions about wills, finaldisposition preferences, advance medical directives, and thoughts on a finalresting place. The game prompts questions and conversations in a fun, upbeatway.
  • Outdoor “Mortuary Mall,” features caskets, urns, cremation jewelry, andother funeral/memorial products and services for attendees to examine and askquestions of knowledgeable staff.
  • Crematory tour includes a talk by a cremation expert explaining theprocess and answering questions people have about scattering, environmentalimpact, creative things people do with cremated remains, and other issues.
  • Mortuary tour takes guests into the “Authorized Personnel” areas ofthe mortuary to shine a light on what happens behind the scenes.
  • Estate Planning and End-of-Life Issues: local estate planning expertsand attorneys will answer people’s questions about the financial and legalaspects of planning ahead.
  • “How Do You Want to be Remembered?” is a panel discussion on obituarywriting, ideas on how to leave one’s life story for future generations andwording for memorial markers.
  • “Laughing in the Face of Death: Funny Films for Funeral Planning:”Gail Rubin’s keynote speech incorporates comedy film clips to illustrate theimportance and benefits of preneed funeral planning.
  • “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Death **But Were Afraid to Ask” brings togethera panel that includes a funeral director, a hospice caregiver, clergy and otherexperts to field questions from the audience.
  • “The Woo-Woo Side of Death” features a fun conversation on ghosts,afterlife, near-death experiences and the paranormal.
  • The full schedule of events is available online at www.GreenlawnM-C.com.

Food andrefreshments will be available at the event.

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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