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NM Cemeteries Offer Free Cremated Remains Interment
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Monday, October 08, 2018


Cemetery AngelIf you have the cremated remains of loved ones around your home, and you’d like to give them a permanent final resting place for free, take advantage of the Catholic Cemetery Association’s Cremated Remains Committal Program. The Vatican has said it’s okay to be cremated, but those cremated remains must be kept intact, not scattered, and placed in a cemetery.

On November 2, 2018, the Diocese of Santa Fe will hold a committal service in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque and Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe. The deceased persons and their families do not need to be Catholic to participate.

There will be a Mass celebrating the memory of those being laid to rest. Family and friends of the deceased, as well as the broader community, are invited to attend. A procession to the gravesite and Committal Service will follow the Mass.

Plan Ahead

You must make arrangements in advance to take advantage of this opportunity! If you are caring for a loved one’s cremated remains at home, contact Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque at 505-243-0218 or Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe at 505-983-2322 by October 31, 2018.

  • Schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor.
  • Arrangements and paperwork must be completed no later than October 31, 2018.
  • Invite family and friends to attend the service.

The Committal Services will both take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2. Mt. Calvary Cemetery is located at 1900 Edith Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. Rosario Cemetery is located at 499 N. Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe.

Download a PDF flyer for this event.

The Committal Services are part of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival. Let them know you heard about this opportunity through A Good Goodbye and the Before I Die New Mexico Festival!

Listen on Catholic Radio October 8

These Committal Services and the Before I Die New Mexico Festival will be discussed on The Archbishop’s Hour radio show on Monday, October 8 starting at noon on Catholic Radio. Festival coordinator Gail Rubin and Augustin Villegas with the Catholic Cemetery Association join host Mary Woods to talk about this opportunity and the festival.

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.

Sign up for a free planning form and occasional informative newsletter at her website, AGoodGoodbye.com.

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