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News About Funerals and End-of-Life Issues
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Monday, July 09, 2018


Reading NewsHere’s a round up of recent news stories about funerals and end-of-life issues, collected from leading news sources. Click on the article’s title to read the full story.

Men with cancer are less likely to accept palliative careFuturity, July 9, 2018

Men with advanced cancer are 30 percent less likely than women to consider palliative care, according to a new study. The findings reflect social norms about gender roles—as well as widespread messages in the media and society about “fighting." cancer—say the researchers.

Priest Kicks Out Black Funeral-Goers, Allegedly Calls Them ‘Crackheads, Prostitutes’Huffington Post, July 2, 2018

Friends and family remember Agnes Theresa Hicks, 54, as a generous mother whose love of music was exceeded only by her zeal for cooking. But her family didn’t have the chance to memorialize her as such at her funeral last Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Instead of conducting the ceremony, Rev. Michael Briese ended up calling the cops on the 200 to 300 attendees ― many of them black, like Theresa Hicks herself ― after someone knocked over the church’s chalice, damaging the golden cup. (The priest later apologized in a letter to the Maryland Independent.)

As Funeral Crowdfunding Grows, So Do The RisksNew York Times, June 5, 2018

In recent years, crowdfunding campaigns have become popular among families and friends seeking emergency funds to cover burial and funeral costs for a loved one who has died. And that has some critics wondering: Is crowdfunding the best way to pay for a funeral?

The Positive Death Movement Comes to LifeNew York Times, June 24, 2018

A growing movement made up mostly of women breaks taboos on a tough subject. Death doulas, The Conversation Project, death positivity, and putting the “fun” in funerals – women are on the front lines of changing the way we approach death.

What is a Death Cafe? – WRAL.com, June 14, 2018

The facilitator of the Raleigh, NC-based Death Cafe, Heather Hill is a licensed funeral director at Renaissance Funeral Home in North Raleigh. She typically hosts a Death Café once a month. She explains what Death Cafes are all about in this Q&A.

By the way, we are holding a special Albuquerque Death Cafe on Wednesday, July 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in addition to the regularly scheduled Death Cafe on Sunday, July 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information here.

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 ABQ 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 400 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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