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Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021


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Here are some news stories about funeral developments, a great new Mitch Albom column about COVID and saying goodbye to loved ones, the Before I Die New Mexico Festival schedule announcement, and green burial news.

Maine Considers Open Air Cremation

Cremating dead bodies on open-air funeral pyres may soon be legal in Maine. A bill in the state legislature would allow designated sites in the state to conduct open air cremations—a funeral ritual that dates back thousands of years but has largely disappeared from the modern-day United States. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Mitch Albom Column on Saying Goodbye

Trying to time your last words to a dying loved one is a tricky business. I have learned a valuable lesson in this. Don’t wait. READ THE FULL COLUMN

Before I Die NM 2021 AngelBefore I Die NM Festival Schedule Announced

The fifth annual Before I Die New Mexico Festival will include online and in-person events in Albuquerque (depending on pandemic conditions). Events for 2021 are scheduled from October 30, Create a Great Funeral Day, to November 2, All Souls Day. As in years past, the Before I Die New Mexico Festival will include:

  • Panel discussions and speakers related to end-of-life issues;
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of funeral homes and cemeteries;
  • Entertaining sessions with film clips and live performances;
  • Death Cafe discussions;


Green Burial News

Gail Rubin will host the kick off to the 2021 Green Burial Council Conference Green Life, Death and Future on Thursday, October 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time. This is a two-hour, drop-in evening on Zoom for everyone who is “green burial curious.” The event is free, but registration is required.

With humor and honesty, Gail and her guests will tell personal stories about choosing sustainable deathcare. She will show some fun videos of green burial, as it has been portrayed in television programs. Fellow conference speakers Dr. Basil Eldadah and Joél Simone Anthony, aka The Grave Woman, will join to share their stories. Gail will invite event attendees to tell their stories, too. If you’ve already decided on green burial, this may be the perfect evening to share with your family and friends to help them understand your wishes.

READ THIS SLATE STORY about green burial featuring Basil Eldadah.

Learn more about Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®.

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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