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Nov. 17: Stephen Jenkinson in Santa Fe
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Monday, October 28, 2019


If you haven’t seen Stephen Jenkinson do a presentation, you need to be in Santa Fe on November 17 at the James A. Little Theater to catch him and his entourage present Nights of Grief and Mystery. This tour combines music, readings, and the awareness that WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE, into a not-to-be missed event.

Jenkinson, the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, has a lot to say about death and dying. He also has a lot to say about life, living, and loving. On this Nights of Grief and Mystery tour, he takes his message to a whole new level. Here’s a video promoting the event:

An activist, teacher, author, and farmer, Jenkinson worked in what he calls the death trade as a palliative care social worker. In Die Wise, he tells stories about the patients he met and worked with, and stories of people who died badly.

Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour
Stephen Jenkinson (R-seated) and the Nights of Grief & Mystery musicians.

Jenkinson has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Stephen is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker. His website is www.OrphanWisdom.com.

He was last in New Mexico in 2016. That year, we had a 33-minute interview for my A Good Goodbye podcast. We discussed the death avoidance prevalent in the dominant North American culture, the drawbacks of having More Time as a hospice or palliative care patient, the consequences of being hopeful when dying, and ways to change language and to change behaviors related to death and dying. Listen to the podcast here.

Get your tickets now through the link below:

Stephen Jenkinson Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour

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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