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Odds and Ends: Funeral and Death News
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Friday, July 24, 2020


Here’s the latest collection of odds and ends of funeral and death related news stories.

Daily Mail (U.K.)

Private investigator turned ‘Coffin Confessor’ who gets paid to gatecrash funerals at the request of the dead reveals how his new job has taken a ‘really bizarre’ turn. You can’t make this stuff up – it happens in real life. Read the full story here.

New York Times

Boom Time for Death Planning: The coronavirus pandemic has drawn new business to start-ups that provide end-of-life services, from estate planning to a final tweet. “Death and dying is possibly the least niche market out there,” said Liz Eddy, co-founder of Lantern.

Click on the skull to read the full story.

Daily Record (U.K.)

Dumfries funeral boss predicts mourners may never see return of packed services. Funeral director Mark Jardine reckons more intimate services for smaller groups of loved ones are a better way of paying tribute. Read the full story here.


How to talk to your parents about death. Starting the conversation about medical care and end-of-life wishes can be tough. Tips to get the conversation started in the COVID-19 era.

New York Times

Two more stories! 8 Tips for Writing a Thoughtful Condolence Note is incredibly helpful. Did you know that some of history’s greatest writers sucked at condolence notes? You can do better!

And don’t miss this story about the celebrated writer Dorothy Parker and her wandering cremated remains. Her ashes were interred in a memorial garden behind the NAACP headquarters in Baltimore. With the organization’s upcoming move to Washington, D.C., what happens to her ashes? She already spent years in a filing drawer in an attorney’s office. Click the photo for the full story.

Also, the Funeral Service Foundation is offering free booklets on “Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the loss of your loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic” and “Youth & Funerals: The importance of memorialization in the lives of youth.” Just pay for shipping. Visit FuneralServiceFoundation.org to learn more.

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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