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On My Bucket List This Week: Dayton’s Before I Die Festival Ohio
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Sunday, October 23, 2022


What’s on Your Bucket List?

What would you like to do before you die? Many people create a bucket list of goals and experiences they’d like to achieve during their lifetimes.

If the Before I Die Festival Ohio taking place in Dayton October 27-29, 2022, isn’t on your list, add it now! With 11 events focused on death awareness and planning for end-of-life issues, this Festival needs to be on everyone’s to-do list.

The Before I Die Festival Ohio offers creative activities and events that spur conversation around our inevitable mortality. The goal is to help people think and talk openly about death and dying in an upbeat space and take steps to plan ahead. Highlights include:

  • A Dia de los Meurtos dinner in Calvary Cemetery on October 27 (register in advance $20)
  • Tours at two cemeteries and Death Café discussions at two funeral homes October 27 and 28.
  • Showings of the documentaries Being Mortal (Oct. 27) and Living While Dying (Oct. 29).
  • A daylong symposium at the University of Dayton Curran Building on a range of end-of-life topics on Saturday, October 29. (register in advance $35)

While most events are free, those event that include food have a small charge. See the full schedule of events and register online at https://beforeidieohio.com/event/.

“People who have a loved one die without planning ahead tell me ‘I didn’t know how complicated this was going to be’ and ‘I wish I had my loved one here to help me make these decisions,’” said Neil Fogarty with Dodds Memorials, coordinator of the Before I Die Festival Ohio. “We want to let folks know you can make these decisions ahead of time and avoid burdening a loved one who’s lost in the fog of grief.”

Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist

Death Cafe host Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Speakers at the event include downsizing experts, financial and estate planners, funeral directors, hospice and tissue bank representatives, and special guest speaker, Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®. Rubin is a pioneering death educator who uses humor, film clips and outside the box activities to teach about planning for end-of-life. She was one of the first people to hold a Death Café in the United States and the only person to hold a Before I Die Festival five years in a row.

The full schedule of events follows. For online registration, speakers, and other information about the Before I Die Festival Ohio, visit https://beforeidieohio.com/.

Click here to watch a news story about the upcoming Festival on WHIO-TV.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 27, 2022

11:00am -12:00 pm Downsizing and Legacy

Where: Routsong Funeral Home

Speaker: Denise Swick/Gail Rubin

Event Synopsis: A conversation about downsizing with Denise Swick, Licensed Realtor with a new division devoted to senior relocation and downsizing consulting, and Gail Rubin, author of Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

12:00pm- 1:30 Death Cafe

Where: Routsong Funeral Home

Facilitators: Gail Rubin, Death Cafe pioneer, Erika Knox, Funeral Director, Neil Fogarty, President, Dodds Memorials

Open Discussion/Answering your Questions

2:30-4:00 Being Mortal Documentary Viewing

Where: Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Speaker: Kim Vesey, President, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Event Synopsis: Viewing of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal

5:00pm-6:00pm Calvary Cemetery Evening Tour

Where: Calvary Cemetery

Speaker: Scott Wright

Event Synopsis: A historical look at the cemetery and the famous permanent residents there

6:00pm-6:30pm COVID Remembrance Moment

Where: Calvary Cemetery

Speaker: Neil Fogarty

Event Synopsis: Moment of remembrance for those passed

6:30pm-7:00pm Festival Kickoff

Where: Calvary Cemetery

Speaker: Neil Fogarty

Event Synopsis: Introduction to the Festival and background on Before I Die Festivals

7:00pm – 9:00pm Dia De Los Muertos Dinner

Where: Calvary Cemetery

Cater: La Catrina in Troy

Event Synopsis: Dinner – register for $20

Friday, October 28, 2022

10:00am-12:00pm Death Cafe

Where: Anderson Funeral Home

Facilitators: Gail Rubin, Rebekah Giuffre, Neil Fogarty

Open Discussion/Answering your Questions

12:30pm-1:30pm Anderson Celebration Center Tour

Where: Anderson Funeral Home

Speaker: Rebekah Giuffre

Event Synopsis: Behind-the-scenes tour of their center and crematory

2:30pm – 4:30 pm Woodland Cemetery Historical Tour

Where: Woodland Cemetery Dayton

Speaker: Angie Hoschouer

Event Synopsis: Historical tour of the grounds, one of the five oldest rural garden cemeteries in the US, and the resting places of famous individuals, including powered flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright and humorist Irma Bombeck.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Where: Meyer Room University of Dayton Curran Building

8:30 am -9:00 am Registration

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome

9:15 am – 11:15 am Think you’re ready? Session 1- plan for the end then go on living

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Monumental Stories Presentation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm What you need to know about Hospice care

2:00pm – 3:30 pm Think you’re ready? Session 2 – Leaving a loving legacy to your family

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break

4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Living while Dying Documentary with Discussion

Half day registration $20, Full day registration $35

The sponsors of the Before I Die Festival Ohio

Before I Die Ohio Festival sponsors

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 New Mexico Festival and author of a guide to holding such festivals. Her podcast is also called The Doyenne of Death®. She produces videos about the funeral business and related topics. Her YouTube Channel features more than 600 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. 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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