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To the Veterans among my Family and Friends
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019


On this Veterans Day, November 11, 2019, I salute the veterans in my family and among friends, living and dead.

On this day last year, I was in New Braunfels, Texas for the memorial service for Pete Goodwin, who served as a medic in Vietnam. He died October 20, 2018 of multiple organ failure. Read this post about him and the memorial service. Here’s the video of the memorial service for Pete:

Two uncles on my mother’s side died over the past two years. Larry “Lucky” Bubes died on December 21, 2017. He served in the Army in Korea. His cremated remains are interred in a Maryland veterans cemetery.

Sydney Charles Bubes died on September 27, 2018. He served in the Marine Corps stateside during the Korean conflict. We held a funeral for him on October 12, 2018, and his body is buried in the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Florida. Here is the video of his funeral:

And my dad, Sheldon Rubin, still living at 89, served in the Navy Reserve in the 1950s and 1960s. He flew on cargo planes delivering supplies around the country. His flights included visits to Guantanamo Bay and upstate New York.

If I missed anyone in the family, my apologies! Let me know and I will add more names and roles to this post.

To all of those who served in the United States military, this Veterans Day, I salute you. Thank you for your service.

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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