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Video: Cremated Remains Placement Ceremony
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Friday, August 18, 2023

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How can you make a ceremony to place cremated remains in an ossuary? Here’s an example for a scattering service, tailored to the life and personality of Gary Mayhew.

The elements of this simple scattering service include:

  • A description of Gary’s commendable virtues.
  • A few words from his good friend Rick Berthold.
  • A reading: You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral.
  • Satirical music by Tom Lehrer: Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, We Will All Go Together When We Go, and The Vatican Rag.
  • Participation by attendees, invited to take turns pouring Gary’s cremated remains into the ossuary.

This service took place in the Kiva ossuary at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM on August 9, 2023. Certified Funeral Celebrant Gail Rubin created the event. You can find helpful resources in her book, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips.

Need a cremation urn, keepsake urn, or jewelry? Visit A Good Goodbye’s Urn Store! It’s got lots of great options for keeping or scattering cremated remains.



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 TipsKICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die and The Before I Die Festival in a Box™.

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 hundreds of 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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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM United States
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