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Virtual Roundtable on Death Cafes and Before I Die Festivals
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Wednesday, April 03, 2019


On Thursday, April 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time, check out the NFDA Virtual Roundtable: Death Cafe Culture and Before I Die Festivals. Funeral directors can get their needed continuing education credits by participating in this one-hour discussion.

Continuing Education Description

Death Cafes and Before I Die Festivals provide an informal, comfortable environment for people to talk about the “taboo” topic of death. The increasing popularity of these events makes it clear that people are taking proactive steps to seek more information about end of life decisions before the need arises.

Gail Rubin and Justin Magnuson discuss Death Cafes and Before I Die Festivals.

Join NFDA’s Lacy Robinson, pioneering death educator Gail Rubin and Justin Magnuson, founder of The Living Fully Initiative, as they discuss their experiences with organizing Death Cafes and Before I Die Festivals. We’ll explore how funeral directors can contribute to these events and outline the steps event organizers should take to ensure a positive experience for attendees.

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify ways funeral directors can take an active role in these events in their communities
  • Create a detailed plan for organizing a Death Cafe and Before I Die Festival functions
  • Learn how to successfully host and promote events in your community 
  • Identify and engage community partners to contribute to the planning and execution of events

About the Presenters

Lacy Robinson, NFDA Director, Member Development
Lacy Robinson, NFDA Director, Member Development

Lacy Robinson, CFSPNFDA Director, Member Development, develops and facilitates training programs for NFDA members. She regularly presents continuing education programs on the local, state and national levels. She is a licensed funeral director/embalmer, a certified funeral celebrant, and certified member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Georgetown College, and is also a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service.

Justin Magnuson is founder of The Living Fully Initiative, which hosts educational events around end-of-life conversations. His life’s work is to change our cultural approach to the end-of-life. Inspired by being his grandmother’s health care surrogate and years of hospice volunteering, Justin works in the Louisville community on several fronts to accomplish this goal. He started by hosting Death Cafes and facilitating The Conversation Project in 2014, since then he has collaborated with kindred spirits on National Healthcare Decisions Day events and co-founded the city’s first Before I Die Festival in 2016.

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, helps get end-of-life and funeral planning conversations started with a light touch on a serious subject.  Gail pioneered the Death Cafe movement in the United States. She hosted the first Death Cafe west of the Mississippi in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September, 2012. She also held the first Before I Die Festival west of the Mississippi in October, 2017.

Registration fees for the virtual roundtable and continuing education credits are $99 for NFDA members, $149 for nonmembers. Visit this page at NFDA.org to register.

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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