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Woodmen of the World had Amazing Memorial Markers
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Some people say they would like to become a tree when they die. The Woodmen of the World used to give you a memorial marker that looked like a tree.

Some of the most outstanding markers in Albuquerque’s Historic Fairview Cemetery are those of the Woodmen of the World fraternal insurance company.

The markers look like tree trunks, or stacked logs. Many of the stones are carved to feature bark, plant leaves, ferns, and flowers, as well as saws and hatchets. The Latin phrase “Dum Tacet Clamat” is frequently seen on Woodmen of the World memorial markers. This translates to English as, “Though silent, he speaks.”

There are about 70 Woodmen of the World burials in Historic Fairview Cemetery, starting in 1895 and ending in 1944. There are Woodmen burials in several places in the cemetery.

This organization was founded in 1890 on June 6, 1890, when Joseph Cullen Root founded Woodmen Life in a small hotel room in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Root had the simple idea of making life insurance available to everyone. Woodmen Life is a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, based in Omaha, Nebraska, that operates a large privately held insurance company for its members.

These monumental headstones were a benefit of the insurance policy members purchased. The height of the marker was determined by the level of officership held in the organization. This memorial marker benefit was phased out by World War II.

Historic Fairview Cemetery is run by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to share the history of Albuquerque represented by the people buried there. Learn more at www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org.

The cemetery will be the beneficiary of a portion of ticket sales for the Before I Die New Mexico Virtual Festival, being held online October 30 to November 2, 2020. Learn about all of the events and buy tickets here.

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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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