Gail Rubin, author, speaker, journalist and death educator, connects with Baby Boomers using humour, funny films and a light touch on serious subjects. At A Good Goodbye, we bring light to a dark subject, providing the information, inspiration, and tools to plan a meaningful, memorable end-of-life event.
Over the past decade, a growing number of movements have sprouted to help get people to discuss their mortality. Here’s a short history of the most popular movements, in order of when they were started in the United Kingdom or the United States. Dying Matters 2009 In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) […]
When a funeral director picks up a deceased’s body at home, a nursing home, or sometimes even a hospital, some make a thoughtful gesture of leaving a flower on the person’s recently-vacated bed or pillow. Some use fresh flowers, others may use artificial (but long lasting) flowers. This Dear Abby letter writer brings up a […]
You might think granite markers in cemeteries as somber and gray. But the colorful examples OM Stone showed at the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) annual expo will make you think twice. Bob March with OM Stone describes the Bronzstone process in this video below. They use a laser process that reaches 3,300 […]
The first Green Burial Council-certified natural burial ground in New Mexico will dedicate a section specifically for Jewish burials on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Jewish Federation of New Mexico and La Puerta Natural Burial Ground worked together to create this section specifically for Jewish people and their families. Rabbi Min […]
Funeral directors hear it all the time: “Oh, it’s too soon for me to preplan my funeral.” The common refrain: “It’s always too soon, until it’s too late.” How do you create a “good goodbye”? Think about this: funerals are a life cycle event much like a wedding, best planned more than a few days […]
The next Albuquerque Death Cafe will take place on Sunday, June 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Fifth Floor Lounge at Manzano del Sol Village, 5201 Roma NE, Albuquerque, NM. If you want to attend, let host Gail Rubin know by sending an email to Gail [at] AGoodGoodbye.com or join the Albuquerque Death […]
Who doesn’t love a clown funeral? Remember the great Mary Tyler Moore Show episode, “Chuckles Bites the Dust”? Anchorman Ted Baxter wondered which of the attendees were Chuckles’ fellow clowns, because no one was in clown makeup at the funeral. This Bizarro Death Cartoon speaks to the dilemma of whether it’s appropriate to attend a clown […]
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