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.
The Ziggy cartoon doesn’t often deal with death. However, in this cartoon, as Ziggy walks his dog by the Ritzo Funeral Home, their sign reads, “Who says you can’t take it with you?” This funeral home seems to suggest they can make that happen. Have you ever noticed Ziggy is drawn without pants? In the […]
Keeping the cremated remains of loved ones around the house? This NPR story on Weekend Edition Sunday will make you consider finding a permanent final resting place for those remains. Forensic Search Dogs Sniff Out Human Ashes in Wildfire Wreckage takes listeners to Santa Rosa, California, where wildfires in October reduced hundreds of homes to ashes. […]
Deaths from smoking aren’t very funny. This Non Sequitur cartoon takes a serious look at the headstones in the “Smoking Section” of a cemetery. “Your Name Here Soon” on the markers and open graves await the guy on the pathway smoking a cigarette while holding a flower bouquet. Titled “The Hint,” it’s a not-so-subtle reminder […]
Is minimizing your post-mortem carbon footprint a concern for you? Mark your calendar for February 17, to attend “Green Burial Options in New Mexico,” my talk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. There’s more info below, along with a blog post about tips to make pet loss more bearable and eco-friendly. February 14, there’s “Do […]
When a well-written obituary goes viral, it confirms that our life stories are worthy of sharing. Terry Ward’s obituary, written by his daughter Jean Lahm, will have you laughing and wishing you knew the man. She works at Geisen Funeral Home, and knew the obituary had to match her dad’s personality. Here’s what appeared on the […]
This Bizarro Death Cartoon has two guys with wings and halos hoisting beers. One says, “Heaven is amazing, but it’s nothing compared to Spring Break Tampa, 1997.” “Amen to that.” says his drinking buddy. Really? Isn’t all the beer in heaven free and unlimited? Plus you don’t have to worry about hangovers. And what took them […]
The next Albuquerque Death Cafe will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will take place in the Community Room at Manzano Del Sol Village, 5201 Roma NE, Albuquerque. It is located just south of Lomas Blvd. and just west of San Mateo Blvd. Refreshments will be provided. The […]
Over the past week, I’ve seen some interesting news stories and opinion pieces on death, cleaning up after “lonely” deaths in Japan, what cremated remains mean to us, clutter clearing, dementia-specific advance directives, and the top 10 funeral blogs to follow (The Family Plot is one of them!). Click on the headlines to read each […]
There’s never a convenient time for a pet to die. But according Phillip Vallelunga from Adoring Pet Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Fraser, Michigan, pet owners can take these key steps to ease the pain of saying goodbye to a beloved dog, cat or other companion animal. 1. Pets are part of the family. […]
In New Mexico’s high desert climate, “green” burial is actually “brown” burial. However, you have many options to minimize your after-death carbon footprint. Make your final disposition more eco-friendly by avoiding embalming, rethinking cremation, choosing biodegradable caskets and urns, and even considering holding a home/DIY funeral. Come learn about your options for returning to the […]
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