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A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die presents educational and entertaining television interviews with experts on “everything you need to know before you go.”
Host Gail Rubin brings a light touch to a serious subject. Like her award-winning book of the same name, the TV interviews cover a lot of information most folks don’t know about until faced with a death in the family. By planning ahead and having a conversation families can:
- reduce stress at a time of grief
- minimize family conflict
- save money and
- create a meaningful, memorable good goodbye.
Each episode provides valuable insights into funeral planning issues. From pre-need planning to grief counseling, financial issues to the latest trends in death care, these interviews offer eye-opening insights into the party no one wants to plan. The 12-episode series of 25-minute programs, contained in a 4-DVD set, costs $49.97. Click to download the cover art
The award-winning book A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die uses gentle humor to present vital information about funeral arrangements that most people don’t learn about until faced with a death in the family. Get the information, inspiration and tools to save money and create meaningful and memorable end-of-life rituals for people and pets, before there’s a death in the family.
This easy-to-read book tells how to plan a memorial service and reception, ways to communicate the news, collect vital information before it’s needed, and write obituaries and eulogies. It also presents background on many religious traditions, new funeral trends and creative non-religious rituals, event-planning checklists, information forms for death certificates and obituaries, and cost containment.
Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead – and your family will benefit from the conversation. The book retails for $21.95. Click to download the cover art
Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips
Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips helps families with memorial service guidance and creative ideas. The book by Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and Certified Funeral Celebrant, and Susan Fraser, respected memorial authority, covers everything related to creating a meaningful memorial service with cremated remains:
- Why it’s important to hold some sort of goodbye ceremony.
- A description of the cremation process, so families know what to expect.
- Examples of different ways to scatter ashes – more than you’d think!
- Stories of creative memorial services in different settings to spark ideas.
- Templates to easily create meaningful memorial services.
- Sample scripts from actual memorial services to provide inspiration.
- Suggested readings, music and online resources for a wealth of meaningful materials to weave into a service.
The book’s title refers to the last line of an ancient elegiac poem written by the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus approximately 2,000 years ago. He mourns the death of his brother, who died while Catullus was traveling abroad. Upon his return, he sadly addresses his brother’s cremated remains, “… with brotherly weeping. And forever, brother, hail and farewell.”
The book retails for $10.00. Click here to download the cover art.
The Newly-Dead Game
The Newly-Dead Game® was conceived as a way to help start funeral planning conversations in a fun, non-threatening way. The game is based on elements of the popular TV show The Newlywed Game, but the questions in The Newly-Dead Game revolve around how well a couple knows the partner’s key information and last wishes.
The Newly-Dead Game is designed to be played by three or four couples with an emcee reading the questions. Four questions are asked, each progressively more challenging. The emcee then interviews the couples to reveal their answers. The couple that gets the most answers correct get the most points. The highest scoring couple wins the top prize! This is a digital download PDF product.
The Newly-Dead Game retails for $24.97. Click to download The Newly-Dead Game artwork
Jewish Funeral Traditions and Superstitions Talk DVD
Jewish Funeral Traditions and Superstitions is a one-hour talk by Gail Rubin that provides behind-the-scenes insights. You will learn:
- Jewish traditions before, during and after a funeral – important for Jewish and interfaith families to learn and rarely taught.
- How to be prepared BEFORE there’s a death in the family, so you can reduce stress, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.”
- The practical as well as Biblical reasons for funeral traditions.
- The secrets of the tahara cleansing ritual revealed.
- How Jewish burial offers a way to get a green burial in a conventional cemetery.
- Why embalming is avoided and cremation was traditionally frowned upon.
- How Jewish mourning traditions differ from other religions.
You can get all this information on one DVD for only $24.99 plus shipping. You also get helpful documents, including a list of 50 Things for Jews To Do When a Death Occurs — a checklist on decisions to make and key information to get pulled together, a written outline of Jewish funeral traditions discussed in this talk, and Jewish prayers and readings related to funerals.