Got questions about funeral planning or cremation, but uncomfortable going to a funeral home before you “have to”? Attend this panel discussion with local funeral directors fielding your queries on everything related to undertaking. This class at Albuquerque Oasis kicks off the inaugural “Before I Die” Albuquerque festival, six days of activities providing space and opportunities to openly discuss end-of-life issues, plan ahead and take actions to address our mortality.
The session takes place on Friday, October 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Four Albuquerque funeral directors will share their insights on “What You Need to Know Before You Go.” Get your questions answered at this Before I Die ABQ Festival event without having to actually go to a funeral home.
Moderator: Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist, A Good Goodbye
- Joan Stasi, Daniels Family Funeral Services
- Jonathan “Buck” Dyck, French Funerals & Cremations
- David Slaten, The Neptune Society
- Gloria Salazar, Salazar Funeral Homes & Crematory
Event Location: Oasis Albuquerque, 3301 Menaul NE, Suite 18. Free with registration through the Albuquerque Oasis website.
The Before I Die ABQ festival offers multiple upbeat activities for people to openly think about, talk about and do something about our mortality. More than 20 free and low-cost events to be held at numerous locations around Albuquerque include:
- “Prelude to Eternity” dinner party in the Pavilion at Sunset Memorial Park;
- A panel of local funeral directors on “What You Need to Know Before You Go;”
- Yoga class “From Child Pose to Corpse Pose: Life, Death, Yoga and Spirituality;”
- A tour of historic Fairview cemetery (established 1881), and the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI);
- “Answering Your Burning Questions About Cremation” information session;
- Panel discussions on “Making Plans to Live Well Until We Die” on medical care and end-of-life issues;
- “Jewish Burial Equals Green Burial” at the Jewish Community Center;
- The Guild Cinema double feature of classic films about life and death, Harold and Maude and The Seventh Seal;
- “Earth, Air, Fire & Water: A Celebration of Cremation and Art” with local artists selling their works in ceramics, paper and other media;
- The Albucreepy Ghost Tour of downtown Albuquerque landmark buildings;
- A tour of the Fathers Building Futures casket building workshop;
- “Mindfulness, Mortality and Self-Care,” a meditation session with world-renowned teacher Ralph Steele.
Registration for these and other events is now open at www.BeforeIDieABQ.com.
The Before I Die ABQ Festival is made possible by these sponsors:
- A Good Goodbye, funeral planning for those who don’t plan to die;
- French Funerals & Cremations, Albuquerque’s largest and oldest family-owned funeral service company;
- The Neptune Society, America’s most trusted cremation service;
- Lasting Legacy, Inc., providing estate and trust services to New Mexico families;
- Express Legal Solutions, LLC, offering “documents you need at a price you can afford;”
- Retirement Extender®, a team of specialists making the most of your finances;
- Morris Hall, PLLC, a premier estate planning law firm;
- LifeIZShort.com, practical guides for dealing with the inevitable by Peter Callan;
- The Old Pine Box, specializing in pine and cedar coffins and caskets, and specialty urns;
- My Final Checklist, a master file for personal information; and
- Zia Trust, Inc., serving clients in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and 38 other states.