The Before I Die ABQ Festival and Gail Rubin were recently featured in two news outlets!
The Albuquerque Business First publication ran the story, “New ABQ festival tells you what you’re dying to know.” It includes interviews with event coordinator Gail Rubin, and two of the sponsors, attorney Jim Plitz with Morris Hall estate planning law firm, and Ken Gonzales, field manager for The Neptune Society in Albuquerque. The story by Marielle Dent starts:
By nature, business owners feel comfortable planning ahead, but planning for the end often gets left by the wayside.
Many people don’t want to think about what will happen to their body, family and business when they die. That may be one reason why only 30 percent of family-owned businesses succeed past the second generation, according to the Family Firm Institute.
The Before I Die Albuquerque Festival, which will run from Oct. 20 to 25, is sponsored by several local companies and aims to get people talking about end-of-life issues through discussions, events and art.
The funeralOne Blog, an online resource for “Funeral Innovation, Technology, Marketing, Healing and much more,” recently did a story titled “10 Funeral Directors to Follow on Twitter for Constant Inspiration.”
While I’m a death educator, not a funeral director, it’s thrilling to see my name on the list at #2. Here’s what Rilee Chastain wrote:
2. Gail Rubin
Follow her for: A quirky twist on getting the funeral planning conversation started.
As someone who uses humor and funny films to connect with people on uncomfortable topics, you can bet that Gail Rubin’s take on end-of-life planning is nothing but unique. Through books, TV/DVD series, internet radio and more, she helps bring light to a dark subject, for both funeral professionals and the families they serve.
TEDxABQ This Saturday
And this weekend is the TEDxABQ Main Event! Saturday, September 9 from noon to 6:00 p.m. in the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center, come for a day of exciting ideas presented by speakers from many different backgrounds. Other experiential activities are part of the day. Tickets are still available at www.TEDxABQ.com.
I will be attending as a VIP past speaker. Two years ago, I took the stage as the last speaker of the day with “A Good Goodbye.” Here’s the video of that talk.