WHEN: The second annual Before I Die ABQ festival will be held Tuesday, October 30 through Sunday, November 4, 2018, at various locations around Albuquerque.
WHAT: Before I Die festivals are part of a growing social movement to foster reflection about how we as individuals and as a society manage death and dying. By providing space and opportunities to openly discuss end-of-life issues, we can improve the percentage of those who plan ahead and take actions to address our mortality.
The Before I Die ABQ festival has educational, entertaining elements such as field trips, art, movies, theater, panel discussions and Death Café conversations. Before I Die festivals have drawn thousands to events in Cardiff, Wales (UK), Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY.
At Indianapolis’ festival in 2016, 800 people attended 28 activities over three days. The inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival drew 600 people to 22 events over six days.
WHERE: Events take place at multiple locations and venues around Albuquerque, New Mexico during Before I Die ABQ. They include:
- A tour of the Fathers Building Futures workshop, an Albuquerque-based nonprofit making wooden caskets and urns, on Oct. 30;
- An obituary writing workshop on Oct. 30;
- A Halloween/Dia de los Muertos party in Sunset Memorial Park on Wednesday, Oct. 31;
- Daily Death Café discussions at various locations Oct. 30-Nov. 2;
- Guild Cinema showings of the 1991 romantic comedy Defending Your Life on Nov. 1 and 2;
- All Souls Day Cremated Remains Committal Service at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in ABQ and Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe on Nov. 2;
- Tours of cemeteries, funeral homes, and crematoria;
- A gentle Yoga class with Gloria Drayer, author of “Yoga and Grief,” on Oct. 30;
- A full day symposium with panel discussions and speakers on a wide range of end-of-life issues at UNM’s Continuing Education Building on Saturday, Nov. 3;
- The Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade & Festival in Albuquerque’s South Valley on Sunday, Nov. 4.
WHY: We’re all going to die, yet less than 30% of adults do any end-of-life planning: wills or trusts, advance medical directives or preneed funeral planning. It’s better to talk about our wishes well before death becomes a grim reality and our loved ones can be informed.
WHO: Before I Die ABQ appeals to baby boomers who are beginning to face their own mortality. The festival also provides the opportunity to engage younger generations on end-of-life issues. Sponsors connect to participants through this unique experiential festival that educates, excites and fosters planning for the inevitable.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS WHO MAKE THE FESTIVAL POSSIBLE
- A Good Goodbye, funeral planning for those who don’t plan to die;
- EternityGardens.com, a website to find a permanent final resting place for the cremated remains of loved ones;
- French Funerals & Cremations, Albuquerque’s largest and oldest family-owned funeral service company;
- Zia Trust, Inc., serving clients in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and 38 other states.
Before I Die Albuquerque festival partners include the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of New Mexico, La Puerta Natural Burial Ground, Fathers Building Futures, and the Guild Cinema.
Part of the proceeds from “Before I Die” ABQ will be donated to charitable partner Fathers Building Futures, a 501c(3) nonprofit social enterprise that empowers formerly incarcerated parents. They provide on-the-job workforce training and supports to enable sustainable futures for these people and their families. They make all-natural pine caskets, wooden urns, and handmade gifts in their workshop. A portion of sponsorship fees may be tax-deductible as charitable donations.