Funerals: How Do We Organize The Party No One Wants to Plan?

Jan 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Let’s face it: funerals are the party no one wants to plan. But, can hiring party planning professionals for funerals and memorial services prompt more families hold such events for loved ones? Will making event planning easier for families encourage more memorialization?

Allison Copening, CEO of Seasons Funeral Planning Services

Allison Copening, CEO of Seasons Funeral Planning Services

Seasons Funeral Planning in Las Vegas, Nevada is not a funeral home nor do they take the place of the funeral home. They are the guidance counselors a family sees before visiting or selecting a funeral provider. They help families better understand the process and determine the best funeral home to meet their needs and budget. Then they take on many of the tasks that funeral directors leave to the family.

Allison Copening, CEO of Seasons Funeral Planning, joined host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio to discuss the changes her company and others like it bring to the funeral services industry.

Topics include:

  • How a funeral planning service is different from a funeral home
  • Why families are often uninformed about all the details associated with a death
  • What families need to know if there’s an unexpected death
  • Who uses outside funeral planning services
  • What are Certified Celebrants and what they do that’s so special


A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational weekly 60-minute online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.” A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Host Gail Rubin, CT, brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

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.”

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Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist, a death educator and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the National Speakers Association. Her website is

A Good Goodbye