Funny Films Can Help Foster Pre-Need Funeral Planning

Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Bernie DVD coverComedy films that make us laugh can also help us relax into having funeral planning conversations with our loved ones. From cult classics like The Big Lebowski to true stories like Bernie and Get Low, the magic of Hollywood can put the “fun” in funeral arrangements, BEFORE there’s a death in the family.

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, uses funny films in her public presentations to attract people to discuss serious topics like funeral planning and how to have good doctor-patient conversations. On A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT, she will talk about how specific films help address particular issues:

  • Carpet Kingdom on how to ensure you get the Viking funeral you want
  • Death at a Funeral on the different ways people can pay for funerals
  • Undertaking Betty features creative funeral life celebrations
  • The Big Lebowski opens the door to discussing cremation and consumer issues
  • Bernie helps us discuss financial affairs and pre-need shopping around

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Undertaking Betty coverArticles about films for funeral planning and a full list of funny funeral planning films are available at

A Good Goodbye is a podcast that 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, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®, is a pioneering death educator and Certified Funeral Celebrant. If you are looking for a celebrant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gail can help you create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.” She is the author of the award-winning books, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die and Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips.

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

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