How Can Humor Help Us Better Deal with Death?

Mar 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Allen Klein, Jollytologist®

Allen Klein, Jollytologist®

Can humor help us approach the topics of death and funeral planning? Once a death has occurred, is it too late to laugh in the face of death?

Allen Klein calls himself a Jollytologist® because he goes around the country giving keynote presentations and workshops on therapeutic humor. He joins host Gail Rubin, CT, on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, April 2 (right after April Fool’s Day) to discuss the healing power of humor.

He is the author of 15 books, including Learning to Laugh when You Feel Like Crying and The Healing Power of Humor, and inspirational quote books such as The Art of Living Joyfully and Change Your Life! His website is

Topics include:

  • How humor can help you get through trying times
  • Why laughing and crying are connected – and how these reactions help our emotional state
  • What lessons we can learn from loss
  • How our attitudes color our experiences of life and death
  • Tips for improving moods and recovering from setbacks

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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, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, 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 (that’s 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 New Mexico Chapter. Her website is

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