How Will You Have The Talk of a Lifetime with Your Family?

Nov 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Jim Kepner FAMIC

Jim Kepner, current FAMIC president

As the holidays draw near, family get-togethers can provide the opportunity to talk with loved ones about the big events and small details of their lifetimes. Details about values and precious experiences can eventually comprise a great celebration of people’s lives when they do pass away

The “Have The Talk of a Lifetime” campaign, launched this year by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC), helps families sit down and talk to each other about what is important and how to celebrate people’s lives.

Linda Darby, incoming FAMIC President

Linda Darby, incoming FAMIC President

“Our world is very fast paced and we have gotten to the point where it seems that families have forgotten to talk to each other,” said Linda Darby, incoming president of FAMIC. “Our history lies in our family’s roots, and so often because we are so busy, we don’t take the time to converse like we need to with one another.”

Linda Darby and Jim Kepner, current FAMIC president, join host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT to discuss the Have the Talk of a Lifetime project.

Topics include:

  • How to start having “The Talk of a Lifetime”
  • Stories of how such conversations have made a big difference for families
  • What elements make a funeral meaningful
  • How questions about memories, advice, songs, photos can prompt conversation
  • Why funerals help process bereavement and grief

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Since 1991, FAMIC has been committed to making available to the public direct and open information regarding death care and memorialization from the leading associations of service providers and businesses. FAMIC members include: Casket & Funeral Supply Association, Cremation Association of North America, Funeral Service Foundation, International Order of the Golden Rule, Monument Builders of North America, National Concrete Burial Vault Association, National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational weekly 60-minute online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.”  The program airs live on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. MT / 3:00 p.m. PT online.

Each show becomes available as a podcast shortly after each live program. All past program podcasts on A Good Goodbye radio can be downloaded for free from iTunes and

Upcoming program guests are Mary Woodsen, Research Director, Green Burial Council of North America (Nov. 20), and Alexandra Drane of Engage With Grace on talking about end-of-life wishes with family over Thanksgiving dinner (Nov. 27).

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 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, 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 also a Certified Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, insurance agent and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She is Vice President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions. Her website is

Contact: Gail Rubin | PH: 505-265-7215

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