Is Funeral Planning Moving Away from Funeral Homes?

Nov 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Funerals are the party no one wants to plan. But, if one could hire party planning professionals for funerals and memorial services, would more families hold events that memorialize a loved one?

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 Services

Allison Copening, CEO of Seasons Funeral Planning Services

Allison Copening, CEO of Seasons Funeral Planning, joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT 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 is a Certified Celebrant and how do they impact memorial services

Listeners are invited to call in with their questions and stories during the second half of the program. The toll-free number is 866-404-6519.

(UPDATE: This program did not take place due to technical issues. Allison Copening will be rescheduled in 2014.)

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

Upcoming guests and topics include Lee Witting, representing the International Association of Near-Death Studies, discussing near-death experiences on Dec. 11; and on Dec. 18, a representative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and in the second half of the show, Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, authors of Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement.

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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