Announcing the 5th Annual Before I Die NM Festival

Jul 14, 2021 | 0 comments

Festival Features In-Person and Online Events October 30-November 2, 2021

Before I Die NM Festival 2021 AngelThe Before I Die NM Festival, being held for the fifth consecutive year in New Mexico, breaks new ground with a combination of in-person/online series of events Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2021. The Before I Die Festival concept brings together entertaining and educational elements to start conversations. Events are designed to prompt Baby Boomers and their Millennial children to plan ahead for end-of-life issues.

Festival in-person events will take place in Albuquerque, pandemic restrictions permitting. Funeral homes and cemeteries in other cities and states may hold one-day events with their attendees joining online virtual events through Zoom.

“The pandemic brought mortality to top-of-mind awareness. The Before I Die Festival helps us to plan ahead for end-of-life issues, while putting the ‘fun’ in funeral planning,” said Gail Rubin, CT, pioneering death educator and coordinator of the festival.

Festival event topics include estate planning, financial planning, obituary writing, downsizing, grief, funerals through history, the “woo-woo” side of death, and other issues. Special events include:

  • Visit Historic Fairview Cemetery, established in Albuquerque in 1881, for a special tour.
  • Daily Death Cafe conversations about mortality issues and questions, in-person and online.
  • Behind the Scenes Tours of funeral homes and cemeteries.
  • Lively Panel Discussions by end-of-life experts, both in-person and online. “Millennial Morticians with ABQ Brews” returns to Tractor Brewing’s Wells Park location Nov. 1!
  • Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebration and workshop to prepare for the holiday.

All events, in-person and online, are accessible for a small donation. Videos of in-person sessions and virtual online sessions will be posted to the Before I Die Festival YouTube Channel after the festival. Register through this PayPal form below.

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These companies and organizations make the Before I Die NM Festival possible.

A portion of the sponsorship proceeds and ticket sales from the Before I Die NM Festival will be donated to 501(c)(3) charitable partner, Historic Fairview Cemetery, established in Albuquerque in 1881. The cemetery is the final resting place of 12,000 individuals, with remarkable stories reflecting the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the United States of America. The website is

The festival is coordinated by Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and the Doyenne of Death®. Festival sponsorship opportunities are still available by calling Gail Rubin at 505-265-7215.

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