Feb. 13: Laughing and Learning End-of-Life Workshop

Jan 3, 2016 | 1 comment

The Conscious Aging Network of New Mexico presents

Laughing and Learning: A Practical End-of-Life Workshop

with Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist

Workshop Description: Most people aren’t comfortable with their mortality – only 25% of us do any end-of-life planning, such as advance medical directives and pre-need funeral planning – even though humans have a 100% mortality rate. That leaves 75% of us unprepared and devastated, not IF but WHEN there’s a death in the family. Don’t be like that.

The Laughing and Learning workshop will give you the tools and the inspiration to take practical steps for outlining your funeral plans/memorial celebration, drafting your own obituary and/or famous last words, and preparing advance medical directives. Funny film clips, supportive conversations and take-home printed materials are included in this workshop. Learn what you need to know BEFORE someone goes and dies.

Gail Rubin, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Presenter: Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, is a Certified Thanatologist (a death educator), Certified Funeral Celebrant and pioneering Death Café hostess. She “knocked ‘em dead” with her TEDxABQ talk on end-of-life issues (watch the video at https://youtu.be/r9qR4ZiGX2Y). She’s the author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die and her newest book is Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips. She regularly writes about funeral trends at The Family Plot Blog on her website, www.AGoodGoodbye.com. Gail’s motto (and famous last words): “Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, and talking about funerals won’t make you dead.”

DATE: February 13, 2016

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PLACE: First Unitarian Church Memorial Hall, 3701 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

CEUs: 3 CEUs are available for counselors and social workers (see fees below)

QUESTIONS: Contact Fran Anderson at 505-658-5361.


Fees to register for the Workshop vary:

  • General public $30
  • General public including 3 Social Worker CEUs $40
  • Sage-ing International (SI) member $25
  • SI member, including 3 Social Worker CEUs $35

Download and fill out this registration form and mail it with your check to:

Fran Anderson, Conscious Aging Workshop, P.O. Box 826, Ramah, NM 87321

Please make checks payable to CAN-NM. Your registration will be acknowledged by return email.

A Good Goodbye