March 22: Laughing and Learning End-of-Life Workshop

Mar 18, 2019 | 0 comments

You keep saying you’ll get around to planning ahead for end-of-life issues, but somehow, it always drops to the bottom of your list of things to do. It doesn’t have to be a drag to tackle this chore.

This Friday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., kick end-of-life planning off of your bucket list with Gail Rubin’s Laughing and Learning End-of-Life Workshop. The two-hour class through UNM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute costs $20. It will be held at the UNM Continuing Education Center, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. Register for class 86475 through Osher’s website.

Class Description

Five Wishes Form
The Five Wishes form helps you express your medical wishes in easy-to-understand terms.

Even though humans have a 100% mortality rate, only 25% of us do any end-of-life planning. 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. Attendees will participate in Death Café-inspired discussions, tackle a quick first draft obit with the help of provided questions and receive their own copy of The Five Wishes form. You will laugh in the face of death and learn what you need to know BEFORE someone goes and dies.

Instructor Gail Rubin, CT

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Gail Rubin, CT, the Doyenne of Death®, a 2019 Women of Influence Award winner.

Gail Rubin, CT, is a pioneering death educator who uses humor, funny film clips and outside-the-box activities to teach about end-of-life topics. An award-winning speaker, she “knocked ’em dead” at TEDxABQ in 2015. She’s the author of three books on end-of-life issues: A GOOD GOODBYE: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, HAIL AND FAREWELL: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

She’s also an informed advocate for planning ahead, a Certified Funeral Celebrant, and the coordinator of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival. Albuquerque Business First recognized her as one of their 2019 Women of Influence. Download a free 50-point Executor’s Checklist from her website,

A Good Goodbye