Nov. 2: Managing Possessions Panel

Oct 9, 2020 | 1 comment

Managing Loved Ones' Possessions: November 2

What can we do with our loved ones’ possessions, before and after they die? How do we manage our memories and emotions related to objects? Downsizing and estate management can be difficult. “Managing Our Loved Ones’ Possessions Before and After They Die,” a panel discussion with authors and experts can help.

Join this live discussion at the Before I Die New Mexico Virtual Festival on November 2, 2020. This online Zoom meeting will take place at 12:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. CST/10:00 a.m. MST/9:00 a.m. PST. Our panelists are:

Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

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Passed and Present is a one-of-a-kind guide for discovering creative and meaningful ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive. Inspiring and imaginative, this bona fide “how-to” manual teaches us how to remember those we miss most, no matter how long they’ve been gone. Passed and Present is not about sadness and grieving—it is about happiness and remembering. It is possible to look forward, to live a rich and joyful life, while keeping the memory of loved ones alive. (Purchase through this Amazon affiliate link)

Rachel Kodanaz, author of Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: What To Do With Your and a Loved One’s Personal Possessions

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Personal possessions tell a beautiful story of a person’s life. Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time helps to capture and share these stories by providing tools for how to thin, repurpose, and redistribute these possessions so they continue to be with us today and for future generations.

In the digital era, personal possessions include not only physical objects but also the accumulated data of a lifetime. These physical and digital footprints combine into an extension of ourselves and what we signify. Finding a new home for these items helps maintain a connection to those who are no longer physically with us. Their possessions embody memories that should be saved, shared, and treasured in the hands of those who want to forever be connected. (Purchase through this Amazon affiliate link)

Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax, co-authors of What We Keep: 150 People Share the One Object that Brings Them Joy, Magic, and Meaning

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Everyone has that one object that holds deep meaning — some relic that speaks to their past, that carries a remarkable story. What We Keep is a collection of interviews with people about the single object in their life that has the most emotional significance, those objects we often don’t talk about but that make us who we are. (Purchase through this Amazon affiliate link)

Karen Hyatt, founder of Estate Pros

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Karen Hyatt is Founder/Owner of Estate Pros LLC. Estate Pros offers professional, confidential and competent assistance to families through professionals and direct to families to distribute estates due to a move, illness or death.

Get Your Tickets to the Festival Today!

The 4th annual Before I Die New Mexico Virtual Festival is an online, pandemic-safe experience. The four days of death-positive conversations and experiences will take place October 30 to November 2, 2020, at

Ticket Options

One-Day Pass: Access for one full day of Festival events and access prerecorded videos of other Festival events. $20 Add to Cart

Video/Theatre Experience: Watch live Zoom short plays related to end-of-life issues, participate in conversation with playwright Robert Benjamin, and access prerecorded videos of other Festival events. $20 

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Death Cafe Experience: Attend all four Death Cafes during the Festival and access prerecorded videos of other Festival events. $20 

General Admission: Attend all Festival events, access prerecorded videos of other Festival events, plus receive the 4-DVD set of TV interviews, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die$50

VIP Festival Experience: Attend all Festival events, plus get entry to the VIP Halloween party, the A Good Goodbye book and DVD set, and a goodie bag of gifts. $100

Online videos are accessible any time through the YouTube channel devoted to Before I Die Festivals, made available with all registrations. Videos include past Before I Die NM Festival panel discussions and speakers.

Festival Sponsors

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The Before I Die New Mexico Virtual Festival is made possible by:

A portion of the sponsorship proceeds and ticket sales benefit these 501(c)(3) charitable partners:

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