Sunday, October 22, the third day of the inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival, features a tour of historic Fairview Cemetery, movies, an art show of cremation-related works, and panel discussions on medical issues related to end-of-life.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Tour the historic section of Fairview Cemetery, established in 1881, with historian Susan Schwartz and other people providing insights on famous and infamous residents. Location: 700 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. Free event.
Noon & 2:00 p.m. – DOUBLE FEATURE FILMS at The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue NE – Harold and Maude at noon, The Seventh Seal at 2:00 p.m. Two movies for one special price!
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – “Earth, Air, Fire & Water: A Celebration of Cremation and Art” Local artists show and sell their work in ceramics, paper and other materials, featuring artistic urns, garden sculpture urns for people and pets, and other mortuary art. Takes place at the South Valley studio of Mary Sharp-Davis, 1911 Poplar SW, just off of Bridge and Goff. Free event with refreshments.
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion: “Making Plans to Live Well Until We Die: Part One,” in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd. NE. Speakers include Dr. Nancy Guinn, Medical Director of Presbyterian at Home and developer of the NM MOST form (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment, a document designed to help healthcare providers honor the treatment wishes of their patients); Jan Wilson, Compassion & Choices; Joan Gibson, The Conversation Project in New Mexico. Class fee of $20 covers Part One and Part Two sessions with registration through the Osher website.
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion: “Making Plans to Live Well Until We Die: Part Two,” in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd. NE in the Auditorium. Speakers include Dr. Aroop Mangalik, retired oncologist and author of “Dealing with Doctors, Denial, and Death”; Stacy Sacco, lecturer at UNM Anderson School of Management and TEDxABQ speaker; Shelley Drake, a death educator living with cancer. Class fee of $20 covers Part One and Part Two sessions with registration through the Osher website.
And here are other great upcoming activities in the Before I Die ABQ Festival:
- A tour of the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI);
- “Answering Your Burning Questions About Cremation” information session;
- “Jewish Burial Equals Green Burial” at the Jewish Community Center;
- Death Cafe discussions at Albuquerque Senior & Multigenerational Centers;
- A tour of the Fathers Building Futures casket building workshop;
- Panel discussion and presentation on financial and legal issues related to end-of-life;
- “Mindfulness, Mortality and Self-Care,” a meditation session with world-renowned teacher Ralph Steele.
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The Before I Die ABQ Festival is made possible by these sponsors:
- A Good Goodbye, funeral planning for those who don’t plan to die;
- French Funerals & Cremations, Albuquerque’s largest and oldest family-owned funeral service company;
- The Neptune Society, America’s most trusted cremation service;
- Lasting Legacy, Inc., providing estate and trust services to New Mexico families;
- Express Legal Solutions, LLC, offering “documents you need at a price you can afford;”
- Retirement Extender®, a team of specialists making the most of your finances;
- Morris Hall, PLLC, a premier estate planning law firm;
- LifeIZShort.com, practical guides for dealing with the inevitable by Peter Callan;
- The Old Pine Box, specializing in pine and cedar coffins and caskets, and specialty urns;
- My Final Checklist, a master file for personal information;
- Zia Trust, Inc., serving clients in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and 38 other states;
- 1-800-AUTOPSY, a thanatology specialty service company.