Albuquerque Journal Mature Life Story

Sep 19, 2010 | 0 comments

Today’s Albuquerque Journal Mature Life section has a great article titled “Books help families plan ahead for final goodbyes” by Jane Mahoney. It features yours truly and starts out:

Imagine trying to plan for a wedding in two or three days’ time – the notifications, the site, the clergy, the flowers and the reception. Sound impossible?

The logistics are really not so different from what families face when someone dies and a funeral must be arranged hastily.

“It’s just a different kind of event,” says Albuquerque author Gail Rubin. “Instead of two lives coming together, you’re saying goodbye to someone you love.”

With the mind-set of an event planner, Rubin takes a thorough, yet generally optimistic, look at the process of funeral planning in her book “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.” The 180-page paperback, priced at about $16, is being self-published this month by Light Tree Press. (Update – it’s looking more like 200 pages and available by mid-October, but you can still get a pre-publication discount  if you purchase now.)

Links to the book are available on Rubin’s website,, or her Family Plot Blog. (Update – the book will be available on and available for bookstores to order… it’s just not quite there yet.)

CLICK HERE to access the full article. Click on the What’s Inside? link on the top left, and click on the fourth headline down the list: “Books help families plan ahead for final goodbyes”

A Good Goodbye