Video: Consumer Funeral Planning Issues You Need to Know

Feb 26, 2019 | 0 comments

Holland Cooke and Gail Rubin interview
Holland Cooke, host of RT America, interviews Gail Rubin, CT, on funeral consumer issues.

“The Big Picture,” a news program hosted by Holland Cooke on RT America, recently did a segment on “Creating a Death Plan: Why It’s Necessary.” The interview focuses on how consumers can best plan ahead for a funeral before there’s a death in the family.

Check out this 12-minute interview with Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®. Holland Cooke and Gail Rubin cover the following topics:

  • The Funeral Rule from the Federal Trade Commission – five key elements of consumer rights to know before you buy anything from a funeral home.
  • The rising cremation rate and its impact on whether people have a funeral or memorial service.
  • The basic elements of end-of-life planning to help loved ones avoid too much stress and hassle.
  • The rise of death discussion movements such as Death Cafes and Before I Die festivals.

Watch the interview through this YouTube link:

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Gail Rubin on The Big Picture on RT America.
Gail Rubin on “The Big Picture” program on RT America.

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