How to Decompose Naturally and Other News

Feb 6, 2018 | 0 comments

wicker casket in natureIs minimizing your post-mortem carbon footprint a concern for you? Mark your calendar for February 17, to attend “Green Burial Options in New Mexico,” my talk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. There’s more info below, along with a blog post about tips to make pet loss more bearable and eco-friendly.

February 14, there’s “Do This For The People You Love,” a talk on downsizing and organizing for end-of-life issues. Scroll down for more information.

There’s an Albuquerque Death Cafe coming up Saturday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. This will take place in the Hobby Room at Manzano Del Sol Village, 5201 Roma NE, just south of Lomas and west of San Mateo. Please send an email to Gail[at] if you’d like to attend.

Links to news stories and recent posts at The Family Plot Blog, upcoming events and a quote follow.

News Coverage and The Family Plot Blog Highlights

Click on the titles to read the news story or blog post and see the associated videos. Review all posts on The Family Plot Blog or view just the Death Cartoons posted on the blog!Adoring Pet logo

Five Tips About Eco-Friendly Pet Cremation You Need to Know NOW  Adoring Pet Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Fraser, Michigan, the first pet funeral home to offer alkaline hydrolysis for pets in the state, offers these helpful tips.

The Funny Obituary for Terry Ward That Went Viral  When a well-written obituary goes viral, it confirms that our life stories are worthy of sharing. Terry Ward’s obituary will have you laughing and wishing you knew the man.

A Week’s Worth of Interesting Death News  Interesting news stories and opinion pieces on death, cleaning up after “lonely” deaths in Japan, what cremated remains mean to us, clutter clearing, dementia-specific advance directives, psychic funeral celebrants, and the top 10 funeral blogs to follow (The Family Plot is one of them!).

Upcoming Events and a Humorous Quote

See the Calendar page for a full listing of events.

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. — “Do This for the People You Love,” a talk on ways to downsize by sharing your beloved possessions and memories with your loved ones. The 20/20 Club is hosting the event at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo Del Norte NE. The 20/20 Club provides information and support for people with macular degeneration and other vision problems. For more information, call 505-275-9952.

Saturday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. — “Green Burial Options in New Mexico” is the title of Gail Rubin’s presentation at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria Road NW, Albuquerque, NM. In a high desert climate, “green” burial is actually “brown” burial. Come learn about your options for returning to the earth as naturally as possible in the Land of Enchantment. Free, parking is $3 in the parking lot (free on the street).

ABQ Death Cafe LadySaturday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Albuquerque Death Cafe at Manzano Del Sol Village, 5201 Roma NE. The objective of the Death Cafe is “To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”  It’s all about an interesting, unstructured conversation – open and free-flowing with no specific agenda. Relax over some coffee or tea, some cake or cookies, and join in a group discussion to talk about what’s on your mind about mortality issues. Refreshments will be provided at this free event. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Join the Albuquerque Death Cafe Meetup group to be kept apprised of upcoming events. Click here to go to the Meetup page.

March 9 to 11, 2018 — Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado. Gail Rubin returns to this wild and wacky festival of all things dead and frozen to present The Newly-Dead Game® and the 1998 documentary “Grandpa’s in the TUFF Shed,” by Robin Beeck. We’ll be in the Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 107 in Nederland. There will be prize drawings for all attendees!

“I am just turning forty and taking my time about it.” — Harold Lloyd at 77, when asked his age

A Good Goodbye