Loving Our Pets, and People Too

Jun 6, 2017 | 0 comments

Cats Ilsa and Yvonne

Gail Rubin’s cats, Ilsa (R) and Yvonne (L)

Here’s some news you can use if you are a pet parent. My article titled “What is a Pet Trust and How Can It Protect Your Furry Friend?” recently ran on the popular women’s website, Sixty and Me. You can also read the story on The Family Plot Blog.

Need a little push to get those downsizing and end-of-life plans in place? Attend this June 13 University of New Mexico Continuing Education class, “Keys to Downsize and Organize Your Life.” The class will take place at Del Webb Alegria Active Adult Community in Bernalillo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The next Albuquerque Death Cafe will take place on Saturday, June 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. RSVP if you would like to attend. More information here.

The community outreach events in New Hampshire sponsored by Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium were a big success. Almost 125 people attended the talks in Manchester and Boscawen. You can see the video of the 90-minute presentation “Kicking the Bucket List: Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die” through the blog post below.

Links to other recent posts at The Family Plot Blog, other upcoming events and an interesting quote follow. Please call 505.265.7215 if I can be of assistance!

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®

The Family Plot Blog Highlights

Click on the titles to read the 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!

Memorial Day Stories at Sunset Memorial Park — For Memorial Day 2017, Sunset Memorial Park here in Albuquerque, New Mexico hosted a unique storytelling event honoring those U.S. servicemen and women who died in wars. The storytellers were actors who looked like green toy soldiers.

Videos from the ICCFA Convention and Expo — Check out the products and services I saw at the annual International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

Love New Hampshire’s Motto: “Live Free or Die” — Here’s the video from one of the presentations at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Manchester, New Hampshire:

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Upcoming Events and a Quote

See the Calendar page for a full listing of events.

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — “Jewish Funeral Traditions on Film” presented through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This talk illuminates the differences and similarities of Christian and Jewish funeral traditions – highly beneficial for interfaith families. Register for class 81396, $20 at Osher’s website.

Friday, July 28, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class “Laughing and Learning” will give you the tools and the inspiration to take practical steps for planning a “good goodbye.” Register for class 81387, $20 at Osher’s website.

Looking to Connect with Baby Boomers?

Mark your calendar for the inaugural “Before I Die” ABQ festival, October 20-24, 2017. “Before I Die” festivals are part of a growing social movement to foster reflection about how we as individuals and as a society manage death and dying. By providing space and opportunities to openly discuss end-of-life issues, we can improve the percentage of those who plan ahead and take actions to address our mortality. Sponsors, this is a great opportunity to connect with Albuquerque baby boomers one-on-one. More information here.

“There is no death; what seems so is transition. This life of mortal breath is but a suburb of the life Elysian, whose portal we call death.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Resignation

A Good Goodbye