New Developments in Meaningful Funerals and Cremations

May 3, 2017 | 0 comments

FuneralOne Rilee Chastain

Rilee Chastain (R) with FuneralOne explains the celebration at the entrance to the ICCFA expo.

Videos of interesting products and services I saw at the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) convention and expo in Nashville, TN are now online. Funeral directors looking for new ways to make meaningful memorial services (to help those who have lost loved ones) found some fresh approaches, as well as tried and true services.

Visit the Family Plot Blog to see posts in the Tools of the Trade section of the blog. Learn about preneed funeral insurance (and bourbon) with Global Atlantic, the Everdays app that helps connect families and friends for memorial services, how the ASD answering service helps funeral directors and families at need, and many other interesting developments. More videos are still coming online. Review all posts on The Family Plot Blog!

The next Albuquerque Death Cafe will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at my home. RSVP to Gail [at] for address and directions. Or join the ABQ Death Cafe Meetup group as another way to be kept apprised of upcoming events.

Information on upcoming events and a funny quote follow. Please call 505.265.7215 if I can be of assistance!

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®

Upcoming Events and a Funny Quote

Saturday, May 20, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Death Cafe at Gail Rubin’s home. RSVP for address and directions. More information here.

Phaneuf Funeral Homes logoTuesday, May 23, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. — Gail Rubin presents “Kicking the Bucket List: Important Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die” at two Phaneuf Funeral Homes locations in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Tuesday, June 13, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class on Downsizing and Organizing for End-of-Life issues, at Del Webb Alegria in Bernalillo, NM.

Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. — Gail Rubin presents “Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die” at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque (closed to the public).

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.

“The airplane, the atomic bomb and the zipper have cured me of any tendency to state that a thing can’t be done.” — R.L. Duffus

A Good Goodbye