News and Notes: Going Green, TEDx Adventure and More

Oct 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Last week’s trip to Maryland to present at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville and the OASIS program in Montgomery Mall was a big success and the talks were very well received. After presenting Jewish Funeral Traditions on Film, one attendee recommended a very funny video related to sitting shiva – you’ll find the link in blog post highlights below.

TEDxABQ Group with TK

A few TEDxABQ 2015 speakers with coach TK O’Geary.

The official TEDxABQ talk videos are still in the works. As soon as they’re available, you’ll be the first to know! If you attended the event and want to participate in my TEDx Adventure, I’ll be facilitating a Death Cafe at French Funerals and Cremations for TEDx attendees during October – the date will be set soon. Reserve through this link to the TEDxABQ Facebook page. The next Death Cafe for anyone who wants to attend will be on Saturday, November 14 at my home (more info below).

Last call to register for a great three-hour continuing education credit class for counselors, therapists and social workers this Friday. Checking Out? combines great information on practice management and personal end-of-life preparation with funny film clips that entertain while educating. You’ll find more details and a link to register below.

Selected recent posts at The Family Plot Blog and upcoming events follow. Feel free to call if I can be of assistance – 505.265.7215.

Live long and prosper,

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

The Family Plot Blog Highlights

Click on the titles to read the blog post. Review all posts on The Family Plot Blog or view just the Death Cartoons posted on the blog!

Marketing Death Care with Dan Katz  In the most recent A Good Goodbye Radio podcast on, we discuss selling something no one wants to buy and how to get people to pay attention to advertising about end-of-life issues.

iShiva app[Funny Video] The iShiva App  This satire brings together the copious food found in a house of mourning with the homeless, the hungry, and foodies in search of their next great meal.

[Video] Jews and Cremation Mortality Minute  A quick look at the topic of Jews and cremation in this new Mortality Minute video, brought to you by Waldman Funeral Care in Houston, Texas.

Divorce, Death and Funeral Plans  Would you want your ex to be in charge of making your final arrangements? Some sage advice from a Certified Elder Law Attorney.

Upcoming Events and a Humorous Quote

What About BobFriday, October 16, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Albuquerque CEU presentation for counselors, therapists and social workers on professional and personal planning for end-of-life. Checking Out? is a three-hour continuing education presentation that provides a framework for professional practice management and personal preparation for life’s only inevitability (besides taxes).

Dr. Emily Driver Moore and Gail Rubin, CT, will use humorous film clips, real life stories and plenty of Q & A time to help you make the most of this finite lifetime and prepare your practice and family for the time when you check out. Registration fee is $60.

October 18 to 21  National Funeral Directors Association Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gail reports on news and developments at the largest funeral exposition in the world.

Tuesday, October 27, 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Uniting New Mexicans Against Adult Abuse Conference. Gail Rubin presents The Many Faces of Grief: Mourning in the Movies.

Friday, October 30 is Create a Great Funeral Day!  Why not take this opportunity to talk to the people you love about the details of what you might want for your final journey? Gail will discuss this and Day of the Dead on Thursday, October 29 on KRQE This Morning on 2 KASA-TV.

Sunday, November 1, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Gail Rubin presents a Day of the Dead talk at the Tome Gallery, 2930 Highway 47 in Los Lunas, NM. Tome Gallery website.

Tuesday, November 10  The Coronado Thunderbirds, an organization of Sandia Laboratory retirees, hosts Gail Rubin and Erin Marshall of Compassion & Choices, speaking on Talking About Sex Won’t Make You Pregnant, Talking About End-of-Life Won’t Make You Dead.

Thursday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gail Rubin speaks to Dr. Kris Roush’s Death and Dying Class at Central New Mexico Community College. Gail will share stories of new developments and products exhibited at the National Funeral Directors Association convention.

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Albuquerque Death Cafe at Gail Rubin’s home. Eat delicious cake or cookies, drink tea or coffee and let’s discuss mortality issues! If you want to come, send a note to Gail [at] to RSVP and get directions.

Recycle BinThursday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  OASIS presentation on Greening Your Final Arrangements. Do you recycle and save energy? If you consider yourself “green” in life, consider greening your final arrangements. Among the topics to be covered: green burial opportunities in New Mexico, the carbon footprint of cremation, how Jewish burial traditions are naturally green burial, donating your body to science, and what you need to know NOW before there’s a death in the family. The class is $8 – register for class 12 at the OASIS website.

“Never knock on Death’s door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!” — Matt Frewer as Dr. Mike Stratford in “Doctor, Doctor”

A Good Goodbye