News and Notes: TEDxABQ and Mortality Minute

Jul 14, 2015 | 0 comments

TEDxABQ Gail Rubin2Exciting news: Presenting a TED talk is a dream come true for many speakers. I’ve been selected to be one of 20 speakers at TEDxABQ, New Mexico’s independently organized TED event. TED talks (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) offer big ideas and inspirational thoughts from a wide range of people.

My big idea relates to encouraging preneed funeral planning and preparing advance medical directives. More than 2,000 people will fill Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico for the daylong event on Saturday, September 12. Read more about TEDxABQ.

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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 review just the Death Cartoons posted on the blog!

The Composition of Human Cremated Remains  If you’ve ever wondered why cremated remains can look so different, this guest article by Nick Savage, President of Memory Glass, has all the answers, down to the chemical composition of human cremated remains.

Bobby Wonderful coverBobby Wonderful on Burying Your Parents  The latest interview on features Bob Morris, author of Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents, a memoir which illuminates the emotional roller coaster baby boomers face as parents decline and die.

Celebrating Life Free eBook Now Expanded!  The free eBook includes a wealth of information about cremation, memorial service templates, stories of creative life celebrations, readings, music and online resources.

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Upcoming Events and a Mortality Quote

July 29 to August 1  Gail reports on developments at the Cremation Association of North America’s convention and expo in San Diego, CA.

Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Albuquerque Death Cafe at Gail Rubin’s home. 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 an interesting, unstructured conversation – open and free-flowing with no specific agenda. People come together in a relaxed, confidential and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea (or your favorite beverage) and eat delicious cake or cookies. RSVP to 505.265.7215 for address and directions. Click for more information about the Albuquerque Death Cafe.

Wednesday, August 26, noon  Gail speaks at the Albuquerque Del Norte Rotary Club meeting at the Sheraton Uptown, northeast corner of Menaul and Louisiana NE. Her talk is titled “We Can Do That? New Trends in Death Care.”

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  TEDxABQ 2015 is a showcase of 20 of New Mexico’s biggest ideas in science, healthcare, policy, technology, learning, the arts, and the way we see the world. Gail Rubin will present her big idea to encourage preneed funeral planning.

“I can’t think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral” — Admiral Lord Mountbatten

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