Early March means it time for a trip to Colorado for the wild and wacky Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in Nederland! It takes place in the mountains west of Boulder this weekend, March 9-11. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the coffin races, the parade of hearses, the documentary “Grandpa’s in the TUFF Shed,” and The Newly-Dead Game® that I’m presenting there this Saturday and Sunday. Can’t wait to meet the live vultures at the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center where you’ll find me. More information here.
While I’m in the Denver metro neighborhood, check out “Going Green: New Trends in Death Care.” This free talk takes place this Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch. It’s sponsored by Heflebower Funeral & Cremation Services and Seven Stones Botanical Garden Cemetery. More information here.
And next week, if you’re in Santa Fe March 15-17, check out the events at Transitioning Artfully: Approaching the Intersection of Art and Death. Thursday evening, March 15, I’m presenting “Answers to your burning questions on cremation,” and Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. I’m conducting a Death Cafe. There’s also an urn art show, movies, and behind the scenes tours at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service. More information here.
This past weekend, I won first place in our Toastmasters Area contest with my speech, “Letting Go.” Looking forward to taking this speech all the way to the Toastmasters International convention in August!
Links to recent posts at The Family Plot Blog, upcoming events and a humorous quote follow. Please call 505.265.7215 if I can be of assistance!
Live long and prosper,
Gail Rubin, CT
Certified in Thanatology:
Death, Dying and Bereavement
The Doyenne of Death®
The Family Plot Blog Highlights
Dogs Find Lost Cremated Remains and Other News Keeping the cremated remains of loved ones around the house? This NPR story on Weekend Edition Sunday will make you consider finding a permanent final resting place for those remains.
Can You Actually Benefit From Sadness? Even though death and loss breaks hearts, many people strive to stay positive and upbeat. “Must not cry” is the unconscious mantra of many grievers – and it’s harmful. (A preview of my April convention presentations for the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.)
Pre-Need Funeral Planning in the News The New York Times and the Huffington Post in Canada just ran separate articles on pre-need funeral planning. I hope this prompts more people to take action and actually plan ahead for this inevitable life cycle event.
Upcoming Events and a Humorous Quote
March 9, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — “Going Green: New Trends in Death Care” in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is sponsored by Heflebower Funeral & Cremation Services of Highlands Ranch and Seven Stones Botanical Garden Cemetery in Littleton.
March 9 to 11 — Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in Nederland, Colorado.
March 15 to 17 — Transitioning Artfully: Approaching the Intersection of Art and Death is a three-day event in Santa Fe, NM, celebrating life, art, and transitions into death. Includes Gail Rubin’s talk, “Answers to your burning questions on cremation,” an urn art show, movies, and Death Cafe conversations. Hosted by Berardinelli Family Funeral Service.
March 20, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — “Lessons from Six Feet Under” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute talk in Corrales. More information here.
Saturday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Albuquerque Death Cafe in the Hobby Room at Manzano Del Sol Village, 5201 Roma NE, Albuquerque, NM. More info here.
The second annual Before I Die ABQ Festival will be held October 30 to November 4, 2018. Call Gail at 505.265.7215 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.