Albuquerque, NM, November 8, 2011 — A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die is a finalist in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards in five categories: Nonfiction, Parenting/Family Issues, Reference, Religion and Self-Help. The award rankings will be announced on November 18, 2011.

A Good Goodbye was also a finalist in the Family & Relationships category of ForeWord Reviews’ 2010 Book of the Year Award.

A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die by Gail Rubin (Light Tree Press, Albuquerque, NM) brings light to a dark subject and helps families avoid emotional and financial disaster.

“Americans plan their finances, their families, their retirement, just about everything – except their funerals. That omission can mess up all their other life plans,” explained author Gail Rubin.

Rubin speaks regularly to groups on getting the funeral planning conversation started. Rubin, “The Doyenne of Death,” is a Certified Celebrant and an event planner specializing in funerals and memorial services.

As the author of “Matchings, Hatchings and Dispatchings,” an Albuquerque Tribune column on life cycle events, Rubin found the columns on death elicited the greatest reader response, indicating a pressing need for information on the topic. She started The Family Plot Blog, a chipper online resource to provide the information, inspiration and tools to pre-plan a healing and meaningful funeral or memorial service. She recently completed her 30 Funerals in 30 Days Challenge.

A Good Goodbye is available through bookstores, online at,, and E-book versions are available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and Sony e-readers. Discounts are available for bulk sales and presentations by calling Light Tree Press at 505-265-7215.

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