Fourth Albuquerque Death Cafe Scheduled July 28, 2013

Free event helps people talk about mortality with tea and cake

The fourth Death Café in Albuquerque will be held Sunday, July 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Three Fountains Apartments. At this free event, people come together in a relaxed, confidential and safe setting to discuss mortality, drink tea (or your favorite beverage) and eat delicious cake or cookies. The objective of Death Café is “To increase awareness of death with a view toward helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”

The Death Café concept started in England, where “stiff-upper-lip” Brits have an especially hard time talking about death. Founder Jon Underwood modeled it on the café mortel created by Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz. Underwood held his first Death Café event September 2011 in London. Hospice volunteer and thanatologist Lizzy Miles coordinated the first U.S. Death Café held in Columbus, Ohio July 2012. The first Death Café west of the Mississippi was held in Albuquerque on September 30, 2012.

The Albuquerque Death Café is organized by Gail Rubin, author and host of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. As The Doyenne of Death®, she is a death educator who uses funny films to help start serious funeral planning conversations. She is also a radio/TV show host, a Certified Funeral Celebrant and a blogger. Her blog is called The Family Plot (

Contact: Gail Rubin  Phone: 505-265-7215 or cell 505-363-7514  Email:

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