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Looking for podcasts on end-of-life issues? A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die is an entertaining and educational online radio show. Host Gail Rubin brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on “everything you need to know before you go.” The program covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family.

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These free programs are about 20 minutes in length. Click the title to hear or download the podcast, or download from iTunes.

The Benefits of Green Burial:  A conversation with Linda Canyon and Donal Key about their green burial facility, Natural Burial New Mexico, New Mexico’s first natural burial ground.

Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson

The Consequences of Death:  Stephen Jenkinson, author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, discusses his philosophy about how we can address the fact that everyone dies.

Samantha Sieber and Alkaline Hydrolysis:  Gail speaks with Samantha Sieber from Bio-Response Solutions about alkaline hydrolysis, an environmentally-friendly, low energy-use process that reduces bodies to the equivalent of cremated remains.

Cremation’s Effect on Mercury Pollution:  A conversation with Dr. Michael LuBrant, Director of the Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Sandra Myers, Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota; and Rebecca Place with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) about their groundbreaking study.

Dan Katz

Dan Katz, LAads, A Marketing Agency

Advertising Death Care with Dan Katz: How do you sell something that no one wants to buy?

Alan Gelb and his book Having The Last Say: How to write a short legacy story that can serve as an ethical will and a reading at your own funeral or memorial service.

Cremation Statistics with Bob Boetticher, Jr.: The past president of the Cremation Association of North America discusses the rising trend toward cremation and how funeral homes can stay competitive.

A Talk with NY Times Contributor Bob Morris: The author of Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents talks about bringing a light touch to end-of-life issues.

Let’s Talk About Death Cafes with Lizzy Miles: The first two people to host these events in the United States discuss the benefits and how to start your own.

Brad Rex, CEO, Foundation Partners Group

Brad Rex, CEO, Foundation Partners Group

Reinventing the Funeral Experience with Brad Rex: The CEO of Foundation Partners Group discusses a fresh vision for funerals.

Preparing for the Inevitable with Peter Callan: Exploring the ins and outs of end-of-life planning.

Encountering the Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died: Hospice Chaplain Karen Kaplan talks about hospice from an insider’s point of view.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Caitlin Doughty, star of the “Ask a Mortician” YouTube videos, discusses her book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory.

Passare for End-of-Life Planning: Charles Picasso, founder and CEO of, on how this end-of-life planning platform helps consumers connect with funeral homes

Over Our Dead Bodies: Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra, funeral directors and co-authors of the book Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift the Lid

Facing a Cancer Diagnosis: Gale O’Brien, author of Transformation: Creating an Exceptional Life in the Face of Cancer

A Good Goodbye