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.
Guests and Show Topics on FuneralRadio.com:
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.
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.
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.
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 Passare.com, 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
Listen to podcasts of hour-long versions of A Good Goodbye Radio shows through the links listed below:
Podcast on pet loss and grief with Coleen Ellis, PLPA co-chair, May 29, 2013
Podcast with David Hutchings, author of I’m Still Here: Recognizing the Eternalness of Our Companion Animals, May 21, 2014.
Podcast on pet hospice with Kathryn Marocchino, January 22, 2014