Funny Films Talk with YMCA in D.C.

Sep 22, 2011 | 0 comments

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you might want to come out for this talk I’m giving this coming Monday, September 26.

Funny Films for Serious Funeral Planning Conversations – A Lunch & Learn sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s Fit & Well Seniors Program – brings light to the dark subject of funeral planning. People just learn this stuff better when they’re laughing.

Presenter Gail Rubin gets the conversation started with a collection of comedy film clips that open up funeral planning issues for discussion. Topics such as “Who’s in Charge?” “Personalizing Funerals” “Ensuring Your Plans” and “A Lesson in Eulogies and Ash Scattering” are illustrated with funny and touching clips from major motion pictures, television shows and independent films.

Titles include Get Low, The Big Lebowski, Death at a Funeral, Undertaking Betty, Waking Ned Devine, and last but not least, the famous “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode from the Mary Tyler Moore show.

Location, Time and Date: Fort Stevens Recreation Center at 1327 Van Buren Street NW (at Georgia Avenue), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26. It’s a free event, lunch included.

Contact: Barbara Rogers, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, 202-591-6162 or
Presenter Gail Rubin, (cell) 505-363-7514

Background: Gail Rubin is a Certified Celebrant who also writes The Family Plot Blog ( Her book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, was a finalist in ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award, Family & Relationships category. She is introducing The Newly-Dead Game, a fun interactive way for couples to find out how well they know each others’ last wishes.

A Good Goodbye