About Gail Rubin

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Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, helps get funeral planning conversations started with a light touch on a
serious subject. She hosts the TV/DVD series, A Good Goodbye, as well as a weekly Internet radio program.

As an award-winning speaker, she uses humor and funny films to attract people to a topic many would rather avoid.
She also helped pioneer the Death Cafe movement in the United States by hosting the first one west of the
Mississippi in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 2012.

Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist, a designation awarded by the Association for Death Education and Counseling
(ADEC). The designation Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement is a fancy name for a death
educator. She has made behind-the-scenes visits to mortuaries and the Office of the Medical Investigator, and takes
continuing education courses on funerals, death, grief, and the afterlife.

She is also a Certified Celebrant, a Life Tribute professional personally trained by Doug Manning and Glenda
Stansbury of the In-Sight Institute, the leading U.S. organization that trains Celebrants. Gail is also a public
relations professional and event planner. She has more than 30 years of experience creating many memorable life
cycle events. She is an award-winning speaker with memberships in Toastmasters International and the National
Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter.

Many people are shocked to discover how expensive funerals can be. Gail became a licensed insurance agent to help
people fund their “good goodbyes” by introducing them to the concept of final expense and pre-need insurance. She
can also help address other financial concerns, such as long term care insurance or supplemental policies in the
event of nursing home stays or the need for home medical care.

As the author of “Matchings, Hatchings and Dispatchings,” an Albuquerque Tribune column on life cycle events, she
found that 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.

Her award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, provides everything you
never knew you needed to know about funeral planning and brings light to a dark subject. The book was awarded Best
of Show in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards and was a finalist in the Family & Relationships category of the 2010
Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews.

She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Cemetery, Cremation and
Funeral Association. She volunteers with the Chevra Kaddisha, a group that ritually prepares the bodies of Jews for
burial, and she serves on the cemetery committee for her synagogue.

Rubin is a breast cancer survivor who began her cancer journey in the summer of 2008. She observes, “Nothing
reminds you of your own mortality more than a brush with something as serious and transforming as cancer.”

In addition to her Tribune column, articles by and about Rubin have appeared in American Funeral Director Magazine,
Mortuary Management Magazine, ICCFA Magazine (trade magazine for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral
Association), The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Magazine, Albuquerque The Magazine, Enchantment, Catholic Digest,
Momentum Magazine, The New Mexico Jewish Link, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Prime Time, and other publications.