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Before I Die New Mexico Festival

October 16, 2023 - October 21, 2023

Before I Die NM Festival square

The 6th annual Before I Die New Mexico Festival will take place in Albuquerque October 16-21, 2023, right after the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Before I Die Festivals provide unique and innovative ways to entertain while educating about end-of-life issues, to get people to plan for our 100% mortality rate,” said Gail Rubin, festival coordinator, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®.

Using behind-the-scenes tours, activities, games, speakers, and other outside-the-box activities, Before I Die Festivals offer thought-provoking content within memorable and life-affirming events.

The Before I Die New Mexico Festival entices baby boomers and younger generations to face their own mortality with festival events that educate and encourage planning for the inevitable. Events will take place in-person in Albuquerque and online in a Zoom meeting room, providing geographic reach beyond New Mexico. View the schedule of events here.

Events include:

  • Comedy Performance: Ben Wasserman’s Live After Death show, Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at French Funerals & Cremations location at 1275 Unser Blvd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM.
  • Death Cafe Discussions: daily opportunities to discuss mortality questions in a supportive environment.
  • Newly-Dead® Games: Bingo and The Game for Couples and Singles make death education an upbeat experience.
  • Movie Night at the Funeral Home: feature-length films to laugh and learn about end-of-life.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours of sponsors’ locations and discussions of products and services.
  • Millennial Morticians with ABQ Brews: a panel discussion at Tractor Brewing Wells Park location on Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. This year’s young funeral professionals will be all women – the Femme Fatale edition!
  • Mortuary Mall: a collection of funeral products and services for attendees to browse and learn taking place at Sunset Memorial Park on Wednesday, October 18.
  • Murder and Mayhem Cemetery Tour: this walking tour on Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. features true stories of deaths of people buried at Historic Fairview Cemetery. This is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.
  • Informative Speakers: sessions on estate and financial planning, downsizing, after-death follow-up, grief, and more.
  • Virtual Audiences: Sessions with speakers will be available as hybrid events with in-person audiences and online participants, thanks to Festival sponsor Keeper. Videos will be made available after the festival.

Registration levels range from $20 to $100. Registration levels above $20 include a T-shirt, registration for Live After Death with comedian Ben Wasserman, the Murder and Mayhem Cemetery Tour and your own copy of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.


Before I Die NM Festival post card

Learn more about the Before I Die Festival concept here.

Thank You to Our Before I Die NM Festival Sponsors

2023 Festival Sponsors: Keeper, French, Sunset, Passages

French Funerals & Cremations, Sunset Memorial Park and Passages International will host events at their locations in Albuquerque. Virtual sessions will be provided by festival partner Keeper™.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting festival coordinator Gail Rubin: Gail@agoodgoodbye.com.

Part of the proceeds from the Before I Die New Mexico Festival will benefit charitable partner Historic Fairview Cemetery. The cemetery was founded in 1881, a year after the railroad came to Albuquerque. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization maintains the grounds and shares its history. A portion of sponsorship fees may be tax-deductible. www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org


October 16, 2023
October 21, 2023
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