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Before I Die Festival Virtual Events Go National

The Before I Die Festival concept excites and educates adults about end-of-life preparation, funeral planning and facing our mortality. Funeral homes and cemeteries nationwide can now share virtual sessions of the Before I Die NM Festival in their markets. It’s being held for the fifth consecutive year in Albuquerque and online, October 30 to November 2, 2021.

“Sharing Before I Die NM Festival events allows the public to visit funeral homes and cemeteries without having to experience a death of a loved one,” said Doyenne of Death® Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and coordinator of the festival. “The Festival incorporates outside-the-box activities to start important conversations and get people to take action.”

Before I Die NM Festival topics include downsizing, body donation, obituary writing, estate planning, financial planning, grief, the “woo-woo” side of death, funny film clips for funeral planning and more. An Albuquerque-based talk about Abraham Lincoln’s impact on modern embalming and U.S. funeral services will include a virtual visit to Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, IL.

How This Works

GatheringUs, specialists in facilitating in-person and virtual memorial services, hosts and coordinates the national feed of virtual events. Funeral homes and cemeteries can host Festival virtual events in their facilities and conduct their own behind-the-scenes tours. Businesses that promote Festival events in their markets will receive local attendee registration information for follow-up contacts. Most events are accessible by a registration donation. Videos of in-person sessions and virtual online sessions will be posted to the Before I Die Festival YouTube Channel after the festival.

The Festival won the 2018 ICCFA KIP Award for Best Event. To offer the virtual sessions of the Festival in your market, contact Gail Rubin at 505-265-7215 or email Gail@AGoodGoodbye.com.

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A portion of the sponsorship proceeds and registration donations from the Before I Die NM Festival will be donated to 501(c)(3) charitable partner, Historic Fairview Cemetery www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org. Established in Albuquerque in 1881, the cemetery is the final resting place of 12,000 individuals. Their lives reflect the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the United States of America.