Before I Die Festival Returns to Dayton, Ohio!

Before I Die Festival Returns to Dayton, Ohio!

The second annual Before I Die Festival Ohio in Dayton, Ohio offers upbeat activities to think about, talk about, and do something about our inevitable mortality. Activities include Death Cafe conversations, a lantern cemetery tour, a symposium, movies, panel...

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Before I Die New Mexico Festival 2023 Schedule

Before I Die New Mexico Festival 2023 Schedule

BEFORE I DIE NEW MEXICO FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 16 – 21, 2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS  (As of October 12, 2023) The Before I Die New Mexico Festival will take place at different locations each day in the Albuquerque metropolitan area October 16-21, 2023. The festival has...

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Keeper and GatheringUs Join Forces for Virtual Memorials

Keeper and GatheringUs Join Forces for Virtual Memorials

Keeper and GatheringUs, two companies that specialize in online and hybrid memorial services, are joining forces. Both companies have supported and participated in Before I Die Festivals in New Mexico in years past. Here's today's news from Mandy Benoualid, President...

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Festival Video: How to Make Your Money Outlive You

Festival Video: How to Make Your Money Outlive You

Will Your Money Outlast You? One of the fears of growing old is running out of money before you die. That’s why this Before I Die New Mexico Festival presentation with Steve Margulin, CPA, CFP® is so important. In this video, “Don’t let your savings suffer a...

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Festival Video: Making Altars to Remember the Deceased

Festival Video: Making Altars to Remember the Deceased

How To Make Altars Honoring Deceased Loved Ones “How to Make an Altar Honoring Deceased Loved Ones” was a 90-minute workshop with Annie Mattingley, part of the 2021 Before I Die New Mexico Festival. In this 30-minute video, Annie gives an overview of ways to connect...

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Festival Video: Lincoln, Embalming and Monuments

Festival Video: Lincoln, Embalming and Monuments

“Abraham Lincoln’s Impact on Modern Embalming” is a Before I Die New Mexico Festival session that covers the history of modern embalming. The practice took off in the United States during the Civil War. You’ll learn how the huge number of deaths during the war,...

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Festival Video: Who Will Speak for You?

Festival Video: Who Will Speak for You?

In this video from the 2021 Before I Die New Mexico Festival, Althea Halchuck, EJD, CT, presented “Who Will Speak for You? Medical Surrogacy Questions Answered.” During this presentation, you will learn why your husband or child might not be the best choice to make...

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Santa Fe Doorways Presentation

Santa Fe Doorways Presentation

Not Planning to Die with The Kominsky Method Presenter: Gail Rubin, CT online via Zoom As the saying goes, getting old ain’t for sissies. Aging holds challenges for all of us: physical declines, beloved people and pets dying, and unrelenting changes, many not for the...

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Cemetery Stories: Life, Death and Beyond

Cemetery Stories: Life, Death and Beyond

Cemetery Stories: Life, Death and Beyond was a live storytelling event with people sharing stories about their experience with the mysteries of death and dying, and how life goes on after a loved one dies. There were 16 stories told during the program. The stories...

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Announcing the 5th Annual Before I Die NM Festival

Announcing the 5th Annual Before I Die NM Festival

Festival Features In-Person and Online Events October 30-November 2, 2021 The Before I Die NM Festival, being held for the fifth consecutive year in New Mexico, breaks new ground with a combination of in-person/online series of events Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2021. The...

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Fifth Annual Before I Die NM Festival

Fifth Annual Before I Die NM Festival

Before I Die NM Festival 2021 The fifth annual Before I Die New Mexico Festival will include online and in-person events in Albuquerque. Events for 2021 are scheduled from October 30, Create a Great Funeral Day, to November 2, All Souls Day. As in years past, the...

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Cemetery Volunteer Clean Up and Cactus Planting

Cemetery Volunteer Clean Up and Cactus Planting

Help Maintain Historic Fairview Cemetery! On the first Saturday of every month, volunteers help clean up Historic Fairview Cemetery, clearing weeds and trash. On Saturday, April 3, volunteers will also have the opportunity to transplant native cholla cactus to help...

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Kicking the Bucket List Talk

Kicking the Bucket List Talk

Join in online for this virtual presentation, Kicking the Bucket List: Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die! The 60-minute talk is is hosted by Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas, sponsored by Waldman Funeral Care. The event takes place on...

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Tales from Albuquerque’s Historic Fairview Cemetery

Tales from Albuquerque’s Historic Fairview Cemetery

Tales from Albuquerque's Historic Fairview Cemetery Historic Fairview Cemetery at 700 Yale Blvd SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded in 1881. It has approximately 12,000 permanent residents. Yet, only about 6,000 of the graves have markers. It’s the final...

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Festival News Coverage

The Before I Die NM Virtual Festival generated some great news coverage, both leading up to and after the Festival. Albuquerque Journal Adrian Gomez, the Arts & Features Editor, started the story this way: It’s been four years since Gail Rubin began to coordinate...

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Webinar: Funny Films for Funeral Planning

"Laughing in the Face of Death: Funny Films for Funeral Planning" entertains while helping you plan ahead for end-of-life issues. Join Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®, for an online presentation with 90-minutes of funny film and...

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Webinar: Kicking the Bucket List

Join us for this webinar, Kicking The Bucket List: Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die. Do you plan to live forever? Do you ever plan to move? Depending on where you’re going, you can’t take it with you. This free online talk on April 20 focuses on...

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Video: Jewish Burial is Green Burial

Video: Jewish Burial is Green Burial

Did you know that Jewish burial is naturally green burial? In this panel discussion, learn: Why both Jewish and Muslim burial traditions are naturally eco-friendly. What your green burial options are in New Mexico. Ways to minimize your carbon footprint with your...

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Video: Pet Loss Expert Panel Discussion

Video: Pet Loss Expert Panel Discussion

Pet loss issues and how to plan ahead are the topics tackled in this Before I Die New Mexico Festival panel discussion event. Panelists are: Ann Beyke, MA, pet loss counselor, www.PetLossCounselor.com Dr. Jeff Nichol, DVM, veterinarian, www.DrJeffNichol.com Julie...

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Video: Millennial Morticians with ABQ Brews

Video: Millennial Morticians with ABQ Brews

What do Millennials think about funerals and funeral planning? In this panel discussion, four 30-something funeral professionals talk about what's happening on the front lines of our 100% mortality rate and how their generation is responding. The panelists from left...

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Video: What Do Death Doulas Do?

Video: What Do Death Doulas Do?

What does a death doula do? This hourlong panel discussion helps answer that question. The four panelists are: ChrisTina Simek, Carli Wheeler, Sara Morgan and Jane Turner. They are all based in Santa Fe, and they all come to the field with widely different stories....

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Video: Is There Life After Death?

Video: Is There Life After Death?

Is there life after death? Good question! In this panel discussion, you'll hear some interesting answers. The panelists are: Judith Fein, journalist and author of How to Communicate With The Dead. Annie Mattingley, author of The After Death Chronicles. Bethany Paix,...

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