Bucket List Book Gets Thumbs Up from Publisher’s Weekly!

Kicking the Bucket List coverPublishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, recently ran a positive review of KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die. Here’s what they published (with paragraph breaks added to ease the eyes of the reader).

Rubin (A Good Goodbye), a certified thanatologist, takes a not-so-grim look at how to reap life’s benefits while preparing for death. Rubin’s common-sense approach is broken down into 100 succinct steps that cover a wide range of activities, from general decluttering and mental preparations to more specific tasks involving legal documents and choices to make closer to death.

Rubin’s approach is holistic, considering the practical need to organize one’s affairs to decrease the stress for surviving family and the emotional need to simplify and enjoy life. Her tone is encouraging, comforting, and even humorous as she systematically navigates through the vast preparation process while providing a plethora of ideas to inspire action without overwhelming.

Rubin’s steps take into account diverse personalities and spiritual beliefs, and also include charitable and environmentally responsible ways of donating property—including one’s body. This invaluable book is an easy-to-read, enlightening reality check and an insightful and sensitive reminder to preplan today, so you and your loved ones can enjoy the rest of your life. (BookLife)

Details: Author – Gail Rubin. Publisher – Rio Grande Books, $15.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-9436-8115-0 (also available in E-book formats)

Love the language riff on “grim” and “reaping.” Read more about KICKING THE BUCKET LIST here.

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KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: Great New Book Review!

Kicking the Bucket List coverCheck out this new review in the November issue of Midwest Book Reviews:

Synopsis: In the pages of “Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing & Organizing Things to Do Before You Die”, death educator Gail Rubin brings a light touch to her readers on how to organize and prepare for end-of-life issues. “Kicking the Bucket List” covers tackling downsizing without being overwhelmed by the job; evaluating what to keep, toss, donate and recycle; creatively removing excess goods from the home; manage finances for today and tomorrow; organizing for a funeral and creating a legacy. “Kicking the Bucket List” is especially appropriate for members of the Baby Boom generation who are now facing their parents estates and their own downsizing.

Critique: “Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing & Organizing Things to Do Before You Die” is packed from cover to cover with practical, useful information. Thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation, “Kicking the Bucket List” will prove an extraordinarily valued and appreciated addition to community library collections. For personal reading lists that “Kicking the Bucket List” is also available in a Kindle format ($7.99). It should be noted that “Kicking the Bucket List” is the eighth title in the Bucket List series, and supports the work of the nonprofit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation. A Certified Thanatologist, Gail Rubin also writes The Family Plot Blog at www.AGoodGoodbye.com.

Kicking the Bucket List

Gail Rubin

Rio Grande Books

925 Salamanca St NW, Los Ranchos De, Albuquerque, NM 87107

www.nmsantos.com

 9781943681150, $15.95, PB, 128pp, www.amazon.com

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Announcing the ‘All Men Are Cremated Equal’ T-Shirt!

Lola in cremation T-shirt

Albuquerque Death Cafe mascot Lola wears her cremation T-shirt.

Got an attitude about cremation? Proclaim it boldly with this smile-inducing T-shirt.

“All men (and women) are cremated equal.” makes a bold statement in white text on this black short-sleeved T-shirt. It’s a great conversation-starter for death educators, funeral directors, cremationists, and those death positive folks who want to prompt comments and smiles from everyone they meet.

This 100% heavy duty cotton T-shirt is available in Medium, Large and Extra-Large. Check out how Albuquerque Death Cafe mascot Lola wears her shirt with pride!

Get your T-shirt today for $25 plus shipping. Add to Cart

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Announcing Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips

Hail and Farewell CoverWhen someone says, “Just cremate me after I’m dead,” the family often has no clue what to do for a memorial service or final disposition of the remains. The new book, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, will help families with memorial service guidance and creative ideas.

The book by Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and Certified Funeral Celebrant, and Susan Fraser, respected memorial authority, covers everything related to creating a meaningful memorial service with cremated remains:

  • Why it’s important to hold some sort of goodbye ceremony.
  • A description of the cremation process, so families know what to expect.
  • Examples of different ways to scatter ashes – more than you’d think!
  • Stories of creative memorial services in different settings to spark ideas.
  • Templates to easily create meaningful memorial services.
  • Sample scripts from actual memorial services to provide inspiration.
  • Suggested readings, music and online resources for a wealth of meaningful materials to weave into a service.

The book’s title refers to the last line of an ancient elegiac poem written by the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus approximately 2,000 years ago. He mourns the death of his brother, who died while Catullus was traveling abroad. Upon his return, he sadly addresses his brother’s cremated remains, “… with brotherly weeping. And forever, brother, hail and farewell.”

“The only difference between a memorial service and a funeral is the presence of a body,” said Rubin. “Cremation offers increased flexibility and a range of creative options for a memorable send-off. The best time to learn about funeral planning issues is NOW, before there’s a death.”

“When families find themselves in the unfortunate position of having to plan a memorial without knowing what choices they should make, they need support in their grief,” said Fraser. “Hail and Farewell encourages people to take the time to consider how they could memorialize their own lives, and to form a plan now.”

Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, is published by Light Tree Press and retails for $10.00 (plus shipping and NM sales tax as applicable). Copies are available now. Order your copies today!

About the Authors

Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist

Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, is a death educator who helps families plan and implement customized, creative memorial services. She “knocked ‘em dead” with her TEDxABQ talk on end-of-life issues, and she uses humor and funny films to reduce resistance to discussing death. She is a pioneer of the Death Cafe movement in the United States and writes regularly about funeral trends for industry publications and The Family Plot Blog at AGoodGoodbye.com. She is also the author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.

Susan Fraser, CEO of In The Light Urns

Susan Fraser, CEO of In The Light Urns

Susan Fraser is the founder and CEO of In The Light Urns, a family owned company. Founded in 2001, In The Light Urns has pioneered dozens of cremation urn products through research and development. She and her staff continually improve and innovate to provide excellent, compassionate service to families in grief. Their cremation urns, keepsake urns and memorial products are designed to offer families an ideal send-off for their loved ones.

Rubin and Fraser co-wrote the free eBook, Celebrating Life: How to Create Meaningful Memorial Services, with Templates and Tips. Hail and Farewell builds upon this comprehensive resource for planning memorial services.

Title: Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips

Publisher: Light Tree Press, P.O. Box 36987, Albuquerque, NM 87176-6987

Retail Price: $10.00

ISBN: 978-0-9845962-7-0

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Announcing A Good Goodbye TV DVD Set!

New DVD Series by ‘The Doyenne of Death®’ Kick-Starts Funeral Planning Conversations with a Light Touch

While most would rather leave funeral planning to the relatives they leave behind, Gail Rubin has helped thousands proactively plan their post-death formalities while still alive and kicking. Following the huge success of her book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Rubin is today announcing a compelling new DVD series also titled ‘A Good Goodbye.’

For Immediate Release

A Good Goodbye DVD set coverAlbuquerque, New Mexico Millions think a basic legal will can handle their estate, funeral arrangements and post-death formalities. They’re dead wrong. Understandably, many shy away from the subject until their time comes. However, just like talking about sex can’t get a woman pregnant, Gail Rubin (known to many as The Doyenne of Death®) is helping millions realize that talking about funerals won’t actually kill them.

Fusing her humor and quick wit with years of experience as a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Rubin has already won multiple awards for her smash-hit book A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Rubin is now expanding that expertise onto television with the release of A Good Goodbye TV interviews on DVD.

The twelve-episode series of twenty five-minute programs are offered as a set of four DVDs. Using her famous light touch to bring serious topics out into the open, interviews with Rubin equip viewers with everything they need to know “before they go.”

DVD contents:

DVD 1: Over My Dead Body: Essentials of Funeral Planning
Episode 1 – The Benefits of Pre-Planning a Funeral
Episode 2 – Cremation and Memorial Services
Episode 3 – Cemetery Questions and Answers

DVD 2: Trending Topics: Green Funerals, Life Celebrations and Pet Loss
Episode 4 – Going Green with Eco-Friendly Funerals
Episode 5 – Life Celebrations
Episode 6 – Pet Loss

DVD 3: Death and Taxes: A Primer on Finances and Funerals
Episode 7 – Estate Planning
Episode 8 – Cost Management
Episode 9 – Financial Issues

DVD 4: Good Grief! Save Money, Live and Die Better
Episode 10 – Medicaid and More
Episode 11 – End-of-Life Issues, Advance Directives, Hospice and Palliative Care
Episode 12 – Grief Counseling

“It is vital that issues surrounding death and funeral planning are presented in an accessible format; a format that inspires conversation among friends and family. Traditionally, people don’t know very much about a family member’s wishes. And the will is not the place to state preferences – it’s often read after the funeral,” says Rubin.

Continuing, “Death is a serious topic, but we present information in an entertaining and straightforward way. Having end-of-life conversations before death can save a lot of expense and scrambling around for information, ultimately making a person’s death easier for their family. By watching A Good Goodbye TV, families can openly discuss these important issues and avoid complications.”

The DVD set is available now for $49.97. With the DVD set purchase, there’s a special offer of the book A Good Goodbye at half price ($11).

For more information, visit: http://www.AGoodGoodbye.com.

About Gail:

Gail Rubin, CT, host and author of A Good Goodbye

Gail Rubin, CT, host and author of A Good Goodbye

Gail Rubin, Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, is a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, insurance agent, cancer survivor and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. Also known as The Doyenne of Death®, she’s the author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die as well as host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

She is also Vice President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions.

Contact:

Gail Rubin | 505-265-7215 | Gail@AGoodGoodbye.com

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Midwest Book Review Thumbs Up!

The Midwest Book Review named A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die a Reviewer’s Choice in the January 2012 issue of the California Bookwatch. Here’s what they said:

“A GOOD GOODBYE: FUNERAL PLANNING FOR THOSE WHO DON’T PLAN TO DIE provides an outstanding coverage of funeral arrangements and covers everything from cremation to caskets. Dosed with light humor and practical insights, it is intended to impart important funeral arrangement details that most don’t know about until faced with a death in the family, and is designed to explore all options and reduce family conflict. Any general lending library should have this reference.”

In addition, the Midwest Review’s Small Press Bookwatch also made A Good Goodbye a Reviewer’s Choice. Here’s what they had to say:

“Dying is the furthest thing on the minds of the living. “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die” is a guide to planning for one’s death and how to face death when you’re pretty sure it’s not going to happen for a few decades. From planning one’s estate to making one’s last wishes known, Gail Rubin advises readers to talk about death and step off it being a taboo topic. “A Good Goodbye” has plenty of wise wisdom, and is well worth not overlooking for those who don’t want to live in fear of the reaper.”

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A Good Goodbye Awarded Best of Show

 

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A Good Goodbye

A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die by Gail Rubin (Light Tree Press, Albuquerque, NM) was recognized with the 2011 Best of Show Award by the New Mexico Book Awards. The book also won in the Family Issues category and was a finalist in four other categories.

“It was such a thrill to be recognized as Best of Show in a room full of New Mexico literary luminaries such as Max Evans, Rudolfo Anaya, Anne Hillerman, and so many other great writers,” said Rubin. “This award will help draw attention to the importance of having a conversation about the party that no one wants to plan.”

There were 37 New Mexico Book Award categories, with more than 200 entries from throughout the state and beyond.

A Good Goodbye was also a finalist in the Family & Relationships category of the 2010 national Book of the Year Awards from ForeWord Reviews.

With chapters named Over My Dead Body, I Got It At Costco, and It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To, Rubin has overcome society’s last taboo with a book like no other – a great resource minus the morbidity! A Good Goodbye provides the information, inspiration and tools to plan and implement creative, meaningful and memorable end-of-life rituals for people and pets while taking the fear out of the subject of death.

Given the fact that only 24% of us pre-plan a funeral and less than 46% tell our family our final wishes – it’s evident we plan our finances, families and retirement, but rarely plan our funerals. Without end-of-life planning, all of life’s other plans can come undone.

A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die provides resources to help reduce family conflict, avoid stress at a time of grief, prepare directives, obituaries, eulogies, ethical wills, cards and thank-you notes, and save readers thousands of dollars in the process. Rubin also presents background on many religious traditions and creative non-religious rituals – especially helpful for interfaith families.

Rubin, a.k.a. “The Doyenne of Death,” speaks to groups on funeral planning issues using comedy films to lighten the conversation. A Certified Celebrant and event planner, Rubin has been interviewed on television affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, as well as on public radio. To arrange an interview, contact her at 505-265-7215 or email Gail@AGoodGoodbye.com.

The print book is available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and AGoodGoodbye.com. It is also available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader and iPad.

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A Good Goodbye is a New Mexico Book Awards Finalist in Five Categories

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A Good Goodbye

Albuquerque, NM, November 9, 2011 — A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die is a finalist in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards in five categories: Nonfiction, Parenting/Family Issues, Reference, Religion and Self-Help. The award rankings will be announced on November 18, 2011.

A Good Goodbye was also a finalist in the Family & Relationships category of ForeWord Reviews’ 2010 Book of the Year Award.

A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die by Gail Rubin (Light Tree Press, Albuquerque, NM) brings light to a dark subject and helps families avoid emotional and financial disaster.

“Americans plan their finances, their families, their retirement, just about everything – except their funerals. That omission can mess up all their other life plans,” explained author Gail Rubin.

Rubin, “The Doyenne of Death,” speaks regularly to groups on getting the funeral planning conversation started. She is a Certified Celebrant and an event planner specializing in funerals and memorial services.

As the author of “Matchings, Hatchings and Dispatchings,” an Albuquerque Tribune column on life cycle events, Rubin found 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. She recently completed her 30 Funerals in 30 Days Challenge.

A Good Goodbye is available through bookstores, online at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and www.AGoodGoodbye.com. E-book versions are available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and Sony e-readers. Discounts are available for bulk sales and presentations by calling Light Tree Press at 505-265-7215.

For more information, visit http://AGoodGoodbye.com.

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Now Available: Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader and iPad Versions of A Good Goodbye

A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die (Light Tree Press), the award-winning book that helps families avoid emotional and financial disaster, is now available in e-book formats for Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, and iPad.

A Good Goodbye, written by Gail Rubin, “The Doyenne of Death,” brings light to a dark subject: from cremation to caskets, obituaries to obesity, religions to receptions. It illuminates how people can avoid stress at a time of grief, reduce family conflict, save thousands of dollars and create a meaningful, memorable send-off.

A Good Goodbye uses gentle humor to convey the vital information about funeral arrangements that most people don’t learn about until there’s a death in the family. The 228-page trade paperback and 144-page e-book includes new trends in death care, funeral traditions for major faiths, and even a chapter on pet loss and funerals.

“Americans plan their finances, their families, their retirement, just about everything – except their funerals. That omission can mess up all their other life plans,” said Rubin. “Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead – and your family will benefit from the conversation.”

A Good Goodbye features a free 10-page downloadable planning form, available at www.AGoodGoodbye.com, to preserve key information for family members. Valuable event planning guidance, tips, checklists and examples of memorable, meaningful memorial services are also included.

The book is a finalist in ForeWord Review’s 2011 Book of the Year Awards in the Family & Relationship category. It also won first place for nonfiction books in SouthWest Writers’ annual writing contest and third place for nonfiction books in New Mexico Press Women’s 2011 communications contest.

Gail Rubin is an event planner specializing in funerals and memorial services. She speaks regularly to groups on getting the funeral planning conversation started. She is also the author of The Family Plot Blog (TheFamilyPlot.wordpress.com), providing the information, inspiration and tools to start the funeral planning conversation.

A Good Goodbye in paperback retails for $21.95 in bookstores (ISBN 978-0-9845962-0-1). It’s also available online at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and www.AGoodGoodbye.com. The e-book (ISBN 978-0-9845962-1-8) retails for $9.99. Discounts are available for bulk sales and presentations by calling Light Tree Press at 505-265-7215.

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A Good Goodbye: 2010 Book of the Year Award Finalist

A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die is a finalist for the 2010 Book of the Year Awards in the Family and Relationships category.

Americans plan their finances, their families, their retirement, just about everything – except their funerals. That omission can mess up all their other life plans. A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die (Light Tree Press, Albuquerque, NM) helps families avoid emotional and financial disaster.

Author Gail Rubin speaks regularly to groups on getting the funeral planning conversation started. Rubin, “The Doyenne of Death,” was a featured speaker at the 2011 Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in Nederland, Colorado March 4-6, 2011.

This is Rubin’s second Book of the Year Award. Her first book, A Girl’s Pocket Guide to Trouser Trout: Reflections on Dating and Fly-Fishing, won Bronze in the Humor Category of the 2004 Book of the Year Awards.

As author of The Family Plot Blog (TheFamilyPlot.wordpress.com), Rubin attended and blogged about “30 funerals in 30 days” during November. The project documented the many creative ways today’s funerals are evolving into celebration of life events.

A Good Goodbye retails for $21.95 in bookstores, discounted online at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and www.AGoodGoodbye.com. Discounts are available for bulk sales and presentations by calling Light Tree Press at 505-265-7215.

The 2010 Book of the Year Awards, conducted by ForeWord Reviews, represents more than 350 publishers. The finalists were selected from 1400 entries in 56 categories.

ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards program was established to help publishers shine an additional spotlight on their best titles and bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Award winners are chosen from real librarians and booksellers, who are on the front lines everyday working with patrons and customers.

ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. Since 1998, ForeWord Reviews has been one of the publishing industry’s most respected print magazine and online review service for readers, booksellers, book buyers, publishing insiders, and librarians. ForeWord is published six times a year and each issue reaches an audience of 26,000 librarians and booksellers.

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