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.