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What’s the Before I Die ABQ Festival About?

Gail Rubin, CT, is coordinator of the Before I Die ABQ Festival

“Before I Die” festivals are part of a growing social movement to foster reflection. How do we as individuals and as a society manage death and dying? The Before I Die ABQ Festival is starting important conversations in an upbeat manner.

We’re all going to die, yet less than 30% of adults do any end-of-life planning: wills or trusts, advance medical directives or preneed funeral planning. It’s better to talk about our wishes well before death becomes a grim reality and our loved ones can be informed.

Before I Die festivals have drawn thousands to events in Cardiff, Wales (UK), Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. Before I Die ABQ was the first such festival in the United States west of the Mississippi. Learn more about Before I Die festivals in this FuneralRadio.com interview with Justin Magnuson, co-founder of Before I Die Louisville.

The inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival took place over six days from Friday, October 20, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at multiple locations and venues around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Six hundred participants attended multiple upbeat activities to openly think about, talk about and do something about our inevitable mortality.

Visit the Events Page to see upcoming conversation-starting events that may be scheduled.

Festival coordinator Gail Rubin, CT, is a pioneering death educator who works with companies to connect with baby boomers concerned about end-of-life issues. A featured speaker at TEDxABQ in 2015, she’s the author of three books on end-of-life issues, including A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die. In a previous lifetime, she was a public relations professional and an event planner.