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The Inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival

October 20 - October 25

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The inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival features multiple upbeat activities to prompt thinking about, talking about and doing something about our 100% mortality rate. The range of free and low-cost activities all around Albuquerque include movies, an art show, yoga class, field trips, panel discussions, the “Prelude to Eternity” party, and more!

Here’s a quick rundown of all the events over the course of six days. You can register for many of them, or simply express your interest to help us plan for attendance, through this link.

PREVIEW EVENT: Wednesday, October 11 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Death Café discussion and preview of festival events at the Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE (just off San Mateo Blvd. north of Comanche), Albuquerque. Come discuss what’s on your heart or mind about mortality issues. Free event.

Friday, October 20 10:30 a.m. to noon – “What You Need to Know Before You Go” panel discussion with local funeral directors, in partnership with Oasis Albuquerque, held at 3301 Menaul NE, Suite 18, Albuquerque. Class registration through Oasis’ website is free.

Friday, October 20 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Kickoff Party “Prelude to Eternity” Come to the cemetery for an evening of food, drinks, music, and Death Over Dinner discussions in the Pavilion at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Cost $36 per person.

Yoga poseSaturday, October 21 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Yoga class “From Child Pose to Corpse Pose: Life, Death, Yoga and Spirituality,” in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico. Free to Osher members, or join Osher for $20 and get the class for free. Register through Osher’s website.

Saturday, October 21 Noon & 2:00 p.m. – DOUBLE FEATURE FILMS at The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue NE – Harold and Maude at noon, The Seventh Seal at 2:00 p.m. Two movies for one special price!

Saturday, October 21 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. “Earth, Air, Fire & Water: A Celebration of Cremation and Art” Local artists show and sell their work in ceramics, paper and other materials, featuring artistic urns, garden sculpture urns for people and pets, and other mortuary art. Takes place at the South Valley studio of Mary Sharp-Davis, 1911 Poplar SW, just off of Bridge and Goff. Free event with refreshments.

Saturday, October 21 8:00 p.m. “Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk” The 100-minute Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk is an interactive exploration of Albuquerque’s haunted past. Experienced paranormal investigators will guide you past 1.3 miles of Albuquerque’s historic (and reportedly haunted) sites such as the KiMo Theater, the old Bernalillo County Courthouse, the Wool Warehouse, the former red light district known as “Hell’s Half Acre,” and more. $16 to $20 registration at www.AlbuCreepy.com.

Sunday, October 22 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Tour the historic section of Fairview Cemetery, established in 1881, with historian Susan Schwartz providing insights on famous and infamous residents. Location: 700 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. Free event.

Sunday, October 22 Noon & 2:00 p.m. – DOUBLE FEATURE FILMS at The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue NE – Harold and Maude at noon, The Seventh Seal at 2:00 p.m. Two movies for one special price!

Sunday, October 21 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Earth, Air, Fire & Water: A Celebration of Cremation and Art” Local artists show and sell their work in ceramics, paper and other materials, featuring artistic urns, garden sculpture urns for people and pets, and other mortuary art. Takes place at the South Valley studio of Mary Sharp-Davis, 1911 Poplar SW, just off of Bridge and Goff. Free event with refreshments.

Sunday, October 22 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion: “Making Plans to Live Well Until We Die: Part One,” in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico. Class fee is $20 with registration through the Osher website.

Sunday, October 22 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion: “Making Plans to Live Well Until We Die: Part Two,” in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico. Class fee is $20 with registration through the Osher website.

Monday, October 23 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – “Mindfulness, Mortality and Self-Care” with Ralph Steele, founder of Life Transition Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Hospice Training Program at Northern New Mexico Community College. Event Location: Cooper Art Studio, 130 Quincy NE. Donations welcome.

All wood casketsMonday, October 23 Noon – Lunch and tour of the casket building workshop of Fathers Building Futures, a program of the nonprofit PB&J Family Services, located at 4301 4th Street NW, Albuquerque. Free event.

Monday, October 23 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Death Café discussion at the North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th Street NW (two blocks north of Candelaria), Albuquerque. Come discuss what’s on your heart or mind about mortality issues. Free event.

Monday, October 23 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – “Answers to Your Burning Questions on Cremation” with Ken Gonzales from The Neptune Society and Gail Rubin with A Good Goodbye presenting comedy film clips about cremation at Rio Bravo Brewery, 1912 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque. Free event.

Tuesday, October 24 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Death Café discussion at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave. NE, Albuquerque. Come discuss what’s on your heart or mind about mortality issues. Free event.

Tuesday, October 24 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Tour of the Office of the Medical Investigator laboratories, where New Mexico’s true life CSI teams help provide the answers about deaths in our state. Free event, limited to 30 people by online registration only.

Tuesday, October 24 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – “Jewish Burial Equals Green Burial.” Get your questions about green burial and Jewish funeral traditions answered at this special event hosted by the Jewish Federation of New Mexico at the Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Speakers will address green burial in New Mexico, kosher caskets, shroud burial, and why Jewish funeral traditions are eco-friendly. There will also be a demonstration of the tahara ritual by the Chevra Kaddisha. Refreshments will be provided at this free event.

Wednesday, October 25 Noon to 1:00 p.m. – Panel discussion on “What You Need to Know Before You Go: Financial Issues” at the Horn Family YMCA, 4901 Indian School Road NE, in the downstairs Technology & Teen Center. Speakers include attorney Jim Plitz with the Morris Hall estate planning law firm and Steve Margulin, CPA, with Retirement Extender®. A potluck lunch is included in this free event.

Wednesday, October 25 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – “Money and Taxes Around an Uncertain Life Expectancy” presentation by Steve Margulin with Retirement Extender® at the Horn Family YMCA, 4901 Indian School Road NE, in the downstairs Technology & Teen Center. Free event.

Wednesday, October 25 Wednesday evening – Closing celebration with a movie and beer at Rio Bravo Brewery, 1912 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque. Free event.

Details

Start:
October 20
End:
October 25
Website:
http://beforeidieabq.com/

Organizer

A Good Goodbye
Phone:
505-265-7215
Email:
gail_rubin@comcast.net
Website:
http://agoodgoodbye.com/