Public Speaking

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death® and a Certified Celebrant, is available for speaking engagements. She’ll “knock ’em dead” with her enthusiastic approach to the life cycle event formerly known as a funeral. Check out her TEDxABQ talk, “A Good Goodbye.”

Gail’s talks are appropriate for a wide range of audiences and settings, including conferences and conventions for funeral directors and social workers, for hospices and hospitals, at colleges and businesses.

Her title is The Doyenne of Death®. A doyenne is a woman who’s considered senior in a group who knows a lot about a particular subject. Gail makes learning about end-of-life issues enjoyable and entertaining.

She has spoken at national and state conventions for:

  • The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association
  • The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association
  • The Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • Selected Independent Funeral Homes
  • The Texas Funeral Directors Association and their North Texas regional association meeting
  • The Ohio Cemetery Association
  • The New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association
  • The Funeral Consumers Alliance at both the national and state level
  • The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • The American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association

Gail has also spoken at colleges, numerous community groups and churches, synagogues, and Jewish Community Centers. She can discuss traditions for funerals in many religions and cultures as well as the practical aspects of funeral planning that many families don’t think about until faced with a death in the family.

Fun talk titles include:

Using Funny Films to Start Serious Conversations – Download the descriptions of these and other film clip talks:

  • Funny Films for Funeral Planning
  • Movies, Medicine and Mortality
  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust in Your Face: Cremation, Comedy and Creativity
  • The Many Faces of Grief: Mourning in the Movies
  • Estate Planning Lessons from Hollywood
  • The Funeral Director on Film
  • “Doctor, How Long Do I Have?”
  • Lessons from Six Feet Under
  • Jewish Funeral Traditions on Film

Funeral Planning By The Numbers

Everything You Wanted to Know About Funerals *
* But Were Afraid to Ask

Jewish Funeral Traditions (with or without film clips)

30 Funerals in 30 Days – Lessons from the Front Lines of Funeral Service

The Newly-Dead Game™

We Can Do That? New Trends in Death Care

CLICK HERE to download a description of possible talk topics.

Here are a few examples of talks by Gail Rubin you can view on YouTube:

A Short History of A Good Goodbye

“We Can Do That? New Trends in Death Care”

Overview and History of A Good Goodbye

Please call 505-265-7215 to discuss how we might work together!
Gail Rubin

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