The chapel at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Manchester was filled with local residents interested in learning more about end-of-life planning. The buzz around Phaneuf’s entertaining guest speaker, Gail Rubin, undoubtedly contributed to the size of the crowd attending the first of the two events, which drew more than 75 people on Tuesday afternoon. A second seminar was held later in the day at the company’s Boscawen location.
Certified Thanatologist (death educator), Gail Rubin, who uses humor to teach people about end-of-life topics, had the room in stitches throughout her presentation in Manchester, which included stories, advice and clips from popular movies and TV shows. Her main thesis is this: “Talking about sex doesn’t make you pregnant and talking about death doesn’t make you dead!”
Gail is the author of three books on end-of-life issues, including the award-winning book, “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die,” and “Hail and Fairwell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips.” Tuesday’s seminar was based mainly on her most recent book, “KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.”
Gail offered the audience a variety of tips and tricks to make downsizing and planning ahead for our inevitable demise easier for those planning, as well as for their loved ones. Many of her tips were about getting rid of stuff that we no longer need or use. She talked a lot about letting go of attachments to material things, and how this opens up space to allow new things in your life. The audience was rapt, asking relevant (and a few tongue-in-cheek) questions, to which she provided thoughtful and informative answers.
"The one who dies with the most toys…still dies"
Gail ended with a powerful (and humorous) quote, “The one who dies with the most toys…still dies,” and t-shirts with the saying were available after the presentation. All attendees were welcomed to participate in a free drawing for Gail’s 4-DVD set of the TV interview series, A Good Goodbye. Her newest books, her DVD set, and t-shirts were available for purchase at the end of the seminar, and Gail was easily approachable for questions and to sign books.
For additional information about Gail Rubin, visit her website, agoodgoodbye.com. For questions about funeral pre-planning services, you may contact us via our website, or via phone at (603) 625-5777 or 1-800-PHANEUF (742-6383).