The Before I Die NM Festival, being held for the fifth consecutive year in New Mexico, breaks new ground with a combination of in-person/online series of events Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2021. Events are designed to prompt Baby Boomers and their Millennial children to plan ahead for end-of-life issues.
The Before I Die Festival concept brings together entertaining and educational elements to start conversations. Festival in-person events will take place in Albuquerque, pandemic restrictions permitting.
Estate planning attorneys can join with funeral homes and cemeteries in other markets to host their own local one-day events. Their attendees can join online virtual events through a dedicated Zoom link.
As an estate planning attorney, you may have noticed the pandemic brought mortality to top-of-mind awareness. The Before I Die Festival helps your clients and prospects plan ahead for end-of-life issues, by putting the ‘fun’ in funeral planning and easing into estate planning.
Festival event topics include estate planning, financial planning, obituary writing, downsizing, grief, funerals through history, the “woo-woo” side of death, and other issues. Special events include:
- Visit Historic Fairview Cemetery, established in Albuquerque in 1881, for a special tour.
- Daily Death Cafe conversations about mortality issues and questions, in-person and online.
- Behind the Scenes Tours of funeral homes and cemeteries.
- Lively Panel Discussions by end-of-life experts, both in-person and online. “Millennial Morticians with ABQ Brews” returns to Tractor Brewing’s Wells Park location Nov. 1!
- Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebration and workshop to prepare for the holiday.
All in-person and virtual events are accessible for a small donation to register. Videos of in-person sessions and virtual online sessions will be posted to the Before I Die Festival YouTube Channel after the festival.
A portion of the sponsorship proceeds and ticket sales from the Before I Die NM Festival will be donated to 501(c)(3) charitable partner, Historic Fairview Cemetery, established in Albuquerque in 1881. The cemetery is the final resting place of 12,000 individuals, with remarkable stories reflecting the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the United States of America. The website is www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org.
Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®, is a pioneering death educator. One of the first Death Cafe hosts in the U.S., she uses humor, funny film clips, and outside-the-box activities to teach about end-of-life topics. She authored three books on end-of-life issues and coordinates the Before I Die New Mexico Festival. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and was recognized by Albuquerque Business First with their 2019 Women of Influence Award.
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