What I Like to talk About

funeral planning, cremation, death care, dying, using funny film clips, Before I Die festivals, planning ahead for end-of-life issues

My Background

Certified in Thanatology: the study of death, dying and bereavement, Certified Funeral Celebrant, author of three books on end-of-life issues, TV/podcast host, member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.


"Gail is about the only person I know that can make the subject of dying and death and funerals actually palatable." -- Larry Ahrens, Radio & TV Broadcast Host “Gail Rubin as The Doyenne of Death has an impressive pedigree. Her comprehensive understand of the world of ‘death care’ is amazing.” – Bob Yount, General Manager, Green Street Mortuary/San Francisco Columbarium “Several folks commented this was ‘one of the best’ programs they’d attended and that learning about this subject matter should be mandatory.” – Shelly Gordon, Program and Engagement Director, Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD

Previous Speech Topics

Lessons on Grief and Mourning in Cartoons

International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association
Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr, 21 2018

Kicking the Bucket List: Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die

Phaneuf Funeral Home Community Outreach
Manchester, New Hampshire
May, 23 2017

We Can Do That? New Trends in Death Care

Oasis 50+ Presentation
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov, 27 2017

My Calendar

Title of Speech Date City State
Lessons on Grief and Mourning in Cartoons Apr, 28 2018 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
Lessons on Grief and Mourning in Cartoons Apr, 21 2018 Nevada Las Vegas
The Newly-Dead Game Mar, 9 2018 Colorado Nederland



Albuquerque, New Mexico


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Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, is a pioneering death educator who engages audiences to plan ahead for end-of-life issues.

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