Gail Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist, a pioneering death educator who uses humor, funny film clips, and outside-the-box activities to get people to plan ahead for our 100% mortality rate. She introduced the worldwide Death Café movement to the United States in 2012, and she created one-day Before I Die Festivals in 2019.

Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she's an award-winning professional speaker who "knocked 'em dead" with her TEDx talk, "A Good Goodbye." She has authored three books on end-of-life issues: A GOOD GOODBYE: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die, HAIL AND FAREWELL: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

She's an informed advocate for planning ahead, a Certified Funeral Celebrant, and a respected voice in the funeral industry. She also created The Newly-Dead Game®, a fun way for couples and individuals to focus on planning ahead for end-of-life issues. Albuquerque Business First recognized her with their 2019 Women of Influence award.