Death almost always seems to be a surprise, and that’s why most people are woefully unprepared when it happens. The Before I Die New Mexico Festival, taking place Tuesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 4, 2018, in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Belen, will help people plan ahead for their 100% guaranteed mortality with 31 death-friendly events.
According to Gail Rubin, coordinator of the second annual Before I Die New Mexico Festival, by taking even a few small steps you can reduce the stress, conflict and confusion death causes.
The Festival events will take place at multiple locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. There will be field trips to La Puerta Natural Burial Ground near Belen, New Mexico’s first Green Burial Council-certified cemetery and a tour of the Office of the Medical Investigator. Most events are free or low cost. Attendees can:
Watch movies at the Guild Cinema: the comedy Defending Your Life November 3 and 4 and the documentary Living While Dying on November 1.
Celebrate your ancestors at a party in a cemetery on Halloween and join in the revelry at the Marigold Parade and Festival in Albuquerque’s South Valley.
Learn about end-of-life issues: medical, financial, and legal, new trends in downsizing and disposition options, Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead traditions, and benefit from expert panel discussions at the Festival Symposium on November 3.
Discuss your thoughts about mortality at four separate Death Café events around Albuquerque October 30 to November 2.
Play The Newly-Dead Game® and ask questions of “Millennial Morticians with ABQ Brews” at Tractor Brewing Wells Park location November 1.
Commit cremated remains to a permanent final resting place for free on All Souls Day at New Mexico’s Mt. Calvary and Rosario Cemeteries.
Visit the Office of the Medical Investigator, a casket making workshop, funeral homes, cemeteries, and the Albuquerque headquarters of Passages International, the largest provider of green burial and eco-friendly cremation funeral products.
Write your “Before I Die” thoughts on giant chalk boards at the main campus of Central New Mexico Community College, October 26 to November 4.