The Before I Die New Mexico Festival helps us to prepare for our inevitable mortality. This half-day symposium helps you address important aspects of life and death in these four sessions:
• 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. Funerals in Different Cultures: Learn about colorful funeral traditions from a variety of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Speakers TBD.
• 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Your Personal History: Learn how to do genealogy research to discover the roots of your family tree with writer/teacher/researcher Molly Shannon.
• 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. We Love Our Pets: A panel discussion of pet loss issues and how to plan ahead. Panelists include Ann Beyke, MA, pet loss counselor, and Dr. Jeff Nichol, DVM, veterinarian.
• 11:00 a.m. to noon The Funeral Director on Film: Learn the history of undertaking through film clips that trace the development of the industry in the United States and illuminate issues consumers need to know, presented by Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®.
Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with the symposium speakers and buy their books during breaks and at the end of the symposium. Festival sponsors will also offer valuable information at display tables around the room during the symposium.