New Mexico’s “Before I Die” festival celebrates life and death

We don’t spend much time thinking about death. We logically know that it comes to all of us, but we pretend that it only happens to other people.

To help you plan ahead for your demise there’s a festival in the New Mexican towns of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Belen with a series of death-friendly events.

Now in its second year, the Before I Die New Mexico Festival will take place Tuesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 4, 2018, fittingly around the times of Halloween, All Saints Day and Dia de los Muertos.

Gail Rubin, the festival’s coordinator, says that by taking even a few small steps you can reduce the stress, conflict and confusion death causes.

“The first thing people need to remember is that talking about death and planning ahead won’t kill you,” said Rubin. “Collecting important personal information and expressing a disposition preference will make it easier for your loved ones to take the next steps that require a bit more effort.”

A full schedule is available online at


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