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Death expert: Talking about funerals won’t kill you

May 17, 2016

Let’s start with an undeniable fact: Someday, every single one of us is going to die.

Death is one thing that we all have in common, but most of us tend to have a really hard time talking about it.

According to Gail Rubin, less than a third of Americans plan for death and make their end-of-life wishes known.

Rubin is a certified thanatologist, death educator and author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan To Die. She uses humor to help people relax and open up to a conversation about death.

Listen to Rubin explain why we have such a hard time taking death "out of the closet:"

Rubin spoke about her work at a TEDx conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Rubin is coming to Ann Arbor for two programs on May 18. You’ll find details on these appearances and more about Rubin’s work helping us confront death by going to her website.

In our full interview below, Rubin told us more about why we have such a hard time accepting death, and what happens when we stop ignoring end of life issues.