Gail Rubin, the “Doyenne of Death,” took home the prestigious Community Educator Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling at its recent conference in Houston.

The award is in “recognition of her accomplishments and dedication to the field of thanatology.”

In a post on LinkedIn, Rubin shared that she was honored to receive the award.

The Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Thanatology Association, is one of the first interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. Its 1,500 members include a wide array of psychologists, counselors, social workers, educators, researchers, hospice personnel, clergy, and volunteers.

The primary goal of ADEC is to enhance the ability of professionals to meet the needs of those with whom they work in death education and grief counseling.

Rubin helps get end-of-life and funeral planning conversations started with a light touch on a serious subject. As an award-winning speaker, she uses humor and funny film clips to attract people to topics many would rather avoid: taking care of advance medical directives, estate planning and funeral planning. She is an active member of the National Speakers Association and the author of multiple books.

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