Resources

  • Custom Temporary Tattoos to Keep Loved Ones Close

    Custom Temporary Tattoos to Keep Loved Ones Close

    Posted Nov 6

    Gone are the days when we wore clothing or shaved our heads to honor a loved one and to tell the world that we are grieving. But expressing the loss remains a very human need. Many people get tattoos to serve as lasting reminders of a loved one that died. A permanent tattoo may not be your th...

  • When there are no words: how to support friends through loss

    When there are no words: how to support friends through loss

    Posted Nov 1

    It can be difficult to know what to say or do to support friends after the loss of a loved one.   Depending on the person, the type of loss and how much time has passed, friends will need different types of support. Grief comes in waves and is often unpredictable. Friends need different ...

  • Inspiring Celebrations of Life and One-Year Anniversary

    Inspiring Celebrations of Life and One-Year Anniversary

    Posted Oct 31

    Traditionally, we relied on religion to provide a playbook for commemorating loved ones. Today, we often borrow from other cultures and religions. Some of the gatherings you may want to consider:  Jewish: Shiva house (7 days of open house after a memorial) or 30-day gathering called S...

  • 10 care packages to support friends beyond the funeral

    10 care packages to support friends beyond the funeral

    Posted Sep 27

    It's hard to know what to do or say. Maybe you can't be there in person everyday, but you can send a care package to help a friend through the mourning process and let them know you're thinking of them. Some of our favorite care packages renew each month, so you can continue to support friends and f...

  • New "Death Doulas" support families at the end of life

    New "Death Doulas" support families at the end of life

    Posted Mar 20

    An interview with Jeri Glatter, Vice-President of the International End of Life Doula Association   With the advent of modern medicine, 80% of Americans are dying in hospitals or in nursing homes rather than in homes. It’s no wonder we don’t know how to prepare for or cope with...

  • Planning Resources

    Posted Mar 11

    "A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.” -Thomas Lynch   Ceremonies Inspiring Celebrations of Life The 5 Guidelines of a Eulogy Create a memorial video (use code GatheringUs2019 to get 20% off) Ceremonies, verses, and eu...

  • Death certificate basics

    Death certificate basics

    Posted December 11, 2018

      What happens when someone dies can take many different forms — religious funeral or secular? Open-casket memorial or closed? Small, family-only gathering or one open to the community? Formal obituary, or heartfelt, or funny? Traditional burial, or green burial, or cremation? However ...

  • Five Lessons from an 80's themed Celebration of Life

    Five Lessons from an 80's themed Celebration of Life

    Posted December 4, 2018

      Author: Christina Andreola is the founder of New Narrative Memorials, an event planning company dedicated to planning and managing the details of End of Life events. Christina works with families to determine event details and then takes the lead in communicating with venues, caterers, flo...

  • Six Tactics for Working through Grief

    Six Tactics for Working through Grief

    Posted November 27, 2018

    A frenzy of activity tends to follow immediately after someone dies: planning or attending a memorial, preparing an obituary or eulogy, and dealing with various logistical issues. But after the funeral, what comes next? Grief can feel overwhelming—like too much to deal with, or like you don'...

  • When Thanksgiving Reminds You Of The People Who Won't Be There

    When Thanksgiving Reminds You Of The People Who Won't Be There

    Posted November 20, 2018

      Author: Rachel Garrett is a Career and Leadership Coach with a mission to get more women into positions of power. Through 1:1 coaching, workshops and online programs, she supports women in up-leveling their leadership skills, ditching impostor syndrome, mastering the work-life ju...

  • Ten tips for talking to kids about death

    Ten tips for talking to kids about death

    Posted November 6, 2018

    Death and grief are difficult concepts for everyone and we each go through a different process. Kids also have their individual responses and they can surprise you with their directness. A few tips on how to talk to kids about death:   1) Say that s/he died. Listen, answer qu...

  • 6 ideas for personalizing a funeral & commemorating a legacy

    Posted November 6, 2018

    When planning a funeral or memorial, it helps to spend time thinking about our loved ones and things that are personally meaningful. A few ways to personalize a funeral or memorial:   Photo slideshow Music playlist with their favorite or meaningful music Display their artwo...

  • The 5 Guidelines of a Eulogy

    Posted September 25, 2018

    1: Tell a story 2: Make it meaningful 3: Not too meaningful 4: Make it personal, but not necessarily to your person 5: Be respectful— a Eulogy is not a roast   So you’ve been tasked with writing a Eulogy?  You have earned the challenging honor of standing up in front of a...

  • Why GatheringUs?

    Posted June 19, 2018

    Welcome to the GatheringUs blog, where we go through the nuances and details of preparing to celebrate the life of your loved one. Here, we drill down on particular topics, such as writing the obituary, personalizing the ceremony and eulogy, choosing the venue, and the challenges of family politics....