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  • Now Is The Time To Gather

    With large gatherings restricted and face masks mandated at events across the country, gathering friends and family to support each after the death of a loved one is complicated. Many grievers, understandably, want to delay or do nothing at all. Virtual funerals and celebration of life ceremonies, h...
  • How to Plan a Virtual Funeral: A Guide for Families

    8 Tips to Virtually Celebrate Your Loved One’s Life   Though social distancing has changed how we honor loved ones after a death, gathering family and friends is even more critical as we face restrictions to our physical contact.    Virtual or hybrid (in-person and virtual) ...
  • Five Tips for Socially Distanced Grief Support

    The grieving process, already difficult, has become even harder in recent months. Coronavirus has disrupted mourning rituals, many states now limit in-person gatherings, and social distancing is the new normal. Despite these challenges, there are still plenty of meaningful ways to support ...
  • Custom Temporary Tattoos to Keep Loved Ones Close

    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...
  • How to support friends through grief

    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

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

    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

    "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...
  • Six Tactics for Working through Grief

    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

      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

    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

    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...