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  • 10 care packages to support friends beyond the funeral

    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

    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   The 5 Guidelines of a Eulogy   Create a memorial video (use code GatheringUs2019 to get 20% off)   Ceremonies, verses, and eulogies &...
  • 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...