Recent Entries

  • Death certificate basics

      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

      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...
  • The 5 Guidelines of a Eulogy

    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?

    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....