Learn how online platforms are helping families gather for funerals and memorials during this time of isolation due to COVID-19.
My guest Noha Waibsnaider is the co-founder and CEO of GatheringUs, an online platform where communities can gather after the death of a loved one and create a memorial page or schedule an event. Her team helps people create customized ceremonies and gatherings to honor their loved ones and share comfort and support. After a very successful first year of business, Gathering Us is available at the perfect time right now to help families separated by the global pandemic come together in a meaningful way. Learn more at the website:
This episode includes:
- The inspiration behind GatheringUs
- One way in which virtual funerals can be better than in-person events
- How a virtual funeral is conducted
- How virtual funerals lend themselves to unique and creative celebrations
- How virtual “reception rooms” facilitate more intimate sharing during the event
- Why virtual funerals are likely to part of traditional funerals in the future after COVID-19
- Why commemorations for our loved ones are especially important during this time of separation
- How online memorial pages can help families deal with grief over time
- “Grief Soup”: How to balance personal grief with overwhelming communal grief
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Pre-order my book: 7 Lessons for Living from the Dying
- Interview on White Shores Podcast with Theresa Cheung
- Interview on A Light in the Dark with Egan Orion
- GatheringUs website
- Join the team at Patreon.com/eolu and get access to the EOLU mug: “Mind if we talk about death?” (only Patrons can purchase it). PLUS get our new bonuses: the monthly EOL News Update, movie reviews from 2 Doctors and a Movie, and automatic access to A Year of Reading Dangerously!
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