Virtual Funerals & Ceremonies

Where family & friends gather to support each other

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See How It Works

Over 20,000 people have gathered with their communities at GatheringUs virtual events

"You made something so painfully impossible possible" - Melissa T.

Honor Your Loved One

We take care of planning, logistics & simplify the technology, so you can be present with family members & friends. Receive support from your community with a custom virtual memorial event where everyone can join and participate in the ceremony.

Unlike a one-way livestream, in a GatheringUs virtual gathering guests can share stories, pay their respects, and celebrate your loved one. Our virtual events uphold traditions and create new rituals, with easy foolproof technology. 

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Be present in the moment

Program Planning

Your dedicated event planner will guide you in creating a custom program that may include speakers, celebrants, clergy, musicians, and singers. We will offer suggestions on how to structure the flow, incorporate personal elements, cultural and family customs, traditions, and religion, and how to connect in-person gatherings with virtual guests.

Event Facilitation

You're not alone. We'll be there to begin the service, guide presenters, play slideshows, videos, music, and facilitate public share of memories and stories. The GatheringUs facilitator will provide instructions on navigating the technology and provide the phone number for the GatheringUs Tech Support Hotline for guests who need help.

Technical Support

We make sure all the speakers can log into the event on Zoom, check their sounds, video, and lighting to ensure we can hear and see them. For hybrid events, we work with you, a funeral director, or clergy member to connect audiovisual systems, determine the optimal position and settings for cameras/microphone. We can connect to a funeral home, church, or another location, and no additional equipment is required.

Professional Design

Our design team creates an invitation to share with guests, a slide to welcome guests with the program, a photo, and an accompanying custom music playlist, a photo slideshow to play during the event, and a thank you card to send to guests after the event.

"My parents want to thank you from the bottom of their hearts - they thought they would have to bury my grandmother alone, but instead felt like we were all there with them."

- Jill F.

In-Person & Virtual

Events can be Virtual & Hybrid

We can schedule weekend and evening events and unlimited guests can join from all international locations. Multilingual services available (Spanish, French)

Our diverse team brings a wide range of skills in end-of-life and event planning. Our goal is to help you create an inspiring and personal event that meets your vision.

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What Families Are Saying

"I was unsure what to expect from a virtual Celebration of Life. What I experienced on Sunday was such an incredible sense of connection and communal celebration of our son. I have had multiple people reach out and express that this was the most affecting and 'connected' experience they had with any memorial." 

Dani A.

I was consistently impressed with the kindness, consideration, attention to detail and ability to adapt to our needs that you and your entire team displayed. It was a relief to be able to organize this without worrying about the technical solutions, even for a techie like me. It was a load off my mind, and I know it wouldn't have been the same without you.

Peter M.

The service was very moving for so many of those who participated or saw the recording at a later date. It was intimate in a way that funeral services aren't. People felt so much a part of the presentations. It allowed family and friends from Europe to California to be there which is not possible in our real world limited by time and cost. I believe it will set a new standard.

David C.

It was exactly what we were hoping for— a meaningful tribute to our mother despite the physical barriers preventing us from being together. We appreciate your smooth coordination and quick turnaround. It enabled us to be present in the moment. We are getting so many messages from our family and friends who felt it was a wonderful service.

Sam M.

Your technical team, and its leader, and behind the scenes (tech), did a superb - no - outstanding job today which shows the results of them working closely with me and my moderator to make sure that things went perfectly and they did. She also was very patient with me and my son when we were giving her contradictory signals. She’s a keeper.

John H.

While grieving the loss of my beloved wife, I was overwhelmed with the many things that needed to be done. I didn’t know much about how to organize a real funeral and I had absolutely no idea about a virtual memorial. The feedback I heard is great. You and your team have done an excellent job for our virtual memorial. You’re all very professional and caring.

Keith K.

It was a beautiful service and tribute to our dad. We can't thank you all enough. I had tears again watching the video again, but good tears. I thought the next day would be crippling for me given that it would be our first Father's Day without him, but having the mass and having it well done helped a lot. My heart felt lighter and at peace. 

Mary R.

It was so incredibly helpful and healing. Especially for the number of attendees, it was so smooth and allowed us to really focus on what the purpose of the gathering was, rather than the technical details. I want to genuinely thank you for your warm, capable, and attentive support so we could honor (our son) so fully and all together.

Dani A.

I have heard only positive feedback from everyone. You are amazing and should be proud of what you’re doing. The amount of stress you help take off us is astonishing and you do it in a patient, kind, friendly way.

Alisa H.

"GatheringUs provided the scaffold to create a poignant event to honor our much-loved aunt. Our planner held my hand while the event crystalized. She was superb.  During this pandemic, when everyone has been forced apart, GatheringUs provided an intimate way to bring us together. I am very thankful."

- Kate H.


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“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”
- George Elliott


My Journey Through Grief

Noha Waibsnaider, Founder & CEO, GatheringUs

Being a part of a large family means many celebrations over the years. But, in the last decade, our family was faced with several deaths. It was a deeply challenging time—grief comes at you fast and stays for awhile. It was the support of our friends and family that carried us through those difficult days. The people who showed up, helped us accept our new normal, and gave us the strength to process the grief and to begin to heal. We realized that so many people wanted to help—but didn’t know what to say, what to do, or how to help from afar.

I founded GatheringUs in 2018 to help people receive the support they need and to celebrate their loved ones. At GatheringUs, we create virtual funerals and gatherings, and provide free tools for you to share memories, fundraise to help with funeral expenses, and donate to charity to honor your loved one. 

Virtual Funerals & Ceremonies

Where family & friends gather to support you

schedule a free 30-minute consultation