I have watched the service 6 times already (I kid you not!). I continue to get the most amazing compliments about it. My girlfriend who was on the call said she has told everyone that going forward, this is the best venue -- even better than in person. The folks on the call were scattered over 10 - 12 states on both coasts and they would have never been able to have traveled, even in good times. You really made the process of putting it together so much fun. It was very very healing for me and once the service was done, I was left with a calming feeling and a heart full of love.
After hearing so many say, "well, we might have some kind of a memorial after the COVID issue passes; we really can't do anything right now" I want to shout "YES YOU CAN!" In fact it was a better gathering of friends from present-day and years gone by, and a larger extended family than would have come to an in-person event in "normal" times. We had participants (not just viewers, but also speakers) from numerous states, and even abroad. I think ALL memorial services should have such a "virtual" component. I recommend highly ..... YES, YES, YES.
You went overboard to get to know our family and provide a personal touch. We put our trust in you and throughout the entire planning process, appreciated your calm "I've got you" attitude. You and your team were responsive to our questions and paid attention to every detail we had concerns with. We have received over a dozen emails and calls today from guests who attended the memorial expressing how moved they were with the service. The virtual platform was also ideal in bringing together friends and family from all over the world. Their presence made our experience richer for having had them attend.
This was my first zoom ceremony and I am surprised at how connected I felt to the audience, despite looking at a computer screen! The energy felt very similar to being a room and it was really wonderful to be present without worrying about the technology piece that was handled so well.
It was such a pleasure working with you. We couldn't have imagined the event going any better than it did. We are so grateful and are so glad such an amazing service exists to bring loved ones together from across the world and during these insane times.
We were so impressed with the celebration of life, thank you. We also received so many compliments, including a few people who said this was more personal and engaging than typical in-person services. Thank you for helping us make Dad’s day so special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were really grateful to have a service such as GatheringUs to create a meaningful event to honor my mother-in-law. We truly wouldn't have been able to pull it off without you!
Thank you all for making Gathering Us a great success for our family to honor our father but also for allowing us to have a place to work through memories that provided a sort of healing effect for us all through conversations that we are continuing.
You all rocked it yesterday and I'm eternally grateful that I chose you to do such a heartfelt and amazing job!
I want to thank GatheringUs, who did a fantastic job allowing the immediate family to participate and not worry about the details. I recommend! With Covid, everything sucks. But they made it a lot better.
My friends and family all commented on how lovely and meaningful the memorial was. Zoom is not always the easiest platform but you guided us through it. Thanks to your facilitation and technical support, the event went smoothly and seamlessly.
It did turn out exactly as we had imagined and the sentiment from attendees has been nothing but absolute awe of the quality of production and of what a beautiful tribute it was to him. I want to thank you for working through all of the stumbles along the way with us in such a professional and patient manner. You are really good at what you do, and your genuine sincerity was felt throughout the process.
Thank you so much for everything. This was difficult for us and you made it a really positive experience.
Thank you for making an emotionally difficult experience one of great joy and celebration. You brought a family and community together in a way I could not have imagined could be possible virtually. We have heard from several guests already that it was the most heartfelt service they have ever attended.