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Passed and Present: Remembering Loved Ones During the Holidays

For Grief invites you to attend Passed and Present: Remembering Loved Ones During the Holidays, its special event focused on self-care before and after loss, offered in partnership with Reimagine.

About For Grief

For Grief provides compassionate support to those who are grieving. Featuring content and guidance from renowned grief and bereavement professionals, offers a variety of resources, including downloadable guides, grief chats, online communities, a grief bookshop, virtual courses, and events. Additionally, For Grief's Speakers Bureau facilitates connection between the bereaved and the most prominent leaders in the grief and loss space. This comprehensive circle of support is designed with a grieving person’s unique needs in mind.

About Reimagine

Reimagine is a nonprofit organization catalyzing a uniquely powerful community–people of different backgrounds, ages, races, and faiths (and no faith) coming together in the hopes of healing ourselves and the world. We specifically support each other in facing adversity, loss, and mortality and–at our own pace– actively channeling life's biggest challenges into meaningful action and growth.

This month, Hope Edelman, Charlene Lam, and Dr. Jason Troyer will join Passed and Present host Allison Gilbert. Together, they will offer opportunities to honor loved ones during the holiday season and talk about why taking steps to remember our family and friends is so very healing after loss. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend. Bring your most pressing questions!


Hope Edelman is the author of eight nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Motherless Daughters; Motherless Mothers; and her most recent book, The AfterGrief. Her work has been published in 17 countries and has sold more than 1 million copies. Motherless Daughters is now in its third edition and has been in print for nearly 30 years. Hope has spoken at venues and conferences all over the world, from the U.S. and Canada to Australia, the U.K., and Dubai. She has appeared frequently on television including Today, Good Morning America, CNN, KTLA, CBC, Good Morning Washington, and Good Morning Australia. She is a certified life coach with additional training in narrative therapy, and runs four-day retreats and weekly online support calls for motherless women throughout the year. She also teaches nonfiction workshops to help people develop, revisit, and revise their stories of loss using a proprietary method she developed. Hope lives in Los Angeles and spends every summer in Iowa City.

Charlene Lam is the author of the forthcoming book, Curating Grief: A Creative Guide to Choosing What to Keep After a Loved One Dies. After her mother died suddenly, Charlene leaned into her creativity as an art curator and asked herself this one empowering question: “If I was to curate an exhibition about my mother, which 100 objects would I choose?” This question offered Charlene a path to healing and now, through her innovative platform, The Grief Gallery, she offers the bereaved similar heirloom-centric opportunities through private coaching and live events. Charlene’s exhibitions have been featured at numerous international festivals, including NYCxDESIGN, DesignTO in Toronto, and London Design Festival. Originally from New York City, Charlene lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Jason Troyer is the author of Counseling Widowers, a much-needed guide for therapists who are helping men grieve the loss of a spouse or partner, and the forthcoming book, Rituals Reimagined, an exploration of why these types of specific customs are essential for healing after loss. A psychologist, Dr. Troyer has created numerous brochures that funeral professionals use to help the bereaved, including “Grieving Your Loved One,” “Grieving Your Child,” and “Grieving During the Holidays.” He is a frequent keynote speaker at funeral and cemetery conventions and offers community presentations, caregiver workshops, and holiday remembrance services. Dr. Jason Troyer is also host of GriefPlan, a comprehensive online grief support program that helps individuals heal, remember, and rebuild after the death of a loved one.


Allison Gilbert is host of For Grief’s Passed and Present event series, and author of Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive; Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents; and Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children. Gilbert serves on the Advisory Board of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and is a past Board Member of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief.

In addition to her work in the grief space, Allison Gilbert, Emmy Award-winning journalist, helps writers best position their stories for publication through her initiative Pub Day, and recently co-authored Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman.

Registrants will be added to the For Grief and Reimagine e-newsletter lists.


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