Technology has had a significant impact on the way that we do literally everything. One of its impacts has been reflected in the manner in which we seek to support and comfort when we are experiencing loss. Enter the Good Grief App. Referred to as the “Social Network for Loss” Good Grief App offers users the opportunity to intimately connect and share with others who are experiencing loss. I recently had the opportunity to speak with the compassionate and innovative creators of Good Grief App Kim Libertini and Robynne Boyd..
During our time together I learned how Good Grief App works and had the pleasure of learning what motivated Kim and Robynne to create it. Both reeling from very personal losses, the two were connected by a mutual friend who thought they would be able to support and lean upon one another to draw the strength needed to endure their grief. From that introduction, a deep bound and desire to help and support others was born. Interestingly enough the duo has never met in person. Kim, a mother and teacher living in Long Island, New York, and Robynne an environmental journalist housed in Atlanta, Georgia are convinced that despite their distance having someone who completely understands and is simultaneously experiencing grief has made all the difference in their journeys.
“There is a common thread that connects individuals who have experienced loss” explained Kim. Good Grief App is designed to match users holding that thread. Once connected, users correspond with one another via the messaging system to offer support during the many waves of emotions that are experienced while grieving. In many cases, users remain anonymous. This anonymity allows users to truly express themselves openly and honestly without being judged or criticized while being fully supported by community members.
Good Grief App chat and messaging are available for download in the App and Android stores. Upon download and registration, users are automatically given a three month trial period. Good Grief can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Goodgriefapp. Weekly blogs are posted on www.blog.goodgriefapp.com. Updates and other resources can be found on their website www.goodgriefapp.com.
Joél Simone Anthony, also known as ‘The Grave Woman,’ is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is dedicated to eliminating misconceptions about post-life preparation while stimulating an open, honest and straight forward discussion about death. You can submit your comments, questions and requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using our contact page.