Sometime in 2017, I happened across a little startup called the
After combing through their social media accounts and reviewing the website, I took the plunge and set up my own account on the app. Ever since I have shouted their name from the rooftops and recommended them to every person I came into contact with.
It is similar to how I outline how to match people in Legacy Sessions and storytelling groups. These small groups within the goodgrief app give the members a safe space where other people are very similar to them and can more easily empathize. When the discussions and interactions begin to happen between app members, their base bond over loss is already established and known.
In their words, it is “the social network for loss”.
The app's sorting hat
The app matches and sorts you based on the answers you provide in the beginning when you set up your account. Now, I know what you're thinking. It can't possibly be that cool. It totally is that cool. The reason? The questions go way more in-depth than what we are used to when it comes to setting up online accounts.
The questions include specifics about your loss experience (who died etc), how old you are, whether or not you are married/have children, your geographic location and more. All of these answers provide the app with a grief portrait of sorts with which to sort you into the proper place.
It's all very high tech and intimate at the same time.
People who are using the app come from all walks of life with one very specific thing in
As we are all too aware, death is nondiscriminatory and overlooks none. Someone you know may need the app whether you realize it or not. I encourage you to share this article with them or send them straight to the app.
How the founders got the idea
I had the opportunity to chat with one of the founders many months ago and heard first hand the story of how the app came into existence. There is a wonderful article you can read here.
Suffice to say the app idea was born out of a need for meaningful connection that didn't include having to be in a specific place.
I love this notion because it leverages the ability we have as humans to be able to connect through the virtual world. It also validates the relationships and bonds that result. I firmly believe that people can be supportive and help each other even if they can't touch in real life.
Why I am going to continue shouting about this app
If this app had been around when my dad passed away my grief journey might have been completely different. As a teen mom going into college there wasn't time for grief groups and support meetings. There wasn't childcare for the baby that would monopolize my time outside of school.
The app could have been my lifeline when my grief threatened to drown me and robbed me of my light.
I want this to be an option for anyone who wants to use it. To that end, I will continue to share this app and applaud the founders for recognizing and executing the solution to a very real need.
If you have any questions about the app or my story, please feel free to leave them in the comments.