About Sympathy Tree
We first had the idea for SympathyTree.com from personal experiences in dealing with the death of a close family friend. Many people have friends and family spread far and wide, across the US and throughout the world. Notifying them about the death of a family/close friend and the schedule/location of related services can be stressful and difficult. However, with the help of other family and friends and the internet, the word can be spread quickly and virally around the world in minutes. We wanted to use the internet to help make this process easier.
After further thought, we realized that the internet can be so much more than just an efficient means to notify people of a death and the logistics of memorial services. It can be an important part of the ongoing grieving and healing process. When people gather at a funeral or a memorial service, they see friends and relatives they have not seen in a while. Together they pay tribute, share stories and memories, and comfort one another. It’s often a very cathartic and reflective experience. We realized that this experience could be extended beyond the funeral events by creating a virtual place online where people can come together to grieve, heal, and comfort each other for generations to come. Thus the birth of SympathyTree.com, a place where children, grandchildren and other friends and family can visit anytime from anywhere in the world to converse, tell stories, enrich those stories with photos and videos, and allow others to add their own thoughts and photos to stories.
Our vision is for SympathyTree to become a site where people come to celebrate the lives of those they have recently lost and share their stories of love and loss, sadness and joy, and in the process, provide comfort to each other during this difficult time. They see SympathyTree as the place where future generations can treasure those stories and "get to know" their grandparents and great grandparents. Finally, they envision it to be a site through which immediately family members of the deceased can notify their friends and family privately about the services and assist them during the most stressful time of their lives.