Why do we know how hard the end-of-life and death process can be? We've been there. And, we were totally unprepared.
In early 2018, I found myself face-to-face with two police officers in my grandmother's apartment. They looked at me and asked, “what do you want to do next?” My grandmother was 96 and still, her death felt like a complete shock. So, I did what we all do when we have a question, I pulled out my phone and Googled “what do you do when someone dies?” fully expecting to find something like Lantern. But, there was nothing. Being an only child who lost my father years earlier, I found myself managing what came next. From cleaning out her home and choosing funeral services to closing accounts and tracking down an unpaid Verizon bill from a debt collector for over a year (true story), I quickly realized that no matter how organized you are, this stuff is messy. And, at the time, there was very little available to help navigate it.
This is where Liz's story became our story.
Enter: Lantern. We've made it our mission to ensure every grieving person has a simple, trustworthy, and comprehensive place to turn. We’ve sifted through the hundreds of websites, resources, and books so you don’t have to. Plus, we’ve got some of the most knowledgeable people in the game advising us. Think of us as part knowledgeable friend who’s been there before and part assistant to help you wade through the tough stuff.
And this is just the beginning. Expect us to provide tools and services covering every phase of end-of-life. This process is already hard, the logistics shouldn't have to be.