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We Mourn Together 

Help Us Be An Answer

Help Us Hold the Light of Hope

We Mourn Together

So No One Has To Mourn Alone

We Mourn Together creates virtual space for social connectedness and expands the realm of remembrance

Life Remembrance Videos

Video Productions Services

We help remember loved ones with video

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We Need Your Tax-Deductible Donations

We Help Together

We Heal When We Remember

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We Mourn Together provides a new paradigm of Comfort Care by creating virtual space for expanding the realm of remembrance of our dearly departed loved ones, and for social connectedness to community.

Life Remembrance Videos

Gather to Remember

Virtual Memorial Vault

We Share Meetings

We Listen Helpline

Valor Videos

Covid Eternal Flame Memorial

Bedside Attendance

Life's Reflections Videos

We Celebrate Together

We Mourn Together is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics or organizations, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

 

 

We are inclusive, non-denominational and interfaith. We Mourn Together is deeply committed to honesty, respect, kindness and equity.

We Mourn Together is seeking volunteers and professionals to join our community

In order to provide essential assistance, we need to scale up quickly.

We Help Together - Life Stories Matter

The We Mourn Together Project was established March 25, 2020

We have already achieved significant growth based on volunteers, donated services and donations.

 

IMMEDIATE NEED: Funding to compensate Professionals

We Mourn Together Creates Space for Virtual Connectedness to Community

+ Project Start Up Specialists

+ Funding Experts/Grant Writers

+ Religious/Spiritual Leaders

+ Tech Support/Development

We Mourn Together

 

Grant Application

Submitted: December 23, 2020

7,500 character limit 

 

 

We Mourn Together creates space for virtual visits and connectedness to community.

 

Life Remembrance Videos

Gather to Remember

Virtual Memorial Vault

We Share Meetings

We Listen Hotline

Bedside Attendance

WMT is for all loss, grief, mourning, bereavement, loneliness and isolation, not just the sadness, sorrow and suffering experienced while attending the end of life. WMT is a grand vision of many ways to help people, and specifically provides essential attendance primarily focused on attending to people with their end of life concerns of dying, death and remembrance.

WMT creates access to AP Listeners and Moderators embedded in virtual space in multiple platforms in which to engage and be heard. Access to services matters. Free of charge We Share Meetings and We Listen Hotline services are accessible to all people. WMT is a portal for effective networking of professionals with people in need, and as a referral source to existing service resources.

Creating virtual space for supportive mental health services is serving the intergenerational needs of all of our communities at large. We must begin to set new standards and practices in place to properly honor and remember our fellow humans. Gather to Remember and Virtual Vault Memorial services will help lead the way into the future of new standards of practices at the end of life and posthumous remembrances. We Share Meetings create space that fosters productive dialogue, are engaging and bring diverse people together in fellowship.

WMT is a virtual business, with equal opportunities for all workforce regardless of geographic location or physical abilities. Virtual workforce requirements means individuals now have more opportunity and access to meaningful and lucrative online work product assignments and tasks. Building a new business in a new world order of virtual space, the concept of a 15-30 hour work week commitment came to mind, along with the need for job title redundancy (in case of sudden sick leave and life changes). Many people want to reach out and help others, as volunteers and the employment workforce.

Seward Johnson and my grandfather Lloyd Wescott joined in partnership to break ground in the farmland of Hunterdon County, New Jersey and pioneer satellite medicine by founding the Hunterdon Medical Center in 1946, which opened in 1953. I grew up hearing my grandfather Lloyd tell the story of working with Seward Johnson to match the money raised by the community to build a hospital in a rural area. Lloyd would tell how he went around to the local farmers asking for contributions to the hospital. He told how the farmer lady went to her mattress and pulled out money to donate to the cause of helping her community by building a hospital. Caring for our own body, mind and spirit, and having a care about the wellbeing of others, is a common thread of concern for most people. Like the patchwork quilt of the hardworking farmer lady, a myriad of options exist of ways to care for, and about, ourselves and others. Access is the key to equity in creating a culture of health in communities.

The Hunterdon Medical Center recently hired five people to provide Comfort Care by virtually connecting patients in the hospital with their family, as part of a Plan of Care. Hospitals will likely continue to limit patient visitations. The future will hold more virtual visits between hospital patients and their loved ones. Our feelings of personhood as a human exists through our connections to others. Bedside Attendance providing Comfort Care can be free, and also based on a fees-for-service model. We are collectively known as humankind, and we can’t survive without kindness. Life stories matter.

The recent news from CDC identifies a “tsunami” of mental illness, with unprecedented ER visits in all demographics; especially teens and children. Mental illness is most often not diagnosed until the later stages, and prevention relies on early intervention. Tele-health must expand to include “non-medical” talk therapy alternatives like share meetings and hotlines; free 24/7 access to talking and sharing type connections to others. Deep listening is a skill, and compassion and empathy can be taught, and sincere sympathy can help heal.

Tele-Health is not new, and it’s here to stay. Body, Mind and Spirit is the holistic approach to health and wellness. Like nonmedical homecare services CNA’s and HHAs, we must immediately train, support and make ready a workforce of “Certified Peer Specialist” to listen and be available to assist with expanding Bedside Comfort Care and no-cost talk therapy options and programs(listening rooms). A listening ear and a virtual shoulder to cry on. Our personhood is at stake. WMT comes from a position of sympathy and compassion, creating space for the loving quality of the listening room, and a new way to remember our lost loved ones.

Privilege provides access. We must bridge the digital divides and create equitable accessibility to telecommunications and the cloud (including personal equipment needs), which requires realigning our priorities to be more inclusive. Online access to insurance-paid mental health services is growing, however free services are limited. WMT creates space to equal opportunity access to mental health resources that may improve a person's health; unavailable to many in the past. We Share Meetings launched in April 2020 (6 mtgs/wk); total of 222 meetings (as of 12/22) have been conducted, with regular attendees.

Death and remembrance are part of our human life story. Creating space to remember and memorialize our dearly departed is essential to honoring our collective pain of loss, grief and mourning. WMT’s committed listening, space for virtual visits, and networking capabilities will bring meaningful employment and much needed services to help our fellow humans. Our future generations depend on us to right now pay proper respect to our dying and dead. Technology and innovation can help us better honor and remember our life stories and dearly departed. WMT envisions a “Covid Eternal Flame” memorial.

Opportunity is a privilege, and the gaps and gulfs of equal access creates disparity in socioeconomic conditions. Building a town or a city first relies on infrastructure of roads. We must focus on building, for all people, digital pathways to access the cloud. Creating and providing access to technology and the cloud will be one of the most important priorities as we move forward in the next few decades.

For eight years I was owner of a nonmedical homecare agency, a 24/7 business with a paraprofessional workforce. WMT is a hub and portal to network, and will develop, train and employ an army of active “Certified Peer Specialist” as Advanced Placement Listeners and Essential Attendants. WMT est. March 25, 2020 - Self Care First. No Rush. No Hurry.

I think I now know how my grandfather must have felt, standing out in the cow pasture envisioning a new future for providing healthcare services to an under-served community. WMT is a global concept and a 24/7 business model; the sister concept is We Celebrate Together. 

Basic Needs Startup Ops Budget for three months is the purpose of this application. Fundraising is the top priority; funding for specific WMT project elements will be sought, i.e. Hotline. WMT needs Corporate Sponsorship level of support and executive oversight to recruit the best professionals to get this business off the ground. Funding makes it possible to bring technology and people together.

 

 

by: JJ Ellsworth - WMT Founder

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release


 

We Mourn Together Announces Director of Donor Relations Joe Winters

 

Donor Appeal for We Mourn Together Project Charity Vision to Help People

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 25, 2020

 

A charity effort launched on March 25, 2020, We Mourn Together creates space for virtual connectedness to community. “We are excited that Joe Winters has joined our project,” said Dan Baynes, COO of Frog Pond Productions, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity established in 1999 as an educational communications network. “Joe brings professional experience and genuine enthusiasm to our pilot-phase of development. As Director of Donor Relations, Joe embodies our collective commitment to building our business to help lots of people.”

 

“We Mourn Together is specifically seeking to highlight the immediate need to recognize and designate Bedside Attendance as essential, thereby opening the doors of hospitals, CCRCs, hospice and homes to essential workers (secular and nonsecular) to go to the bedside and assume the duties of sitting vigil with ill and dying people,” said Joe Winters, who joined We Mourn Together in October. “It is time to acknowledge the desperate need for front line workers to step up to the bedside attendance of standing by and providing comfort care to the critically ill and dying.”

 

Joe goes on to say, “Bedside Attendance is essential in order to provide Comfort Care for critically Ill patients and at the end of life. Medicine and medical directives refer to “Comfort Care” and it is time now to designate as frontline essential workers those who stand by the bedside in order to comfort the ill and dying. We Mourn Together wishes to spotlight the immediate need of putting people and technology together to create space for virtual connectedness to family and friends at the end of life.”
 

We Share Together meetings were launched in April, and are held weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dan said, “We Mourn Together is seeking funding for our You Don’t Have to Be Alone Hotline, and Gather to Remember Dedicated Time to Mourn and our Virtual Memorial Vault are ways to create space for virtual connectedness to remember our lost loved ones.” Joe said, “As a project of Frog Pond Productions, all donations made to We Mourn Together are tax-deductible. We are actively seeking charitable contributions. Working together we can help many people in these challenging new times.”

 

We Mourn Together creates space for virtual connectedness to community. We Mourn Together is a program of Frog Pond Productions.

 

Frog Pond Productions

Doylestown PA

~ MISSION and PURPOSES ~

 

We Mourn Together creates space for virtual visits and connectedness to community. We are inclusive, non-denominational and interfaith. We Mourn Together is deeply committed to inclusion, honesty, respect, kindness and equity.

  • Life Remembrance Videos

  • We Share Meetings

 

  • We Listen Hotline - 24/7 Responsiveness (under development)

 

  • Bedside Attendance

 

  • Gather to Remember - One to Three-day 24/7 connectedness to dedicated community of fellowship and support

 

  • Virtual Memorial Vault - Virtual Cemetery and Headstones as well as special "Covid Eternal Flame Memorial" 


 

PURPOSES

 

  • Volunteers and Professionals - to Help and Support Mourning

 

  • Memorial Remembrance of Dearly Departed Loved Ones

 

  • A Virtual Meeting Place

 

  • Inclusive, Non-Denominational and Interfaith

 

  • Help and Support for Grief and Bereavement


 

For:

  • Mourners - Remembering Loved Ones - Gather to Remember Dedicated Time To Mourn - One to Three-day, 24/7 access to dedicated community

 

  • Volunteers and Professionals - to Help and Support Mourning

Our services (will) include: 24/7 virtual responsiveness, and provides a networked way for volunteers and professionals to help and support those who have experienced a loss.

Bedside Attendance

Bedside Attendance is Essential. Telecommunication connection provides patients and their loved ones the Comfort Care they need, and relieves and undburdens medical professionals. We are building a workforce of Essential Attendants and order to bring virtual visits to the ill and dying in hospitals, ICUs, hospice, retirement communities and in-home care environments. 

 

Bedside Attendance is a secular effort to use technology to connect loved ones who are critically ill and at the end of life. Technology together with a workforce of Essential Attendants  can bring loved ones and family to the bedside of the critically ill and dying.

 

We Mourn Together is Developing a Cadre of Clergy to Serve the IMMEDIATE NEED for Bedside Attendance to serve the bedside Comfort Care needs of those who are suffering alone. Our “Call to Clergy” is a call to action to the ministry, religious and lay people to go to the bedside of the sick and dying. 

Gather to Remember

 

Gather to Remember is Dedicated Time to Mourn that provides one to three-day 24/7 virtual responsiveness to the mourner, and a profile presence that allows for others (family/friends) to mourn the loss of a loved one, and help the mourner move toward healing. Gather to Remember delivers clergy and ministry (is requested) via virtual and telephonic connectedness, and provides a way for volunteers and professionals  to help and support mourners.

 

Services include: managing and arranging the meetings with attendees, moderator and tech support for meetings, photo and digital assets management, video/multimedia production and recording of event(s), and network to clergy and ministry (as needed).

 

Virtual Memorial Vault 

Virtual headstones, and memorial walls and halls will be available in the cloud. Our future holds web-based memorials and Ethernet cemeteries and mausoleums. We envision a special "Covid Eternal Flame Memorial" in remembrance to those who have passed due to the virus.

If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you're having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.

Building a Virtual Community

~ Our Grand Vision ~

 

We Mourn Together creates space for virtual visits and connectedness to communityWe are inclusive, non-denominational and interfaith. We Mourn Together is deeply committed to inclusion, honesty, respect, kindness and equity. We have a grand vision of many ways to help people, and specifically providing essential  attendance at the end of life. We Mourn Together is primarily focused on attending to people with their end of life concerns of dying and death.

 

We Mourn Together is a global community vision and a concept applicable to all types of mourning and grief. Loss of a loved one, or loss of: a job or a business, freedom and liberty, events such as sports, concerts, festivals, expos and trade shows, weddings, graduations and significant life events, all of the many ways we gather together.

 

We Mourn Together provides a virtual platform for gathering in fellowship and connectedness to communities for support to share our feelings. We Mourn Together helps people cope with sorrow and sadness as we let go of what was. We mourn and grieve our losses together, and help support each other as we gather to remember and memorialize our dearly departed.

 

We have lost Funerals, Shivas, Second Lines, Wakes, and all ceremonies and rituals surrounding death. We can no longer meet with friends and family to process the loss of jobs, independence and so much more.

 

We are collectively grieving while, ironically, separated from each other. When we are unable to process our feelings of sadness, grief, bereavement and mourning we may bear the weight of regret. The way we grieve now will impact the trajectory of our healing for generations to come.

 

Comprehensive Vision

We Mourn Together is for all grief, mourning, bereavement, loneliness and isolation, not just the sadness, sorrow and suffering experienced while attending to the dying and the dead.

Tax-Exempt Charity

Frog Pond Productions

We Mourn Together is a program of Frog Pond Productions (est. Oct 1, 1999) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt publicly supported charity. The purposes of the network are to provide expert consulting and education, especially multimedia production services to charitable organizations and worthwhile causes.

 

Frog Pond Productions is a Pennsylvania private nonprofit educational communications network. A Board of Directors according to Bylaws governs Frog Pond Productions. All donations to Frog Pond Productions, or any of the projects sponsored by Frog Pond Productions, are tax-deductible. 

 

Tax-deductible Donations to: We Mourn Together

Mail donations to: P.O. Box 1143 Doylestown, PA 18901

 

All donations to Frog Pond Productions, or any of the projects sponsored by Frog Pond Productions, are tax-deductible.

 

The IRS permits the amount that is donated to Frog Pond Productions that exceeds the fair market value of the material(s) received is tax deductible. (EIN: 23-3029362)

 

Frog Pond Productions is an educational communications network that receives public support through cash donations, in-kind contributions and grant funding.

We Mourn Together/Frog Pond Productions’s Policy on Non-Discrimination

Frog Pond Productions, and all programs and projects of Frog Pond Productions, do not promote or discriminate against any person, population group, or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable United States law, as well as other categories identified by Frog Pond Productions in alignment with our own Human Resources policies.  These include, but are not limited to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender expression, physical appearance, language, education background, national origin, age, disability, and veteran status. This relates to both provision of services and hiring practices. No person(s) may be denied service and/or employment based on any of the categories noted above.

 

Frog Pond Productions will not support any organization which requires adherence or conversion to any religious doctrine in order to either be a beneficiary of the program or to be an employee of the organization. A direct service program run by a faith-based Organization may be eligible, provided that the program’s beneficiaries are not required to adhere to or convert to that Organization’s religious doctrine as a condition of receiving service from the program, and Frog Pond Productions will not support any organization that requires adherence or conversion to any religious doctrine in order to be an employee of the program.

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