Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister? ~Alice Walker
Losing someone you love can be overwhelmingly painful. Shiva Sisters was created to assist families that are going through the mourning process.
Danna Black and Allison Moldo founded the company in May after suffering losses in their own families. Together they help the bereaved organize and coordinate all pre- and post-funeral arrangements.
“Each experience differs and for each family grief is private, personal and complex,” said Black, a Beverly Hills mother who began her event planning career more than 25 years ago. “Although the term ‘shiva’ [a seven-day period of mourning after a death] is a part of the customs for bereavement in Judaism, we respect everyone’s values, beliefs and choices without judgment.”
Shiva Sisters offer extensive services that can ease the stress of planning a memorial, reception or shiva.
“Should families require babysitters, pet boarding, wardrobe shopping or a personal memorial website, we will arrange that and more,” said Moldo, who has a broad business background that includes 20 years' experience in sales, corporate planning and marketing. “We offer services for the professional writing of an obituary and will accommodate requests for estate organization, and referrals for bereavement counselors and resources.”
So what can you expect from Shiva Sisters?
“A few weeks ago we coordinated a memorial service for a man in his 60s. It was at his home with a private chef, 150 rental chairs placed around the pool—with at least 100 additional guests standing,” Black said. “A rabbi led the service, the gentleman’s partner and many of his friends spoke. One of his favorite singers sang with a five-piece quartet. It was one of the most moving services. Among all the tears there was much laughter—remembering loving, personal stories.”