Author Profile

Allison Gilbert

Allison Gilbert

Allison Gilbert is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience. The author of numerous books including the groundbreaking, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, her stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness, spark creativity, and rebound from adversity.

Passed and Present reveals 85 practical and innovative ways to remember and celebrate the family and friends we never want to forget. The book has been featured in People Magazine and Arianna Huffington and Maria Shriver have tweeted about it.

O, the Oprah Magazine named Allison a contributor for her inspiring essay, “The Reflection Effect,” about the power of nostalgia to improve lives and help individuals and families thrive.

Allison Gilbert serves as Executive Family & Memories Editor for Legacy Republic, the fastest growing memory-preservation company in the world.

On Allison Gilbert’s popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, and New York Times bestselling authors Gretchen Rubin and Christina Baker Kline. She also reports on new and creative opportunities for remembering loved ones, further underscoring that honoring these essential connections has the capacity to bring enormous joy.

Allison Gilbert is a sought-after expert on grief, loss, resilience, cancer prevention, and September 11, appearing on Today, CNN, and MSNBC. She’s been interviewed by Megyn Kelly, NPR’s John Hockenberry, and appeared at New York Open Center with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Soledad O’Brien.  She’s frequently quoted in print and online, her perspective featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications.

Allison Gilbert is a popular workshop leader and keynote speaker.  She also partners with funeral homes, religious institutions, hospitals, and hospices to bring jubilant and meaningful celebrations of remembrance, her one-of-a-kind Memory Bash, to communities all over the country. She has partnered with many groups such as New Song Center for Grieving Children in Phoenix, Hospice of the South Shore in Boston, and NorthShore University Hospital and Hospice in Chicago, to name just a few.

Allison Gilbert graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City with her husband and two children.  You can learn more about her here:

"What a fabulous evening! The room was packed. The crowd was happy. Everyone walked away thrilled they made the time to come. Let's do it again soon."
-- Susan Engel, Director, Lectures, 92nd Street Y

"I attend and oversee dozens of events for women in corporate America every year, and I find Allison an unusually warm, informative, and funny speaker. She brilliantly applies her own hard-won lessons and insights to the business and professional issues that others face. Our members loved her!"
-- Betty Spence, Ph.D., President, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for leading such an important program. Our members learned so much from you, and feel stronger from having listened to your warm and insightful talk. Let us know when you'd like to come back. Please consider our red door always open."
-- Migdalia Torres, Executive Director of Program and Satellite Expansion, Gilda’s Club New York City

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Reviews of Passed and Present

Perhaps no one who experiences a terrible loss needs to learn how to grieve. But perhaps everyone needs to learn how to create a memorial without creating an obsession. Allison Gilbert's thoughtful book meets a need that most of us might not have even realized was there.
-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

What a wonderful book! Passed and Present is an invaluable resource, a bona fide primer packed with all the ideas and habits we need for remembering loved ones. This is a book about loss, and also about celebration; about the past, the present, and a future that embraces happiness, the people we miss, and all they still mean to us.
-- Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of Better Than Before, Happier at Home, and The Happiness Project

Reviews of Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children

Allison has written a must-read book. In one section, she writes about food and how it connects us with the people we love most, especially our parents. Being a foodie, I know that what we eat, and how we prepare it, brings us closer to family. Allison captures this tenderness and I am forever touched by her book.
-- Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, and author of Mariel’s Kitchen and Healthy Living From the Inside

What a blessing this book is! I applaud Allison for her generosity, humor, candor and intelligence. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, Parentless Parents will surely offer comfort and guidance to so many moms and dads.
-- Robin Romm, author of The Mercy Papers and The Mother Garden

Videos featuring Allison Gilbert

Allison Gilbert Speaking Reel

Parentless Parents - CNN

Finding happiness during the grieving process WFLD

Today Show: Allison Gilbert, author and grief expert, on bereavement leave

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