Author Archives: Jessica

About Jessica

In 2005, I moved to Chicago and began looking for a job. Having spent nearly a decade in New York and Los Angeles as a teacher and children's bookseller, I expected I would do something similar. But the job that caught my eye and intrigued me most was not in education or children’s literature. It was in online obituaries, of all things. Obituaries? Yes, obituaries. In my years with Legacy – whether screening Guest Book entries, managing customer service or developing editorial content – I’ve had the opportunity to help people at the most difficult times in their lives. Though it isn’t always easy to explain what I do, it’s easy for friends and family to see how satisfied I am with my work. When I’m not providing support to our online grief and loss community, I can usually be found providing support to my husband, preschooler, toddler and two cats. I also enjoy visiting my family in Alabama and playing my ukulele.

Grief during the holidays

November marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Hanukkah and Christmas through New Year’s, it’s a flurry of dinners, parties and gatherings as people come together to “celebrate the season.” For me, November also marks a … Continue reading

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Comfort, connection, community: Grief support at

Millions of people visit Guest Books each month. Some only know the deceased through a friend, family member or co-worker. Others don’t know the deceased at all, but for whatever reason feel compelled to sign the Guest Book. Many … Continue reading

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Memories of Mr. Hames: A World Teachers’ Day Tribute

In recognition of World Teachers’ Day on October 5th, is honoring educators. Read team member Jessica’s tribute to teachers who made a difference in her life, then visit’s special memorial site for teachers. Teachers. I’ve had a … Continue reading

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