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Passed and Present is a one-of-a-kind guide for discovering creative and meaningful ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive. Inspiring and empowering, this much-needed, easy-to-use roadmap reveals 85 imaginative ways to celebrate and honor the family and friends we never want to forget.

Travels from: New York

Allison Gilbert

Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and 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 Aliveher stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness, spark creativity, and rebound from adversity.

Allison’s other books include, Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children and Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both ParentsShe is also co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, the definitive historical record of how broadcast journalists covered that tragic day. The landmark book was turned into a documentary by the U.S. State Department and distributed to embassies and consulates around the world.

Allison is the official narrator of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s primary audio tour and her voice is introduced by Robert De Niro on the Museum’s “Witnessing History” tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. 

Allison started her career in TV news, covering most every major news story in the last 20 years — including 9/11, when she was on the job and nearly killed by falling debris. At CNN, Allison connected broadcast and digital audiences by producing high-profile TV segments and writing stories for Before CNN, she was a special projects producer at WABC-TV and an investigative producer at WNBC-TV, both in New York. She was also part of the original launch teams for New York 1 News and MSNBC. Allison currently serves as Senior Advisor to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the preeminent national organization providing grief support to families of America’s fallen heroes. 

Allison graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City. She and her husband have a son and daughter – a college freshman and an 11th grader.

Talks and Topics

  • Passed and Present Author Presentation

  • Parentless Parents Author Presentation

  • Always Too Soon Author Presentation

  • Covering Catastrophe Author Presentation

  • Memory Bash Workshop: Celebrate Family and Friends You Never Want to Forget

  • Resilience After Loss: The Reflection Effect

  • Owning Your Destiny: A Personal Story of Genetics and Survival

  • Covering Catastrophe: The Story Behind Reporting the Story

  • Making Meaning and Purpose Out of Tragedy

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