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About us

We are good at goodbyes

We care deeply about the work that we do, and take the responsibility seriously. We treat each client as if they were our own family, and do our best to go above and beyond in your time of need.

When my grandfather died, I wanted three things...

1. Something that represented him - not a stuffy, carpeted funeral home.

2. To not have to think too much about things. When he died it felt like we were in the middle of a warzone. I wanted the details right, but I didn’t want to do it myself.

3. I didn’t want to feel ripped off by a car salesman for a triple platinum casket we didn’t need.

But that’s not what we found. That’s why when we started Meadow, we did it on three principles:


Local matters: we work with local venues that represent your loved ones. That might be a local church or temple, a beachside venue, theater, or a restaurant. We’ve done it all.

Unreasonable hospitality: we will keep you updated at every step of the way and go above and beyond.


Fair and transparent pricing: we promise to provide great value at an upfront, clear price. Because we work with local venues instead of having our own facility, we’re able to pass those savings on to you.

When you choose to work with us, we promise we will honor those three principles, and treat you like family.

~Sam and team

Meet Our Team

Emma Gilsanz

Co-Founder

Emma has dedicated her career to making life (and death!) easier for older adults. She was named an AARP Innovation Leader for her work in the field. Additionally, she has a passion for event planning and has personally organized over 100 events. She cares deeply about crafting an experience that feels true to you and your family.

Sam Gerstenzang

Co-Founder

Sam previously started a community organization (in partnership with his grandmother!) that served thousands of customers. Sam has worked for some of the biggest tech companies including Google and Stripe. He is passionate about bringing modern technology to help make end-of-life planning a little bit easier.

Erin George

Head of Operations

Erin is an expert at empathetically and efficiently helping people in their time of need. She previously ran operations for Umbrella, a seniors helping seniors organization, and for Crisis Text Line, a non-profit mental health organization.

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