Decatur-based app ‘Goodgrief’ connects people who have lost a loved one
Goodgrief Chat & Messaging is a Decatur-based app for people who have recently experienced a death in their lives.
Robynne Boyd and Kimberly Libertini co-founded Goodgrief, launching the app on Jan. 10 of this year.
Boyd is a writer and single mom who lives in Decatur, Ga., and Libertini is a high school science teacher and single mom who lives in Huntington, NY.
According to Boyd, they’re “unique and surprising texting friendship inspired the Goodgrief app.”
“In the summer of 2015 Kim’s partner passed away suddenly. At the same time, I was in the process of saying goodbye to my mother who had metastatic breast cancer, and I had also just become a single mom,” Boyd said. “A mutual friend connected Kim and I by text. We started texting about life and love and loss and meaning and kids and family.”
Boyd said that the pain, loneliness, sadness, and humor they shared in their grief pushed them to turn to each other for much-needed support, creating “something beautiful out of it all.”
“Kim and I have a rare and cherished friendship – it’s a friendship in reverse. We started with the big heavies like loss, we moved on to sharing our emotions, big fears, tiredness and outrage, and eventually, we learned the daily details of each other’s lives,” Boyd said, “such as last names, jobs, number of kids and workout routines, but they certainly weren’t the primary thread that tied us.”
After talking for a while, Boyd and Libertini decided to create a digital space for others to connect with people grieving in the Goodgrief app.
The app took a little more than a year to develop, from concept to launch this past month.
“We hired Winnona Partners, which specializes in mobile app development. We worked closely with CEO Jonathan Richter and CTO Chris Waterbury, who are childhood friends from Decatur,” Boyd said.
There are more 70 people on the app now, and Boyd said that the novelty and need for something like Goodgrief will push them to helping more people.
The company also produced this informational video: