Rachel Donnelly, Black Dress Consultants (North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 374)
Rachel Donnelly, founder of Black Dress Consultants, joined host John Ray to share the work her consulting firm does in end-of-life concierge and after-loss services. Rachel saw a need for support as families and individuals face end-of-life and after-loss decisions at a time they are more focused on family and grieving. Her consultancy fills the gap, offering practical services and assistance navigating the after-loss maze of tasks. North Fulton Business Radio is broadcast from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® inside Renasant Bank in Alpharetta.
Black Dress Consultants
Black Dress Consultants is an end-of-life concierge and consulting firm that helps families strategically manage the administrative and logistical tasks of legacy planning and organization, after loss and everything in between while also integrating your family values and traditions. They provide personalized solutions for life’s transitions giving you and your family the space to live worry-free and grieve peacefully.
They are here to help guide you through decisions, tasks, and endless to-dos so that you have the space to grieve. Their goal is to provide solutions for life’s transitions while also integrating what’s important to you and your family. Custom services available.
Disclaimer: They are not attorneys, financial advisors, or CPAs. However, they do partner with these resources, when needed, to ensure that every task that Black Dress completes for you is under their advice. If you do not have an estate attorney or financial advisor and your estate requires or would benefit from these resources, they are happy to connect you with their network of seasoned professionals.
Rachel Donnelly, Founder and CEO, Black Dress Consultants
After many experiences with loss, including the death of her parents at a young age, Rachel founded Black Dress Consultants, a consulting firm that helps individuals and families manage the unavoidable tasks and logistics of after loss and end-of-life.
Rachel is also a fundraiser extraordinaire, having worked in higher education fundraising for Agnes Scott College, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Rachel serves on the Board of Directors on Love Not Lost, an Atlanta non-profit that provides grief tools and free photography sessions for families facing terminal diagnoses.
Rachel lives in Decatur with her husband Zack with their two kids, Finn and Roane.
Questions and Topics in This Interview
- Tell us a little bit about your background. How did your earlier career path relate to or inspire your current work in the space around helping families wrap up after the loss of a loved one?
- What was the motivation behind the creation of Black Dress Consultants?
- Can you tell us about your services?
- You mentioned that there are several blind spots in end-of-life planning. Can you tell us about a few?
- In your experience working with families, and considering all the services you offer, what do they need the most help navigating?
- Tell us about how your clients find you and what your role is in the complex project of settling an estate and wrapping up the details. W
- How does what you do differentiate you from or overlap with the legal and financial aspects of settling an estate?
- What’s one of the most unique or memorable experiences you’ve had working with families after a loss?
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