About Us vamosatl_parcgu4x January 22, 2024

Our Mission

“Navigating life’s transitions. It’s our mission to help as many families as possible create space to live worry-free and grieve in peace.”

We’ve walked this road alone so you don’t have to.

We’ve been there, too. We understand that whether you’re creating a legacy plan or handling the passing of a loved one, managing the business of death can be completely overwhelming. We are ready to serve. Our team is here to help you manage the expected and unexpected of end-of-life issues.We have the lived experience, and can take on the tasks for you so you are free to live you life without the stress of it all. 

When you're ready for help, we're here for you. ​

Project Management

We process and organize every aspect of your after loss or legacy planning needs and craft a tailored plan to efficiently manage tasks and timelines.

Tailored Solutions

Every situation is unique. We specialize in making sense of complex details, providing solutions that address each client's specific needs.

Personalized Guidance

Our approach is rooted in prioritizing your goals and objectives. We offer personalized guidance, to provide the most relevant and effective support.


Rely on our solid professional background and expert knowledge. Our track record is marked by trust, discretion, and confidentiality.

Streamlined Support

Leveraging our established relationships, we facilitate streamlined services for clients, creating a seamless experience with trusted partners.

Clarity & Communication

Our commitment to transparency and communication offers you peace of mind. We keep you informed with progress and task resolution.

Our Story


“I vividly remember standing in the parking lot of the bank and thinking to myself, why isn’t there someone who can help me manage this dumpster fire?!”

This is how AfterLight was born.

Rachel Donnelly

Founder & CEO

Some days I feel like a real-life Little Orphan Annie whose life should be subtitled “Death Becomes Her. (I’m joking! Sort of.)

Growing up, I used to accompany my father, who was a family physician, on his house calls and hospital rounds, which gave me a deep understanding of compassion and leaning into hard spaces. When I was 16, my father passed away at the age of 48. A few years later, we moved my grandmother to an assisted living home where she passed shortly after as well.

Several years later, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away shortly thereafter. Her passing left me with five houses to clean out and sell, as well as assuming her role as caregiver for my uncle. After my uncle passed away, I served the role of Co-Executrix of his estate.

Needless to say, I’ve dealt with a lot of death. And in these instances — especially when acting as Executor — there were so many decisions to make and tasks to complete. All this, while trying to work as a full-time professional, raise two small kids with my husband and run a household (let’s be honest, life never stops, not even for death).

I created this business because this is the service I wish I had available to me then. Many times over, I’ve been where you are right now. I understand how overwhelming and emotionally taxing it can be. But you don’t have to do this alone.

Our Team


“Death and grief affect us all. The more we connect with our families,  communities and ourselves, the less fear plays into these important discussions and decisions.”

Marni Blank

After Loss Consultant

Marni is a trained death doula, mediator, after loss consultant, recovering lawyer and female founded small business owner (a lifelong learner at heart). She received her BA from the University of Rochester and her JD from Brooklyn Law School. She completed her death doula training through Going with Grace, mediation training through New York Peace Institute and Elder Decisions, grief training through Living Through Loss Counselling Society and is NEDA proficient. She completed her After Loss training through PALS

Marni’s goal is to create a safe space to learn and talk about death, dying & grief. This includes accountability in completing advance care directives & end-of-life planning, creating legacy projects, facilitating difficult conversations within families and helping loved ones navigate all of the logistics after a loss. She brings deep compassion, active listening, practical resources and a healthy dose of humor to her work.

Marni splits her time between Brooklyn, NY and upstate NY so that she can enjoy both the energy of city life and the stillness of the mountains. Her snuggly, but mischievous, pup Penny keeps her company. 

Aren't sure where to start?

We totally get it. This process can be super overwhelming! We offer free consultations where you can ask questions, get information, and talk things through with someone who’s been there.