About Us

 Learn more about The Final Farewell Project, our mission, history, and events with the community.


Mission & Vision

,Our mission is to help families in the wake of the death of a loved one with resources for final expenses. Many families are unable to manage the financial responsibilities of memorials, funeral, burial and other expenses associated with final arrangements.

It is our hope to ease the stress that many families experience at this time. We also hope to provide assistance for individuals who have no family to take on the responsibility and have no resources. Families and individuals come to us through agency, faith communities, community organizations or friends of the deceased.

It is our goal that nobody leaves this life forgotten, or without the dignity deserved by each of us, regardless of social, financial status or circumstances of death.

Our Start

The Final Farewell Project began when Founder – Dorene Sherman had the idea for an organization that could help families with funeral and burial expenses, while she was working at a local cemetery in Toledo, Ohio. Dorene met families that came into the cemetery to make final arrangements, and while they would have a burial plot, they were unaware of the other costs to bury their loved ones. This was now Dorene’s goal, to ensure that every person would leave this life with dignity and respect.

With the help of her friends, Manuel Halkias and Kitty Burgett, along with her son, Jared Sherman, The Final Farewell Project was formed in March 2018. Always remembering the grieving families, while remembering those who passed, but now can be remembered and honored

Community Events

Akron Holiday Parade

Final Farewell Board| Akron, Ohio | November 27, 2021
Each year the City of Akron holds a Holiday Parade which serves as the official beginning of the Holiday season and ends with Santa on his slay. We were honored to be a part of this years event and plan to be back in 2022.

Akron Pride Festival

Final Farewell Board| Akron, Ohio | August 27, 2021

We were honored and excited to participate in the 2021 Akron Pride Festival Parade. We also sponsored an informational table (as seen below). We hope to continue to collaborate with Akron Pride for future events.

Collaboration with the Community

Final Farewell Board| Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio | December 5th, 2021
We were happy to be able to support Keys 2 Serenity with their Holiday Giveback & Holly Jolly Hustle events this December. It is important for us to support other local nonprofits around NE Ohio.

30 Days of November

Final Farewell Board| Akron, Ohio | November 2021
Every Fall we hold our 30 Days of November fundraiser! Raffle tickets are sold and then every day in November we pull a name and the winner receives either a gift card or cash. Proceeds of this fundraiser go towards The Final Farewell Project and our mission to financially assist grieving families in NE Ohio.
Volunteer with The Final Farewell Project
We are always looking for volunteers for our programs & projects as well as the events we assist other nonprofits with. Click below to sign up!

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