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In the past we've discussed the fact that an increasing number of people are now having to resort to crowdfunding to cover funeral costs, as they have not made any financial provisions nor do they have the money to hand. Unfortunately, these funds may be urgently needed because of tragic and unexpected circumstances.

These accounts are set up by family members or friends to relieve some of the financial burden for loved ones and to help make things easier during a difficult time. This was the reason for Christina Grimmie's music manager, Brian Teefy, setting up a GoFundMe page for her family: "the only worry I want them to have at this point is that of recovery."

Christina Grimmie became a country-wide star after being placed third on The Voice in 2014. The 22 year old was tragically shot dead whilst meeting fans after a concert in Orlando, Florida.

Teefy's sentiment was also echoed by Christina's Voice mentor, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, who has offered to cover all costs of the performer's funeral.

Hundreds of people gathered to remember Christina during a candlelit vigil last week. The intimate funeral took place on Friday in her hometown of New Jersey, and consisted of a viewing and a memorial service, followed by a private burial.

Gestures and tributes like this can help financially, but also emotionally as the family will hopefully be able to gain some comfort by the millions of messages offering love and support. The singer's brother, Marcus Grimmie, told of the family's appreciation in a recent Facebook post saying:

"Words cannot express...literally I have no words. Please do not feel the need to donate anything at all. Please. Just leave a kind word, message or picture in the comments. I promise both my parents and I will read every one of these personalized messages.

I'm so blown away by everything right now. But all I can say is thank you. And Christina will be missed and never ever forgotten."

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