Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome.

Version: Unabridged
Author: Rebecca Soffer , Gabrielle Birkner
Narrator: Meredith Mitchell , Josh Bloomberg
Genres: Marriage & Family, Social Science
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: January 2018
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 40 minutes
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Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as 'redefining mourning,' this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices.
At a time when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, where intimate posts about loss go viral and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends, it's clear we are navigating new terrain without a road map.
Let's face it: most of us have always had a difficult time talking about death and sharing our grief. We're awkward and uncertain; we avoid, ignore, or even deny feelings of sadness; we offer platitudes; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit.
Enter Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, who can help us do better. Each having lost parents as young adults, they co-founded Modern Loss, responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they offer the insights of the Modern Loss community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and-above all-empathize.
Soffer and Birkner, along with forty guest contributors including Lucy Kalanithi, singer Amanda Palmer, and CNN's Brian Stelter, reveal their own stories on a wide range of topics including triggers, sex, secrets, and inheritance. Each contribution provides a unique perspective on loss as well as a remarkable life-affirming message.
Brutally honest and inspiring, Modern Loss invites us to talk intimately and humorously about grief, helping us confront the humanity (and mortality) we all share. Beginners welcome.

Author Details

Author Details

Soffer, Rebecca

Rebecca Soffer is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Loss. A Columbia Journalism School graduate, writer, and former producer for the Peabody Award-winning Colbert Report, Rebecca is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of loss and resilience. She contributes regularly to books and publications including Marie Claire, Elle Decor, and Refinery29. Rebecca lives in New York and the Berkshires with her husband and two children.

Birkner, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Birkner is the co-founder and executive editor of Modern Loss. An award-winning writer and editor, she is a senior editor at 70 Faces Media and writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines. She was previously managing editor at JTA and director of digital media at the Forward. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.