Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.

By  Rebecca Soffer  and Gabrielle Birkner
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7.67 Hours 01/23/2018 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Finally, a book that fearlessly embraces grief and finds heretofore undiscovered areas of inspiration, humor, and, above all, light. Modern Loss is our collective Modern Gain.” Damon Lindelof, cocreator of Lost and The Leftovers
Modern Loss is a book about grieving and death that shimmers with life. In turn raw, searing, charming, witty, and funny, Modern Loss is full of surprises, and definitely not your mother’s death-and-dying book.” Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps
“I am not sure how a book about grief could also be witty and entertaining, but Modern Loss accomplishes just that.” Mindy Kaling, author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
“Talking about loss can feel scary. This book isn’t. It’s about grieving deeply over the long term, and the reassurance that you’re far from broken because of it. These surprisingly funny and candid stories aren’t about death; they’re about life, and thriving in the face of loss.” Stephen Colbert
“Profound, irreverent, probing, and consoling.” Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye
“A book about grieving and death that shimmers with life…Raw, searing, charming, witty, and funny.” Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps
“Loss is devastating, but this frank and funny book makes it less isolating. I want to give it to everyone I know who is grieving, has grieved, or will grieve. In other words, I want to give it to everyone.” Anna Sale, NPR host
“Talking about loss can feel scary. This book isn’t. It’s about grieving deeply over the long term, and the reassurance that you’re far from broken because of it. These surprisingly funny and candid stories aren’t about death; they’re about life, and thriving in the face of loss.” Stephen Colbert, TV personality

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Author

Author Bio: Rebecca Soffer

Rebecca Soffer is the cofounder 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.

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Author Bio: Gabrielle Birkner

Gabrielle Birkner is the cofounder 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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Runtime: 7.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English