Recorded on 05/26/2022

How to Cope with Grief and Build Resilience with Modern Loss Co-Founder Rebecca Soffer

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Recorded on May 26, 2022.

When Rebecca Soffer was just 30 years old, her mother Shelby died tragically in a car accident just an hour after dropping Rebecca at home. Then, four years later, her father died unexpectedly from a heart attack while on vacation. Rebecca shared that with both of her parents suddenly gone from her life, she felt “untethered from any foundation.” Her experience with grief inspired her to co-found Modern Loss, a global movement and content platform, to help other people navigate the emotionally fraught months and years following the loss of a loved one.

Rebecca has taken the insights she gained from her own experience, plus additional expert advice, to thoughtfully write The Modern Loss Handbook: An Interactive Guide to Moving Through Grief and Building Your Resilience. In this session, Rebecca helps us create a personal roadmap to cope with grief as she shares ideas on how to honor our loved one’s memory, deal with difficult anniversaries, manage our professional lives, take care of our emotional and physical well-being, and manage relationships. As we all have experienced loss of loved ones, time, and relationships throughout life, and most recently during the COVID pandemic, we hope this will be a valuable conversation to help you build resilience and find new meaning in your life.


About Rebecca Soffer

Rebecca Soffer is the cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss, a website and community that the New York Times has hailed as “redefining mourning.” She also coauthored the book Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome., and is one of Spirituality & Health magazine’s 10 spiritual leaders for the next 20 years. A former producer for the Peabody Award–winning Colbert Report and a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna, Rebecca has spoken nationally on the themes of loss and resilience at Chicago Ideas Week, HBO, Amazon, and The Commonwealth Club, and has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and numerous other outlets. Her writing has appeared in a variety of media including the New York Times, Refinery29, Elle, Marie Claire, Health,, and book collections such as Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages.

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