The thing about losing a parent at age 23 is that you become the go-to person for when it happens to everybody else. I truly do not mind this–after all, I am indebted to those who made themselves available to me when it was my turn–but I do feel disheartened when I see how little has changed when it comes to the way our larger culture navigates grief. Essentially, we suck at it.
Enter Modern Loss, a website I desperately wish had existed in 2006. The co-founders, Gabi Birkner & Rebecca Soffer, motivated by their own experiences, created the site as a place for people to speak candidly about grief in a judgment-free zone. From personal stories of loss to advice about tackling your first day back at work, Modern Loss is practical, funny, touching, and thoughtful. And now, it’s a book.
I’m very proud to be one of forty contributors to Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief. Beginners Welcome., which will be published on January 23, 2018. The collection has received advance praise from the likes of Mindy Kaling & Stephen Colbert and you can preorder a copy here! Finally, a book about grief that you can feel good about giving someone – no soaring eagles or sunsets here.