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Modern Loss Candid Conversation About Grief

This is not the grief retreat you might be expecting. Led by Modern Loss cofounder Rebecca Soffer and New York Times best-selling author Emily Rapp Black, this program serves as a reminder that forming community with others who are moving through loss helps make us stronger. (And a willingness to laugh won’t hurt, either.)

Driven by the powerful wisdom that you and other participants bring with you rather than platitudes and talking heads, Modern Loss activities include

  • Specific techniques to improve your written expression and develop an attention to the craft of writing as it relates to these issues
  • Deep listening, which develops insight and empathy
  • Informal opportunities to share your own wisdom and agenda using Open Space, a methodology for identifying questions that brings people together and allows them to create their own agenda, experience, and connections
  • Immersive vibrational sound baths that  both stimulate your energy pathways and provide deep relaxation on a cellular level.

Learn firsthand how expressing your story without shame or apologies is integral to effectively moving through the universal experience of loss. Our stories of grief, trauma, and heartbreak may feel unspeakable or impossible to express, especially if they occurred earlier in life when we were not encouraged to openly share the true mess of our experience, but they also make us who we are. Come be heard and pulled in by other members of this tribe, bringing with you an open mind, some themes to share about your own grief, and the willingness to redefine mourning.

Recommended reading Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome; Emily Rapp, The Still Point of the Turning World; any essay on the Modern Loss website (modernloss.com)

Modern Loss was recently featured in NY Magazine as one of the top books on grief selected by psychologists. Read more.

Note This program is not intended to be a form of therapy for loss or grief.

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Rebecca Soffer, cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss, is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, writer, and former producer for the Peabody Award–winning Colbert Report.

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Emily Rapp Black, author of Poster Child: A Memoir and The Still Point of the Turning World, which was a New York Times best-seller, is associate professor of creative writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches in the School of Medicine.

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Elfi Six is a licensed massage therapist and Acutonics® instructor and practitioner who harnesses sound, touch, and movement in her healing work.

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Millet Israeli, MSW, JD, a psychotherapist who focuses on the varied human experience of loss, works with those struggling with grief, illness, end of life issues, anticipatory loss, and ambiguous loss.

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