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Modern Loss Candid Conversation About Grief

For everyone.

This is not your mother’s grief retreat. Curated and moderated by Modern Loss cofounder Rebecca Soffer and guided by New York Times best-selling author Emily Rapp Black, this program serves as a reminder that forming community with others who understand loss is what helps make us stronger and more confident. A willingness to laugh doesn’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

  • Hands-on techniques for improving your written expression
  • 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
  • Working with self-talk; reframing the meaning of objects left behind by lost loved ones.

Learn first-hand how expressing your own story without shame or apologies is a key to effectively moving through 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 by other members of the tribe, bringing 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; Emily Rapp, The Still Point of the Turning World; any essay on the Modern Loss website (modernloss.com); Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

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Rebecca Soffer is the cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss, a website and community that the New York Times has hailed as “redefining mourning.”

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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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Christine D'Ercole is a public speaker whose work is rooted in cultivating awareness of our self-talk. Her Wordshops™ are a powerful tool for changing self-talk

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