Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief and Loss

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The Commonwealth Club
06:00 PM
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Rebecca Soffer, Co-Founder and CEO, Modern Loss; Former Producer, “The Colbert Report”
Gabrielle Birkner, Co-Founder and Executive Editor, Modern Loss; Former Managing Editor, Jewish Telegraphic Agency; Former Director of Digital Media, The Forward; Form Features Editor, The New York Sun
Anna Sale, Host and Creator, WNYC’s “Death, Sex & Money”; Former Contributor, “Fresh Air,” “This American Life,” NPR News, “Marketplace,” “Studio 360,” “PBS NewsHour,” and Slate

Modern Loss co-founders Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner will discuss how the isolation they experienced after losing parents as young adults inspired them to take a no-holds-barred approach to grief. Their efforts have taken the form of a website and community that The New York Times described as a way of "redefining mourning.” Soffer and Birkner now have a new book, Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. They will sit down with "Death, Sex & Money" host Anna Sale for an open exchange on loss, resilience, empathy and the power of owning your narrative. They will also discuss the importance of creating platforms for others to share and learn stories of loss—in all of its messiness, melancholy, hilarity and hopefulness.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
MLF: Health & Medicine
Program organizer: Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D.
Notes: In association with End Well Project

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  1. The Commonwealth Club 555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA