A Modern Take on Loss Includes Humor and Practical Advice

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We confirmed firsthand that a discussion on grief and loss does not have to be somber or depressing at our “Modern Loss” event on November 2. Held at the Weston Community Center and attended by more than 60 people from all over MetroWest, this lively and poignant conversation on grief, healing and resilience was headlined by Rebecca Soffer, author of two books, most recently “The Modern Loss Handbook: An Interactive Guide to Moving Through Grief and Building Your Resilience.” She is also cofounder of the modernloss.com community, a collection of personal essays and creative ideas from people who have experienced all kinds of loss.

Based on her own experience with the sudden deaths of her parents, Rebecca brought humor and honesty to this difficult topic, along with unique and practical advice for effectively moving through life after a loss and how to better support others who are grieving. At the end of the program, audience members shared moving personal stories of loss, courage and resilience, sparking discussions around compassionately supporting others experiencing the deaths of loved ones under many different circumstances. Event moderator, Ken Barringer, M.A., LMHC, founder of the H.E.A.L.I.N.G. grief support program in Newton, MA, added insight and thoughtful anecdotes to the program.