Hailed by Stephen Colbert and Mindy Kaling, this wise, irreverent collection of essays offers a roadmap for navigating grief in the modern age.
Let’s face it: most of us can’t handle talking about death. We’re awkward and uncertain; we blurt out platitudes or say nothing at all; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit. We can all do better, and MODERN LOSS can help.
Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, along with more than forty contributors, including Lucy Kalanithi (widow of When Breath Becomes Air author Paul Kalanithi), stylist Stacy London, rocker Amanda Palmer, “Girls” writer and comedian Yassir Lester, CNN’s Brian Stelter, WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw and Kim Goldman (sister of Ron Goldman), share their provocative stories on themes including sex and intimacy after loss, technology, and the secrets we harbor and uncover.
The essays are accompanied by colorful illustrations by artist Peter Arkle and cartoons on topics such as navigating your work life while grieving and repurposing your loved one’s belongings. There’s also a glossary of terms that therapists probably don’t use but most of us should. (“Sadbooking,” anyone?)