Rebecca Soffer is the cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss. A former producer for the Peabody Award-winning Colbert Report, Rebecca is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of loss and resilience. She is a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna and contributes regularly to books, magazines, and other media. Rebecca lives in New York City and the Berkshires with her husband and two children. Gabrielle Birkner is the co-founder and executive editor of Modern Loss. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines. A journalist and digital content strategist, she has served as managing editor at JTA, director of digital media at the Forward, and features editor at The New York Sun. Gabrielle lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
"Loss is devastating, but this frank and funny book makes it less
isolating. I want to give it to everyone I know who is grieving,
has grieved, or will grieve. In other words, I want to give it to
everyone"--Anna Sale, host of WNYC's Death, Sex and
"Devastatingly poignant, Modern Loss took me to a safe place and allowed me to feel comforted by reading about something that I've always feared: death. Especially as I deal with aging parents, I found myself feeling some of my anguish dissipate as I was reminded of the universality of grieving. It allowed me to take a breath, and I needed to. We all do."--Lisa Ling, host and executive producer of CNN's "This Is Life"
"I am not sure how a book about grief could also be witty and entertaining, but Modern Loss accomplishes just that."--Mindy Kaling, writer for The Office and author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
"Finally, a book that fearlessly embraces grief and finds heretofore undiscovered areas of inspiration, humor and above all, light. Modern Loss is our collective Modern Gain."--Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers
"Modern Loss is a book about grieving and death that shimmers with life. In turn raw, searing, charming, witty and funny--Modern Loss is full of surprises and is definitely not your mother's death and dying book."--Dave Isay, Founder, Storycorps
"Profound, irreverent, probing, and consoling, Modern Loss is the guide to grief I wish I'd had when my mother died at 55. Mourning a parent years earlier than my peers, I felt alone with my loss. This is the company I wish I'd kept in those first years; Soffer and Birkner have compiled a book that feels like sitting with your best friends over dinner and laughing and crying and connecting over the most profound experiences you can have."--Meghan O'Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye