Join Rebecca Soffer, Co-Founder of Modern Loss, for a lunchtime conversation at SaksWorks!
About this event
While many workplaces have grappled, over the course of the pandemic, with how to address parental leave policies, remote work, sick leave, & in some cases, workplace perks meant to stave off the Great Resignation, the United States has, by & large, not done the best job of supporting the grieving. It never has, really: The expectations & norms of bereavement in professional settings have typically been imposed by the non-bereaved who are uncomfortable with the rawness & unpredictability of grief & loss.
But grief is real. And in 2022, it's a lot harder to pretend it's a haphazard, isolated experience. Wave after wave of COVID-19 has wrought the tragic loss of 800,000 Americans, not to mention the people who die every day from myriad causes. The reality is you probably know someone who has been bereaved at work. It might even be you. (Real talk: It's even been us.)
But until your organization rethinks how it supports bereaved employees, there will be bereaved employees expected to get over it on made-up timelines & keep their grief neatly under control during chipper Zoom meetings in the face of news triggers, difficult dates such as anniversaries or birthdays, or just all-of-a-sudden remembering. And what do we do then?
Rebecca Soffer has been there & counseled others through these terrible (but sometimes comical) moments, & is here to offer her hard-earned suggestions. As the cofounder of Modern Loss she has unfortunately lived the brand (see: the club no one wants to belong to, but so many of us do) & will share strategies for coping, boundary-keeping, teeth-gritting & through-getting in these unprecedented (and frequently empathy-challenged) times. We are lucky to have her at SaksWorks for this essential conversation.
About Rachel Soffer
Rebecca Soffer is cofounder of Modern Loss, which offers creative, meaningful & encouraging content & community addressing the long arc of grief. She is also coauthor of the book "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome" (Harper Wave, 2018), which The Strategist named a best book on loss for a younger generation, & the author of the forthcoming "The Modern Loss Handbook: An Interactive Guide to Moving Through Grief & Building Your Resilience"(Running Press, 2022). Rebecca also runs the Modern Loss Substack newsletter, a longform monthly deep dive into various themes stemming from grief. She has been featured across media, including on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, NY1, MSNBC, Fox, & CTV; led retreats at Kripalu; & spoken nationally on loss & resilience at Chicago Ideas Week, HBO, & Amazon. Her writing has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, Marie Claire, Glamour & NBC. Rebecca is a former producer for The Colbert Report & a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna.
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