Quite simply, we are trying to break the unspoken taboo on honest, individualized talk about loss. ModernLoss.com is a place to share the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious, and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating your life after a death. The site is filled with resources for support, personal essays, and even a rad advice column. While our primary target is young people in their 20s and 30s struggling with grief — this topic has universal appeal and we have received feedback from folks of all ages and backgrounds. We think this is because of our candid approach to all aspects of loss and our unique, accessible (and often tongue-in-cheek) tone.
This project grew out of my (Rebecca) and my colleague's (Gabi) separate experiences with sudden and traumatic parental loss and our struggle to find resources that weren’t too clinical, overtly religious, patronizing or, frankly, cheesy. Together, we wanted to use their skills to help other young people struggling in a new environment where stress over social media protocol after a loss compounds the silence and suffering.
We launched on November 13, 2013. and our mission seems to be striking a chord with many. Within three weeks we attracted more than 1,000 Facebook likes and have received nearly 300 story submissions through our site from people who are connecting with our mission and have tales to share. Our web traffic has been quite high, with nearly 15k unique visitors in the first week, and we have been contacted by publishers and agents asking if we've ever considered writing a book. Quite simply, we're stunned by the overwhelming response in such a short timeframe. But more than stunned, we are thrilled that our mission, which is to open up this conversation which for so many people is a conversation they don't feel welcome having in public, is resonating with so many wonderful folks, We can't wait to see what we can accomplish if we received a little financial support.
Funded by Awesome Without Borders (February 2014)