Reboot Ideas Conversations

Reboot Ideas and JW3 Present: The Modern Loss Handbook

November 9, 2022

Bestselling author Rebecca Soffer (Modern Loss) joined renowned music journalist Pete Paphides (Broken Greek) on Oct. 19 at JW3 in London for a candid, warm, and even humorous conversation exploring Rebecca’s new book, “The Modern Loss Handbook,” and the global movement to destigmatize the universal experience of grief while encouraging people to find meaning and live richly. This program united two best sellers from opposite sides of the pond to explore the common themes of loss, renewal and transformation.

The Modern Loss Handbook is the resource that author and Modern Loss co-founder Rebecca Soffer wished she had after her parents died. It offers a welcoming space in which to grow thoughts and feelings as they evolve while creating a personal roadmap toward resilience. With warmth, wit and disarming humor, Soffer and Paphides will unpack the wisdom of the book and discuss how the long arc of loss can be woven into our lives in a way that is practical, creative, comforting, provoking, and, finally, hopeful. Whether you are someone who has lost “their person” or want to give something meaningful and effective to someone who has, this is a place to explore the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating life after a death.


Pete Paphides

Journalist and Broadcaster

Over the past thirty years, Pete Paphides has written about music for The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Mojo, Uncut and New Statesman. He hosts a weekly show for Soho Radio in London and has written and presented several documentaries for BBC Radio. In 2021, his memoir Broken Greek won the Royal Society of Literature’s Christopher Bland Prize and the Penderyn Music Book of the Year Award.


Rebecca Soffer

Cofounder of Modern Loss

Rebecca Soffer is cofounder of Modern Loss, which offers creative, meaningful and encouraging content and global community addressing the long arc of grief. She is also the author of the bestselling “The Modern Loss Handbook: An Interactive Guide to Moving Through Grief and Building Your Resilience” (Running Press, 2022) and coauthor of the book “Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome”, which The Strategist named a best book on loss for a younger generation. She has been featured across media, including on CBS Mornings, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, CNN, and CTV; spoken internationally at Chicago Ideas Week, HBO, Capital One, and Amazon; and written for outlets such as The New York Times, TIME, Marie Claire, Glamour and NBC. Rebecca is a Peabody Award-winning former producer for The Colbert Report and a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna.