Loss of loved ones has a different impact on the younger generation
Rebecca Soffer became an orphan at 34 when her father died of a heart attack. Her mom had died four years earlier in a car accident. In both cases, Soffer quickly returned to work as a journalist in New York.
“It was just very lonely even when surrounded by all amazing friends,” she recalls. “For the most part they don’t know what to say. They don’t want to remind you that you lost someone or to tell you good news for fear you’ll get upset.” She felt adrift until she met another journalist, Gabrielle Birkner, who was 24 when her father and stepmother were murdered during a home invasion.