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Reweaving Loss Into Memory – Our Responsibility as Survivors

My most recent TEDx Talk was in Jacksonville, Florida, 4/7/18 for TEDxFSCJ: Barriers, and is now live!


Learn about the play, FIBERS, I discuss in the talk. See pictures from the event.  Learn about the oral history work that inspired the play.

What do we do when we’ve lost someone in our lives?

What is our responsibility?  How do we grieve?

And then…what do we do with it?

When we become a survivor of loss, do we have a responsibility to share their story?  And can that help us?  Can it impact the world?

I started examining that when trying to grieve the loss of my grandmother, an amazing woman.

When I woke up from my coma, I didn’t know that I would never see her again.  Later on, I realized that learning about her struggles, as an amazingly resilient woman and Holocaust survivor, I could piece together her memory, learn lessons I needed to learn myself, and also help share her lessons with the world, who needed them now, more than ever.  

What I’d like to ask you Detourists, is…when you’ve lost somebody in your life, how to you grieve?  How do you move on?  Have you mourned their loss in a way that continues their mission, connects their story to the world now, and makes an impact? I’d love to hear about it – send me a note!

FIBERS, a play I wrote inspired by interviews I transcribed with my relatives about my grandmother’s amazing story.



April 7, I was so thrilled to give my third TEDx talk in Jacksonville, Florida. The idea I hope is very worth spreading? There is tragedy and loss all around us, which makes everyone of us a survivor. And as a survivors, what is our responsibility?

And how can that responsibility lift grief from our hearts and help us take flight?

The talk is inspired by my amazing grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, and the best cook ever. How have you dealt with a loss in your life? Has that changed you in anyway?  

See my other two TEDx Talks here.

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