Nora McInerny


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The compounding stress of personal and collective grief are heavy. Maybe an article or a news story has pointed out that you’re grieving — that we’re all grieving — that the world is going through a collective form of grief. So where does that leave your own pain and suffering, your own stress and anxiety? How can you possibly hold all of these things when your hands are already full? Author and Podcaster Nora McInerny is here to talk about all of it, with heart and humor (from a distance).

A reluctant grief expert and “notable widow” (her words), Nora McInerny miscarried her second baby, lost her Dad to cancer and also lost her husband, Aaron, to a brain tumor all within 6 hellish weeks in 2014. Called “The Anne Lamott for the emoji generation,” (Rebecca Stouffer, Modern Loss) Nora has used her creative energies, humor and interviewing skills towards the exploration of all things terrible, leading a new cultural conversation on emotional honesty and empathy.

A prolific creator, Nora wrote the critically-acclaimed memoir It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) (HarperCollins Dey Street Books), hosts the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking by American Public Media, started the Hot Young Widows Club, founded the nonprofit organization Still Kickin and writes essays published in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time, Slate and Vox. She is also the author of The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief (TED Books) and her new book No Happy Endings: A Memoir.

As a speaker and podcast host, Nora connects with wide-ranging audiences in the millions through her authentic and honest portrayal of common human experiences. Though she addresses challenging and uncomfortable topics like death, illness, mental health and trauma, she does so with a light touch, using her disarming humor and wit to break down the barriers that often isolate people who are going through terrible things. In this way, Nora’s audiences experience a full range of emotions, often laughing and crying simultaneously, leaving them feeling both grounded and inspired.