Anderson shares deep, insightful messages from listeners and reflects on his conversations during the first season of the podcast.
November 2, 2022
Writer and poet Elizabeth Alexander spoke with Anderson about how she and her two children coped with the sudden death of her husband Fickley a decade ago and the recent death of her father.
October 26, 2022
Artist and composer Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband, rock legend Lou Reed, and her beloved dog, Lolabelle. She talks to Anderson about grief and the unexpected feelings she goes through when she loses a loved one.
October 19, 2022
Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson lost her mother to Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, and now her father has dementia and is disappearing before her eyes. Heartbroken by the inevitable loss of her father, Kirsten finds ways to celebrate his life and be closer to him. She told Anderson that it’s never too late to get to know your loved one more deeply, even after they’ve left.
October 12, 2022
Molly Shannon was four years old when her mother, little sister and cousin were killed in a car accident. Her father is at the helm. Growing up, few people talked to her about her grief. She and Anderson explore how early loss shaped their lives and propelled them forward in unexpected ways.
October 5, 2022
In this very personal episode, Anderson reflects on his brother Carter’s suicide and how that loss affects his life today. Dr. Anderson joined. BJ Miller, a hospice and palliative care physician, whose sister Lisa committed suicide. BJ brings extraordinary wisdom to difficult conversations and suggests some surprising ways to think about grief and grief.
This episode contains a discussion about suicide. If you or a loved one are struggling, call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline on 988.
September 28, 2022
Can we learn to love the things we most wish never happened? Can we really be grateful for grief? Heartbroken? The death of a loved one? Stephen Colbert believed we could, and sat down with Anderson to explain why and how. Anderson said it was a moving, thought-provoking and at times funny conversation that had a major impact on his life.
September 21, 2022
Alone in the apartment of his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson packed up and began recording his thoughts and memories. While sorting through boxes of love letters, diaries and cherished mementos, he makes some unexpected discoveries. Feeling alone and alone in his grief, Anderson reached out to a close friend of his mother, who shared her insights with him and offered advice on what to do with what she left behind.
September 13, 2022
Anderson Cooper takes us on a deeply personal exploration of loss and grief. He started recording while packing up the apartment of his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Browsing through her diaries and memorabilia, as well as what his father and brother left behind, Cooper embarks on a series of emotional and moving conversations about the people we’ve lost, what they’ve left behind and how to live on — with loss, With laughter, with love.