digital community for grievers | founder
Millions of people every year lose a loved one. Loss Letters seeks to offer a secular, relevant and accessible grief recovery resource. It’s success depends on a diverse, engaged community with steady growth.
How might we deliver tools to broaden and build resiliency throughout the grieving process?
Loss Letters is a weekly email series about grief, loss and way-finding. I founded this series to support a digital community of grievers. Loss Letters defines loss broadly: loss of a job, loss of security, loss of a relationship, loss of freedom. Grief comes from an enormous spectrum of experience and I want to share many different individuals’ stories.
I facilitate contributor letters, edit every piece as well as write a lot of content myself. I oversee the site and distribution. The branding + collage artwork is all my own (including a few embroidery, food, and audio pieces).
Loss Letters audience has grown from two (the first email) to hundreds within five months. The series has spread primarily through word-of-mouth. User engagement is measured by monthly user generated content (essays, audio letters, and interview inquiries), with a steady 5-10% UGC increase month over month. YOY audience has grown 20% with a 70% average open rate.
The qualitative data — that is, the responses I receive weekly from readers — is astounding. Personal, vulnerable, anonymous, magic...it’s clear to me that we need little communities like Loss Letters. I hope to grow this product into new, relevant platforms.