Finding Community in Shared Experience of Loss

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Carla Fernandez lost her father to brain cancer when she was in college. Then she met Lennon Flowers, whose mother had died from lung cancer. Together, the two women formed The Dinner Party, which brings strangers together to share meals and find comfort in the shared experience of loss. We talk with Fernandez and Flowers about their organization and their own stories. Did you lose someone you were close to at a relatively young age? If so, how did you process the loss?


Lennon Flowers, co-founder of The Dinner Party

Carla Fernandez, co-founder of The Dinner Party