CPN | Book Talk with Myra Sack – Fifty-Seven Fridays


Book Talk with Myra Sack – Fifty-Seven Fridays

April 1, 2024, 8:00 PM ET

Watch an archived recording of this event

This was a discussion with Myra Sack, author of Fifty-Seven Fridays: Losing Our Daughter, Finding Our Way. Myra’s memoir honors her daughter Havi and chronicles their journey helping her live and die.

We explored:

  • Diagnostic odyssey and first year “blur”
  • Leaning into pain and love, simultaneously, and how “Shabbirthdays” came to embody the unity of opposites
  • The healing power of ritual/movement/community
  • What now? Balancing land of the living with the land of the dead

While Havi is no longer here with us, there is hope that she will make the lives of others a bit gentler, a bit more beautiful, a bit more forgiving, a bit more generous.

“A good story is like a compass…It points to something universal, something unchanging, and it invites us to reflect and to move through the world a little differently.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen

Order Fifty-Seven Fridays here:

Our Panel

Myra Sack

Myra Sack graduated with a B.A in government and All-American Honors in 2010 from Dartmouth College, where she captained the women’s varsity soccer team. She earned a post-graduate Lombard Fellowship in Granada, Nicaragua with Soccer Without Borders. Following her lifelong passion for sports and social justice, Myra joined SquashBusters, Inc., in Boston in 2013, serving as their Chief Program and Strategy Officer. Myra has an MBA in Social Impact from Boston University and is trained as a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. She serves on the Board of the Courageous Parents Network and is the Founder of E-Motion, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure community is a right for all grieving people. A writer, coach, and activist, Myra and her husband Matt, live in Jamaica Plain, MA with their second daughter, Kaia, and son Ezra. Myra's oldest daughter, Havi, passed away on January 20, 2021 of Tay-Sachs disease.