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Sadness Isn’t An Enemy

Sadness Isn’t An Enemy


In this deeply personal episode, Anderson reflects on the suicide of his brother, Carter, and the impact that loss still has on his life today. Anderson is joined by Dr. BJ Miller, a hospice and palliative care physician whose sister, Lisa, died by suicide. BJ brings exceptional wisdom to a difficult conversation and suggests some surprising ways to think about sadness and grief. This episode contains discussions of suicide. If you or someone you love is struggling, call the national suicide and crisis lifeline at 988.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit
Can we learn to love the things we most wish had never happened? Can we really become grateful for grief? Heartbreak? The deaths of loved ones? Stephen Colbert believes we can, and sits down with Anderson to explain why and how. It is a deeply moving, thought-provoking, and at times funny conversation that Anderson says has had a major impact on his life.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit
Alone in his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt’s apartment, Anderson begins recording his thoughts and memories as he packs up her things. He makes some unexpected discoveries while sorting through boxes of love letters, journals, and cherished keepsakes. Feeling isolated and alone in his grief, Anderson reaches out to a close friend of his mother, who joins him to share insights about her and suggestions about what to do with the things she left behind.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit
Anderson Cooper takes us on a deeply personal exploration of loss and grief. He starts recording while packing up the apartment of his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt. Going through her journals and keepsakes, as well as things left behind by his father and brother, Cooper begins a series of emotional and moving conversations about the people we lose, the things they leave behind, and how to live on - with loss, with laughter, and with love.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit
Comments (6)

Christine O'Connor

I will be sharing this with my adult children, who lost their father in 2012. We have since lost my daughter-in-law to an overdose, just 2 weeks ago. This is such an important podcast episode. Thank you, sir.

Sep 29th

Elaine Rabjohn

Anderson....I could listen to you all day long. I too am going through grief on a daily basis. I lost my son to suicide 8 years ago. it is a loss that I feel everyday. I miss him terribly. I miss my friend and the specialness of his being. I so get what you're going through. Your candidness make you all the more relatable. We belong to a club no one asked to be in. We don't get over it, we get through it. Keep talking about them. it keeps their spirit alive and relative. Thank you Anderson!!! ps....You're an amazing Daddy!!!!@

Sep 21st

B. Richardson (Dion)

I lost both of my parents (separately about 6 mos apart) when I was ten, I was separated from my older brothers at my Father's funeral. I wanted to thank you for the podcast and especially the episode with Stephen Colbert. I found many aspects that I could relate to. Thank you for sharing this with everyone else.

Sep 21st

Alex Alexola

Thanks Anderson for this podcast. I love it (this podcast)

Sep 19th

Anne Mcintosh

what a labour of love this is Anderson I too have had the same job you have undertaken to sort thru my mother's treasures( my word) with many of the same feelings you will and have experienced. to me it became a walk thru her life

Sep 14th

Doris Foley

Thanks, Anderson! This podcast is what I need at this point in my life! I've always admired you; you are relatable and it seems you speak right to me! Can't wait!

Sep 10th
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