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Breaking Sad

What to Say After Loss, What Not to Say, and When to Just Show Up

Edited by Jennifer Jones & Shelly Fisher

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Shelly Fisher is a graduate of Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Communications, with a minor in psychology. She also holds a master's degree in education from UNC Chapel Hill. While in Chapel Hill she manned a twenty-four-hour crisis intervention line, laying the foundation for her interest in helping others in need and giving back to the community. She is a Philadelphia native and has led multiple small businesses in the area, along with serving on the boards for several educational and charitable organizations. She has been happily married for over thirty years and has three children, three dogs, and a bird.

Jennifer Jones graduated from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with a BA in communications with a concentration in journalism and professional writing. She spent time in the field during school doing freelance work for local papers and blogs. After college, she found her passion in creative nonfiction, short essays, and songwriting. She and her partner currently reside in Philadelphia, PA.


'An exceptionally personal and revealing account of what to say and what not to say when someone is grieving' - Cindy Connors, Emmy Award-winning producer

Real stories and real feedback on what should be said, what should be kept to yourself, and what can be done when trying to support someone you care about as they navigate loss. Breaking Sad helps us start conversations through its pages of personal stories and suggestions from everyday survivors - bringing us all to a place where we can more comfortably offer support and caring to people when they need it most.

Featuring stories from Montel Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Scott Hamilton, Giuliana Rancic, Valerie Harper, and more!

'Breaking Said takes us beyond 'I'm sorry,' 'What can I do?' and the dreaded 'He's in a better place' by offering the right words and the right actions at a time when nothing seems right.

Additional Information:

Published 2017 (She Writes Press)

ISBN: 9781631522420 – 256 pages – Paperback


Rights: World

Sold: Turkey

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