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Grief counseling

Registration is open for our March “Journey” Session!

The Journey is a program that brings together families who have already been through a session of our regular programming. When we come together quarterly for The Journey, we share a meal and meaningful activities as we honor the memory of our loved ones and reflect on the ways our lives have changed since experiencing… Continue reading Registration is open for our March “Journey” Session!

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Registration is open for Spring 2022 Session!

We are sad to announce that a number of factors contributed to the cancelation of our Winter (January) 2022 session of Sad Isn't Bad. We look forward to bringing grieving children, adolescents, and their families together at Our Savior's Lutheran (909 W. 33rd St. in Sioux Falls) for the four Tuesdays in April. Learn more… Continue reading Registration is open for Spring 2022 Session!

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Welcome, Executive Director Katherine Olson!

In June of 2021, Sad Isn’t Bad welcomed a new executive director, Rev. Katherine Olson.  Katherine brings a wealth of experience from her years as a Lutheran pastor, grief group facilitator, author, and speaker.  She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband and four children.  We look forward to having Katherine represent Sad Isn’t Bad… Continue reading Welcome, Executive Director Katherine Olson!

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Testimonial

Family Q&A: Grief after losing a loved one to suicide

After Rachel Dohrenwend’s husband took his own life in 2017, the family was shocked. Rachel said he hadn’t given any warning signs. She and her daughter Natalie attended a Sad Isn’t Bad four-week session, and Rachel shared their story with us afterward. How did you find out about Sad Isn’t Bad? A counselor at my… Continue reading Family Q&A: Grief after losing a loved one to suicide

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Sad Isn’t Bad Featured on Keloland Living

In October 2019, our Executive Director, Jill Stoebner, was invited to be interviewed on Keloland Living. In her conversation with Gary Weckwerth, Stoebner highlighted how we serve the Sioux Falls community, how we got started, and how the conversation between caregivers and children after the death of a loved one can happen. Watch the interview… Continue reading Sad Isn’t Bad Featured on Keloland Living

Grief counseling

Why are we called “Sad Isn’t Bad?”

When you scroll past our name for the first time, it may seem like just a nice maxim, but, after looking again, you realize our organization’s name is actually a statement: “Sad Isn’t Bad.” I’m sure you’re thinking, “What? That’s an odd thing to call an organization,” but hear us out. We call ourselves Sad… Continue reading Why are we called “Sad Isn’t Bad?”