This summer, 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 in the community and organizing… Continue reading Welcome Executive Director, Rev. Katherine Olson!
After canceling Sad Isn't Bad's recent sessions due to COVID-19 concerns, we're looking forward to meeting again in person — with the health and safety of everyone in mind. We are here for you as you grieve, whether you've lost someone to COVID-19 or other causes of death. Our host site, Our Savior's Lutheran Church,… Continue reading Join us for our next session, safely
For almost one year, our world has been presented with many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that now, more than ever, grief counseling groups are important. Therefore, we have been working hard to move our services to a virtual platform. Like many things, our virtual services won’t mirror the in-person experience, but… Continue reading Virtual counseling sessions start Feb. 9
We're sorry to inform you that the Sad Isn't Bad Board of Advisors has decided to cancel the Spring Session. Due to the concerns regarding COVID-19 and because Our Savior's Lutheran Church is canceling all activities and along with school closings, we thought it prudent to follow suit. We recognize this is a difficult time… Continue reading Spring Session canceled for health & safety of our families
You might have heard Sad Isn't Bad on the radio recently. Our executive director, Jill Stoebner, previewed the winter session in an interview on Sunny 93.3 FM in Sioux Falls. Listen starting at the 10:50 mark for a five-minute interview on the John and Heidi Show with John and Heidi Small. Stoebner shared who we… Continue reading Listen to our interview on Sunny Radio
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
In October, 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 now.
The saying “Sad isn’t bad” may seem straightforward, but the death of a loved one often leaves us feeling confused and alone. Our name serves as a gentle reminder that it’s okay to feel sad after the death of a loved one. How do we do that? The grief we feel after the death of… Continue reading What do we do at 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?”