What families say

Jill Stinnett and her daughters, Kalie and Keira, struggled when Steve Stinnett passed away at age 39. The family was helped by Sad Isn’t Bad and continues to find support from past participants. 

“It was absolutely the best thing that had happened to us since he passed away,” Jill told KSFY-TV. “I don’t know where we would have been without it.”

Today Jill serves on the Sad Isn’t Bad board as a family representative.

Read their story in the Argus Leader.

Watch their story on KSFY (Dakota News Now).

What other families say about Sad Isn’t Bad:

“Sad Isn’t Bad helped me by teaching me that it is not your fault if someone close to you dies, and it’s OK to be angry. They showed the others and me how to deal with that anger in different ways.”

“We were amazed to find out that there were people of all ages, and we weren’t going to be watching videos. The most helpful thing was knowing that you could talk about whatever you wanted and everyone would listen. I was never judged on what I had to say.”

“I felt scared and apprehensive about sharing my story with strangers but immediately the leaders approached me with loving, welcoming arms.”

“It was very beneficial for both my son and I to have a group of people who truly understand the loss, anger and sadness we feel.”

“What was the most powerful was learning I wasn’t alone. My daughter stated that she got to meet a couple of girls who had also lost a parent and suddenly she realized that she wasn’t alone either.”

“The counselors are a great portion of the support needed during this process. I found the suggestions that they provided, especially regarding the talks we have with our children, truly helpful.”

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