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“Be strong.” “They are in a better place.” “They wouldn’t want you to be sad.” These are several consoling expressions that people hear every time they are grieving. The question is: Are these what people who have just lost someone precious to them want to hear? Breaking Sad: What to Say After Loss, What Not to Say, and When to Just Show Up by Shelly Fisher and Jennifer Jones is a book that explores the themes of loss and grief and proposes a path towards healing. In this book, the authors share powerful insights and advice on how to effectively help anyone grieving from loss, indicating what is appropriate and what needs to be kept to oneself. In this book, readers will understand when they need to speak, when they need to be silent, what they can say, and when they just need to be there, quietly.
Shelly Fisher and Jennifer Jones have written a book on a subject that is very sensitive, helping readers understand what it takes to be experts in being there for anyone who has lost someone. The book features stories from people who have suffered loss, including Montel Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Scott Hamilton, Giuliana Rancic, Valerie Harper, and others. It is filled with practical advice and tips on understanding loss, the different kinds of loss, and what to do when someone loses someone dear to them. Breaking Sad: What to Say After Loss, What Not to Say, and When to Just Show Up is a book that offers readers the wisdom needed when with people suffering from loss. Intelligently written and filled with steps to deal with loss.