There Is No Good Card For This


…What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love


We’ve all been there, haven’t we? The phone rings, and someone you love is sobbing. Your gut tightens, your pulse quickens. A coworker’s child has been born with a serious heart condition, or someone’s husband has been in a car accident, or a friend has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Whatever it is, a person’s life has just fallen apart, and you feel awful, and you also have no freaking clue what to say, let alone DO.


The good news is when someone in your life is hurting, there are real, concrete ways to help, and helping is probably easier than you think. This definitive guide, from empathy expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe and greeting card maverick Emily McDowell, blends well-researched, actionable advice with the no-nonsense humor and signature illustration style of McDowell’s immensely popular Empathy™ Cards to help you feel confident in connecting with anyone experiencing grief, loss, illness, or any other difficult situation.

Written in a how-to, relatable, we’ve-all- been-there style, There Is No Good Card for This isn’t a spiritual treatise on how to make you a better person or a scientific argument about why compassion matters. Crowe and McDowell have created an essential illustrated guide to active compassion that takes you, step by step by step, past the paralysis of thinking about someone in a difficult time to actually doing something (or nothing) with good judgment instead of fear.

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About the Authors

KELSEY CROWE, PH.D., earned her doctorate in social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley and teaches social work at California State University. Kelsey is also the founder of Help Each Other Out, an organization which offers workshops, online education, and community events to promote empathy and relationship building. Kelsey is a breast cancer survivor and lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
EMILY MCDOWELL, the creator of Empathy Cards and a cancer survivor herself, has been transforming the stationery industry since 2013 with her “greeting cards for the relationships we really have.” She has appeared on Good Morning America, NPR, NBC, and CBC News, and has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Women’s Health, Business Insider, and Life & Style Magazine, and on,,, and, among others. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (January 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8 inches


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