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ELLEN SUE STERN is the author of 20 books translated into fourteen languages, published at Bantam, Dell, Poseiden Press, Simon & Schuster, Random House, 10Speed/Celestial Arts/Tricycle Press, and Running Press. Her titles include Living With Loss: Meditations for Grieving Widows, I Will Not Forget You: Daily Meditations for Grieving Widows AND Widowers-dedicated in memory of Brittany Maynard and inspired by her husband, Dan Diaz, passionate advocates for end of life options and Death with Dignity, Expecting Change: The Emotional Journey Through Pregnancy,  The Indispensable Woman, Running on Empty: Meditations for Indispensable Women,  Loving an Imperfect Man, He Just Doesn’t Get It,  Meditations for Newlyweds, Reflections for Expectant Moms, Reflections for New Moms, Divorce is Not the End of the World: Zoe and Evan Stern’s Coping Guide for Kids with a little help from their Mom,  Starting Over, Yawn; Bedtime Reading for Insomniacs, The Relationship Toolkit,  Words of Inspiration for People with MS and Protect This Girl: Words of Inspiration from Girl to Girl (a mother/daughter collaboration).  She is excited to begin her next work: On a Scale of 1-10: When Chronic Illness Hijacks Your Life-an issue close to her heart, affecting millions of people around the world. She is the President of Stern Literary Enterprises, Founder of Expecting Change Workshops, a celebrity ambassador for the NMSS (National MS Society), and has been a national spokesperson for Biogen and Bayer Pharmaceutical Companies. Thousands of people have attended her workshops and podcasts on relationships, work/life balance, pregnancy, parenting, co-dependence, chronic illness, overcoming adversity, healing through writing, and coping with the ups and downs of everyday life. ESS is a highly sought relationship expert and seasoned media presence who has been on Oprah,  Montel Williams, Lifetime TV, and numerous other national and international media.  Interviews, essays, and quotes can be found on Match.com, CNN.com, Sports Illustrated, Parenting Magazine, The Washington Post,  The American Jewish World, WebMd,  Marie Claire, American Baby Magazine, the Mumbai Mirror, Twitter, Tumblr, and  hundreds of websites, blogs, print and on-line publications.  Drawing on her own life experiences as material, ESS has made a career out of meeting difficult life challenges through writing and speaking. Minneapolis is home. Heaven is anywhere sunny. She loves words, sleeps late, finds parenting the hardest-and most rewarding job in the world, (talk about letting go!), dreams of a world where everything is free-especially shoes- has a hard wired entrepreneurial spirit she’s struggling to contain, and despite some tough years, continues to believe that nothing is too good to be true.



Daily Meditations for Grieving Widows and Widowers



On November 2nd, 2014, Brittany Maynard, age 29, made history by choosing to end her own life after a diagnosis of late stage brain cancer that would claim her life within the six months. Her decision was made with the blessing of her family who relocated to Oregon to take advantage of the Death With Dignity legislation that enabled her to choose when and how to spend her final days, on her terms, while she still had the capacity to make an informed decision.It was a historic decision, one that made media headlines, and, more importantly, opened the much-needed debate on the right to die. Which made it no less heartbreaking for her husband, Dan Diaz, who has made it his mission to continue her advocacy. In his bittersweet words: “It truly was the most peaceful experience you could ever hope for when you talk about a person’s passing,” Diaz said. “The suffering and the torment and everything she had gone through — that was finally lifted.”

Her legacy will grace the lives and ease the suffering of others to come.


CONTACT ESS at (01)-612-910-9126 for more information on Speaking Engagements, Special Sales opportunities, or to learn more about her products, as well as what’s in the pipeline. Connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIN, Facebook, or write to her at:

Ellen Sue Stern

5310 16th Street West

Suite 306

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55416

(01) 612.910.9126