The Brave Penny Story

The Brave Penny Nonprofit organization was founded to support those who grieve and the name Brave Penny was suggested by our co-founder, Heather Rodriguez. “Brave,” for the courage of those who seek healing and recovery from a loss that has caused heartache and disruption in their life.  “Penny” was Sharon Fox’s sister who was murdered in 1996.  Sharon and her family were shocked not only by the violent death of her sister, but the conviction of Penny's husband.  This event prompted the creation of the ministry for Brave Penny, with a mission to Embrace Those Who Grieve.

Brave Penny exists to serve those who have had losses not only from the death of a parent, spouse, sibling, adult child or infant, but also other forms of grief.  Those losses can include the grief experienced by Birthmothers who have chosen adoption for their child, abortion, a broken relationship, death of a pet, or a shattering traumatic event.  The decision to seek a Christian pathway to contentment is difficult.  But, when those who grieve take steps to heal their broken heart, there can be a genuine sense of restored joy.

Training and Support Sessions

Programs Available (In-Person or Online via Zoom)

A variety of programs are available to provide support and healing of individuals and families who experience grief resulting from loss of a loved one, or any type of significant loss. Some of the programs are available in-person and some are provided online via Zoom. For a complete list of offerings, click on the button below.

Support Materials

CLICK HERE to review the numerous support materials which are available (Books, CDs, DVDs, and articles).

Materials relevant to grief recovery have been developed by Brave Penny and are available through the MERCHANDISE page of this website. Current materials include:


  • Reframing Adoption – a book written by Sharon Fox to assist birthmothers dealing with the aftermath of their decision to gift their child to another family. It is available in both English and Spanish and can be purchased through this website or directly from online book sellers such as Amazon.
  • A Precious Loss – a book written by Sharon Fox to assist individuals and families who have lost a child due to miscarriage or any other form of infant loss. It is available in both English and Spanish and can be purchased through this website or directly from online book sellers such as Amazon.
  • Grieving with God (Journaling to Heal Your Broken Heart) – This easy to use journal is an excellent tool for grief recovery. It is composed of 14 sections which are grief related. It is designed to encourage the reader to respond to the topic by writing on the provided blank pages. Writing is one of the key coping skills of Grief Recovery and is often avoided by those who are mourning a loss. Copies are $20.00 plus shipping of $5.00. For more information, please fill out the form on the CONTACT US page.
  • The Stone Carver’s Son – a children’s book written by Sharon Fox that relates the story of Jesus’ birth in a new and engrossing way.
  • Scooch, the Curious Caterpillar – a children’s book written by Sharon Fox about the mystery of hiccups and what they mean.

DVDs and CDs

  • Grief Ministry Skills Training – a DVD that was recorded during a training session for leaders of organizations delivering the Shadowlands Grief Recovery Program. The training is divided into three sessions of one-half hour each.
  • In Quietness & Confidence – a CD that combines music and scripture readings to assist those experiencing grief in gaining contentment and peace.


Numerous articles have been written and can be viewed by clicking on SUPPORT MATERIALS in the menu bar and then selecting ARTICLES.

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