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Webinar: What a Father Learned From the Death of his Son

April 21, 2017

Dr. Gloria Horsley interviews Pastor Dennis Apple about “Where is God?” after a loss—and in many cases, especially on holidays like Easter. Apple lost his son, Denny, when Denny was only 18 years old. He died of a sudden illness in 1991. Today, Apple counsels others who are grieving the loss of a loved one. […]

Webinar: Healing After a Fatal Car Accident

April 19, 2017

The Compassionate Friends, the Open to Hope Foundation, and Carl McDonald, the National Law Enforcement Initiatives Manager for MADD, offer a special webinar on grieving after losing a child due to a driving under the influence (DUI) incident. Drs. Heidi and Gloria Horsley, the hosts, lost a loved one to a DUI crash—Gloria’s son and […]

Paula Stephens, M.A. : Grief To Growth

April 13, 2017

Paula Stephens is a speaker, yogi and blogger on the topic of healing after loss. Her blog, “What I Wish Other People Understood After Losing A child,” has received over 1.3 million views.  She lost her father at an early age and her son, Brandon, in 2010 from a prescription drug reaction.  She is the […]

Episode 101- Amy Cooper and Tom Tomasello: Will I Ever Sing Again?

March 27, 2017

Will I ever smile or sing again? On this show Drs’ Gloria and Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, explore with bereaved parents; Amy Cooper, singer, songwriter and musician Tom Tomasello the struggle to find their creative process after the deaths of their sons’, Jon and Rory.  Amy sings while […]

Episode 100: Life After Loss: 100th Anniversary Show with Henrietta J. Burroughs and Alan Pedersen

March 27, 2017

What if? Have you ever thought about what your life would have looked like without loss?  On this 100th Open To Hope anniversary show Dr’s Gloria and Heidi Horsley, explore with bereaved parents Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends and reporter and talk show host Henrietta J. Burroughs the impact of loss and […]

Healing Tears: No Apologies for Crying

March 1, 2017

I remember the first year of our son’s passing.  How I vacillated between feeling numb, wooden, dry-eyed, to days when all I could do was cry.  So many times I never knew what I might do. I had never been someone who normally cried in front of people, and yet I found myself doing just […]

Jeanne Weaver: Death of A son in Military

February 23, 2017

After her son, Todd, was killed, Jeanne turned to her God-given talent to help her learn how to navigate through her new state of being. Art was her vocation. She would now use it therapeutically. Jeanne created 21 oil paintings and later a book Losing Todd. A Mother’s Journey. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/15064713/Jeanne-Weaver.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

Melanie Warner: Topic-Defining Moments: Coping With The Loss of a Child

February 20, 2017

Melanie Warner is an author and speaker for over 25 years. She is the founder of the new Defining Moments book series that offer positive stories of hope and inspiration from people who have overcome extreme challenges in life. In 2005, Warner lost her son, which inspired her to write this book as a resource for […]

The Downstairs Thief

February 19, 2017

I had a vivid dream shortly after Mack, our son, died. I walked into our house through the front door and immediately realized that we had been robbed. I made my way tentatively through each familiar room surveying overturned furniture, shattered lamps. I noted the computers were taken, and the silver. But something inside assured […]