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Episode 110: Finding the Gifts in Grief with Bar Scott and Julie Lange Groth

August 3, 2017

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview singer-songwriter Bar Scott author of The Present Giver an account of Scott’s search for meaning and hope after her son Forest is diagnosed with terminal cancer and Julie Lange Groth bereaved mother of Justin and author of Healing What Grieves You and Life Between the […]

Episode 109: Dealing With the Death of a Difficult Child

August 3, 2017

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley speak with Marcia Alig, past president of The Compassionate Friends board, and long time volunteer, about the challenges of dealing with the death of a difficult child.  The second guests, Bobbie Comforto LCSW and Anne Kane Ph.D., founders of the Grief Channel, share insights and […]

Episode 108 :Supporting Suicide Survivors with Marilyn Koenig and Dr. Patrick Arbore

August 3, 2017

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Marilyn Koenig bereaved parent, co-founder and Executive Director of Friends for Survival and Dr. Patrick Arbore founder of The Friendship Line regarding their work in prevention and support of suicide survivors. A video is shown of The Friendship Line. Alan Pedersen Executive Director of The […]

Episode 107: Carol Kearns and Deborah Kennedy-Putting Death Into Perspective

August 3, 2017

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi interview Dr. Carol Kearns, bereaved mother of Kristen and author of Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare and expert in grief in the workplace and Deborah Kennedy bereaved daughter and author of Nature Speaks:  Art and Poetry For The Earth regarding death and renewal as part of […]

Mark Keep: Grief-Keeping A Healthy Heart

August 3, 2017

Dr. Mark Keep is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Addiction. After the death of his 7-year-old daughter, Alissa in 2007 he began studying grief responses including, posttraumatic stress syndrome, and grief induced substance abuse. Mark uses traditional as well as complementary and alternative methods in his evaluation and treatment.

Jean Ann Williams: God’s Mercies After Suicide

July 27, 2017

Jean Ann Williams published a book on suicide loss after her youngest son Joshua took his own life in 2004. “God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother’s Heart” is a devotional style memoir showing how God walked alongside her in the most difficult grieving journey of her life. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/17172019/Jean-Ann-Williams.mp3Podcast: Play in new window […]

An Evolution of Feeling: How Grief Changes Over Time

July 26, 2017

  I’ve noticed that, as a rule, we don’t particularly care to talk about how old we are, so I was amused when a friend did some arithmetic based on some of my recollections and determined that I am 70. We had been discussing worry and he wondered if I worry less now that I […]

After Loss: Pecking at the Shadows of Our Past

July 25, 2017

To Be Mindful During my twenty-seven years of employment as an addiction counselor, I routinely addressed the importance of mindfulness with my clients. From my  experience, mindfulness is a tool that, among other things, serves to slow rapid and intrusive thoughts, reduce anxiety and facilitate better lifestyle choices. Mindfulness is essential in helping us focus […]

Gardening Through Grief

July 24, 2017

  I think back to the summer of 2011, when our oldest son died suddenly in August.  From that moment on, my life forever changed.  All the plans I had made were now in the background as I searched for normalcy. Even daily routines were put on hold, as I grappled with just doing the […]