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Wendy Lichtenthal: Helping Parents After the Loss of a Child

October 13, 2017

Dr. Wendy Lichtenthal is a researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and many of her interests focus on grieving. She spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley during the Association for Death Education and Counseling 2015 conference about how parents can heal after losing a child. “We are doing an intervention […]

David Ferber: A Dad’s Grief

October 5, 2017

David Ferber is the father of Russell Ferber, who died in a car accident in 2002 at age 21. David soon joined, and then became the facilitator of a fathers group at The Compassionate Friends, the support group for grieving parents. The fathers group was an instant success, and it became a regular feature of […]

Jill Harrington: Loss of a Young Adult

September 28, 2017

Dr. Jill Harrington is a social worker, clinician and researcher at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress who specializes in grief after losing a young adult. “Some in the military and some in the civilian world,” explains Dr. Harrington, who chatted with Dr. Heidi Horsley during the Association for Death Education and Counseling […]

Fay Green: The Compassionate Friends

September 18, 2017

Fay Green is a leader at The Compassionate Friends organization in San Antonio, Texas, and recently talked with Open to Hope’s Dr. Gloria Horsley at the Association of Death Education and Counseling conference. Green’s latest project focuses on “group processing,” saying that it helps those who have lost someone “recognize that they’re not alone in […]

Debbie Gossen: Remembering: Poetry and Pictures

August 10, 2017

Debbie Gossen is a registered nurse currently working in Oncology and a Nationally Certified Grief Management Specialist. Her daughter, Kristin Lund, died in 2001 at the age of 20 due to complications from an autoimmune disease.  Following Kristin’s death a collection of her poetry and pictures were assembled in the book Life Is, Was, and […]

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

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 […]