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Rod Mebane: Tributes To Lost Children

June 22, 2017

Rod Mebane is a writer, editor, and independent publisher.  Following the death of his 19 year old daughter Emma in 2011 he became curious about what other families do to honor their departed children and after researching the topic he wrote “Tributes to Lost Children” (2016) – a snapshot of how 147 families have honored […]

Five Signs You May Be Carrying Hidden Grief

June 13, 2017

  When my son Justin died in 1993 at the age of 16, I was emotionally crippled for at least a year, unable to return to my former life in advertising or relate to people in familiar ways. Over time, I reassembled the tattered scraps of my life into a new tapestry, and I took […]

Alan Pedersen: The Compassionate Friends: A Place of Hope

June 8, 2017

On this how Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss with Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends Alan Pedersen the grief journey and how The Compassionate Friends supports those who are looking for hope.  They invite everyone who has been impacted by the loss of a child, sibling or grandchild to attend the TCF […]

Ron Glenn Kelly: Men and Grief

May 25, 2017

Glenn Kelly, author of Sometimes I Cry In The Shower, unexpectedly lost his teenage son and only child to a congenital heart defect.  Since then, he has become an authority on male versus female expressions of grief. Citing the impacts of Nature and Nurture on each sex, R. Glenn brings awareness of how these pre-wired […]

Episode 104: Honoring our Children

May 16, 2017

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Gabrielle Doucet, author of Let Go & Let Love; Survivors of Suicide Loss Healing Handbook, and Judy Pedersen along with bereaved parent Daniel Abut from Hearts of Hope foundation regarding loss and how they have honored deceased family members.

Allen Roth: Overdose: Supporting Parents

May 11, 2017

Allen Roth’s 30-year-old daughter, Tammy, died from a drug overdose in 1995. In the aftermath, he became involved with The Compassionate Friends and is currently the group’s Regional Coordinator in Washington state. Over the years, he has observed in himself and others the progression from overwhelming grief to a balance of being open to joy […]

David Ferber: A Dad’s Grief

May 4, 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 […]

An Absent Connection: Eight Years After a Child-Loss

May 4, 2017

This October it will be 8 years since my 10-year-old son David was tripped up during a football practice, and suffered an acute subdural hematoma which took him forever from our lives. He is always in my thoughts. Every day his smile and love runs through my day. Every benchmark of growing up his little […]

The Switch Stays On: Attachment After a Loss

May 3, 2017

How we start out in life has consequences for the rest of our lives. The connections we make, or don’t make, to whoever parents us, sets the stage for all our future relationships. The more our parents are dependable, nurturing and sensitive to our needs, the more we are set up to be part of […]