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Coping With the Loss of a Teen by Suicide

January 10, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Carolyn Zahnow about The Shore Grief Center and tips she has to find healing after suicide loss. Carolyn lost her son, Cameron, in 2005 when he was 18 years old.  In the video below, Carolyn shares advice on how to cope with […]

Episode 118: Men and Grief with R. Glenn Kelly,  Ron Villano and Anna Huckabee Tull

January 8, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview R. Glenn Kelly, who lost his only child, Jonathan, to a congenital heart defect and Ron Villano whose son, Michael died in an automobile accident. Both men are motivational speakers and authors. R. Glenn is the author of Sometimes I Cry in the Shower […]

Episode 116: Child Loss: Keeping Memories Alive with Michael and Maya Luria and Becky Belanger

January 8, 2018

On this show Dr.Gloria Horsley and Dr.Heidi Horsley interview Michael and Maya Luria, co-founders of the Bald Beauties Project, a non-profit that benefits children and young adults with cancer. Becky Belanger joins them, to talk about how the Bald Beauty project helped her, when her 3 and 1/2 yr. old daughter was dying of pediatric […]

Episode 115: Spiritual Experience and the Afterlife

January 8, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley interview bereaved parents Elizabeth Boisson, Irene Vouvalides and Ernie Jackson regarding their view of the afterlife and how their experiences have helped them to cope with their losses. Their organization, “Helping Parents Heal,” founded by Elizabeth Boisson, offers bereaved parents an open discussion of spiritual and […]

Be Selfish to Heal More Quickly

January 8, 2018

I didn’t believe that my son would die.  The death of a child is a tragic and horrific event that happens to someone else, not to me.  Until it did.  The grieving process sucked the very life out of me.  My grief strained me emotionally as I experienced a roller-coaster of emotions like anger, depression, […]

How Spouses Can Talk About Grief After a Child Dies

January 4, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with An Hooghe about loss and the relationship with spouses after a child dies. An is a clinical psychologist who does research on bereaved parents who have lost a child. This research includes how the parents cope and how they talk to each […]

Ida D Gonzalez: Military Loss

January 4, 2018

Ida Gonzalez, Mommy, Mom, Mama Gonzo, President of Butterfly Circle of Friends, her son Michael was KIA in Baghdad, Iraq on August 28, 2008. BCOF is non-profit created in memory of Michael assists military, veterans and their families. Sharing her love for Michael has been her way to survive. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/04092417/Ida-D-Gonzalez-.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

Lalie Gomez: Organ and Tissue Donation

January 2, 2018

During the 2015 Association of Death Education and Counseling conference, Open to Hope’s Dr. Gloria Horsley interviewed Lalie Gomez—a woman with extensive experience in organ and tissue donation. Both Gomez’s mother and daughter were donors. “In 2003, my daughter passed away in a motorcycle accident and at the time we had never discussed organ donation.” […]

Catherine McNulty: Strategies To Help With Grief

December 28, 2017

After losing her infant son, Catherine McNulty embarked on a journey to do more than survive grief. She has created a framework to grief that disrupts conventional ways of looking at loss. She challenges her clients to step outside of a victim mindset and regain control of how they navigate grief. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/01080600/Catherine-McNulty.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]