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Webinar: Survival Tips for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2017

There are many holidays which can be particularly tough for the bereaved, and Mother’s Day is a big one. Can you celebrate Mother’s Day if your child is no longer living? Of course you can, but you may benefit from some modifications. The Open to Hope show welcomes Dr. Darcie Sims, an internationally renowned speaker […]

Suffering a Loss Yet to Come

April 19, 2017

My father’s wife of 30 years passed away in November 2014. Prior to her passing, he was her caretaker in all senses of the word, even to the extent that he was neglecting himself.  We knew while he was taking care of her that something was happening with his cognition, but he was a wonderful, […]

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 […]

The Rose Bush: A Sign From Dad

January 25, 2017

As we approach February, I look out my kitchen window and see something that has caught my eye. It is a rose bush in bloom. This bush has been blooming throughout the winter. I first noticed it around Christmas time. Hmmm, peculiar. It’s never bloomed in the past. Yes, I live in Las Vegas but […]

Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley: Bonding With Surviving Siblings

January 19, 2017

What was your response to the deaths of Carrie Fisher and a day later her mother Debbie Reynolds’s?  On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss Facebook posts and media that saw it as a positive for a mother to join her child in death.  Reuniting comments can be disturbing and hurtful to […]

Randi Ragan: LIVING MINDFULLY

December 29, 2016

Randi Ragan is a holistic wellbeing expert and green-living entrepreneur. She is the founder of Green Bliss Eco Spa and for more than twenty years, has led yoga and spiritual retreats.  She is the author of A year of Living Mindfully. Her work strives to provide readers with ideas, tips, and inspiration for creating a […]

Episode 94: Loss and Its Impact on Parenting with Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn and Rachel Stephenson

December 12, 2016

Have you ever thought about how loss can impact parenting?  On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore this important topic with bereaved sibling Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, author of The Empty Room, Understanding Sibling Loss,  and Rachel Stephenson, producer of the TED talk Against Grieving in Silence inspired by the early death of her […]

Episode 88: Male Grief: Sudden Traumatic Loss with Jim Giaccone, Franklin Cook and Eric Marcus

November 7, 2016

Have you or a male friend had a sudden or traumatic loss? Are you wondering how men cope? If so join Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley in a frank discussion of men and grief with Jim Giaccone, Franklin Cook and Eric Marcus. Jim’s brother Joe, died on 9/11 while Franklin and Eric suffered the […]

Adult Children and the Loss of Elderly Parents

October 22, 2016

Registered drama therapist and licensed counselor Deborah Antinori discusses the loss of elderly parents with Dr. Heidi Horsley. As adult children, losses can be minimized and disenfranchised. Loved ones don’t offer the same level of support or seem to worry as much about adult children compared to teens and young children—however, our parents are our […]