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Remembering a Big Sister Who Struggled with Eating Disorder

December 8, 2017

I never comprehended the summer of 1970. At age 14, I witnessed my beautiful older sister Margie fading away when she picked me up from overnight camp. My sister whom I idolized was a shadow of herself. For so many years, I had held on to who I wanted her to be. Our lives would […]

Kathy Miller: Chippy Chipmunk Deals With Loss

November 23, 2017

Kathy M. Miller is an award-winning author and photographer of the Chippy Chipmunk picture book series. Her latest book “Chippy Chipmunk: Friends in the Garden” helps children who are grieving. After Kathy lost her mother, she found comfort and healing in nature photography. Her book uses nature and a delicately woven storyline to open a […]

Episode 114: Guys and Grief, Healing Stories of Sibling Loss with Zach Sullivan and Ryan Tomasello

November 17, 2017

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss the healing power of stories with two bereaved siblings; Zach Sullivan bereaved brother of Kyle and Ryan Tomasello bereaved brother of Rory. A video clip is shown featuring Jordon Ferber discussing the importance of remembering his brother, Russell.

Dr. Christina Hibbert: Coping With Family Crisis

September 7, 2017

Dr. Christina Hibbert is a clinical psychologist and author specializing in women’s mental health, grief/loss, parenting, pregnancy, and personal growth. In 2007 her sister and brother-in-law died due to unfortunate cirmstances. Her family then doubled in size as they inherited two adorable nephews. Suddenly, she went from a mom of four children to six. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/29124453/Christina-Hibbert-.mp3Podcast: […]

Lisa Nalbantov: Sibling Loss

August 31, 2017

Lisa Miller Nalbantov is an adult bereaved sibling. Her sister, Stephanie, the youngest of 3, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 24. Realizing the limited availability of resources focused solely on grieving siblings, Lisa is working on a book based on her experiences in the hopes of reaching others and providing insight on […]

Brent Green: Questions Of The Spirit

August 24, 2017

In 2015 Brent Green’s sister Judy died of  lung cancer leaving him as the final surviving member of his nuclear family. Brent began his career as a psychologist moving on to become an author and speaker specializing in Baby Boomers.  In his book Questions of the Spirit: The Quest for Understanding at A Time of […]

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 […]

Christine Rosenblatt : Missing Gemini: A Tale of Twin-Loss

May 18, 2017

Christine Rosenblatt is the composer of “Missing Gemini: A New Musical.” This intimate story tells a tale of twin-loss, illustrating with nautical flair how grief affects family dynamics. Christine is a graduate of Columbia University and currently studies with the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/25082847/Christine-Rosenblatt.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Stephen Stott: Sibling Loss

April 27, 2017

Stephen Stott is a social worker and the Counseling Coordinator & LGBTQ Advocate for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss (TAPS).  He serves on the diversity commission for The Compassionate Friends and graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work.  He dedicates his work to his best friend and sister, Stacy, […]