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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 […]

Sallie Lynch and Jim Giaccone: Losing A Sibling in a Terrorist attack

January 12, 2017

Sallie Lynch is the Development Consultant for Tuesday’s Children an organization formed in response to September 11, 200l.  Tuesday’s Children is an organization supporting families and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.  Jim Giaccone whose brother, Joseph was killed on September 11th  is a volunteer mentor for Tuesday’s Children. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/04191716/Sallie-Lynch-and-Jim-Giaccone.mp3Podcast: Play in new window […]

Birthdays … Beautiful and Bittersweet

January 11, 2017

I turned 60 in October, the day filled with a range of emotions. Etched in my brain and soul was the last time I saw my sister Jane, to celebrate my 25th birthday. For 35 years, my birthday held a cloud, never the joy of celebrating me on my birthday, always the pain of the […]

Karen Soltero: Sibling Loss

January 5, 2017

Karen Soltero is a bereaved sibling, having lost her younger sister Wendy in 2000 during a random robbery attempt in Hollywood.  Karen is an active participant in The Compassionate Friends, leading workshops nationally since 2007.  She is also involved with the Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/04191327/Karen-Soltero.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

Episode 93: Grief: A Public and a Private Matter with Mary Rockefeller Morgan and Scarlett Lewis

December 7, 2016

How does a family grieve a high-profile loss? On this show Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley explore the issue with Mary Rockefeller Morgan whose twin brother, Michael, went missing in New Guinea and Scarlett Lewis whose son, Jessie, died in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Mary is the author of When Grief Calls Forth The […]

Episode 90: Sibling Death; Unacknowledged Loss with Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn and Jim Giaccone,

November 14, 2016

Sibling Death! Unacknowledged Grief! Join Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley in exploring with Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn and Jim Giaccone, sibling loss. Elizabeth is the author of, The Empty Room, Losing a Brother or Sister at any Age, and The Death of Cancer. In honor of his brother who died in the Sept. 11th attacks, Jim […]

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 […]

Sister Loss: Jessica Church and Shane McCoin

November 3, 2016

Jessica Church, nurse practitioner, and her sister Shane McCoin, attorney, lost their oldest sister to cancer at the age of 39. As a result of the trauma and stress they created the website Losing A Puzzle Piece where they blog about their journey as caregivers and grievers bringing attention to the much neglected area of […]

Cindy Tart: Sibling Loss

October 20, 2016

After the death of her brother Dennis, Cindy became involved as a bereaved sibling participant in The Compassionate Friends. The support group helped to discover her ultimate goal of helping others through grief. Volunteering with TCF as a workshop presenter brought her to the final phase of her Social Work degree. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/06103243/Cindy-Tart-Bowers-MP3-for-Audio-Podcasting.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]