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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, […]

Michelle Getchell: Twinless Twins

April 20, 2017

Michelle became a member of Twinless Twins (TTSGI) in 1994 after the loss of her identical twin, Missy.  She created the Twinless Times Newsletter and has served as the Executive Director for the organization since http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/04085401/Michelle-Getchell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Episode 102: Fay Zenoff and Julia Sachs-Finding Oneself After Sibling Loss

March 27, 2017

How’s your mother? Take care of your parents! But what about me? On this show Dr’s Gloria and Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, discuss with bereaved siblings Fay Zenoff MBA executive director of Center For Open Recovery (COR) and Julia Sachs MSW the challenges of coping with the deaths […]

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 […]