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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 […]

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 […]