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Finding the Strength You Need

June 8, 2017

The death of a loved one is such a shock to the body and mind, you may wonder if you’re going crazy. You aren’t going crazy; you are grieving. In 2007, after four family members died in succession, I wondered if I were going crazy. More worrisome, I wondered if I could survive such sorrow. […]

The Stages of Grief, according to Winnie the Pooh

June 6, 2017

Mitch Carmody of Heartlight Studios spoke with Dr. Heidi Horsley during the 2015 Association of Death Education and Counseling 2015 about the death of a child. He lost his own son when his child was just nine, and he says the biggest help in addressing your grief is not to forget. It’s common in American […]

Spring: Memories of Love, a Chance for New Growth

June 5, 2017

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda   Spring rain brings May flowers This was my partner Kim’s favorite time of year. I watch her child-like actions as the flowers bloom and the trees bud. She knew the names of them all, closing her eyes while […]

Glen Lord: The Grief Toolbox

June 3, 2017

As part of The Grief Toolbox, Glen Lord spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley at the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference about the death of a parent as an adult. “Death of a parent” searches make up about half of Open to Hope’s searches. He says the death of a parent when the […]

Mitch Carmody: Taking Care of Yourself and Finding Hope After Loss

June 1, 2017

Mitch Carmody works with Heartlight Studios, has his own ministry, works with The Compassionate Friends as well as TAPS. As a leader in the grief industry, his passion comes from personal experience: Carmody’s son died at just nine years old. Carmody spoke with Dr. Heidi Horsley of The Open to Hope Foundation during the 2015 […]

Grieving for Our Fallen Soldiers This Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day is on Monday, May 29th. It’s  a day to stop and reflect on all those who have fought for our freedom and country. Across all types of wars and conflicts, they have been on the front lines, putting their courage to work on our behalf. While we miss these loved ones, Memorial Day […]

Ana Bendana: Bereavement and Culture in Nicaragua (in Spanish)

May 28, 2017

John Rampton de Open to Hope habla con Ana Bendana acerca del tema de la muerte. La muerte en Latinoamérica, como en cualquier otra región, es parte de lo que pasa todos los días. Aunque en Latinoamérica puede que se vea un poco más debido a la pobreza que existe en estos países y las […]

A Visualization: How to Choose Healing and Growth

May 27, 2017

If you find yourself here, it’s likely because you’ve recently experienced the death of someone you love.  You may have had time to prepare, or the death may have come suddenly.  Either way, the expectations you had for your life and your future were thwarted; taken from you without warning.  And as devastating as loss […]

Suzy Miller: Donate Life America

May 24, 2017

Suzy Miller of Donate Life America spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley at the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling Conference about the many benefits of becoming a donor. A leading tissue, eye and organ donation organization, Donate Life America is one of the most well-established donor organizations in the country. “A very good friend […]