Open to Hope Radio

  • George Herald Jennings: Spiritual Dimensions

    January 2, 2014

    George-Harold Jennings Ph.D. has experienced numerous spiritual events throughout his life. Most recently in reliving the physical death of his sister and through this experience connecting spiritually with his mother. As a psychologist, he believes the mainstream members of his discipline should be more readily open to exploring the spiritual dimensions of being human.  He […]

  • Karla Wheeler: Signs of Hope From Heaven

    March 21, 2013

    Karla Wheeler is a former newspaper reporter and editor who founded Quality of Life Publishing Co. in 1999 to help hospices provide their compassionate care. Karla is the author of several gentle grief support books and is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Open to Hope Foundation, bringing hope to the […]

  • Maria Papapetros: Realizing Your Potential

    October 15, 2010

    Maria Papapetros’ teen son died suddenly, and she has gone on to find hope.

  • Reverend Robert Phillips: Speaking the Unspeakable

    August 19, 2010

    Reverend Robert Phillips shares the grief experience through poetry and the bible.

  • Susan Geismann: Storm of Hope

    July 1, 2010

    Susan Geismann’s pregnant step-daughter was struck by lightening and killed, and she went on to find hope after her loss.

  • Annette Childs; Searching for Peace and Meaning After Loss

    December 10, 2009

    Dr Childs maintains a private practice assisting individuals and families to grow through painful transitions. She is author of several books.

  • Luellen Hoffman: Special Dreams After the Death of a Loved One

    June 19, 2008

    Luellen Hoffman shares her book and the dreams people have experienced after the death of a loved one.

  • Carla Blowey: The Healing Power of Dreams

    January 5, 2006

    Carla discusses the use of dreams for spiritual growth and healing.

Articles

  • My Words to Live By: I Am Open

    June 18, 2013

    I recently spent some time with a special friend and she told me how she came to name her upcoming book  (which I hope to feature in a future blog).  What follows is my reaction to the story of her experience. At a New Year’s Day service, which is a time of beginnings, my friend […]

  • Losing a Friend, Finding Her Son Years Later

    July 5, 2012

    Carol and I slipped thoroughly and whole-heartedly into each other’s lives when we were 12 and she transferred to into my Junior High School. She was funny, emotionally brave, self-governing, welcoming, gorgeous, incapable of self-absorption and enthusiastic about life. She was one of my 5 best friends. Ever. We traveled through our adolescent lives together […]

  • Still Mourning, Still Dreaming After Death of a Child

    May 29, 2012

    Shortly after my son’s death, I came across his bathrobe in a closet; hugging it to my chest, my nose detected his scent. For the next few days, I frequently held his bathrobe to my face to breathe in his smell and perpetuate the illusion of his presence. The scent eventually dissipated, but the journey […]

  • My Grief Journey Exposed in a Dream

    May 8, 2012

    I have had several dreams since my daughter Jeannine died in March of 2003. Through further exploration with a dear friend of mine whose passion is projective dream work, I have discovered that the lessons revealed have always been relevant to my journey. Walking and Lost With that, I want to share with you all […]

  • Mother ‘Got My Hug’ from Deceased Son

    April 14, 2012

     My 19-year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide in June of 2002. He was a loving and generous person in life, and in the afterlife, all of those qualities remain. Ryan is a very active spirit. We communicate in various ways, but I really enjoy it when he “visits” me in my dreams. I can recall with […]

  • Widow Wonders if She’ll Ever ‘Fit’ with Another Man

    November 23, 2011

    Liana watched as the email came in.  A “wink” from the cyberspace-dating world.  God, she said to herself, how did I get myself into this?  She settled down into the office chair and clicked on the picture.  Ugg, not for me.  So she pushed the search button and scanned the faces that were supposed to […]

  • Signs From Above

    September 17, 2011

    It is my personal belief that when a person “passes away,” his or her spirit and essence continues to be very much alive. Following the deaths of three immediate family members, I became more than a little interested in theories of the afterlife. I read and watched everything I could find on the subject of […]

  • Your Deceased Loved Ones Are Okay and Want You To Know That

    September 13, 2011

    As a psychic medium, I have the job of reconnecting with those who made their transition to the other side. When clients first come see me, I explain we are eternal spiritual beings having a temporary human experience on earth. The energy of who we are continues to exist after the physical body dies. Our […]

  • Despite Husband’s Death, He’s ‘Always There’

    September 3, 2011

    When my late husband committed suicide, it felt as if I died too. The searing pain pierced my heart so deeply that I felt disconnected from everyday life. I would watch the world go by as if it were a movie, and I did not have a part. However, my two children needed my caring […]

  • Psalm 23 Creates Healing Connection

    August 21, 2011

    Grief is the price we pay for love. —Queen Elizabeth II My best friend was dead. My faith was shattered. It was too much for me. I felt that I, too, was dying. I desperately needed a breakthrough—a sign, if you will, that she was safe. The thoughts of her being smashed against a mountain […]

  • Dreams Move the Grieving Process Along

    July 11, 2011

    I began preparing myself for my mother’s departure a long time ago, even before she came to live in our community so that we could support her. Occasional dreams appeared in which I or we (my partner and daughter) had to save my Mom; in those dreams she was called “Little Mommy.” Often water would […]

  • Negotiating with God, Dreaming of Chocolate Cake

    July 6, 2011

    The first time I met “Gary,” we ended up talking for over two hours.  He was in his late 60s and had throat cancer, evidenced by a protruding plum-sized tumor on his neck which he covered with turtlenecks.  He explained his spiritual beliefs and told me he wasn’t afraid to die.  In fact, when he […]

  • Dreams of Death, Thoughts that Empower

    May 13, 2011

    As I write this story, it is Easter Sunday 2011, a point that I pray will not be relevant to anyone reading this in the weeks and months to come. Before my late son was born, I began to have a series of dreams that I call the “Royal” dreams, because they had something to […]

  • Valentine’s Day an Opportunity to Connect With Departed Loved Ones

    February 13, 2011

    For anyone grieving the loss of someone dear to them, I humbly offer some ideas to help with the pain of separation. May this Valentine’s Day bring us a loving message from our special departed ones- somehow, some way. It is my personal belief that when a person “passes away,” his or her spirit and […]

  • Healing Power of Dreams for the Bereaved

    November 3, 2010

    Have you ever had a dream that made you question your sanity, your morals, your desires or your fears? Dreams of being chased, going back to school, falling off a cliff or driving a car without brakes can be quite unsettling, and we quickly credit a wild imagination for such scenarios. For the bereaved, these […]

  • Mother ‘Connects Up’ with Deceased Son in Spirit Realm

    September 14, 2010

    I lost my son Danny to an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs on July 1, 2008. He was 22 years old. I don’t have to tell any of you how devastating it is to bury or cremate a beloved child. No parent should ever have to live through it and yet we know that […]

  • ‘Lonely’ Not Powerful Enough Word to Describe Widowhood

    July 6, 2010

    Loneliness is not a surprising by-product of widowhood.  I mean, even for the people who have never been through it, it’s a no-brainer.  But frankly, I think that lonely is not a strong enough word. There is a deep silence that comes with losing your spouse.  And it doesn’t matter if you’re standing in the […]

  • Butterflies or Bull? Channeling Messages from the Dead

    April 25, 2010

    A few days ago, I went to see a performance by “channeler” Roland Comtois, when he appeared locally before a group of about forty parents who’ve lost children. I like to “suss” things out, as my son’s former nanny, a lovely woman from Derry, Northern Ireland, used to say. I’ll admit up front that I’m […]

  • Daughter Sara is Still With Us

    April 13, 2010

    My beautiful daughter Sara passed away almost 8 years ago. She was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). She was just 19 and turned 20 years old in the hospital. I spent every day and night with her there, only to be relieved when my son or husband would come to visit. This went on for […]

  • Signs and Dreams from our Children

    April 12, 2010

    Dreams and signs of our children. Do they really exist? Are dreams and signs a technique our deceased children use to contact us to let us know they are fine and indeed do live on? I believe with my whole heart they do. I am very fortunate and blessed, because of my Grief Support website, […]

  • Great Joys Among Great Sorrows

    April 1, 2010

    I have just been sitting here thinking about life. It is so strange. Everyone who has lost a child has been through such great sorrows, but we have also been through great joys in our lives. There was a time after Keren died that I never thought I would feel joy again. I really didn’t for […]

  • Persistent Dreams in Grief

    March 10, 2010

    Question from a reader: It’s now been six months since my mother died. In many ways it seems like worlds and eons since then, but in some ways not at all. I really miss her and talking to her every few days, as was our old routine.  The problem I’m having is that I dream […]

  • Open to Hope Writer Publishes New Edition of ‘Special Dream’

    October 21, 2009

    The passing of a loved one can mark a difficult crossroads. Those of us left behind often feel confused, fearful, sad, and even incomplete. In the midst of this grief, some experience dreams where a loved one appears to us, correctly predicting their own death, urging us to carry a message to a relative or […]

  • Is There Life After Death?

    October 7, 2009

    When someone we love dies, it leaves us with the unanswered question: “ Where are they?” There is a huge gaping void that they once filled. Where is my mother – her laugh, the unusual and inventive chef who filled the house with wonderful cooking aromas, the comedian who even in illness found humour? Where is she? […]

  • Dreamwork as a Healing Path Through Grief

    September 15, 2009

    The only way to fully understand what your dreams are telling you is to observe them over time and slowly discover the landscape, the common themes and the inhabitants that populate your dream world.

  • Connecting With Mother After Her Death

    April 30, 2009

    By Jane Greer – As difficult as Mother’s Day can be when you are facing the loss of your mom, it also can become an opportunity abounding for afterlife connection if you are open to it or are ready to open up to it. Receiving a sign from your loved one is an incredibly powerful […]

  • The Twins Born From Grief

    March 1, 2009

    Exactly one year to the day after losing my 26-year-old son to a drug overdose, I had this dream: May 3, 2005 – The doctor tells me I’m pregnant. Oh my God, I don’t want to have another baby at this age! It will be so much work and I don’t have the energy. I […]

  • Dog Returns in a Dream and Comforts Owner

    January 16, 2009

    By Luellen Hoffman – Recently while doing research for my book, Special Dream, I asked people if they ever had someone close to them die and then appear to them in an unusual dream. Over three hundred people responded and out of that group, five people wrote to tell me their dog had died and […]

  • Jane Greer: Share the Message of Afterlife Connection

    January 2, 2009

    By Jane Greer – My goal for the new year is to continue to pass on the power of Afterlife Connection with loved ones who are gone. To let people know that their loved ones are still with them, to teach them the way to connect with them, to educate them to the signs all […]

  • Poem: The Art of Longing

    May 13, 2008

    Poet/Professor Robert Neimeyer explores the struggle of those who have “driven the long cold road alone.”

  • Dreams of the Deceased

    May 13, 2008

    Writer Luellen Hoffman explains why she began studying those who dream about their deceased loved ones

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