Open to Hope TV

  • Episode 33: Spirituality and Healing

    November 11, 2014

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley discuss with Sherry Cassedy and Faith Freed helpful ideas on getting through a crisis.  Sherry is an attorney who has practiced law and mediation for 29 years and currently has a mediation and private judging practice in Palo Alto, CA.   She has served as […]

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  • Poet Dana Jerman on Griever Dreams and Signs

    October 25, 2014

    Not only is there is no wrong way to interpret dreams and signs, but they can become catalysts for a great day. This and more when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with writer, photographer and performing poet Dana Jerman of Chicago. Visit her on blastfortune.blogspot.com.  Flush out icky feelings with words  Use one dream element as a creative impulse for your day Some […]

  • Wanted: Soul Sister in Grief

    August 6, 2014

    I have secretly been looking for a place to post a want-ad for a partner in grief.  In my small hometown, I don’t know anyone who has lost a child.  There is a support group about 30 minutes away but despite my efforts to connect with any of these women outside of the group that […]

  • How to Receive Signs from Your Deceased Loved Ones

    August 1, 2014

    Our deceased loved ones are not gone. They are able to be with us whenever they choose, and are even able to help and guide us throughout our lives. If you’d like to hear from them, all you need to do is to ask them to give you “without a doubt” signs to let you […]

  • Colors of the Spirit: We Are All One in Grief

    July 24, 2014

    Embracing Sacred Law From July 11, 2014 through July 13,2014, I attended the 37th National Conference of The Compassionate Friends in Chicago, Illinois.I have been attending and presenting workshops for this great organization whose focus is to provide hope and support to families who have experienced the death of a child, since 2008. I always […]

  • Uncovering The Richer Connections in Our Signs

    July 16, 2014

    An Empirical Man For the majority of my life, I never bought in to the idea that our loved ones could survive death by communicating their continued existence to us. I was too busy trying to handle my day-to-day responsibilities of being a son, husband, father, and addictions counselor to give much thought to what […]

  • Father-Daughter Bond Continues Beyond the Grave

    June 15, 2014

    My last visit with my father began three days before his passing. I had known him as a man of few words, so the intensity and depth of the conversation we shared about the life we had spent together marked me indelibly. He emphasized that he wished he “had been able to do more [for […]

  • Messages of Love

    June 3, 2014

    Over the years since my son’s death by overdose in 2004, I have received many messages and signs from him. Some have come in dreams, some through songs on the radio. Perhaps the most powerful of all have been the heart-shaped stones and shells washed up by the sea to remind me that love never […]

  • Watching for Signs

    April 5, 2014

    I sat in the sunshine by the community pool and I overheard several sweet little voices call out, “Watch, Papa, watch.” This universal call of a child reminded me of all the times parents watch their children. For mothers, this watching began the moment she found out about the pregnancy. She watched the foods she […]

  • Study: More Than Half Would Be ‘Overjoyed’ to See Deceased Loved One

    September 13, 2013

    According to a survey by the Forever Family Foundation, 52% of the interviewees would be “overjoyed” and would “try to interact” if they were to see a deceased loved one while they were awake. It would be easy to dismiss this as a just a nice thought – the understandable desire on the part of […]

  • Unhelpful Religious Beliefs on Death and the Afterlife

    August 31, 2013

    Ever since I have been studying the evidence for survival of human personality to physical death, the question of religious beliefs has been nagging at me. This has turned into an outright discomfort since I have moved into the field of counseling for the bereaved and the dying. It is difficult for me to approach […]

  • Embracing a Paradox: Can Life End?

    August 1, 2013

    It seems to me that death is a paradox, for while it appears that life has ended, nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, the body dies, but our spirit does not. In fact, our spirit cannot die, because the spirit is eternal. Since life cannot end, neither do our relationships. In fact, the […]

  • Signs from the Afterlife?

    July 26, 2013

    When I was a chiropractor in New York City, an essential part of my job was helping stressed-out patients to relax. Back pain is a vicious cycle. The pain causes tension and the tension intensifies the pain. Breaking the cycle with relaxation and a change of viewpoint helps the body heal. I never would have […]

  • 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 […]

  • How to Feel a Greater Connection to Loved Ones in Spirit

    April 6, 2013

    When someone we dearly love passes on, we miss their physical presence. Even when we truly believe they are in a better place and that we will see them again one day, we miss seeing them, holding them, and hearing their voice. This need for a physical connection is so strong, many of us would […]

  • Grief Healing and the Power of Afterlife Signs

    April 3, 2013

    Since 1998, during my grief support work, I have observed time and again the remarkable healing affects that take place when the bereaved receive a personal afterlife sign from their departed loved ones. Many who were deeply grieving and in a very dark place would later confide in me that the only reason they did […]

  • Recovered Email Provides Comfort to Grieving Mom

    March 20, 2013

    Throughout the years, my mother has written me many inspiring letters. I use the internet and write my children emails. Time may change the way we communicate – but it hasn’t replaced our need to connect with one another. I cherish the notes received from my son and daughter, and have managed to tuck a […]

  • Going Beyond Thinking

    March 18, 2013

    We all use our minds to try to understand why our children died. I am no different; when our son Keith died, I continued to ask that endless question—Why? Throughout my pursuit for answers, my niece Juli and her son Cody helped me realize that maybe I was not looking at all possibilities—just maybe I […]

  • This Puzzle Called Life by Laurel D. Rund

    November 18, 2012

    I was working my way through my own personal puzzle in 2010. It was a transformative time, as I moved through grief into an appreciation for my newly reshaped life and spirit. I sat down and wrote a poem “This Puzzle Called Life.” It is included in my book “Emerging Voices.“ For me, it was […]

  • Still With Us: Son Visits Through Signs

    October 27, 2012

    The plans were set for a 9-day adventure with my sister. The excitement and anticipation were building. I had to pack carefully as our travels would cover different elevations and therefore different temperatures. The plans were to cover many miles and to experience as much as we could. After hours of traveling by plane and […]

  • Grieving Mother gets BIG Message from her Loving Son

    September 9, 2012

    My son, Ryan, committed suicide in June of 2002; but from day one, I was keenly aware that his spirit never left me. Fortunately, I have been blessed with many signs and dream visits since he crossed over. With time, my awareness grew, and I learned to understand and recognize the different signs he would […]

  • Signs of Daughter, Signs of Comfort

    July 31, 2012

    It was a very painful feeling to carry my graduation gown and go to the university this morning to attend the 25th anniversary celebration and the graduation ceremony. I felt heaviness and throbbing pain in my chest that I had to carry along with my Oxford gown and the bag containing my shoes. The first […]

  • Memories of a Son’s Birthday Cards to Mom

    July 5, 2012

    It is almost my birthday and with all the birthday cards, why am I so sad? My husband always makes me feel as if my birthday is a big celebration and I have two amazing daughters who try to make this day very special for me. Cindy always makes her own cards and Carrie always […]

  • Strength and Glory after Husband’s Death: Elegy to a Tree

    May 23, 2012

    About six months after my husband, Marty, passed away I turned to the creative voice within me to help me express my soul’s grief.  After enrolling in a drawing class, we were given the assignment to go outside and draw a tree.   I did indeed have a favorite tree, outside my house on the […]

  • Out of the Darkness, Into the Light

    May 22, 2012

    A Cold Case State of Mind On most Fridays from 5:00pm to 11:00PM, I am parked on the couch or in my bedroom, watching the “Cold Case” marathon on the ION channel. This seven-year television series revolved around a dedicated and passionate group of detectives who came together as a team  to solve open murder […]

  • Signs and Connections: Graffiti Offers Hope and Assurance

    April 28, 2012

    Our youngest son, Clint, died at the age of 20 in 2005. During the early times of my grief, a bereaved mom suggested that screaming was a good outlet for tension. She recounted her screaming sessions. Try as I might, I could not bring myself to scream. Almost 3 years after Clint’s death, I was on a […]

  • The Storm, the Dove, Renewal

    April 21, 2012

    A week or two ago, a beautiful dove built a nest in a palm tree next to my house. It was nestled in a space where a palm frond had been, and there she sat on two white eggs. None of the activity of the house scared her away – lawn mowing, power washing the […]

  • 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 […]

  • ‘Whispers From Beyond:’ Faith-Filled Heart Comforts after Loss

    April 6, 2012

    There is nothing more important or powerful in our lives than our faith. I have had a wonderful experience about a presence more powerful than ourselves. I have seen the movies, books and specials through out the media world about life after death, God, the Divine Source and Heaven. It is an amazing and mysterious […]

  • Signs and Connections: Happiness Returns

    April 2, 2012

    My younger sister and I have resided in the same area most of our lives. We have maintained a close connection despite the fact that we’re frequently in different phases in our lives. We normally speak often and participate in each other’s life activities. Then the day came when my sister had the opportunity to […]

  • Where is My Child and Is He Okay?

    March 28, 2012

    From the moment you become a parent, there are two questions that become first and foremost in your mind: Where is my child and is he or she okay? Even when you are dealing with an infant that seldom leaves your side, you still get those moments. I can remember watching my babies when they […]

  • The Missing Koi

    March 22, 2012

    I was touched and deeply comforted when following my mother’s death, a connected series of encounters with fish in general and koi in particular occurred. The art direction and style of rendering or materials varied a lot. Sometimes it was watercolor, sometimes sculpture, sometimes koi appreared as decoration on a restaurant menu or a door […]

  • After Son’s Death, Rising Above

    March 13, 2012

    Does the weight of death keep us from connecting with the vibration of our child’s soul? Immediately following the death of a loved one, our physical bodies take over. We are inert, laying in a fetal position on our beds. We are in shock, emitting wounded cries. It feels as if the “weight of the […]

  • Deceased Offers a Gift for Grandpa

    March 7, 2012

    I was excited as I awoke early that Sunday morning. Today all of my plans and preparations would come full circle. In a short while we would begin to celebrate my Dad’s 80th birthday. Dad doesn’t like a lot of fuss, but he good-naturedly went along with all of our plans. I had managed to […]

  • Daughter’s Cats Help Dad Keep Connection

    February 23, 2012

    My daughter Jeannine died on March 1,2003, at the age of 18 due to cancer. One of the things that I struggled with during my early grief was regret and guilt over the fact that I was too wrapped up with work and finishing graduate school to see what was happening to her sooner. Of […]

  • ‘Iron Lady’ Touches Aging Widows’ Hearts

    February 11, 2012

    I just returned from seeing Meryl Streep’s remarkable performance as Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady,” for which she surely should win an Oscar. But she also should win that Oscar for touching aging widows’ hearts. Like Margaret, many of us went through our husband’s shoes, clothes, and treasures — along with old family photos — […]

  • How Can I Receive a Sign or Message?

    January 30, 2012

    When grief and pain are your daily companions, you have questions. We all ask many questions after a loved one dies. We want validation of and answers to these questions. This uncertainty is a part of our grief process but can there be comfort or relief in this process. We remember the close bond with […]

  • Seeing Signs of Deceased Son

    January 28, 2012

    As a public speaker and radio/TV show host, many people have asked me if I have ever “seen signs” of my son’s presence. It may seem like a simple question, but when you really start to think about it, the answer is very complicated — in a simple way.  Yes. I “see signs.” Early in […]

  • Extraordinary Experience: Signs from Beyond

    January 11, 2012

    Let me emphasize at the outset that I have been trained in the scientific method and hold a dutiful respect for science. However, I have no doubt whatsoever that many bereaved people receive signs or messages from their deceased loved ones or a Supreme being that helps them deal with their losses and reinvest in […]

  • Son Sends Signs that He’s Never Far Away

    January 4, 2012

    When our second son, Lance, was born, he quickly found the middle two fingers of his right hand served his well as a pacifier. His index and little finger extended straight up on each cheek creating the “hook’em horns” symbol made famous by the University of Texas at Austin. When his habit continued as a […]

  • A Skeptic’s Journey Through Grief

    December 20, 2011

    As a physician with a strong science background, I used to regard all things spiritual with a jaded eye—until the recent suicide of my young son, Erik. Since then, my life has been cleaved into two parts: The Before and The After, The Bliss and The Dark Despair.   Everyone deals with grief differently. I heal […]

  • Son’s Spirit Lives on in Piggy Nation

    December 2, 2011

    On January 31, 2009, our son, Nick Rosser, was taken from us in a car accident. In the ensuing days I struggled to get out of bed. Grief drained me emotionally and physically. At the time of the accident, I was on hiatus from my job as First Assistant Director on the TV show, 24. […]

  • Dr. Pepper Provides Sign from Beloved

    November 28, 2011

    From my own experience with losing my beloved, I have found it helpful for me to maintain a continuing bond and relationship with him. While our relationship is different than it was when he was here on Earth, I still have a strong connection with him in my heart and through the memories I carry […]

  • 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 […]

  • What Does An Angel Look Like?

    November 11, 2011

    A client made a personal visit to my husband’s office the other day.  She had never met his assistant and while talking privately in his office, complimented her happy, helpful spirit and said, “In my mind I had not pictured her to be so joy-filled. I love being around her.”  His response was a question: […]

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 […]

  • Jo Higgins; Comforting Signs

    September 20, 2012

    Joe Higgins  is the Author of Hello…Anyone Home?: A Guide on How our Deceased Loved Ones Try to Contact Us through the Use of Signs.  Joe has received comforting signs from his father, whom Joe lost at age 13.  His work now focuses on bringing information to others who have lost loved ones and how […]

  • Sara Ruble; Trusting Love…Even in Death

    January 5, 2012

    Sara Ruble is a bereaved mom whose only child, Scott, died suddenly at age nineteen. Her life would never be the same. A sign came the day after Scott’s funeral and once again, Sara was forever changed. Through his many signs, they forged a bond very early on. She began writing, only to learn fifteen […]