Open to Hope Radio

  • Elizabeth Heineman: Stillbirth

    October 9, 2014

    Elizabeth Heineman is mother of one stillborn and two surviving children. Her memoir of her stillbirth is Ghostbelly (Feminist Press, 2014). She is a professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches courses on gender and sexuality, European and German history, and the history of human rights.

  • Robin Lentz Worgan: Still Birth


    August 8, 2013

    Robin Lentz Worgan began writing after her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. The stillbirth of her third child, Margaret, led her to write Journaling Away Mommy’s Grief: A Book and a Journal for Mother’s after Stillbirth or Infant Loss, a self-help and memoir. Robin is a freelance writer, speaker, peer counselor, mother, and teacher.

  • Christine Jonas-Simpson RN; PhD; Perinatal Loss

    November 8, 2012

    Christine Jonas-Simpson is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at York University in Toronto. After the loss of her own baby boy in 2001 she began to focus her arts-based research on how human beings live and transform with loss. She is currently working on a documentary series and is the author of […]

  • Diana Sundwall; Infant Loss

    August 23, 2012

    Diana Sundwall  is the Founder and Executive Director of Infants Remembered In Silence, Inc. (IRIS) – founded in 1987 following the stillbirth of her son Derek in 1985.  She is the author of “Sharing the Tears:  How family and friends can help following the death of a child” and “Tender Teaching:  Incorporating Infants Loss into […]

  • Gabrielle Michel; Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    April 19, 2012

    Gabrielle Michel is an interfaith minister, spiritual counselor, Grief Recovery Specialist and the Founder/President of Graceful Grieving, Inc., nonprofit organization. She’s a compelling, relatable writer and speaker on the topic of infant and pregnancy loss. Though the subject is dark and painful, her resilient spirit, disarming sense of humor and accessible demeanor allow her to […]

  • Abel Keogh: Loss of a Wife and Child

    October 20, 2010

    Abel Keogh shares his tragic story of hope and loss after his pregnant wife took her own life.

  • Robbie Miller Kaplan: Making A Difference

    April 22, 2010

    Robbie Kaplan’s twins died in infancy of heart defects, here Robbie speaks of using adversity to effect change. Robbie’s bio.

  • Linda Goldman: Helping Children Deal With Loss

    November 19, 2009

    The stillbirth of her daughter, Jennifer, has motivated her to help others through her counseling, and early childhood education. She has gone on to write a book and influence those who have suffered loss. To Learn More About Linda

  • Judy Philbin: The Use of Music to Find Your Way Through Grief

    October 1, 2009

    Judy talks about how music has enriched her life and touched the lives of other.

  • Kristi Dyer: The Physical Aspects of Loss

    July 16, 2009

    Dr. Dyer discusses the physical symptoms of grieving.

  • Tracy Swanson: Healing From Within, Pregnancy Loss

    March 12, 2009

    Tracy discusses the group Empty Cradle, the non-profit organization for those who have had pregnancy loss.

  • Suzanne Toro: Healing From Within Through the Gift of Music

    March 12, 2009

    Singer song writer Suzanne Toro talks about her pregnancy loss and seeing her husband through cancer treatment.

  • Kira Copperman; Healing After Miscarriage and Infertility

    November 20, 2008

    Social worker and president of KBC Consulting, a health care consulting firm. Kira was honored by Resolve, the National Infertility Support Organization. She has not only gone on to find hope, but has also helped others.

  • Monica Novak: Coping with Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    October 30, 2008

    Monica Novak’s life was forever changed when she had a stillborn child. She is the author of The Good Grief Club, a story of her journey with other women who shared a similar journey.

Articles

  • ‘Würmchen is Dead’

    September 18, 2014

    There’s an old pear tree in our back yard. It’s too close to the house. One of these days, a windstorm will blow one of the high branches onto the roof, and we’ll wish we’d had it removed earlier. Already, windstorms have taken down the three ancient apple trees that were on the property when […]

  • Compassionate Friends National Conference

    June 27, 2013

    To all of your in this forum, I encourage you to seek support from family, friends and others who have similar losses. A support group is especially beneficial, when family and friends move on. The Compassionate Friends–the grand mother of bereavement support groups, is holding its National Conference in Boston on July 5-7. If you […]

  • Preg/Infant Loss Support

    January 13, 2013

    Good evening. My name is Beth and I am a mother to 3 Angels. I am looking for local women to join us at our yearly Ceremony in October for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awarenss. Our ceremony this year is called “Whispers From Heaven”. We have a current FB page Chicago Angel Moms & Dads. […]

  • Back to School

    September 4, 2012

    Back to school is in the air. In millions of homes across the country, families are busy preparing for the annual return to school. For many of us who have lost infants and young children, it is a very difficult time, as we are reminded that our child never made it to the first day […]

  • Mother’s Day

    May 13, 2012

    Mother’s Day. You or someone you know may have had a pregnancy loss, still birth or newborn death, and are experiencing acute grief feelings, especially today. In such a situation, when one’s hopes and dreams have been smashed, the upcoming Mother’s Day only brings sadness and dread. First let me say you have a right […]

  • Springtime in the Heart Can Happen After Pregnancy Loss

    March 29, 2012

    It’s been unseasonably warm in the Rocky Mountains lately. We have an early and warm spring and I am not complaining one bit! I live for the sun’s warmth on my pale skin and the joy I feel when flowers begin popping out of the ground. I feel reborn, which of course is what spring […]

  • Still birth Loss

    March 17, 2012

    Here is a link to an article entitled: Stillborn–still living, that contains some helpful information. Source: Grief Digest magazine. Take a look. http://griefdigestmagazine.com/2010/11/ … ll-living/

  • ‘Brotherhood’ of Fathers Who Have Lost Children

    March 17, 2012

    I had a unique experience last week while I was at work that took me a little off guard. To give you some background leading up to this experience, it started the Friday before New Year’s weekend and I was on the phone with someone (Mark) I had never spoken to before and we were […]

  • My Baby Died, and Taught Me Faith

    March 11, 2012

    That little voice within me is always right but, it’s taken me a long time to learn that.  I tend to drown her out with the noise of my mind. She knew, when I first found out I was pregnant, on my daughter’s birthday, May of 2009, that it was the beginning of an end. […]

  • Deceased Grandchild Sends Dragonflies to Grandma

    August 28, 2011

    Synchronicity is far more than a rock album. It is the term coined by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychotherapist, to describe the phenomenon in which events are connected in such a meaningful way that their occurrence seems to defy the calculations of probability. Part of my new normal since my granddaughter was born still is […]

  • Hope Eternal: Miscarriage Doesn’t End Mother-Daughter Bond

    March 5, 2011

    We call her Hope. Our baby, lost to us in late January 2003, was with us only briefly. Eight weeks to be exact. Not long enough to take her first breath, but long enough to be a reality in my heart. Long enough for me to imagine holding her in my arms. Long enough to […]

  • Poem: My Anna, My Angel

    March 3, 2011

    Across the room, I feel your touch. So perfect, only Heaven can hold you. Above the silence, I hear your laugh. So perfect, only Heaven can hold you. Through the night, I see your face. So perfect, only Heaven can hold you. Stretching into the morning, your heart beats with mine. So perfect, only Heaven […]

  • Meditations on the Word ‘Still’

    August 15, 2010

    “But after tempest . . . /There came a day as still as heaven” (Tennyson) Still. An ordinary word, brief, easy to pronounce. When my sons were toddlers, I often told them to hold still while I was brushing their hair, changing their clothes, bundling them into snow suits. I would ask them to please […]

  • Father Takes on Mission After Surviving Death of Two Children

    May 11, 2010

    I grew up in a typical blue collar Midwest City where working hard and playing hard was a way of life.  Men were expected to toughen up when times got rough and plow through them.  There wasn’t room for weakness.  When things became too much, you headed to the bar for a few hours.  Nobody […]

  • Death of Grandchild is a Double Loss

    April 16, 2010

    April 11 was my second-born grandson, Conner’s, birthday.  He would have been 16 this year.  Oh, the fun age.  The 16th birthday, to me, is when you no longer feel like you are a child but not quite an adult.   You aren’t quite sure where to go with those feelings you have inside you.  Also, […]

  • Grandmother Shares Story of Double Loss

    January 18, 2010

    January 25th will be my third grandchild’s birthday.  There won’t be any cake or ice cream or a party. She isn’t here with us.   Instead we will put  balloons on her gravesite.   She would have been 14.  Her name was Jacy Kay. She had my middle name.  We would have had another teenager in the family.  When […]

  • The Birth of Purpose: Foundation Emerges from Stillbirth

    October 20, 2009

    A mother’s viewpoint of grief: deep and profound Nicole Alston recalls: April 29, 2005, was our due date, and like any typical first-time parents responding to the initial signs of labor, my husband Paul and I dashed to the hospital full of hope and promise. After years of unexplained infertility and a miscarriage in 2003, we […]

  • October: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

    October 4, 2009

    In 1988, when President Ronald Reagan declared October to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I was still in college, not yet married, and motherhood was a distant point in my future.  The proclamation, even if I had heard about it, would have sailed right past my consciousness. Five years later, when I became […]

  • Keeping and Sharing Memories of Our Babies

    September 17, 2009

    When my friend Dawn was pregnant with triplets, due the following June, her husband Andy wanted to surprise her with a special piece of jewelry for Christmas.  He had no idea what to get, so the sales lady helped him pick a stone.  “Get her an amethyst because it’s purple, for royalty, and your wife […]

  • When a Miscarriage Occurs After Fertility Treatments

    April 15, 2009

    By Kira Copperman, LMSW – Being a patient at a fertility clinic brings moments of anxiety, hope, excitement, fear, and stress.  The time and effort to become pregnant can feel like an emotional roller coaster and certainly a different route to conception than one may have imagined.  A Harvard Medical School study showed that patients […]

  • Horror of Pregnancy Loss Inspires Mother to Grow

    March 30, 2009

    By Suzanne Schafer – My husband and I lost a baby during the middle of my pregnancy. From the first moment the doctor told me, with a deep, pained look on his face, that our baby had passed away, I felt grave sorrow in my heart which surged down to my core. Shortly after this […]

  • What Makes Pregnancy Losses Unique

    March 20, 2009

    by Irv Leon, Ph.D. – People who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths grieve over a baby they do not know.  Understanding how these losses are different from other losses helps to appreciate the distinct way they are mourned. Here are several ways that pregnancy loss is unique. 1.  It can feel less real. When you grieve, you typically recall […]

  • The Good Grief Club is Born

    March 12, 2009

    By Monica Novak I didn’t see it coming. None of us did. How could we? For Heidi, Tracy, Wendy, and me, it came with the words, “There’s no heartbeat.” For Dawn, Beth, and Darlene, the crushing blow was, “There?s nothing more we can do.” Miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death–these were things that happened to other people. […]

  • The Good Grief Club

    March 10, 2009

    by Monica Novak – I didn’t see it coming.  None of us did.  How could we?  For Heidi, Tracy, Wendy, and me, it came with the words, “There’s no heartbeat.”  For Dawn, Beth, and Darlene, the crushing blow was, “There’s nothing more we can do.” Miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death-these were things that happened to other […]

  • How to Support a Friend Who is Grieving a Miscarriage or Infant Death

    February 16, 2009

    By Chellie Bonebrake – The death of an infant or a miscarriage is so sad. Many times it’s difficult to know what to say, how to say it, and of course you may be wondering what not to say. Often those worries keep people from reaching out to support friends and loved ones who are […]

  • Pregnancy After Pregnancy Loss

    February 5, 2009

    By Dr Lina Kaplan – Pregnancy loss presents a formidable challenge to bereaved parents. Grieving parents often report a profound sense of isolation and alienation at the time when they most need support.  Many people do not fully appreciate the attachment that already has formed between the parents and their unborn child, nor the symbolic […]

  • Stillbirth: “We Knew You Before You Were Born”

    January 14, 2009

    By Judith O’Reilly – I love my children. All four of them: there is one I cannot hold. Not true. I hold him in my heart. I just cannot hold his hand in mine. He would be eight today. Two days before he was due to be born, he stopped moving. I did the things […]

  • I Lost My Daughter

    December 12, 2008

    From The Grief Blog, March 27, 2008 I lost my daughter Lanai on March 9, 2008. She would have been my first. I miss her so much and it hurts. I know that I will get through it but dealing with this alone has been extremely difficult. I find comfort in reading everyone’s comments to […]

  • Poem: I Dreamed Today

    December 12, 2008

    I DREAMED TODAY, of a little one being born, with ten little toes, ten little fingers and a pug little nose, AND I PRAYED. I DREAMED TODAY, that my little one opened her eyes and noticed that I was her mom, and she looked at me with such a smile and eyes so bright it […]

  • What Makes Pregnancy Losses Unique

    December 1, 2008

    by Irv Leon, Ph.D. –??

  • Remembering a Child Who Lived a Short Life

    September 10, 2008

    By Jenny Hander One of the greatest tragedies in losing a baby is that you don’t get the chance to form enough memories to carry you through a lifetime of living without them. It isn’t that you forget to remember; it is that you don’t have many memories to recall. Though I think of my […]

  • After Miscarriage, Husband Wonders When It’s Time to Try Again

    June 26, 2008

    Dear Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi, My wife, who is 35, miscarried after two months. It has been four months and she is still talking about the baby and is stressed about getting pregnant again. Is this normal? I just think we should get on with it and try again. We aren’t getting any younger. […]

Open to Hope TV

  • Episode 3: Coping With Pregnancy Loss and Infertility-Grief Relief TV

    March 9, 2013

    Co-hosts, mother, daughter team, Gloria Horsley Ph.D. and Heidi Horsley Psy.D interview guests: Chandrama Anderson, MFT, and author of No U-Turn at Mercy Street: A Memoir and Resource Guide for Grieving Parents, G. David Adamson MD, Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California, Clinical Professor Stanford University School of Medicine and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW. This […]

  • Prenatal Loss: Dr Heidi Horsley

    February 25, 2013

    Dr Heidi Horsley discusses prenatal loss and the fact that it can be an unacknowledged loss.  

  • Nicole Alston-Life After the Death of a Daughter

    November 5, 2012

    After Nicole Alston’s infant daughter died she looked for ways to help other grieving parents. She founded the Skye Foundation. Association of Death Education and Counseling

  • Darcy Harris-Reproductive Loss

    March 26, 2012

    Dr Darcy Harris shares her insight on reproductive loss at the annual Association of Death Education and Counseling.