Open to Hope Radio

  • Monique Cerundolo: Dealing With Grief Through Poetry and Quilting

    April 3, 2014

    Monique Cerundolo is a chaplain at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Twenty-five years ago she started quilting and was attracted by the beauty and the possibilities of this art form. She is the author of Seasons of Grief and Hope.

  • Laurel Rund: Transformation After the Death of a Husband

    October 24, 2013

    It all began in 2009 when a life-changing event would begin the transformation of Laurel Rund into the woman she is today. Never would she have imagined that the death of her 42 year old husband would send her  on a journey through loss and grief to a redefined sense of self.  Laurel is the author […]

  • Carl David; Suicide Support

    December 13, 2012

    Carl David is the third descendant of a four-generation art dealer family specializing in American and European nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.  He is the author of  “Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide” the story of how his family lived through his brother’s shocking death by suicide when Carl was just sixteen years old.

  • Dealing With The Loss of a Spouse; Janet Gallin

    November 15, 2012

    After college, marriage and work came widowhood, single motherhood and the discovery that love and taking responsibility has healing power.  Today Janet Gallin is remarried and a grandmother. She is a bright spirit and brings joy to others with her weekly column for the San Francisco Examiner on-line called Love Letters.

  • Amy Robbins-Wilson, MA; Healing Music

    October 18, 2012

    Amy Robbins-Wilson, MA is a Musical Parenting Expert, Healing Music Artist and the “Lullaby Lady.” In 2011 Amy recorded Angel Baby Lullabies for those who have lost a child.  She now performs Angel Baby Remembrance Concerts to help comfort parents and honor angel babies who flew home too soon.

  • Michael Nunley: Healing Family Losses With Music

    August 16, 2012

    Michael Nunley’s father’s diagnosis of terminal cancer was like losing an anchor for the Nunley family.  A second blow came when Michael broke the news, that his sister Cyndy had taken her life. Michael shares how the loss of his sister enabled him to craft the song for a Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting bringing him […]

  • Chris Donohoe; Honoring a Sibling With Music Guest:

    July 12, 2012

    Chris Donohoe is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter. He has released 3 albums since 2009; WHAT DRIVES YOU, HERMOSILLA   His latest project MARCH was inspired by the difficult and profound experience of watching his youngest brother, Terrence, battle Multiple Sclerosis.  Chris and his family were with Terrence when he passed away in 2011.

  • Alan Pedersen; Holiday Candle Lighting With Alan Pedersen, Dr. Heidi and Dr. Gloria

    December 22, 2011

    Alan Pedersen is an award winning songwriter, successful recording artist and nationally recognized speaker on grief and loss. On August 15, 2001 Alan’s 18 year old daughter, Ashley died in an automobile accident.  Alan travels the United States with his wife Denise, sharing his music and story with grief organizations.  

  • Mark Kelso: Healing Through Music

    November 17, 2011

    Mark Kelso’s 21st album Grief and Grace addresses finding grace in the midst of our grief.  Recorded immediately after the suicide of his 21 year old nephew, Kelsey, the CD also includes songs written over the past 20 years dealing with grief and loss, including the death of his father, and the loss of close […]

  • Mark Kelso; Healing Through Music

    November 17, 2011

    Mark Kelso’s 21st album Grief and Grace addresses finding grace in the midst of our grief.  Recorded immediately after the suicide of his 21 year old nephew, Kelsey, the CD also includes songs written over the past 20 years dealing with grief and loss, including the death of his father, and the loss of close […]

  • The Healing Power of Reminiscence: Robin Edger

    May 26, 2011

    Robin Edgar teaches reminiscence workshops for bereavement programs and for individuals wishing to record family histories.  She points out the people use to sit around the campfire or fireplace and tell our stories but Somehow, the literate society got tricked into thinking that other people’s stories were more important than our own.  She is the […]

  • Susan W. Reynolds; Creating a Healing Environment

    February 17, 2011

    Susan W. Reynolds, after being widowed at age 49, found that no matter where she went change in her surroundings were needed.  Combining her training in physical therapy and interior redesign, Susan created a system for looking at your home as your haven and where creative healing can start.  She is the author of Room For […]

  • Apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas; Death by Suicide

    February 6, 2011

    Apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas premiers his song i cry and shares why he wrote it and his feelings around the death by suicide of his brother.

  • Janelle Shantz Hertzler’s: Healing Through Journaling and Poetry

    January 27, 2011

    Janelle Shantz Hertzler’s husband was killed by a drunk driver. On a quest for healing she studied trauma, wrote poetry, journaled, and began photography. She is the author of  Seasons of Solace: A Story of Healing through Photos and Poems. Her website www.journey-through-grief.com is also a result of what she learned to heal.

  • Joy Berger; Composing Life Out of Loss

    January 6, 2011

    Joy Berger authored Music of the Soul, Composing Life Out of Loss, and is the Quality and Education Researcher for Hosparus Inc., in Louisville, KY.  She is a recipient of the National Heart of Hospice Psychosocial/Spiritual Caregiver Award, by the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals. Joy’s personal openness to hope took hold […]

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  • For Those With Bereavement: Healing Music

    November 21, 2013

    The holidays are almost here. Very shortly, some of us will prepare a list of things so we can get ready for the season. It may look like this… Christmas cards? Check! Hanukkah candles? Check! Gifts for children, spouse and parent? Check, check, check! Though Hanukkah and Christmas are joyous occasions for most, they can […]

  • Ten Ways to Find Good Fortune in your Holidays

    October 15, 2013

    The Christmas tree we dragged from the woods wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t expect the Christmas holiday to be perfect either. The long gangly branches made the tree seem awkwardly out of balance. It was fat at the bottom and too skinny at the top. One of our guests during the holiday commented, “I can’t […]

  • Writing Your Book about Grief: Helpful Tips for Beginning Writers

    September 12, 2013

    I’ve been a freelance writer for 36+ years, focusing on health and wellness books. My latest book focuses on the steps I took to recover from multiple losses. Four family members died in 2007 and, thanks to grief work and introspection, I created a new life. So many people asked me how I managed to […]

  • Man Who Lost Parents As a Child Speaks Through Art

    September 6, 2013

    If you have spent any time in La Jolla, California over the last decades, you might have seen Chris Canole in one of his many incarnations. This year, for the entire month of August, a series of drawn portraits and illustrations by this local polymath was on display as a one-man show at the Pannikin […]

  • Writing Poetry to Cope

    June 22, 2013

    This summer is going to be a doozy: Our eldest daughter is about to climb behind the wheel of our family van. Yikes. Stop the clock already. I wish we could go back in time, start off a bit more slowly, savor all those delicious growing-up moments, even delay taking those training wheels off her […]

  • 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 […]

  • Making Lemonade: Building on Life’s Challenges

    February 8, 2013

    Almost everyone has heard the saying, “When life sends you lemons, make lemonade.” In 2007, I received a bushel-full of lemons: the death of my daughter, death of my father-in-law, death of my brother and only sibling, death of my former son-in-law, and becoming guardian of 15-year-old grandchildren. Six years have passed since I suffered […]

  • The Yin and Yang of Love after Spouse-Loss

    February 2, 2013

    Unbelievable as it seems, it has been four years since my husband passed away. Every year, from January 26th until February 19th, I go into a Bermuda triangle of memories and emotions – his birthday, the day of his death and our anniversary fall on these dates. You would think grief would have loosened its hold […]

  • 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 […]

  • Writing about Mother Helps Turn Pain into Gratitude

    September 17, 2012

    For an adult, the role of your parent in your life changes greatly from when you were a child.  As a child, you depended on them for everything-food, shelter, clothing, guidance and love.  As an adult, you don’t rely on your parents to care for your basic needs any longer; but their role in your […]

  • Five Artist Perspectives on the Numinous Quality of Portraiture

    September 11, 2012

    I asked the five artists whose reflections appear below to write about what I call the numinous quality of portraiture. I want to thank them for providing me with their insight and for their personal responses. Each commentary is different and uniquely speaks about the authors’ life, experiences and craft. I will be adding additional artist […]

  • ‘Carry On’: A Song of Hope

    September 9, 2012

    What would those who died say to their loved ones if they could somehow get a message across? I asked that question over and over in my mind in April 1995 after the bombing in Oklahoma City shook the country and 168 people including nineteen children lost their lives. The loss of innocent life was […]

  • Taking Survival Lessons from Wolves — and Jodi Picoult

    September 4, 2012

    I’m on my way to the library to return yet another remarkable novel by Jodi Picoult. It’s called “Lone Wolf” and I want to share some words her main character speaks about wolves who die, but that apply to all of us who have had “family upheavals” and soldier on. “There is no grief among […]

  • Composing Grief: Songwriting as Salve after Loss

    September 4, 2012

    There are many articles written by people who found an activity that helped them journey through grief and loss. They range from journaling feelings on paper to taking up something more extravagant, such as hang-gliding. These new-found interests have often been the oxygen individuals need to survive. I recently came across an article written by […]

  • Healing Journey: Things Are Looking Up (And So Am I)

    September 3, 2012

    Some of you are far enough along the grief journey to believe that there is life with grief.  Please notice I did not say “life AFTER grief.”  There is no “after”; there is only understanding and healing.  You don’t stop missing a loved one who is no longer with you.  You don’t wake up one […]

  • Former Widower Reviews ‘Go On,’ TV Show About Widower

    August 19, 2012

          I don’t watch a lot of TV. With five young kids and four books in various stages of completion, I don’t have the time or energy to commit to the boob tube. But with Marathon Girl glued to the Olympics for two weeks (about the only time she watches TV), I kept […]

  • Italian Foundation Brings Nature Art into Hospital Rooms

    July 22, 2012

      If you’ve ever been to Florence, Italy, you may have seen l’Ospedale degli Innocenti, a striking Renaissance building. Over the years, the hospital has housed the work of many Florentine Renaissance masters and was one of the earliest instances of artistic decoration in a hospital setting. Today, continuing the intertwining of healthcare and art, […]

  • New Book Says Greatest Work Can Come From Darkest Moments

    July 22, 2012

    “There will always be something quite miraculous about the imagination,” writes Jonah Lehrer in his latest book Imagine: How Creativity Works. This is my second recommendation in a four-part series exploring unconventional books to read when coping with grief. With Lehrer, we are moved to inspiration. Like in Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety by Sacha Z. […]

  • Loss is So Complicated – Unexpected Triggers

    June 11, 2012

    Loss is So Complicated…. My feelings of grief and loss are complicated and intertwined within my very being.   After my husband Marty’s death in 2009, I wrote a poem called “Grief’s Cloak”.  An excerpt from that poem came back to “haunt” me recently. “But wait!  Was I also trying to outrun grief?  No hide and […]

  • Man Writes Music to Ease Grief

    May 29, 2012

    My name is Michael, and I lost my talented, loveable, indescribable sister to suicide, and my solid, strong, and loyal father to a cancerous brain tumor- in the space of half a year. I don’t have to tell you how that felt. Most of you reading this have your own pain to help you empathize […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Faded Images, Sacred Days

    July 27, 2011

      As I look around me today, I see my life in all its colors.   But, there seems to be a film noir running in the background of my mind, and I hear a faint clickity-clack as the movie reel turns. Some familiar scene, object or event triggers my memory to push forward – out […]

  • Widow Learning to ‘Just Be’

    May 30, 2011

    It’s funny about how you meet that special someone in your life at the most unexpected time. I was getting my hair cut and colored one day without any thought other than, I really, really need to have my roots colored.   Picture this, a woman sitting in the hair salon chair with her hair […]

  • Husband’s Art During Illness Reflects Days of Hope

    September 9, 2010

    In the early days of painting in the basement of our Vancouver rental, my husband’s canvases were filled with darker colors and hues. The small lower left corner often harbored the hope.This is where you could find the brighter tones, pushing up the dark curtain that bore down heavily. We were less than a third […]

  • 400 Years Later, Shakespeare’s Grief Resonates

    September 4, 2010

    William Shakespeare was acquainted with great grief. Learning this has deepened my admiration for the playwright and what he has penned about grief. The Bard, as Shakespeare is often referred to, was one of eight children. The family experienced multiple losses. First born to parents Mary and John Shakespeare was Joan, who lived two months […]