Open to Hope Television Wins Prestigious WAVE Award

WAVE Awards

We are pleased to announce that our Open to Hope television show Returning to Work After Loss has won a 2017 Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE). Through Public Access and its dedicated team of volunteers, we have been able to produce shows that help people find hope after loss and give a voice to grief and recovery.

We started hosting Open to Hope radio programs ten years ago, but could not link into television. Producers were not interested in grief and loss even though our mission is really about hope and healing. Thus, we were excited in 2013 when we had the opportunity to organize, write and produce our first Public Access show with the help of Karen Adams at MidPen Media Center in Palo Alto, California.

One-Hundred Shows

We’ve had an amazing journey since that first show. Not only did we win the prestigious WAVE award this year, but celebrated the filming of our one-hundredth program in partnership with The Compassionate Friends.  We now produce and film at Manhattan Neighborhood Network in New York City as well as MidPen Media Center. The shows are aired in Palo Alto and on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on Time Warner Cable in New York City.  Below is a description of our award winning show and the URL.

Show Description and URL

Topic:  Returning to Work After Loss

  • Guest:  Tim Meadows
  • Guest:  Terri O’Rourke
  • Guest:  Mitch Carmody

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, talk with bereaved parents, Terri O’Rourke and Tim Meadows, about the challenges of returning to work after the deaths of their sons, both named Christopher. The show includes a video clip entitled Grief in the Workplace produced by psychologist and bereaved parent, Carol Kerns, and closes with Alan singing and Mitch Carmody signing to It’s My Life, words, and music by Alan Pedersen.

Connect With Us

We are grateful to all of those who participated in the making of this show. If you have a topic you would like us to cover or if you would like to be a guest on Open to Hope television please get in touch with me.  Our shows can be accessed through our website at opentohope.com.

God Bless,

Dr. Gloria

Gloria Horsley

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Dr. Gloria Horsley is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent. She started "Open to Hope" to help the millions in the world with grief. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over 20 years. Dr. Horsley hosts the syndicated internet radio show, The Grief Blog which is one of the top ranked shows on Health Voice America. She serves the Compassionate Friends in a number of roles including as a Board of Directors, chapter leader, workshop facilitator, and frequently serves as media spokesperson. Dr. Horsley is often called on to present seminars throughout the country. She has made appearances on numerous television and radio programs including "The Today Show," "Montel Williams," and "Sallie Jessie Raphael." In addition, she has authored a number of articles and written several books including Teen Grief Relief with Dr. Heidi Horlsey, and The In-Law Survival Guide.

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  • Valerie K Morey says:

    I received your information from TAPS to see if you can help me. My husband died June 4, 2003 do to Agent Orange Exposure in Vietnam. He was 100% permanent & total from PTSD. When we met he was 40 and I was 22. I became his TEAM. I was his 5th wife so the was long after his Military days. He had lots of nightmares and daymares!! Well long story short he was my life! He was the reason I took every breath of air. It’s been 14 years now and it still seams like yesterday that I seen his last breath. Still can hear the death rattle plain as day everyday. It doesn’t get easier. It’s just that long sense I’ve seen his face. I was also trained very well in military combat situation’s. Every minute of every day for 15 years I was in training. So eventually he could get some sleep because I was on alert and had his back. Anyway now I’m the one with nightmares and I have lost my team. I ride his 2000 Harley Davidson every day! Anyway if you think you might be able to help me please contact me thank you for your time.
    Valeri Morey
    valk31@yahoo.com or
    Text me at (503)422-2277