Rebecca had a business career and was tentatively starting to enjoy writing when her brother, her only sibling, took his life. In grief’s tailwind she left writing, losing the ability to be her true self. Years passed before she believed Continue reading
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Erika R. Barber lived the first fifteen years of her life as a sibling and has since lived as a sibling survivor. Following her sister’s suicide, Erika embarked on a life-long endeavor to merge these familial roles and discover her Continue reading
On this show Stacey Redmond whose son was killed in a stabbing at the Giants ballpark in San Francisco and Lew Cox Victims Advocate from Tacoma Washington discuss the their losses and how they have used their grief to help Continue reading
Nature and all that it encompasses can bear many blessings. A glorious sunset, a gentle rain and a cool breeze can soothe us even in the most tumultuous of times and perhaps even provide valuable teachings that promote clarity on … Continue reading
When I saw my daughter’s question on facebook after the Boston Marathon Bombing last week, I knew she was expressing a universal feeling of sadness and anxiety about the world we now live in. I knew she was worrying about … Continue reading
None of us are exempt from potential tragedy and no matter how close a relationship we have with our loved ones, or even with God, it does not keep us from experiencing tragedy from time to time. Nothing guarantees that … Continue reading
hello, im 18 years old and i have a problem my girlfriend is also 18 yers old and he has just noticed that shes pregnant. im thinking about suicicde i cant do it.. what could i say to my parents, … Continue reading
As Americans, we are again shocked and disturbed by the Boston Marathon bombing. It is unfathomable that such violence could be planned to disturb the annual patriots event in the city that is the very cradle of liberty. My heart … Continue reading
To the casual observer, Mindy McCready’s recent suicide death reads like a bad country song. To those of us who have lived through some of what she experienced or are witness to in our work, it reads more like a … Continue reading
Rebecca had a business career and was tentatively starting to enjoy writing when her brother, her only sibling, took his life. In grief’s tailwind she left writing, losing the ability to be her true self. Years passed before she believed … Continue reading
On this show Stacey Redmond whose son was killed in a stabbing at the Giants ballpark in San Francisco and Lew Cox Victims Advocate from Tacoma Washington discuss the their losses and how they have used their grief to help … Continue reading
Erika R. Barber lived the first fifteen years of her life as a sibling and has since lived as a sibling survivor. Following her sister’s suicide, Erika embarked on a life-long endeavor to merge these familial roles and discover her … Continue reading
Dr Gloria and Dr Heidi Horsley host Michelle Miller, Dr Dale Larson, Todd Evans and Radha Stern in traumatic loss on Grief Relief Television brought to you by The Open to Hope Foundation.
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 … Continue reading
My sisters, Sheridan, Michele and Kristin, have passed on my mother’s pearls to me. I wear them when I feel I need extra love and energy. I wore them to the parole hearing on July 26, 2012. The parole hearing … Continue reading
I was visiting with my sisters in Seattle when a certified letter arrived in our mailbox back home. I had been checking the Parole Hearing website from Seattle and nothing was showing the schedule. Getting a certified letter is always unsettling, … Continue reading
What do you do when your family is involved with a court case due to the loss of a loved one?
What is the stigma around suicide and murder, listen to what Dr Horsley has to say about it.
Dr Heidi Horsley speaks on sudden death and the stigma that surrounds suicide and homicide.
By Father Charles Ruby As we begin a new year, the holidays are over and survivors of a completed suicide breathe a collective sigh of relief. The holidays very often are a very painful time. There are no more holiday … Continue reading
Since September, 2012, I have been writing a series of articles entitled, “A Forever Decision” based on my experience of losing my beloved dog Camilla. In October, I found that my Uncle Steve has terminal cancer. Uncle Steve is my … Continue reading
William Feigelman’s book, Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of A Child to Suicide or Drugs, is available at Amazon.com. The book was published in June 2012 by the Springer Publishing Company. With its 575 respondents, the study … Continue reading
This article is adapted from a longer selection first appearing in The Compassionate Friends We Need Not Walk Alone Magazine, (Winter2011/Spring 2012 issue). Parents losing children to a drug overdose or a drug-related death face an especially daunting post-loss adaptation … Continue reading
In this short paper, I condense an article that first appeared in the International Association of Suicide Prevention Postvention Taskforce Newsletter (Vol. 3. No. 5, Oct. 2008). Today analysts claim suicide stigma is subtle with blame being cast upon survivors … Continue reading
I was consumed by guilt for a long time over my father’s suicide, in 1978, mainly because I thought I was helping him. I did not understand the nature of his illness, so some of the things I did were … Continue reading
Below is an excerpt from With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin. The piece begins the day my sister, a psychologist, was fatally shot by one of her patients. My husband, Dan, and I have … Continue reading
Bereavement is a topic rife with stereotypical thinking among the general public. One often hears the view expressed that a child’s death may have damaging effects upon a couple’s marriage. Actually, the limited research on this topic does show evidence … Continue reading
After two horrific days of watching the news and blogging for The Huffington Post and my site www.Opentohope.com and several Facebook sites, it was time to take a break and hang out with my husband, daughter, granddaughter, son-in-law and two grandsons. The … Continue reading