Dean Smith is the founder/director of ‘Live To Forgive. His passion is to help people break free from the burden of inability to forgive. Dean’s inspiring messages about forgiveness and love are based on his testimony of personal breakthrough after forgiving Continue reading
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Tawna Righter realized after suffering two profound tragedies, that there were men, women, and children who had suffered this same heartbreak—that of a murder-suicide of friends, loved ones. As a result of her son killing his girlfriend and then himself 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
America is again shaken by the senseless deaths of loved ones in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that resulted in the murder of 26 adults and young children. It is especially unnerving as those who were … Continue reading
Today’s tragic events at the Sandy Hook School will require a lot of caring for the surviving young people. Below is a list of my advice on how to cope with trauma involving youth. – Share any information you have … Continue reading
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is about as senseless as senseless can get. After killing his mother at home, the murderer travels to the school to deliberately target the kindergarten students. There is still a question as to what … Continue reading
September 25th is the national day of remembrance for all murdered victims. This year will mark the fifth year of a national day of remembrance to those victims our nation lost to murder. Communities across the nation will hold services … Continue reading
The massacre in Aurora, Colorado, brings up the idea of the fragility of life. Finding the “right” words to say to a grieving person can be a struggle. You want to offer comfort, but aren’t quite sure how to go … Continue reading
Dean Smith is the founder/director of ‘Live To Forgive. His passion is to help people break free from the burden of inability to forgive. Dean’s inspiring messages about forgiveness and love are based on his testimony of personal breakthrough after forgiving … Continue reading
Dr Pauline Boss and Dr Gloria Horsley discuss Ambiguous Loss at the annual ADEC (association of Death Education and Counseling) conference.
Prayer for Peace If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be … Continue reading
This past week, I spoke with a woman who was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Although she just got a restraining order, she regrets not getting out the relationship sooner. He tried to kill her and it was … Continue reading
My sister, Sandra, was murdered. I say it, I write, I think it, and still, 26 months after her death, I have moments that I can’t believe it happened. I have moments that it still seems surreal. I have moments … Continue reading
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal”. ~ Albert Pine When I heard those words, I immediately thought about my sister. Sandra was a school teacher. She … Continue reading
It will soon be 26 months since my beautiful sister, Sandra, lost her life by the hands of a murderer. I think back on the last 26 months and all that happened, all I learned. I often described those months … Continue reading
The Friedlanders were a family of four in Cross River, NY. They were found dead today in their home in an affluent suburb after what appeared to be a murder-suicide. Dad killed Mom with a 12 gauge-shot gun and then … Continue reading