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  • Solace in a Birdsong

    Posted on January 29, 2020 - by Tambre Leighn

    There are days when I feel the weight of old memories, heart losses, and traumas suffered along the path of life. What triggers this can vary. So, what I choose […]

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  • Unanswered Emails

    Posted on December 8, 2019 - by Carol Henderson

    In the poem, “Note,” Ellie Schoenfeld writes that she is still sometimes surprised and angry that she receives no calls or emails from the dead. Death should be a place […]

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  • Suicide, Betrayal and Coming Home

    Posted on February 18, 2019 - by Elaine Voci

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”  an epitaph from a headstone in Ireland I stared at the plain paper note […]

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  • Music Can be a Balm for Grief

    Posted on November 7, 2018 - by Jane P. Williams

    Music can be soothing during our low points in grief.  It may resonate with our soul even when there is not personal meaning in it.  The tempo, rhythm, melody, harmony—all […]

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  • Expressive Arts to Heal from Grief: Interview with Brianne Overton

    Posted on September 11, 2018 - by Heidi Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Brianne Overton about using the healing arts to help people cope with grief. In the video below, Brianne […]

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  • Art of Grieving, After Loss of Child: Interview With Dr. Delores Gulledge

    Posted on September 7, 2018 - by Heidi Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Delores Gulledge about life after the death of her 17 year old daughter Melanie. She shares […]

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  • Pieces of You

    Posted on June 25, 2018 - by Tambre Leighn

    Today, I gave away another piece of you. A piece that’s traveled with me for thousands of miles back and forth between Los Angeles and Canada and other places. A […]

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  • Life After Loss the Afterwards

    Posted on April 23, 2018 - by Laurel D. Rund

    On February 11th, 2018 it was nine years since my husband, Marty, passed away.  I saw a post on Instagram the other day which took my breath away because the […]

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  • Nancy Gershman: Healing Through the Arts

    Posted on October 16, 2017 - by Nancy Gershman

    Nancy Gershman recently spent two months in Russia, and was surprised that this “Motherland of Suffering” could have so many lessons about hope. She shared her experience with Dr. Gloria […]

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  • The Bitter Taste of Grief: Art and Healing

    Posted on October 10, 2017 - by Katherine Relf-Canas

    “Take the bitter taste of this night and move on…” This evening, I read this phrase in a New York Times article “Mexico Earthquake, Strongest in a Century, Kills Dozens.”  The reporter […]

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  • How to Own Your Winter Grief

    Posted on October 9, 2017 - by John Pete

    💨 🕶🍲☕🎃🎄☃ Something many of us learn through the course of years, losses and grief is that it’s far better to take control and OWN YOUR WINTERS, rather than to allow […]

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  • A Grandmother’s Pain of Infant Loss

    Posted on September 6, 2017 - by Catherine McNulty

    As part of my connection to Empty Cradle, an organization that supports pregnancy and infant loss in the San Diego area, I spend time facilitating support groups for those who […]

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  • Coping With the Next Loss Differently: Interview with Dr. William Buckley

    Posted on August 28, 2017 - by Gloria Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. William (Bill) Buckley about how people can cope with a loss in a different manner if […]

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  • Christina Vasquez: Art Therapy

    Posted on August 17, 2017 - by Connie Vasquez

    Board certified art therapist Christina Vasquez spoke with the executive director of Open to Hope, Dr. Gloria Horsley, during the 2015 annual Association of Death Education and Counseling Conference about […]

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  • Sharon Strouse: Collage Therapy to Process Grief

    Posted on August 5, 2017 - by Gloria Horsley

    The author of the book Artful Grief, Sharon Strouse, spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley during the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference about collage therapy. “This book came […]

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  • Still, but Not Stagnant

    Posted on June 26, 2017 - by Bunny Bennett

    Grief often makes us slow down.  We simply don’t have energy, and we must allow our bodies and souls to rest more.  Yet, this does not have to mean that […]

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  • Open to Hope Television Wins Prestigious WAVE Award

    Posted on March 21, 2017 - by Gloria Horsley

    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 […]

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  • Healing Through Creativity

    Posted on January 7, 2017 - by Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

    Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley interview Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, in episode 47 of […]

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  • Grief’s Linking Objects: The Winnowing Process

    Posted on November 12, 2016 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Linking objects–things that belonged to a deceased loved one–are reminders of experiences and feelings. A bereaved son may wear his father’s watch, for example, and a bereaved daughter may use […]

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  • Songwriting as Healing Art

    Posted on September 10, 2016 - by Ceci Frost

    I kissed your head Told you I loved you, ’cause I wanted You to know just how much that you impacted My life, so much more than I could ask […]

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