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Dr. Anasuya Tegathesan: Multicultural Counseling

October 12, 2018

Open to Hope Foundation’s Dr. Heidi Horsley spoke with Dr. Anasuya Tegathesan, a Senior Lecturer at Hope University in Malaysia, about the intricacies of multicultural counseling. She concurrently supervises master’s students and also provides counseling for a number of clinics and NGOs around the world. As part of the Hope University program, Dr. Tegathesan oversees […]

Cara Grosset: Getting Teens the Support They Need

October 11, 2018

A clinical social worker from Ontario, Canada, Cara Grosset found time to connect with Dr. Gloria Horsley during the 2015 Association on Death Education and Counseling conference to discuss bereaved families. She has been a member of the Bereaved Families of Ontario for over 25 years, has a private practice and is a staff member […]

Chuck Overton: Spiritual Journey

October 6, 2018

Open to Hope recently spoke with Chuck Overton, a Spiritual Director at Caris Healthcare in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a chaplain, Overton has worked closely with grieving families as they learn to navigate life after losing a loved one. One of the biggest hurdles, Overton explains, is “their experience with feeling abandoned.” This can include by […]

Zaneta Gileno: TAPS Helps After Military Deaths

October 6, 2018

Zaneta Gileno works for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit that supports people who lost loved ones in the military. As the Director of Community-Based care, Gileno helps connect people to individualized grief counseling. She spoke with Dr. Heidi Horsley during the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference about her […]

Carole Hilton: TAPS for Widows

October 3, 2018

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) was a buoy for Carole Hilton, who discovered the program just a few days after her husband died. He was an active member in the Navy, and when the officer arrived at Hilton’s doorstep to deliver the news, within the paperwork was a TAPS brochure. Hilton talked with […]

Saying Goodbye to Dad

September 30, 2018

I remember my last visit before Dad died in 1969. Mom called me at graduate school to tell me that he was quite ill (he’d suffered a stroke four years earlier) and had been admitted to the hospital again. She made it clear that if I came, it would be my last visit. Though incredibly […]

Antonio Sausys: Yoga and Grief (in Spanish)

September 28, 2018

John Rampton, de Open to Hope, dialoga con Antonio Sausys acerca de la ayuda que brinda el yoga a las personas en duelo, siendo el yoga una disciplina integral que trata  mente, cuerpo y espíritu. Yoga logra ayudar a mejorar los síntomas presentados durante el duelo. Estos síntomas pueden incluir la disfunción del ciclo del […]

Patricia Therese: Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria

September 26, 2018

As the first Bereavement Consultant for the Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria, established under the archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia, Therese attended the 2015 Association of Death Education and Counseling where she spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley about her work and this new position in the church. Therese’s experience with bereaved families stretches back […]

Steve Roberts: Finding Forgiveness and Community After the Death of a Child

September 23, 2018

  Steve Roberts and Open to Hope’s Executive Director, Dr. Heidi Horsley, became friend in 2006 when they met at The Compassionate Friends. Professionally, Roberts is a bank consultant, but his experience with grief dates back to 2005 when he lost his daughter. “Kelsey was 11 years old, she was killed at her home by […]