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Danny Mayson Kinder: Fly High Billie

August 16, 2018

Danny Mayson-Kinder is a professional photographer living in Australia. She had everything until 2016 when his youngest daughter, Billie was killed in a horse accident. In tribute to Billy her mother compiled her poems, stories and artwork into an inspirational book called Hope, which guides Danny on a spiritual journey of love, empathy, inspiration, death, […]

Debbie Rambis: School Shootings Trauma Response

August 2, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Debbie Rambis executive director of The Compassionate Friends regarding support of the Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas communities in response to the recent school shootings. https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Debbie-Rambis-School-Shootings-Trauma-Response.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Episode 138: How to Build Awareness After Loss

July 30, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley explores with two bereaved mothers, Carol Henderson and Jamie Bright, how they have build awareness though writing and speaking. Carol is the author of Losing Malcolm:A Mother’s Journey Through Grief and Farther Along:The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers. Jamie speaks out against domestic violence sharing the story of […]

Christine Gallo: Baby Loss; The Littlest Guru

July 26, 2018

Christine Gallo is a social worker and the author of The Littlest Guru a labor of love 10 years in the making. Beginning as Christine’s diary when she lost her first-born daughter, Ashlyn. Christine later re-worked her diary into a fictional account of her heroine’s journey transforming her grief rather than just passing through. https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Christine-Gallo-Baby-Loss-The-Littlest-Guru.mp3Podcast: […]

How I Transformed Grief into Growth

July 17, 2018

On a balmy summer evening in 2011, my beloved 26-year-old son David was killed instantly in a motorcycle accident and my life was forever changed. Suddenly plunged into a crazy altered reality, I wandered helplessly through disbelief, confusion, anguish, and searing pain. For a long time I felt stuck in my misery, since death is […]

When Others Want to Know Why You Aren’t ‘Over’ the Death of Your Child

July 17, 2018

Lately, the question I have been getting the most is, “How do I get the people around me to understand why I am still grieving the death of my child so deeply?” We already feel like we are going crazy, and having family and friends tell us we “should be past this by now” may […]

Karla Helbert: The Healing Power of Yoga

July 11, 2018

Karla Helbert is a licensed counselor, bereaved mother, yoga teacher and therapist. She is the award-winning author of Finding Your Own Way to Grieve and Yoga for Grief & Loss. Her life changed after her son died of a brain tumor in 2006. Karla specializes in working with traumatic grief. She is a facilitator and […]

Basia Mosinski: Mind, Body, & Spiritual Alignment

July 5, 2018

Basia Mosinski is founder of OneLife.Coach and serves as chapter leader for the Newport Beach Compassionate Friends. In 1993, Basia’s stepson, Logan died in a head on train collision and in 2014, her adult son, Richard died of a pulmonary embolism on an airplane. As a Life Coach, Basia helps clients navigate the pain of […]

Episode 135: Child Loss: Why and How Did They Die?

June 27, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Heidi Horsley interview Theresa Lervolino whose daughter, Jessica age 27 was killed in 2010 in an automobile crash.  Theresa will discuss how serving as a chapter leader of The Compassionate Friends has again helped her to find hope. Annah Elizabeth is the author Digging For The Light, and […]