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Healing Through the Decades After a Child Dies

February 10, 2019

I am a bereaved parent. For so long, that title has defined me and the person I am now. My first daughter was born in 1995 and had a rare condition called Alagille Syndrome. She was cognitively okay, but had serious issues with her heart, liver and kidneys. She lived for two years and two […]

The Wound Time Won’t Heal

February 10, 2019

Time heals all wounds. We’ve all heard it. Sounds incredibly hopeful for someone who’s drowning in grief. Except when time doesn’t heal your wound.  Not enough time. It’s been years since my 4-year-old daughter, Margareta, died. She died exactly 29 days after her fourth birthday. That means we had 1,489 glorious days to spend with […]

Episode 156: Hope After Anticipated Death

February 5, 2019

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Dr. Gary Jaworski, President of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, and Annette and Christopher Bozak, whose daughter and sibling, Stephanie died of a malignant brain tumor. Annette is a mentor to bereaved parents, and facilitates a brain tumor support group. Christopher is the producer and […]

God Did Not Forsake Me! with Sam Timbrook

January 31, 2019

Sam Timbrook is a Certified Grief Life Coach, Educational Psychologist, and a local Pastor. He has supported thousands of people through their grief journey with compassion and understanding, however his greatest preparation for grief work has been the death of his wife, Helen and later his son, Ryan. Sam has found great support from The […]

Todd Hochberg: Creating Rituals

November 22, 2018

The man behind the film “Other Rituals, Parents’ Stories and Meaning Making,” Todd Hochberg, joined Dr. Heidi Horsley at the Open to Hope Foundation’s annual conference to discuss the importance of creating rituals as part of the grieving process. In the film, Hochberg interviews many of the families he’s worked with including many parents whose […]

John Stanley: Can Faith Heal You?

November 15, 2018

John Stanley is a Minister with the First Presbyterian, Gastonia, NC. Following the death of this only child Susan, John and his wife Rose co-founded a Chapter of The Compassionate Friends and John served on the National Board. He recently presented at the Bobby Resciniti Foundation’s Day of Hope and Healing with Dr. Gloria and […]

Adrift in A Sea of Grief

November 5, 2018

I am adrift in an endless sea of grief. As I float along, the world continues to go on around me as if I am walking among the bustling crowds—but my feet haven’t touched dry land since September 30, 2009. It was on that day—the day my 4-year-old daughter drowned—I was unwillingly thrust into this […]

A Christmas Encounter

November 1, 2018

In late summer, with a record heat index, I went to the store to do some shopping. As I pushed my cart, I came upon aisles of Christmas decorations already displayed even before the pumpkins had arrived. I looked away. I had for these past years purposed to live in the moment, savor each day, […]

Denise Ganulin: Will I Ever Smile Again?

October 25, 2018

Denise Ganulin has been a songwriter for many years but after losing her daughter, Holland Ashley her writing ability and creativity seemed absent. Then, in order to deal with her grief journey she started writing again and found a special peace and comfort in sharing her music with others who know loss. Her song Don’t […]