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A Book From an Old Soul Who Died Too Young

March 15, 2018

Our beautiful 12-year-old daughter Billie was involved in a freak horse accident and died on May 29, 2016. I was just about to turn 50 and up until losing Billie, I would have to have been the happiest person I’ve ever met. I never took my life for granted and can honestly say that I […]

How Hope Changes for a Mother of Many Losses

March 13, 2018

There was a time, in the early hours and months following my son’s death, where hope was nothing but a desperate desire to wake up from a bad dream. A hope that bordered on denial fed my wildest imagination, where I would wake up to find myself still pregnant or even better yet, to find […]

The Fear of Forgetting

March 11, 2018

This is the 11th year without my daughter Helen. I still miss her, still love her, and still remember her. But I’m worried. When I try to imagine Helen’s face in my mind, the image isn’t as clear as it used to be, and I don’t think of her as often. I have a fear […]

Stephanie Champion: Grief at Work

March 8, 2018

Stephanie, a bereaved mom, has degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, presented at TCF 2017, she originally qualified in Law in England, worked for a multinational, before opening a daycare, and progressed into Work Consultancy Services. She is author of “Grief at Work” that will be available later this year. \

Episode 126: The Healing Power of Peer to Peer Support

February 26, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore with Bob Burt and Debbie Rambis, both bereaved parents, the healing power of peer to peer support. Bob Burt has a Hall of Fame Football coaching career, has served on the Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, and speaks on Student Suicide Prevention. […]

Episode 125: Creating Healing Communities After Loss

February 26, 2018

Debbie Rambis joined The Compassionate Friends in 2011 after the drowning death of her 29 year old son Tony.  She has served in numerous capacities for The Compassionate Friends, and is currently their Executive Director.  Jeannette Maré founded the Ben’s Bells Project after the sudden death of her two-year-old son Ben. Ben’s Bells focuses on […]

Episode 124: Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss

February 26, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley talk with Pamela Hagens and Dr. Janis Johnston, about Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss.  Pamela Hagens lost her 19 year old son Samuel in 2013. She is a lifetime proponent of health through exercise.  Dr. Janis Johnston is a counseling psychologist, who lost her husband […]

Episode 123: On The Road Again-Angels Across The USA Tour

February 26, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley talks with Alan Pedersen, singer, songwriter and bereaved parent. Alan is the past Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends and is currently on the road with The Angels Across the USA Tour where he will speak and perform in over 100 U.S. cities in 2018. Joining them on the […]

Episode 122: How Two Mother’s Survived the Murder of Their Son’s

February 25, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen talk with Mary Jane Cronin and Dr. Sue Hamby, about the murders of their son’s, Jeremy and Ross, and how they survived their shocking loss, going on to author books, share their stories and provide counseling and comfort to others. The show closes with singer, songwriter, […]