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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 […]

Episode 146: Expressing Your Healing Power!

October 6, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore with Patti DiMiceli artist, inspirational speaker and author of Embrace the Angel and singer, songwriter Denise Ganulin how sharing their talents with others has helped them to find hope after the deaths of loved ones. The show closes with Denise performing What A Party.

Sue Matthews: Cancer Treatment For Kids Needs To Change!

September 27, 2018

Sue Matthews, along with her sister Andrea Cohane is the author of Paint Your Hair Blue, a mother’s longing to give enduring eloquence to her daughter’s voice, to not let it go silent. Sue is President of the Taylor Matthews Foundation, Tay-Bandz, an organization, whose mission is to fund innovative research and treatments that can […]

Episode 144: Dads and Sons Get Real With Their Grief

September 26, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the unique aspects of men and grief with bereaved fathers Babe Muro and Arnie Wendroff along with their bereaved sons Keith Singer and Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki. The show closes with bereaved parent and singer, songwriter Denise Ganulin performing.

Episode 143: Life Without My Daughter

September 26, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore with Michelle Muro, Varda Wendroff and Denise Ganulin how they found hope after the deaths of daughters. Grief expert Heather Stang shares tips on dealing with grief and loss. Denise, a singer songwriter, closes the show.