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Where Do I Belong Now? After Both Parents Die

March 1, 2018

Dad died suddenly in my early fifties. At the funeral, I will never forget the feeling of being 6 years old in a 50-something-year-old body. Mom died just a few short years later; I was strong until the end with her as she battled breast cancer. My years in hospice made me acutely aware of […]

Kathy Miller: Chippy Chipmunk Deals With Loss

November 23, 2017

Kathy M. Miller is an award-winning author and photographer of the Chippy Chipmunk picture book series. Her latest book “Chippy Chipmunk: Friends in the Garden” helps children who are grieving. After Kathy lost her mother, she found comfort and healing in nature photography. Her book uses nature and a delicately woven storyline to open a […]

Death and Dying: Interview with Brian Barry MA

September 10, 2017

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Brian Barry, who teaches death and dying at RIT in Rochester. Brian began to explore the field of death and dying after the passing of his mother, and he has been doing it for the past 35 years. When Barry’s mother passed […]

Webinar: Survival Tips for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2017

There are many holidays which can be particularly tough for the bereaved, and Mother’s Day is a big one. Can you celebrate Mother’s Day if your child is no longer living? Of course you can, but you may benefit from some modifications. The Open to Hope show welcomes Dr. Darcie Sims, an internationally renowned speaker […]

Suffering a Loss Yet to Come

April 19, 2017

My father’s wife of 30 years passed away in November 2014. Prior to her passing, he was her caretaker in all senses of the word, even to the extent that he was neglecting himself.  We knew while he was taking care of her that something was happening with his cognition, but he was a wonderful, […]

Paula Stephens, M.A. : Grief To Growth

April 13, 2017

Paula Stephens is a speaker, yogi and blogger on the topic of healing after loss. Her blog, “What I Wish Other People Understood After Losing A child,” has received over 1.3 million views.  She lost her father at an early age and her son, Brandon, in 2010 from a prescription drug reaction.  She is the […]

The Rose Bush: A Sign From Dad

January 25, 2017

As we approach February, I look out my kitchen window and see something that has caught my eye. It is a rose bush in bloom. This bush has been blooming throughout the winter. I first noticed it around Christmas time. Hmmm, peculiar. It’s never bloomed in the past. Yes, I live in Las Vegas but […]

Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley: Bonding With Surviving Siblings

January 19, 2017

What was your response to the deaths of Carrie Fisher and a day later her mother Debbie Reynolds’s?  On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss Facebook posts and media that saw it as a positive for a mother to join her child in death.  Reuniting comments can be disturbing and hurtful to […]


December 29, 2016

Randi Ragan is a holistic wellbeing expert and green-living entrepreneur. She is the founder of Green Bliss Eco Spa and for more than twenty years, has led yoga and spiritual retreats.  She is the author of A year of Living Mindfully. Her work strives to provide readers with ideas, tips, and inspiration for creating a […]