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Don’t Ask Me To Get Over Grief with Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

April 23, 2019

It will be 2 years ago in April when my son died. He drank a lot and that drinking caused his heart to become weak and in the night it just quit. They were not able to revive him. I am struggling with this and like everyone I have guilt that I should have been […]

Carrie Pike: When Do You Clean Out The Closet?

April 18, 2019

Carrie pike is the creator of Carrie Bears, a company passionate about helping others through their grief process by making bears out of a loved ones clothing. For almost 20 years, Carrie has been sewing bears, listening to and sharing stories with people who have had a need. In 2018 she completed an inspired goal […]

Grief Through the Rearview Mirror

April 7, 2019

This big, horrible thing happens. You lose the person with whom you chose to partner for the challenging, amazing, and, sometimes, scary thing called life. Each of us has our own unique experiences of the grieving process. Yet, it’s normal to feel like you have no idea how you’ll go on without them. Whether I […]

Surviving Widowhood: Check Your Track Record

February 10, 2019

There is something about widowhood that brings you to your knees. I remember feeling trapped in an alternative universe trying to make sense of the chaos that surrounded me. The most troubling part was that the one person who was capable of steadying my boat – even as the sea of life raged around me […]

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 […]

Episode 155: Widowed; The ups and downs of dating again

December 19, 2018

On This show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Kelley Lynn, John Polo, and Michelle Miller, empowerment coaches, best selling authors, and speakers about dating after the death of a spouse.  Tips and tools about how and when to date are discussed, along with problems, issues, and roadblocks.

Episode 154: Widowed, Rants, and Raves

December 18, 2018

On This show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Kelley Lynn, John Polo, and Michelle Miller, empowerment coaches, best selling authors, and speakers on how they help the bereaved process grief and create a new version of life.

Episode 153: I lost the love of my life; how do I go on?

December 18, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview comedian Carol Scibeli, author of Poor Widow Me and journalist, Laura Fahrenthold, author of The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles, regarding how they used humor and writing to cope with the sudden death of their beloved spouses.  

Taking Care of Yourself Through the Grief Process: Interview with Dr. Howard R. Winokuer

December 18, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Howard R. Winokuer about burnout after the death of a loved one and how we can take care of ourselves. In the video below, Howard shares advice on how to deal with burnout following the death of a loved one. Here […]