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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 […]

A Widower’s Christmas Wish List

December 17, 2018

From as far away as Australia to the British Isles, from Canada to Nigeria, the Widowers Support Network hears the cries of men who mourn the loss of their wife, their soul mates, their partners in life. They don’t ask for much, never have, never will.  After all, men who mourn are expected to “get […]

Episode 150: Spouse Loss Hurts

December 10, 2018

On this show Dr’s Heidi and Gloria Horsley interview Lisa Kolb bereaved spouse of Erik, who died in a climbing accident on Mount Rainier, and Jenna Cohen MSW, whose husband, Len died of brain cancer, regarding spouse loss and the challenges of a terminal illness compared to a sudden loss.

Perfect: Letter to a Deceased, Beloved Husband

November 16, 2018

Dear Jim, Music was blaring at Caesar’s Palace disco in Allentown, Pa. as we made our way through the crowd. My brother Dave and his fiancee, Ellen, convinced me to go out with them. It was another Friday night with me sitting at home, moping about a failed relationship and trying to figure out my […]