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Greg Adams: Good Mourning

September 6, 2018

Greg Adams, LCSW, ACSW, FT is Program Coordinator for the Center for Good Mourning and Staff Bereavement Support at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Greg is also an adjunct professor in the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Graduate School of Social Work and currently serves as Chair of the Credentialing Council for the Association of Death Education and […]

Dear Dad: Letters to a Man I Never Knew

August 26, 2018

Introduction Dear Dad is the story of my life told in the form of letters to my father, Walter Michael Jaworski, who died of a heart attack when I was five and whom, therefore, I never got to know.  It is not a maudlin story of regret, but the tale of how one’s entire life — […]

Dear Dad: A Letter to the Long Deceased

August 24, 2018

Introduction Dear Dad is the story of my life told in the form of letters to my father, Walter Michael Jaworski, who died of a heart attack when I was five and whom, therefore, I never got to know.  It is not a maudlin story of regret, but the tale of how one’s entire life — […]

Episode 137: How Does A Father’s Death Impact Life?

July 30, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley explores with Dr. Gary Jaworski, whose father died when he was 5 years old and Barbara Rubel MS, whose father died by suicide when she was pregnant with triplets, how the loss of their dads has lead them to a life of service. Barbara is the author of But […]

Dr. Gary D Jaworski: Parent Loss: Effects Over The Life Span

June 28, 2018

Gary D. Jaworski, Ph.D. is President of Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.  As a child he lost his dad to a sudden heart attack. Before becoming a nonprofit executive, Gary was an academic sociologist, college professor and author. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and recognition in Who’s Who in the East and […]

Episode 134: Parent Death A Discounted Loss

June 27, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Open to Hope writers Lauren Muscarella author of Alice’s Law: Finding Deeper Meaning and Honoring Lost Loved Ones, and founder of Trauma to Art: Turning Grief Into Creativity, and Lisa Irish, Chaplain, spiritual director and author of Grieving – the Sacred Art: Hope in the […]

On Your First Father’s Day Without Dad

June 7, 2018

This year might be your first Father’s Day since losing your Dad, a beloved child or another important person in your life. Or maybe it’s been a while. Either way, Father’s Day can be tough when a piece of your heart’s puzzle is missing. Here are three tips I hope might help: Say What You […]

Brooks Douglas: Choices: Forgiveness and Strength

June 7, 2018

Brooks Douglass is a film producer and actor, lawyer, businessman and former state senator in Oklahoma. In 1990, Douglass was elected as the youngest State Senator to serve in Oklahoma at age 27. His signature legislation was a 1992 bill championing the rights of crime victims. In 1979 Brooks and his sister Leslie saw their […]

Missing All of Mom on Mother’s Day

May 15, 2018

My friend and I were recently having breakfast and talk turned to the upcoming Mother’s Day.  Both of us have lost our mothers recently and a look of sadness and “I miss her” tears began to fill our eyes.  As my thoughts drifted back to my years as a child, when I scurried to make […]