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Episode 157: Navigating Life After a Sibling Loss

February 5, 2019

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the impact of sibling loss throughout the life cycle. Guests include bereaved siblings, Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, and Mary Kate Boylan, producer of the CBS evening news.

Sisters: The Last of Three

December 27, 2018

  There is no one like a sister. Sisters are constant, champions, and competitors. Margie, Judy, Jane. I am a sister. I had those relationships. I had them for the years I had them. They are always with me. Three sisters. A trio, a triangle, a tripod, and a trilogy. Identified to be proud, secure, […]

Sibling Loss: Interview with Stephen Stott

December 22, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Stephen Stott about the loss of his sister and how eventually he found peace and hope with new friends and The Compassionate Friends organization. Stephen lost his sister in a car accident in 2002. His mother started going to The Compassionate Friends […]

Revelations Along the Grief Ride

December 5, 2018

The amusement park rides illustrate the trajectory of revelation and power of change. Every ride makes us feel different sensations, from the slow to the chilling speed of the roller coaster to the flowing music as the vibrant horses of the merry-go- round move up and down. The smiles, excitement, and thrill, to the disappointment, […]

Chris Shank: Military Loss: The Ultimate Sacrifice

November 22, 2018

Christopher Shank is a surviving sibling of Cpl. Jeremy Shank, who lost his life in Iraq in September 2006. Christopher is a filmmaker and is currently working for Tragedy Assistance Program for Military Survivors (TAPS) as a Survivor Care Advocate, where he helps support other survivors of military loss. https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Military-Loss-The-Ultimate-Sacrifice-with-Chris-Shank.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

Zander Sprague: Murder; Finding A Positive Pathway

October 11, 2018

Zander Sprague is the go to speaker and author for Sibling Loss. His mission is to help sibling survivors define their loss and choose a positive pathway. His internationally acclaimed book, Making Lemonade: Choosing A Positive Pathway After Losing Your Sibling has helped people around the world. He also hosts the podcast The Lemonade Stand […]

Episode 147: Who Am I Now?

October 9, 2018

Loss of a sibling especially a twin is a devastating experience as there are many identity issues. On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss with Carolyn Shane who was separated from her twin brother at an early age and Tasha Hepburn whose twin sister died at age four about how they have […]

Episode 145: Babies Don’t Die. Why Mine?

October 5, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss with Alison Jacobson CEO/Executive Director of First Candle and Nicole Alston Founder and President of Ok2Grieve how they have dealt with the personal tragedy of infant loss, and gone on to find happiness and success. The show closes with bereaved parent and singer, songwriter Denise […]

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.