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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 […]

Jenna Cohen: How to Embrace Your Life After Multiple Losses

November 8, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Jenna Cohen bereaved parent and spouse. Six years after the death of her baby her beloved husband, Len died of brain cancer. As a result of her losses she made a decision to leave her career and change her life. She has remarried and is […]

Donna Codell: Is Grief Stealing Your Health?

September 20, 2018

Donna Codell is a wellness educator helping others make good nutritional decisions. She lost her husband Evan Michael and her daughter, Jennifer within a year of each other. Donna is the author of There Are No Alligators in Heaven! https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Donna-Codell-Is-Grief-Stealing-Your-Health.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Giving Back After Coping with a Loss: Interview with Dr.Janna Henning

September 6, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Janna Henning about her losses and how she went on to help other people the way she helped herself. Getting into the field of death and dying was influenced by Janna’s own loss experience. At the age of 21, Janna was […]

To The Widow Struggling With Guilt

September 3, 2018

On the outside, the world sees you hurting from the loss of your spouse. They don’t know; however, that in addition to the “normal” feelings of grief, you’re also struggling with guilt. You blame yourself for not insisting that he see the doctor when his cough got progressively worse. You beat yourself up for not […]

Herb Knoll: Widower’s Network

August 23, 2018

Herb Knoll was known as a man who could get the job done. But when the former bank president and author lost his wife to cancer he found few resources. The more he learned about the plight of widowers the more he became motivated to write a support book. He is the author of The […]

Episode 140: Who Grieves Harder After Spouse Loss Men Or Women

August 7, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley explores with bereaved spouses, John Polo and Lisa Kolb, the challenges and issues related to the death of a spouse. Contemporary issues such as blogs and online dating are discussed. John is the author of the best selling book Widowed. Rants, Raves and Randoms. Lisa is a food writer […]