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Illene Cupit: Grief Camp

January 25, 2019

The President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Illene Cupit, found time to speak with Open to Hope’s Dr. Gloria Horsley during ADEC’s 2015 conference. Cupit is also at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, which she uses to bolster a grief camp for kids. “I started a grief camp at my […]

Michelle Ramirez: Spanish

January 24, 2019

Michelle Ramirez es una consular de duelo y ella habló con John Rampton de Open to Hope acerca de los retos que enfrentan los familiares que experimentan duelo por la muerte de un familiar que decidió donar tejidos. Es importante notar que estas familias, después de experimentar su pérdida, pasan por estadios de dolor, duelo, […]

21-Year-Old Wonders How to Deal With Pain of Mother-Loss

January 22, 2019

Sally from California asks: I lost my mother two months back. I’m 21, the elder child and suddenly feel that my world has been turned upside down. I’m studying away from home and have blocked my grief out completely. But on the days it makes an appearance, the pain is unbearable. Will the pain ever […]

Don’t Fall for These Grief Myths!

January 18, 2019

Grief is an assault on the body, mind, and soul. You anticipated this. However, you may not have been prepared for the myths that surround grief. Despite research and anecdotal evidence, false myths persist. We can’t seem to avoid them and believing these myths can slow grief recovery. In 2007 four family members died–my daughter […]

Ila Roy: Spanish

January 17, 2019

Ila Roy es una trabajadora social con los Institutos Nacionales de Salud (NIH) y ella habla con John Rampton de Open to Hope. Roy trabaja en cuidados intensivos y ve a muchos pacientes de Latinoamérica y el Caribe que llegan al instituto a veces porque es su última opción. “Lamentablemente, su condición ya es muy […]

Open To Hope Inspired by Horsley Family Tragedy

January 15, 2019

Dr. Gloria Horsley is the founder of the Open to Hope Foundation. She created the non-profit organization after losing her son, Scott, in 1983. “We thought we would never survive,” she recalls, as her family was completely devastated. At the time, there wasn’t as much support and resources available as there are today. However, with […]

Kathie Supiano: Caring Connection

January 12, 2019

Dr. Kathie Supiano heads the Caring Connections at the University of Utah, and was recently interviewed by Dr. Gloria Horsley during the Association for Death Education and Counseling 2015 conference. As part of the university’s school of nursing program, Caring Connections is unique amongst the industry. “We are the only large, comprehensive bereavement program based […]

From the Ashes of my Father’s Death

January 9, 2019

(Contributing writer Emily Kil co-wrote this article with her husband based on his childhood experience.) A 9-year old boy should be playing with friends, going to school, and making lifetime memories with his parents and family. Unfortunately, as a 9-year old boy, my life took turn down a pathway that should never have to be […]

Dear Dad Letters: From a Bereaved Son

January 7, 2019

Panic Attack Dear Dad, Tonight I went to a play at the Shakespeare Theater with my wife and a friend.  We sat in the middle of the theater.  I have a severe panic attack and insist on leaving the theater. “Can’t you stay?”  “The play hasn’t even started yet!”    Disappointment and anger.  I remember earlier episodes in movie theaters where […]