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Multiple Sibling Loss: Interview with Shavaun McGinty

September 3, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Shavaun McGinty, an expert on sibling loss. In the video below I talk to Shavaun about the loss of her three siblings, the effect it has had on her life, and how she went on to find hope after loss. Here are […]

Gabriel Rao: Guys Losing Brother’s

July 12, 2018

Gabriel Rao was called to a life of service after the unexpected death of his brother, Elijah while being deployed to Afghanistan. Gabriel has facilitated group retreats and wilderness expeditions focusing on grief, loss and legacy with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and is currently developing their programs for community engagement. https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Gabriel-Rao-Guys-Losing-Brother’s.mp3Podcast: Play […]

Episode 133: Peer Support Can Change Your Life

June 27, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview comedian and bereaved sibling Jordon Ferber, Manhattan chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends and Katherine Castelo social worker providing support and counseling for families at TAPS, an organization for those who have lost a loved one in the military.  Videos of The Compassionate Friends and […]

Episode 123: On The Road Again-Angels Across The USA Tour

February 26, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley talks with Alan Pedersen, singer, songwriter and bereaved parent. Alan is the past Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends and is currently on the road with The Angels Across the USA Tour where he will speak and perform in over 100 U.S. cities in 2018. Joining them on the […]

Episode 121: Impact of Sibling Loss in Early and Later Life

February 23, 2018

On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen explore with Allie Franklin Sims, whose baby brother  “Big A”, died when she was four and Mitch Carmody who whose twin sister Sandy, died when he was an adult, the relationship between age and grief.  Allie is the president of the board of The Compassionate Friends […]

Mitch Carmody and Jacob Yurich: Twin Loss

January 25, 2018

Mitch Carmody a nationally recognized grief authority and author of “Letters To My Son, is a bereaved Dad and bereaved sibling. His twin sister Sandy died in 1985. Joining Mitch will be bereaved sibling Jacob Yurich whose twin brother Zachary died in 2000 of the same cancer as Mitch’s son. Both men found hope with […]

Kelly Griffith: Sibling Loss-Tragedy Assistance Program

January 11, 2018

Kelly Griffith is the TAPS Magazine Editor and Manager of Internal Communications and the surviving sister of Marine Corps Maj. Samuel Griffith. Kelly’s background in journalism and the profound impact of Sam’s life and service enable her to share the compassion and care of TAPS through writing. http://opentohope.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/04093532/Kelly-Griffith.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Episode 120: Resources for grieving families

January 8, 2018

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley highlight three outstanding programs for grieving families. Nancy Cincotta MSW talks about her work with families at Camp Sunshine in Maine. Bereaved parents Marie Levine, National Board member of The Compassionate Friends and Allison Jacobson Executive Director of First Candle discuss their missions and how they […]

Remembering a Big Sister Who Struggled with Eating Disorder

December 8, 2017

I never comprehended the summer of 1970. At age 14, I witnessed my beautiful older sister Margie fading away when she picked me up from overnight camp. My sister whom I idolized was a shadow of herself. For so many years, I had held on to who I wanted her to be. Our lives would […]