Heidi Horsley

Dr. Heidi Horsley is an international grief expert, licensed psychologist, and social worker. She is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Open to Hope Foundation, one of the largest internet grief resources, with over 2 million yearly visitors. She hosts the award-winning Open to Hope cable television show and podcast. Dr. Heidi is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She serves on the ‚ÄčNational Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, the largest peer to peer support organization in the world. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS has served over 50,000 military families who have suffered a loss. In addition, she serves on the National Advisory Board for the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, and the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation. Dr. Heidi is on the VIP section of Marquis Who's Who in America, Madison Who's Who, and Who's Who of American Women. Dr. Heidi has co-authored eight books, including; Spouse Loss; Fresh Grief; Inspirational Stories for Handling the Holidays After Loss; Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss; Real Men Do Cry; A Quarterbacks Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression & Surviving Suicide; Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding Support and Guidance; and Signs and Hope From Heaven. She has appeared on the ABC television show 20/20, has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio shows as well as quoted in dozens of media publications, including the Metro World News, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsday, Money Magazine, and New York Daily News. Dr. Heidi is also the author of numerous articles and academic book chapters. Dr. Heidi gives keynotes, presentations, and workshops throughout the country, and teaches continuing education workshops for health care professionals on support following trauma and tragedy. For 10 yrs., Dr. Heidi worked as a co-investigator for the FDNY-Columbia University Family Guidance Program; a study which looked at traumatic loss in families of firefighters killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Through this 9/11 study, Dr. Heidi provided ongoing intervention and follow-up to firefighter widows and their children, and facilitated groups for bereaved siblings. In addition, Dr. Heidi supervised the school social work staff at Harlem Democracy Charter Schools in NYC for four years. Dr. Heidi's early career included work in a variety of clinical settings, including; Manhattan Psychiatric Center, California Pacific Medical Center Psychiatry Dept., University of San Francisco Mental Health Clinic, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Psychiatry Dept., and Hope Haven Residential Treatment Center in New Orleans. Her doctoral dissertation was on the sudden death of a sibling. Her academic credentials include a doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) from the University of San Francisco; a Masters degree in social work (LMSW) from Columbia University, and a Masters degree in mental health counseling (MS) from Loyola University, in New Orleans. Dr. Heidi splits her time between NYC and Tucson AZ.



Jason Stout: Heroic Journey, Outward Bound, 03 Feb 2019

When the Loss is Not a Death: Interview with Dr Darcy Harris, 02 Jan 2019

Sibling Loss: Interview with Stephen Stott, 22 Dec 2018

Todd Hochberg: Creating Rituals, 22 Nov 2018

Donna Bacon: Finding Hope and Healing After Multiple Loss, 18 Nov 2018

Carole Hilton: TAPS for Widows, 03 Oct 2018

Expressive Arts to Heal from Grief: Interview with Brianne Overton, 11 Sep 2018

Ila Roy: Culture and Grief, 09 Sep 2018

Art of Grieving, After Loss of Child: Interview With Dr. Delores Gulledge, 07 Sep 2018

Giving Back After Coping with a Loss: Interview with Dr.Janna Henning, 06 Sep 2018

Multiple Sibling Loss: Interview with Shavaun McGinty, 03 Sep 2018

Litea Williams and Eleanor Haley: What’s Your Grief?, 08 Aug 2018

Trauma/Heal The Body, 17 Apr 2018

Reaching Grieving People in Communities of Color, 07 Mar 2018

The Response of Men After a Miscarriage with Stephanie Rose, 15 Dec 2017

Charlotte Manges: Prenatal Loss, 29 Oct 2017

Darcy Harris: Social Justice and Grief, 18 Oct 2017

Jill Harrington: Loss of a Young Adult, 28 Sep 2017

End-of-Life in the LGBT Community: Interview with Doneley Meris, 12 Sep 2017

September 11th – 16 Years of Grief, 11 Sep 2017

Death and Dying: Interview with Brian Barry MA, 10 Sep 2017

Antonio Sausys: Healing the Body, Mind and Spirit, 08 Sep 2017

Tina Barrett: Montana Grief Center Offers Outdoor Support for Kids and Teens, 16 Aug 2017

Galen Goben: Faith and Healing After a Death, 15 Aug 2017

Mary Jane Gandour: Sibling Loss, 03 Aug 2017

Doneley Meris: Diversity and Grief, 30 Jul 2017

Creating a Legacy Video, 21 Jan 2017

David Meagher: Children and Pet Loss, 07 Dec 2016

Valarie Molaison: Communicating with Children after a Suicide, 28 Nov 2016

Using the Expressive Arts for Children’s Grieving, 21 Nov 2016

Adult Children and the Loss of Elderly Parents, 22 Oct 2016

Roberta’s House a Place for Community Healing, 16 Oct 2016

Tina Barrett: Grief Center Serves Men and Boys, 27 Sep 2016

Darnell Baylor: Helping Teens with Grief and Anger, 23 Sep 2016

Active Grieving Can Help After Sibling Loss, 17 Sep 2016

Camille Gerace: Helping Kids Cope with Grief, 20 Aug 2016

Lynne Ann DeSpelder: The Last Dance, 13 Aug 2016

Brooke Griese: Judi’s House, 09 Aug 2016

Joe Primo: Supporting Grieving Kids, 29 Jul 2016

Grace Christ: Comparing Sudden and Anticipated Loss, 28 Jul 2016

Tiffany Papageorge: Transformation Comes When We Feel the Loss, 19 Jul 2016

Deborah Antinori: Pet Loss, 10 Jul 2016

Angela Melvin: Parent Loss, 06 Jul 2016

Lynne Ann DeSpelder: Death Rituals, 25 Jun 2016

Valarie Molaison: Supporting Grieving Families for the Long Haul, 12 Jun 2016

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military, 31 May 2016

Sibling Loss Changes a Sister Left Behind, 25 Apr 2016

Lisa Dinhofer: Delivering a Death Notification, 08 Apr 2016

Tonia Tanner: Roberta’s House is a Place of Hope and Healing, 06 Apr 2016

Tesia Henderson: Foster Care, Hope and Resiliency, 04 Apr 2016

Aileac Deegan: Children’s Grief Support, 22 Mar 2016

Jon Reid: Depression or Grief, 18 Mar 2016

Molly Pickett: Teens and Grief, 09 Mar 2016

Dr. Kay Fowler: Adult Sibling Loss, 06 Mar 2016

Lynne Ann DeSpelder: Healing Through Art, 04 Mar 2016

Bridget Park: Teens and Sibling Loss, 01 Mar 2016

Stephanie Groepper: Spouse Loss, 29 Feb 2016

Jake Abbott: Creative Expression and Art Therapy for Children, 15 Feb 2016

Diana Wright: TAPS Youth Programs, 13 Feb 2016

Sara Daren: Boys and Grief, 28 Jan 2016

Jordan Karem: Kate’s Club Helping Teens and Kids with Grief, 26 Jan 2016

Thom McLeod: Tips for Teens who have Suffered a Loss, 25 Jan 2016

Therese Oettl: Outdoor Grief Programs, 24 Jan 2016

Evan Johnson: Loss of a Parent by Suicide, 23 Jan 2016

Laurie Goble-VanDiest: Loss Due to Adoption, 22 Jan 2016

Kristan Glover: Foster Club, 20 Jan 2016

Maryana Stern: Foster Kids Helping Each Other, 19 Dec 2015

Alexis Sandagato: Teens and Grief, 30 Nov 2015

Kaela Vance: Helping Kids Cope with Loss, 26 Nov 2015

Sheila Munafo Kanoza: The Importance of Listening, 25 Nov 2015

Cindy Meek: Grief Support Comes in Many Forms, 23 Nov 2015

Darcey Fairchild: Nature-Based Grief Programs for Teens, 20 Nov 2015

Jordan Miraglia: Helping Children through the Grieving Process, 20 Nov 2015

Marcie Taylor: The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation, 11 Nov 2015

Jennifer Collins Taylor: Conversations About Death, 07 Nov 2015

Should Children Participate in Funeral Services?, 05 Nov 2015

Darcy Harris: Reproductive Loss, 04 Nov 2015

Joy Berger: Using Music to Compose Life Out of Loss, 03 Nov 2015

Dying Patient’s Rights, 31 Oct 2015

Sibling Bereavement, 30 Oct 2015

Cathy Babao Guballa: When Children Get Ill, 11 Oct 2015

Dana Brophy: Siblings the Forgotten Mourners, 16 Sep 2015

Brianne Overton: Helping Teens Grieve, 30 Aug 2015

Siblings Forgotten Mourners, 29 Aug 2015

Continuing Bonds with Brittany Trauthwein, 14 Aug 2015

Roberta Moore on the Power of Near Death-Experiences, 11 Aug 2015

Sibling Loss and The Compassionate Friends with Stephen Stott, 09 Aug 2015

Giving Back After Coping with a Loss with Dr. Janna Henning, 07 Aug 2015

Stephanie Rose: Response of Men After Miscarriage, 03 Aug 2015

Yie Foung: Donor Care, 24 Jul 2015

James Richardson: Men and Grief, 18 Jul 2015

Nancy Sharp: Both Sides Now, 09 Jul 2015

3 Ways To Find Hope After Loss: Interview with Dr. David Meagher, 18 May 2014