• A Book From an Old Soul Who Died Too Young

    March 15, 2018

    Our beautiful 12-year-old daughter Billie was involved in a freak horse accident and died on May 29, 2016. I was just about to turn 50 and up until losing Billie, I would have to have been the happiest person I’ve ever met. I never took my life for granted and can honestly say that I […]

  • How Hope Changes for a Mother of Many Losses

    March 13, 2018

    There was a time, in the early hours and months following my son’s death, where hope was nothing but a desperate desire to wake up from a bad dream. A hope that bordered on denial fed my wildest imagination, where I would wake up to find myself still pregnant or even better yet, to find […]

  • The Fear of Forgetting

    March 11, 2018

    This is the 11th year without my daughter Helen. I still miss her, still love her, and still remember her. But I’m worried. When I try to imagine Helen’s face in my mind, the image isn’t as clear as it used to be, and I don’t think of her as often. I have a fear […]

  • Love and Grief: When Loss Enters Marriage

    March 3, 2018

    Like most family-oriented guys, my friend Chris searched and searched for his true partner and soul mate.  I watched on the sideline as he spent months, lamenting on how he wanted to find a special woman to love, especially after two previously failed marriages.  He still believed in love, and despite all the pain it […]

  • Where Do I Belong Now? After Both Parents Die

    March 1, 2018

    Dad died suddenly in my early fifties. At the funeral, I will never forget the feeling of being 6 years old in a 50-something-year-old body. Mom died just a few short years later; I was strong until the end with her as she battled breast cancer. My years in hospice made me acutely aware of […]

  • Grieving Suicide, Homicide or Traumatic Deaths: Finding Purpose in the Pain

    February 17, 2018

    If everyone around you does not understand why you can’t get past the past, perhaps it is because you are grieving a very complex or traumatic death. In the face of murder, suicide or untimely trauma, it feels nearly impossible to stop the intrusive thoughts. They play through your mind like a tape loop in […]

  • The Stuff of Death

    January 18, 2018

    When my grandmother died, no one had touched the belongings in her attic or most of her house in at least 11 years. Her attic was the kind you access from a set of pull down rungs at the top of steep stairs surrounded by creepy ancient wallpaper that looked indicative of Versailles. The pull […]

  • Coping With the Loss of a Teen by Suicide

    January 10, 2018

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Carolyn Zahnow about The Shore Grief Center and tips she has to find healing after suicide loss. Carolyn lost her son, Cameron, in 2005 when he was 18 years old.  In the video below, Carolyn shares advice on how to cope with […]

  • Be Selfish to Heal More Quickly

    January 8, 2018

    I didn’t believe that my son would die.  The death of a child is a tragic and horrific event that happens to someone else, not to me.  Until it did.  The grieving process sucked the very life out of me.  My grief strained me emotionally as I experienced a roller-coaster of emotions like anger, depression, […]

  • How Spouses Can Talk About Grief After a Child Dies

    January 4, 2018

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with An Hooghe about loss and the relationship with spouses after a child dies. An is a clinical psychologist who does research on bereaved parents who have lost a child. This research includes how the parents cope and how they talk to each […]

  • Lalie Gomez: Organ and Tissue Donation

    January 2, 2018

    During the 2015 Association of Death Education and Counseling conference, Open to Hope’s Dr. Gloria Horsley interviewed Lalie Gomez—a woman with extensive experience in organ and tissue donation. Both Gomez’s mother and daughter were donors. “In 2003, my daughter passed away in a motorcycle accident and at the time we had never discussed organ donation.” […]

  • When the Final Words Were Angry

    December 26, 2017

    I’m sure you have heard the marriage advice “Don’t go to bed angry.” Resolving spats before bedtime is the advice offered by almost any long-married couple. What happens when differences can’t be resolved? When the night comes when, through fluke or chance, the marriage ends through a sudden death and there are no more bedtimes […]

  • Why Some Families are Resilient

    December 20, 2017

    Kathleen Gilbert is based at Indiana University and specializes in grief counseling with military members and their families—however, she also works to help families build resiliency during deployment (without any deaths occurring). Gilbert spoke to Dr. Gloria Horsley during the 2015 Association on Death Education and Counseling conference about what she’s working on and how […]

  • 7 Survival Strategies for the Newly Bereaved

    December 17, 2017

    As a grief recovery coach, I often get emails from people who have just recently suffered a loss. They all want to know the same thing. What can they do to get through the pain, sadness, and grief? Here are some strategies my clients have found to be helpful. 7 Strategies for Navigating Loss: Practice […]

  • Keep the Door to Your Soul Open

    December 17, 2017

    I was given a pocket size daily devotional after Mack died called “Healing After Loss” written by Martha Whitmore Hickman, who was also a bereaved parent. I carried it in my purse for two years until the binding weakened, the cover fell off, and each page was dotted with notes and stained with my tears. One of the daily reflections […]

  • The Response of Men After a Miscarriage with Stephanie Rose

    December 15, 2017

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Stephanie Rose about men and miscarriage and the unacknowledged loss. Men sometimes respond differently to miscarriages. Stephanie explains more about this in the video below. Here are some key takeaways from the video: Stephanie’s research suggests that men can experience an array […]

  • 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 […]

  • Stories I Do Not Tell: Grief & Spirituality

    November 16, 2017

    Einstein said, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be changed from one form into another.” Strange that a scientist’s quote brought me comfort in dealing with the death of my husband, Gary. It also became the means by which I convinced myself I wasn’t crazy when seemingly inexplicable, spiritual experiences happened. These are […]

  • Grief of a Miscarriage is Real

    November 3, 2017

    For me, the loss of my child due to miscarriage was just as painful as the loss of my living infant.  It’s a fact that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage or loss.   Miscarriage often happens early in pregnancy, so we tend to discount that the pregnancy was “real”.  I assure you that the […]

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  • Episode 126: The Healing Power of Peer to Peer Support

    February 26, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore with Bob Burt and Debbie Rambis, both bereaved parents, the healing power of peer to peer support. Bob Burt has a Hall of Fame Football coaching career, has served on the Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, and speaks on Student Suicide Prevention. […]

  • Episode 125: Creating Healing Communities After Loss

    February 26, 2018

    Debbie Rambis joined The Compassionate Friends in 2011 after the drowning death of her 29 year old son Tony.  She has served in numerous capacities for The Compassionate Friends, and is currently their Executive Director.  Jeannette Maré founded the Ben’s Bells Project after the sudden death of her two-year-old son Ben. Ben’s Bells focuses on […]

  • Episode 124: Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss

    February 26, 2018

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley talk with Pamela Hagens and Dr. Janis Johnston, about Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss.  Pamela Hagens lost her 19 year old son Samuel in 2013. She is a lifetime proponent of health through exercise.  Dr. Janis Johnston is a counseling psychologist, who lost her husband […]

  • 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 122: How Two Mother’s Survived the Murder of Their Son’s

    February 25, 2018

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen talk with Mary Jane Cronin and Dr. Sue Hamby, about the murders of their son’s, Jeremy and Ross, and how they survived their shocking loss, going on to author books, share their stories and provide counseling and comfort to others. The show closes with singer, songwriter, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Episode 119: Building Resilience After Parent Loss

    January 8, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss adult parent loss with writer Allison Gilbert. Allison Gilberts books include, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, Parentless Parents, and Always Too Soon. The show closes with Anna Huckabee Tull, Master Life Coach and award-winning Singer-Songwriter singing a song celebrating the foundational […]

  • Episode 118: Men and Grief with R. Glenn Kelly,  Ron Villano and Anna Huckabee Tull

    January 8, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview R. Glenn Kelly, who lost his only child, Jonathan, to a congenital heart defect and Ron Villano whose son, Michael died in an automobile accident. Both men are motivational speakers and authors. R. Glenn is the author of Sometimes I Cry in the Shower […]

  • Episode 117: The Life and Legacy of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

    January 8, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley, interview Ken Ross, son of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and Vice President of the EKR Foundation. Elisabeth was a Swiss-American Psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies, and author of the groundbreaking book, “On Death and Dying.” Joining them on the show, are two members of Helping […]

  • Episode 116: Child Loss: Keeping Memories Alive with Michael and Maya Luria and Becky Belanger

    January 8, 2018

    On this show Dr.Gloria Horsley and Dr.Heidi Horsley interview Michael and Maya Luria, co-founders of the Bald Beauties Project, a non-profit that benefits children and young adults with cancer. Becky Belanger joins them, to talk about how the Bald Beauty project helped her, when her 3 and 1/2 yr. old daughter was dying of pediatric […]

  • Episode 115: Spiritual Experience and the Afterlife

    January 8, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley interview bereaved parents Elizabeth Boisson, Irene Vouvalides and Ernie Jackson regarding their view of the afterlife and how their experiences have helped them to cope with their losses. Their organization, “Helping Parents Heal,” founded by Elizabeth Boisson, offers bereaved parents an open discussion of spiritual and […]

  • Episode 114: Guys and Grief, Healing Stories of Sibling Loss with Zach Sullivan and Ryan Tomasello

    November 17, 2017

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss the healing power of stories with two bereaved siblings; Zach Sullivan bereaved brother of Kyle and Ryan Tomasello bereaved brother of Rory. A video clip is shown featuring Jordon Ferber discussing the importance of remembering his brother, Russell.

  • Episode 113: Laura Sullivan LMFT and Lani Ciotek-Is My Grief Complicated?

    November 17, 2017

    On this show Dr. Heidi and Dr. Gloria Horsley discuss with bereaved parents Laura Sullivan and Lani Ciotek the death of their sons and what they do to celebrate their lives. Laura lost her son Kyle shortly after graduation from High School and Lani’s son Terrance was a physician and father of two. Laura is […]

  • Episode 112: Kim Perlmutter and Sarah Cornwell: Gardening Through Grief

    November 17, 2017

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley interview landscape designer Kim Perlmutter, bereaved parent of Joey and owner of “Inviting Spaces By Kim” and Sarah Cornwell, Executive Director of Gamble Garden located in Palo Alto, California regarding how gardening as well as just enjoying the gardens can heal the broken heart. A […]