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  • What Grief Has Taught Me

    Posted on July 9, 2019 - by Lisa Boehm

    My daughter Katie is now in heaven. Everything is new. Everything is different. Everything is devastatingly difficult. I’ve learned to walk, breathe, and exist without letting grief keep me down, […]

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  • Gratitude and Grief – Is it Possible?

    Posted on June 23, 2019 - by Lisa Boehm

    My experience with gratitude began about five minutes after the police and coroner visited our home the night my daughter Katie died. I remember being thankful that she died instantly. […]

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  • The Gift Of Tears and Forgiveness

    Posted on June 23, 2019 - by Jill Smoot

    Recently, I was watching a television interview with a woman who began to apologize to the reporter for “almost crying.” I understood that. Don’t let people see your hurt, don’t be […]

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  • A Funeral, a Wedding, Graduations and One Unwanted Guest

    Posted on June 22, 2019 - by Elizabeth Brady

    It has been six and a half years since our son, Mack, died suddenly on New Year’s Eve 2012, just shy of his ninth birthday. As the many of us […]

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  • Celebration Service Brings Mother Solace

    Posted on April 7, 2019 - by Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

    My 40-year-old son, Jeff, passed away very unexpectedly on 12/13/2018. I thought my sister’s death was the worse thing I would ever go through. Then Jeff died. It is difficult […]

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  • Five Signs of Love’s Eternal Essence

    Posted on February 25, 2019 - by Annah Elizabeth

      Valentine’s Day has come and gone for millions of happy couples, friends, children, and parents who celebrate this Day of Love, but for countless people who have lost a […]

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  • Healing Through the Decades After a Child Dies

    Posted on February 10, 2019 - by Stacy Parker

    I am a bereaved parent. For so long, that title has defined me and the person I am now. My first daughter was born in 1995 and had a rare […]

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  • The Wound Time Won’t Heal

    Posted on February 10, 2019 - by Maria Kubitz

    Time heals all wounds. We’ve all heard it. Sounds incredibly hopeful for someone who’s drowning in grief. Except when time doesn’t heal your wound.  Not enough time. It’s been years […]

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  • Todd Hochberg: Creating Rituals

    Posted on November 22, 2018 - by Heidi Horsley

    The man behind the film “Other Rituals, Parents’ Stories and Meaning Making,” Todd Hochberg, joined Dr. Heidi Horsley at the Open to Hope Foundation’s annual conference to discuss the importance […]

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  • Adrift in A Sea of Grief

    Posted on November 5, 2018 - by Maria Kubitz

    I am adrift in an endless sea of grief. As I float along, the world continues to go on around me as if I am walking among the bustling crowds—but […]

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  • A Christmas Encounter

    Posted on November 1, 2018 - by Jill Smoot

    In late summer, with a record heat index, I went to the store to do some shopping. As I pushed my cart, I came upon aisles of Christmas decorations already […]

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  • Steve Roberts: Finding Forgiveness and Community After the Death of a Child

    Posted on September 23, 2018 - by Jessica Tyner Mehta

      Steve Roberts and Open to Hope’s Executive Director, Dr. Heidi Horsley, became friend in 2006 when they met at The Compassionate Friends. Professionally, Roberts is a bank consultant, but […]

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  • Why Do Therapists Warn the Bereaved that they Will Divorce?

    Posted on September 22, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    Dr. Gloria Horsley responds: You got me. I have been a therapist for many years and have repeatedly been told that, parents who lose children divorce. Let’s see, Phil and […]

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  • Last Words With

    Posted on September 16, 2018 - by Yvonne Lancaster

    Coming home was a tough time of day. It signaled the end of the occupational work day, and the beginning of the personal work evening…preparing dinner, doing laundry, taxiing kids, whatever […]

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  • Art of Grieving, After Loss of Child: Interview With Dr. Delores Gulledge

    Posted on September 7, 2018 - by Heidi Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Delores Gulledge about life after the death of her 17 year old daughter Melanie. She shares […]

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  • Episode 164: Bereaved Parents Get Real About Their Grief

    Posted on April 17, 2019 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview five bereaved parents who lost son’s. R. Glenn Kelly, Glen Lord, Dr. Tanya Lord, Annah Elizabeth, and Barbara Hopkinson […]

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  • Episode 163: Finding Resilience After Loss

    Posted on April 17, 2019 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview bereaved mothers; Barbara Hopkinson, Dr. Tanya Lord, and Annah Elizabeth. Barbara is the founder of A Butterfly’s Journey and […]

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  • Episode 162: Grief in the Workplace

    Posted on April 17, 2019 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview R. Glenn Kelly, Glen Lord, and Paul Alexander about grief in the workplace. R. Glenn Kelly lost his only […]

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  • Episode 160: Warriors of Grief; Conquering Grief After Child Loss

    Posted on March 8, 2019 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview bereaved parents Richard and Barbara Pryor, about how to conquer grief and find happiness again. Richard is the author […]

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    Episode 156: Hope After Anticipated Death

    Posted on February 5, 2019 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Dr. Gary Jaworski, President of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, and Annette and Christopher Bozak, whose daughter and sibling, Stephanie […]

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    Episode 146: Expressing Your Healing Power!

    Posted on October 6, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore with Patti DiMiceli artist, inspirational speaker and author of Embrace the Angel and singer, songwriter Denise Ganulin how sharing their […]

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    Episode 144: Dads and Sons Get Real With Their Grief

    Posted on September 26, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the unique aspects of men and grief with bereaved fathers Babe Muro and Arnie Wendroff along with their bereaved sons […]

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    Episode 143: Life Without My Daughter

    Posted on September 26, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore with Michelle Muro, Varda Wendroff and Denise Ganulin how they found hope after the deaths of daughters. Grief expert Heather […]

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    Episode 142: Sibling Death: Will I Ever Be Enough?

    Posted on September 25, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview bereaved siblings Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki, Keith Singer and Fred Donegan. Jason and Keith lost sister’s Lauren and Lori in separate automobile […]

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    Episode 141: Grief Shock; Your Body Is Your Buddy

    Posted on September 24, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki, co-founder of Shine Yoga Center and Heather Stang podcast host and author of Mindfulness & Grief on the […]

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