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  • Episode 219: Mens Journey Through Grief

    Posted on June 10, 2024 - by admin

    Listen to four men speak very candidly about the different untimely losses in their lives, and how they took this often tumultuous journey through grief. Join hosts, Dr. Gloria Horsley […]

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  • Episode 218: Navigating the Loss of a Child

    Posted on June 10, 2024 - by admin

    Are you struggling after the death of your child? Is the pain so great that you don’t know how you will survive? Join hosts, Dr. Gloria Horsley and her daughter […]

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  • Episode 212: Embracing Hope Anew After Multiple Losses

    Posted on January 22, 2024 - by admin

      Discover hope amidst multiple losses with insights from Dr. Gloria Horsley, Dr. Heidi Horsley, Jennifer O’Brien, and Dr. Barbara Hopkinson. Explore their personal journeys of overcoming the initial belief […]

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  • Episode 210: Developing Passion and Purpose After Loss

    Posted on December 21, 2023 - by admin

    Does it feel impossible to develop passion and purpose after loss? Join Dr. Gloria Horsley and her daughter Dr. Heidi Horsley, along with their guests Elizabeth Coplan, Ken Ross, and […]

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  • Episode 209: Finding Hope After an Anticipated Loss

    Posted on December 20, 2023 - by admin

    What is unique about anticipated loss and how does one find hope again? Join Dr. Gloria Horsley and her daughter Dr. Heidi Horsley, along with their guests Ken Ross, Elizabeth […]

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  • Episode 207: From Grief to Peace

    Posted on November 13, 2023 - by admin

    Does moving from grief to peace after a loss feel impossible?  Join Dr. Heidi Horsley, and her guests’ Heather Stang, Dr. Wendy Lichtenthal, and Gina Moffa, as they discuss how […]

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  • Episode 206: Making Meaning After Loss

    Posted on November 13, 2023 - by admin

    Have you ever wondered how to make meaning after a loss?  Join Dr. Heidi Horsley, and her guests’ Dr. Wendy Lichtenthal, Gina Moffa, and Heather Stang as they discuss meaning […]

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Articles

  • When One Loss Follows Another

    Posted on May 27, 2024 - by Anne Peterson

    I’m 12 years old and our family is living in a 3rd floor apartment. The phone rings on this summer day. Mom answers. I watch the color leave her face. […]

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  • Finding Meaning in Violent Loss

    Posted on May 13, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Finding Meaning in Violent Loss When I hear about “finding meaning” in grief, I feel a knee-jerk reaction to snap back with a salty, “What possible meaning can come from […]

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  • Toxic Positivity in Grief

    Posted on May 13, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Toxic Positivity in Grief When I first started devouring information about the grieving process after Libby died, I remember immediately being turned off by the overly negative messaging on social […]

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  • Are You Sabotaging Your Grief Journey?

    Posted on May 13, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Are You Sabotaging Your Grief Journey? This article is going to require you to be a little bit brutal with yourself. The goal of the telling the truth principle is […]

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  • Grief Guilt

    Posted on May 13, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Grief Guilt is about Loss of Control Guilt is, in my humble opinion, one of the most prevalent emotions during grief, and one that many grievers seem to come back […]

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  • Creating a Loss History

    Posted on May 13, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Creating a Loss History The first place we need to start is the past. We’re going way back—as far back as you can remember—and dredging up any experiences that may […]

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  • Practicing Gratitude in Grief

    Posted on May 13, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Practicing Gratitude in Grief OK, OK. Before you throw lasagna in my face, let me just assure you that this section is not going to be full of toxic positivity […]

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  • Create Meaning Through Ritual

    Posted on May 13, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Create Meaning Through Ritual Creating traditions, rituals, and ceremonies that celebrate your person is the shit. Seriously. It’s the opposite of the get-over-it and move-on mentality. Instead, by celebrating the […]

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  • Envision a Future after Grief

    Posted on May 6, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Envision a Future after Grief What do you want your future to be? I realize that this question, to someone in the deep, dark midst of grief, is a terrifying—even […]

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  • Why Routines Help When You’re Grieving

    Posted on April 29, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Why Routines Help When You’re Grieving Think of your favorite comfort food, the coziest blanket you own, or the pleasure of consuming a warm cup of hot chocolate before bed. […]

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  • Grief in the workplace

    Returning to Work after a Major Loss

    Posted on April 22, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    Returning to Teach after a Major Loss Every day, walking back into my classroom was an immense challenge. For those unfamiliar with teaching—imagine performing in a theater, five days a […]

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  • How We Heal After the Death of a Child

    Posted on April 22, 2024 - by Maria Kubitz

    The death of a child is so profound, it’s like no other loss. There’s no such thing as getting over the death of a child. Instead, bereaved parents must learn […]

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  • A Nerd’s Guide to Grief

    Posted on April 22, 2024 - by Brooke Carlock

    My Life in Grief I absolutely, freaking hate the saying “Life only gives you as much as you can handle.” If that’s the case, then just call me Atlas, baby, […]

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  • Mother Maintains Contact with Deceased Son

    Posted on April 17, 2024 - by Sheri Perl

    Mother Loses Son to Addiction To all of my fellow parents of deceased children — mothers and fathers — I offer greetings.  I too have suffered this unthinkable loss and […]

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  • When a Child Dies of Drug Addiction

    Posted on April 8, 2024 - by Joni Norby

    A Child Dies of Drug Addiction Ben was an addict. That declaration is enormously painful and takes even more courage to write than Ben died at age nineteen. He was […]

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  • Do We Ever ‘Get Over’ the Death of a Child?

    Posted on March 27, 2024 - by Anne Dionne

    Getting Over a Child-Loss There was a time when I believed that people should “get over” their grief by the 12th month following a loss. After all, isn’t that what […]

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  • Loss of a Child: A Pain Like No Other

    Posted on March 26, 2024 - by Louise Lagerman

    A Pain Like No Other All loss is hard. All loss is lonely. But there is something about child-loss that puts it in a unique category. I have experienced other […]

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  • Signs and Dreams from our Children

    Posted on March 7, 2024 - by Louise Lagerman

    Signs and Dreams from our Children Dreams and signs of our children. Do they really exist? Are dreams and signs a technique our deceased children use to contact us to […]

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  • Merry Go Round and Round: Rhythms of Grief

    Posted on January 22, 2024 - by Elizabeth Brady

    Merry Go Round My mom made it a priority to take me and my siblings to the Smithsonian to visit the touring exhibits that came through the D.C. museums. I […]

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  • Seeking Comfort after a Child Dies

    Posted on January 8, 2024 - by Nina Norstrom

    Pain After a Child Dies I’ll say this clearly: parents aren’t expected to live to bury their children. And when we do, the impact can be heartbreaking, devastating. Although the […]

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  • The Shock of Losing a Child

    Posted on January 8, 2024 - by Lo Anne Mayer

    Returning to the Place Excitement coursed through my veins as I anticipated my appointment in Glastonbury, England.  Thirteen years had passed since I stood in this exact spot.  I couldn’t […]

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  • Coping with Traumatic Loss of Daughter

    Posted on January 3, 2024 - by Harriet Hodgson

    What is Traumatic Loss? In 2007, the traumatic loss of my daughter became imprinted in my mind forever. A traumatic loss is sudden, unexpected, and happens without warning. The loss […]

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  • Happy New Year is Tough on Bereaved Parents

    Posted on January 1, 2024 - by Alice Wisler

      When the ball at Times Square drops, champagne corks pop. Ample hugs and kisses are dispensed all around. A new year, new hope, new ventures, new possibilities. Wow, it’s […]

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