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  • Episode 164: Bereaved Parents Get Real About Their Grief

    April 17, 2019

    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 are all dynamic national speakers, and will talk candidly about losing a child, and eventually finding their way out of the darkness and back into […]

  • Episode 163: Finding Resilience After Loss

    April 17, 2019

    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 creator of Faces of Resilience. Dr. Tanya Lord is the co-founder of The Grief Toolbox, and Director of Patient and Family Engagement at the Foundation […]

  • Episode 162: Grief in the Workplace

    April 17, 2019

    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 child, Johnathan to a congenital heart defect, and has written numerous books, including Grief in the Workplace. Glen Lord lost his son Noah due to […]

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

    March 8, 2019

    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 of Warriors of Life, Conquering Grief and Battling Your Way Back to Happiness. The show closes with singer songwriter, Paul Alexander singing The Butterfly Song.

  • Episode 156: Hope After Anticipated Death

    February 5, 2019

    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 died of a malignant brain tumor. Annette is a mentor to bereaved parents, and facilitates a brain tumor support group. Christopher is the producer and […]

  • Episode 146: Expressing Your Healing Power!

    October 6, 2018

    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 talents with others has helped them to find hope after the deaths of loved ones. The show closes with Denise performing What A Party.

  • Episode 144: Dads and Sons Get Real With Their Grief

    September 26, 2018

    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 Keith Singer and Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki. The show closes with bereaved parent and singer, songwriter Denise Ganulin performing.

  • Episode 143: Life Without My Daughter

    September 26, 2018

    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 Stang shares tips on dealing with grief and loss. Denise, a singer songwriter, closes the show.

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

    September 25, 2018

    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 accidents and Fred lost a twin prior to birth. As adults they explore issues of they have coped and found hope. An Open to Hope […]

  • Episode 141: Grief Shock; Your Body Is Your Buddy

    September 24, 2018

    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 importance of paying attention to the physical as well as the mental aspects of Grief. A video is shown of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk […]

  • Episode 138: How to Build Awareness After Loss

    July 30, 2018

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley explores with two bereaved mothers, Carol Henderson and Jamie Bright, how they have build awareness though writing and speaking. Carol is the author of Losing Malcolm:A Mother’s Journey Through Grief and Farther Along:The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers. Jamie speaks out against domestic violence sharing the story of […]

  • Episode 135: Child Loss: Why and How Did They Die?

    June 27, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Heidi Horsley interview Theresa Lervolino whose daughter, Jessica age 27 was killed in 2010 in an automobile crash.  Theresa will discuss how serving as a chapter leader of The Compassionate Friends has again helped her to find hope. Annah Elizabeth is the author Digging For The Light, and […]

Articles

  • Celebration Service Brings Mother Solace

    April 7, 2019

    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 to describe the feelings. Profound sadness and heartache beyond anything I have ever felt before. Recently, I thought about Jeff’s celebration of life. Jeff struggled […]

  • Five Signs of Love’s Eternal Essence

    February 25, 2019

      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 special someone, pain continues to pull on their heart strings for what seems like an endless loop of days that merely exist as Before and […]

  • Healing Through the Decades After a Child Dies

    February 10, 2019

    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 condition called Alagille Syndrome. She was cognitively okay, but had serious issues with her heart, liver and kidneys. She lived for two years and two […]

  • The Wound Time Won’t Heal

    February 10, 2019

    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 since my 4-year-old daughter, Margareta, died. She died exactly 29 days after her fourth birthday. That means we had 1,489 glorious days to spend with […]

  • Todd Hochberg: Creating Rituals

    November 22, 2018

    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 of creating rituals as part of the grieving process. In the film, Hochberg interviews many of the families he’s worked with including many parents whose […]

  • Adrift in A Sea of Grief

    November 5, 2018

    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 my feet haven’t touched dry land since September 30, 2009. It was on that day—the day my 4-year-old daughter drowned—I was unwillingly thrust into this […]

  • A Christmas Encounter

    November 1, 2018

    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 displayed even before the pumpkins had arrived. I looked away. I had for these past years purposed to live in the moment, savor each day, […]

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

    September 23, 2018

      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 his experience with grief dates back to 2005 when he lost his daughter. “Kelsey was 11 years old, she was killed at her home by […]

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

    September 22, 2018

    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 I have been married for over forty years and it has been over twenty since our son was killed. Memories of our dear Scott seem […]

  • Last Words With

    September 16, 2018

    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 else kept me going until 11 p.m. My 5 p.m. homecoming blues had often been softened by seeing my oldest son Brian’s familiar dark blue […]

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

    September 7, 2018

    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 how she went forward with her life and found a way to help others. Delores is also the author of a book called “A Mourning […]

  • How I Transformed Grief into Growth

    July 17, 2018

    On a balmy summer evening in 2011, my beloved 26-year-old son David was killed instantly in a motorcycle accident and my life was forever changed. Suddenly plunged into a crazy altered reality, I wandered helplessly through disbelief, confusion, anguish, and searing pain. For a long time I felt stuck in my misery, since death is […]

  • When Others Want to Know Why You Aren’t ‘Over’ the Death of Your Child

    July 17, 2018

    Lately, the question I have been getting the most is, “How do I get the people around me to understand why I am still grieving the death of my child so deeply?” We already feel like we are going crazy, and having family and friends tell us we “should be past this by now” may […]