Loss of a Family Member

After Loss of a child

We know the pain can be unbearable. Read stories and find community. You need not be alone in your journey.


  • Grief Coaches and Therapist Can Help

    Posted on September 12, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    An excerpt from Catherine McNulty’s book, The Gifts of Grief. “You are not alone.” The intensity of the grief we experience is a result of the love and connection we […]

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  • The First Thing To Do After Losing Your Baby

    Posted on July 31, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    Grieving is hard.  Grieving the loss of your baby is even harder.  Let’s be honest, it just plain sucks.  If you are reading this because it’s happened to you, know […]

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  • After Loss: Fear Can Be An Asset to Grieving Individuals

    Posted on July 30, 2019 - by David Roberts

      “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear”– C.S. Lewis This first line in C.S. Lewis’s book A Grief Observed , inspired me to reflect […]

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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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Open to Hope Radio

Open to Hope TV

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]