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  • Is Suffering Necessary?

    Posted on November 26, 2019 - by Nina Impala

    I have been thinking a lot about suffering, how much we suffer in a lifetime. There seems to be no way of escaping it. The short version for this? We […]

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  • Advent: A Visit in the Darkest Hours

    Posted on November 12, 2019 - by Elizabeth Brady

    During the season of Advent 2003, I was eight months pregnant with Mack. Iz had just turned six and was dressed as an angel having participated in the Christmas Eve […]

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  • Angels, Lights, Birdies and Butterflies: Is it Really Them?

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Nina Impala

    When are loved ones leave us sometimes we will have profound dreams of them. Those dreams can be alarming or bring peace. In the early stages of grief, we want […]

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  • We Don’t Die. Our Bodies Do.

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Bernie Siegel

    As someone who has had a near death and past life experience, I know the truth about what we call death. When my wife died 18 months ago, the incredible […]

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  • A Southern Baptist Family’s First Cremation

    Posted on August 31, 2019 - by Tracey Wallace

    By 2040, they say more than 80% of Americans will be cremated. Also, more than 53% of us choose that over burial. And while for some this may seem normal […]

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  • How Can We Put Hope Into Action?

    Posted on July 31, 2019 - by Ann Schiebert

    By Ann Schiebert, PsyD When I first had the honor of being invited to be a guest on Open to Hope TV, I was taken by the title “Open to […]

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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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  • Chuck Overton: Spiritual Journey

    Posted on October 6, 2018 - by Neil Chethik

    Open to Hope recently spoke with Chuck Overton, a Spiritual Director at Caris Healthcare in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a chaplain, Overton has worked closely with grieving families as they learn […]

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  • Patricia Therese: Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria

    Posted on September 26, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    As the first Bereavement Consultant for the Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria, established under the archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia, Therese attended the 2015 Association of Death Education and […]

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  • Don’t the Dead Take their Time Leaving?

    Posted on September 23, 2018 - by Heidi Gessner

    After my father died, I became fascinated about where he went. Someone came to take his body out of our house and to a funeral home. He was cremated and […]

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  • To The Widow Struggling With Guilt

    Posted on September 3, 2018 - by Kerry Phillips

    On the outside, the world sees you hurting from the loss of your spouse. They don’t know; however, that in addition to the “normal” feelings of grief, you’re also struggling […]

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    Spirituality After a Loss: Interview with Reverend Michael Jemmott

    Posted on August 10, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Reverend Michael Jemmott about faith and spirituality after loss. Reverend Michael works with bereaved people in Baltimore […]

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  • Head and Heart: Like the Acorn and the Oak Tree

    Posted on February 9, 2018 - by Charles W. Sidoti

    Grasping a concept or idea intellectually is one thing: having it become a real part of who you are is something different. I once heard it said, “Scripture contains the […]

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  • Waiting for God to Respond to a Prayer

    Posted on December 22, 2017 - by Charles W. Sidoti

    There is a classic psychological question you may be familiar with that is related to our ability to wait on God:  “If a tree falls in the forest and there […]

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  • Keep the Door to Your Soul Open

    Posted on December 17, 2017 - by Elizabeth Brady

    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 […]

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  • Stories I Do Not Tell: Grief & Spirituality

    Posted on November 16, 2017 - by Tambre Leighn

    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 […]

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  • Where Do They Go?

    Posted on September 14, 2017 - by Nina Impala

    Recently, I have received phone calls from dear friends who have lost people they love. Lost. That word, it is so final, but do we really know? Still, there is […]

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  • Antonio Sausys: Healing the Body, Mind and Spirit

    Posted on September 8, 2017 - by Heidi Horsley

    During the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference, Dr. Heidi Horsley spoke with Antonio Sausys from Uruguay. Sausys operates a program that integrates yoga techniques and therapies that […]

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  • Galen Goben: Faith and Healing After a Death

    Posted on August 15, 2017 - by Heidi Horsley

    The Grief Support Coordinator for Forest Lawn, Galen Goben, spoke with Dr. Heidi Horsley of the Open to Hope Foundation during the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference […]

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  • How Can I Connect With My Child-In-Spirit?

    Posted on July 25, 2017 - by Sheri Perl

    If you are reading this article, let me first say that I am so sorry for your loss. No one understands the wounds of loss better than another bereaved parent. […]

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  • Becoming Aware of God’s Presence

    Posted on May 23, 2017 - by Charles W. Sidoti

    “We have what we seek. We don’t have to rush after it. It was there all the time. If we give it time it will make itself known to us.” – Thomas […]

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  • Finding God in Daily Life

    Posted on April 5, 2017 - by Charles W. Sidoti

    God isn’t removed from us, sitting on some throne up in heaven somewhere. The “universal creative life energy” is found within the created world, within life’s natural cycles. From womb […]

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    Seven Years Later, the Grief Lingers

    Posted on March 9, 2017 - by Brandi Reyna

    7 years seems like such a long time, yet it also seems like such a small amount of time as well. 7 years full of birthdays, holidays, weddings, birth of […]

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  • You Can’t Sleep With a Butterfly

    Posted on February 17, 2017 - by Bernie Siegel

    Several years ago, one of the cancer patients I counseled told me she was going to the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where her mother lived, to resolve her difficulties with […]

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