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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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    ‘Lonely’ Not Powerful Enough Word to Describe Widowhood

    Posted on July 16, 2015 - by Catherine Tidd

    Loneliness is not a surprising by-product of widowhood.  I mean, even for the people who have never been through it, it’s a no-brainer.  But frankly, I think that lonely is […]

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    Signs From Heaven

    Posted on March 5, 2015 - by Lora Mercado

    Many of us who have lost a loved one have received signs from them after they passed away. These could be small signs like a significant song playing on the […]

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    Shifting: Child-Loss Splits Mom Between Heaven and Earth

    Posted on February 3, 2015 - by Shannon Harris

    For all accounts and purposes I am a strong woman. I have been through some extraordinary situations and lived to tell about them. And the telling has been my mission […]

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    Poet Dana Jerman on Griever Dreams and Signs

    Posted on October 25, 2014 - by Nancy Gershman

    Not only is there is no wrong way to interpret dreams and signs, but they can become catalysts for a great day. This and more when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with writer, photographer and performing poet […]

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    My Words to Live By: I Am Open

    Posted on June 18, 2013 - by Laurel D. Rund

    I recently spent some time with a special friend and she told me how she came to name her upcoming book  (which I hope to feature in a future blog). […]

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    Losing a Friend, Finding Her Son Years Later

    Posted on July 5, 2012 - by Janet Gallin

    Carol and I slipped thoroughly and whole-heartedly into each other’s lives when we were 12 and she transferred to into my Junior High School. She was funny, emotionally brave, self-governing, […]

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    Still Mourning, Still Dreaming After Death of a Child

    Posted on May 29, 2012 - by Kent Koppelman

    Shortly after my son’s death, I came across his bathrobe in a closet; hugging it to my chest, my nose detected his scent. For the next few days, I frequently […]

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    My Grief Journey Exposed in a Dream

    Posted on May 8, 2012 - by David Roberts

    I have had several dreams since my daughter Jeannine died in March of 2003. Through further exploration with a dear friend of mine whose passion is projective dream work, I […]

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    Mother ‘Got My Hug’ from Deceased Son

    Posted on April 14, 2012 - by Sally Grablick

     My 19-year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide in June of 2002. He was a loving and generous person in life, and in the afterlife, all of those qualities remain. Ryan is […]

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    Widow Wonders if She’ll Ever ‘Fit’ with Another Man

    Posted on November 23, 2011 - by Laurel D. Rund

    Liana watched as the email came in.  A “wink” from the cyberspace-dating world.  God, she said to herself, how did I get myself into this?  She settled down into the […]

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    Signs From Above

    Posted on September 17, 2011 - by Megan Prescott

    It is my personal belief that when a person “passes away,” his or her spirit and essence continues to be very much alive. Following the deaths of three immediate family […]

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    Your Deceased Loved Ones Are Okay and Want You To Know That

    Posted on September 13, 2011 - by Karen Noe

    As a psychic medium, I have the job of reconnecting with those who made their transition to the other side. When clients first come see me, I explain we are […]

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    Despite Husband’s Death, He’s ‘Always There’

    Posted on September 3, 2011 - by Ellen Gerst

    When my late husband committed suicide, it felt as if I died too. The searing pain pierced my heart so deeply that I felt disconnected from everyday life. I would […]

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    Psalm 23 Creates Healing Connection

    Posted on August 21, 2011 - by Barbara Francis

    Grief is the price we pay for love. —Queen Elizabeth II My best friend was dead. My faith was shattered. It was too much for me. I felt that I, […]

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    Dreams Move the Grieving Process Along

    Posted on July 11, 2011 - by Ellen Besso

    I began preparing myself for my mother’s departure a long time ago, even before she came to live in our community so that we could support her. Occasional dreams appeared […]

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    Negotiating with God, Dreaming of Chocolate Cake

    Posted on July 6, 2011 - by Lizzy Miles

    The first time I met “Gary,” we ended up talking for over two hours.  He was in his late 60s and had throat cancer, evidenced by a protruding plum-sized tumor […]

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    Dreams of Death, Thoughts that Empower

    Posted on May 13, 2011 - by K. Paul Stoller

    As I write this story, it is Easter Sunday 2011, a point that I pray will not be relevant to anyone reading this in the weeks and months to come. […]

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    Valentine’s Day an Opportunity to Connect With Departed Loved Ones

    Posted on February 13, 2011 - by Megan Prescott

    For anyone grieving the loss of someone dear to them, I humbly offer some ideas to help with the pain of separation. May this Valentine’s Day bring us a loving […]

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    Healing Power of Dreams for the Bereaved

    Posted on November 3, 2010 - by Carla Blowey

    Have you ever had a dream that made you question your sanity, your morals, your desires or your fears? Dreams of being chased, going back to school, falling off a […]

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    Mother ‘Connects Up’ with Deceased Son in Spirit Realm

    Posted on September 14, 2010 - by Sheri Perl

    I lost my son Danny to an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs on July 1, 2008. He was 22 years old. I don’t have to tell any of you […]

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    Butterflies or Bull? Channeling Messages from the Dead

    Posted on April 25, 2010 - by Fran Dorf

    A few days ago, I went to see a performance by “channeler” Roland Comtois, when he appeared locally before a group of about forty parents who’ve lost children. I like […]

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    Daughter Sara is Still With Us

    Posted on April 13, 2010 - by Sue Hunt

    My beautiful daughter Sara passed away almost 8 years ago. She was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). She was just 19 and turned 20 years old in the hospital. […]

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    Signs and Dreams from our Children

    Posted on April 12, 2010 - by Louise Lagerman

    Dreams and signs of our children. Do they really exist? Are dreams and signs a technique our deceased children use to contact us to let us know they are fine […]

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    Great Joys Among Great Sorrows

    Posted on April 1, 2010 - by Louise Lagerman

    I have just been sitting here thinking about life. It is so strange. Everyone who has lost a child has been through such great sorrows, but we have also been through […]

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    Persistent Dreams in Grief

    Posted on March 10, 2010 - by Marty Tousley

    Question from a reader: It’s now been six months since my mother died. In many ways it seems like worlds and eons since then, but in some ways not at […]

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