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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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    Writer Penny Slusher on Somber-Free Rites

    Posted on January 8, 2015 - by Nancy Gershman

    Buying presents for the dead and gifting them; knowing your “mama dance” and texting as the deceased: this and more when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with writer and actress Penny Slusher about somber-free rites. […]

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    Everything Happens for a Reason? Not Necessarily

    Posted on August 30, 2014 - by Bob Baugher

    Everything happens for a reason. We hear it all the time. I have been hearing it for years from my Psychology students. Part of my job as their instructor is […]

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    Comic Yisrael Campbell on Uplifting the Dying

    Posted on August 23, 2014 - by Nancy Gershman

    How can you use your talents to make the dying feel like they’re at the center of your universe? Be a DJ on a pretend radio station with your friend’s name […]

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    God’s Plan in the Grocery Store

    Posted on June 24, 2014 - by Shannon Harris

    With my whole heart I can say that I am not afraid of anything in life now that I’ve watched my son die.  Nothing can ever be harder than that […]

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    Unhelpful Religious Beliefs on Death and the Afterlife

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - by Piero Calvi-Parisetti

    Ever since I have been studying the evidence for survival of human personality to physical death, the question of religious beliefs has been nagging at me. This has turned into […]

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    Getting Through What You’re Going Through: Pastor Rick Warren Models

    Posted on August 17, 2013 - by Beth Marshall

    Life at Saddleback Church rarely slows down for Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay. After four glorious days of Easter services, a typically busy week of ministry began. Christianity […]

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    Who Will We Be In Our Grief?

    Posted on November 12, 2012 - by Marcia Gaddis

    I start thinking about Thanksgiving on the first day of November. Who will be at my table and what delicious foods will be served. But yesterday was All Saints Sunday. […]

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    Faith is Like Insurance When a Loved One Dies

    Posted on October 25, 2012 - by Nan Zastrow

    “Faith is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to go on when fear is present.” The summer of 2011 will be remembered as a season of violent storms […]

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    Healing Journey: Things Are Looking Up (And So Am I)

    Posted on September 3, 2012 - by Michael Nunley

    Some of you are far enough along the grief journey to believe that there is life with grief.  Please notice I did not say “life AFTER grief.”  There is no […]

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    Discovering Something Greater than the Answer to “Why?”

    Posted on May 21, 2012 - by Nan Zastrow

    “Why me?”  “Why now?” They are questions that many bereaved ask when they come to our support groups. I’m sure many wish that Gary and I could gaze into a […]

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    A Question of Faith for Those who Mourn

    Posted on April 13, 2012 - by Kent Koppelman

    Faith is an important asset for those who mourn, and yet for some it is not enough. At a bereavement conference, a father described the loss of his son and […]

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    A Skeptic’s Journey Through Grief

    Posted on December 20, 2011 - by Elisa Medhus

    As a physician with a strong science background, I used to regard all things spiritual with a jaded eye—until the recent suicide of my young son, Erik. Since then, my […]

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    Yearning for Certainty in an Uncertain World

    Posted on October 18, 2011 - by James P. Krehbiel

    A woman was walking down the hallway past my counseling office after she had seen Linda, the massage therapist.  My office door was open so I heard the lady remark, […]

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    An Uncertain Truth

    Posted on October 6, 2011 - by Gale Massey

    She stood on the railroad tracks listening for the train when another sound started in the distance, soft at first then growing louder, closer. She recognized the sound, knew in […]

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    Did My Cat Go to Heaven?

    Posted on October 1, 2011 - by Marty Tousley

    Question from a reader:  I have been grieving the loss of my cat for some time now, and the pain does not go away. I am still very sad and […]

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    Can I Believe My Mother is in Heaven?

    Posted on September 26, 2011 - by Lauren Muscarella

    I love going to psychics. I’m not sure if it’s my impetuous nature to know what is to come, the comforting assertions like “Great fortune is headed your way” or […]

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    Embracing Grief Does Not Mean Rejecting Faith

    Posted on August 27, 2011 - by Brandi Reyna

    Prior to my fiancé Greg’s accident in March 2010, my walk with Christ included daily quiet time and prayer, weekly women’s bible study, weekly young adult’s small group, weekly church […]

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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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    Why Ask Questions About Your Grief Journey?

    Posted on August 9, 2011 - by David Roberts

    I recently had the honor of being the opening keynote speaker for this year’s national gathering of the Bereaved Parents of the USA.  I spoke about the evolution of my grief […]

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    Does Your Faith Condemn You or Sustain You?

    Posted on July 15, 2011 - by Maureen Hunter

    When someone we love dies, especially at a young age or by violent means, our whole belief system often gets a massive shake up. The certainty that we once knew […]

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    Turning Over a New Faith

    Posted on May 14, 2011 - by Kevin Quiles

    Today, some have seriously thought of exchanging a theology once handed down to them by family members for another belief system that in their minds can better tackle the questions […]

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    Soul Pain, Grief and Transformation

    Posted on April 19, 2011 - by Jane Simington

    Between tearful sobs, Mary confides the painful story of how her life has become meaningless and of how parenting issues and marital problems have escalated since the suicide death of […]

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    The Response of the Human Spirit to Loss

    Posted on March 16, 2011 - by Jane Simington

    When we experience significant loss, every aspect of our humanness responds in agony. As the initial physical effects dissipate, they leave in their wake an accumulation of emotional and spiritual […]

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    Hope Eternal: Miscarriage Doesn’t End Mother-Daughter Bond

    Posted on March 5, 2011 - by Heather Arbuckle

    We call her Hope. Our baby, lost to us in late January 2003, was with us only briefly. Eight weeks to be exact. Not long enough to take her first […]

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    Grief Leads to Deeper Understanding of God

    Posted on February 3, 2011 - by Barb Roberts

    Every day, we and those around us experience loss, change, and transitions that we must grieve.  Grief is intense emotional suffering caused by loss, and while it is normal, it […]

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    ‘Arms of God’: Bereaved Mom Questions, Affirms Faith

    Posted on January 29, 2011 - by Cindy Shufflebarger

    Having just experienced the miracle birth of my daughter, followed by the devastating blow of her death, I found myself unable to pray.  Prayer had sustained me during the difficult […]

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    Walking Wounded at the Holidays

    Posted on December 27, 2010 - by Christine Thiele

    I am one of the walking wounded. On most days, you can’t see my scars. During the holidays, as families gather, plan and celebrate, my scar begins to show. It […]

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    Death at Center of her Life

    Posted on October 28, 2010 - by Gabrielle Michel

    Sometimes I wonder if our lives are predestined or if we really have choice. Often it seems the universe conspires to lead us in a particular direction, and no matter […]

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    Where Was God?

    Posted on October 28, 2010 - by Howard Winokuer

    co-authored with Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS, executive director of Open to Hope Foundation Footprints in the Sand “So I said to the Lord, You promised me Lord, that if […]

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    Widow’s Separation From Husband is ‘Temporary’

    Posted on July 20, 2010 - by Christine Thiele

    This life is so temporary. We don’t seem to get that most times. Over the last months, it has become so clear to me that we are not meant for […]

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    Wife’s Sudden Death Sends Man on Faith Journey

    Posted on July 11, 2010 - by Kyle Shelton

    I’ve been living without my wife for seven months now. I’ve had to adjust to a great many things, but the most trying has been my struggle with my faith […]

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    Mother Tells Story of Child’s Death, Her Own Faith

    Posted on June 11, 2010 - by Kate VanDerPloog

    I was coasting through life, pretty comfortably, when suddenly I experienced something no mother should have to go through. I came out on the other side only due to God’s […]

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    What is the Meaning of Hope?

    Posted on April 20, 2010 - by Norman Fried

    What is the meaning of hope, and how can it help us through the days and nights of our despair? For many, hope is a quality that imbues us with […]

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    Mother Maintains Contact with Deceased Son

    Posted on April 17, 2010 - by Sheri Perl

    To all of my fellow parents of deceased children — mothers and fathers — I offer greetings.  I too have suffered this unthinkable loss and know the grief that accompanies it. […]

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    Death of Grandchild is a Double Loss

    Posted on April 16, 2010 - by Sherry Van Pelt

    April 11 was my second-born grandson, Conner’s, birthday.  He would have been 16 this year.  Oh, the fun age.  The 16th birthday, to me, is when you no longer feel […]

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    Episode 33: Spirituality and Healing

    Posted on November 11, 2014 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley discuss with Sherry Cassedy and Faith Freed helpful ideas on getting through a crisis.  Sherry is an attorney who has […]

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    Webinar-Easter; Where is God After Loss?

    Posted on April 18, 2011 - by admin

    Pastor Dennis Apple speaks with Dr. Gloria Horsley about death and wondering where God is? Dennis Apple is the bereaved dad of Denny, age 18, who died in 1991 after […]

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