Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley interview a fellow mother-daughter team, Susan Rice and Jodi Wass, at the National Alliance for Grieving Children conference. Working as mother and daughter presents some unique scenarios. It’s an exceptional feeling and an honor according to Rice. As an RN who’s worked in the field her entire life, Rice never expected her daughter (counselor and therapist) to also join a grief support network. It wasn’t planned, but the two went through grief training close to the same time. Working together has been a “fabulous experience.”

For the Horsleys, it also wasn’t planned. Dr. Heidi Horsley remembers when her mother was starting the Open to Hope Foundation. It was fantastic, but the sibling aspect was missing. When she brought this up to her mother, Dr. Gloria Horsley, Heidi was welcomed to take on that role—but warned “Be careful what you wish for.” That was several years ago, and the two have developed a rock solid partnership that lets them both honor Scott (Heidi’s brother and Gloria’s son).

A Close-Knit Partnership

Knowing each other so well, having differences, and the ability to disagree are all part of what holds a mother-daughter business partnership together. These two roles bring something very different to the table. For Rice and Wass, they’re in a similar situation. Rice’s son and Wass’ brother, Joshua, died a few years ago when he was 37 years old. He left two small children behind. In situations like these, coming together to create something meaningful can be a solid healing tool.

For the Open to Hope Foundation, Gloria’s youngest daughter, Heather, takes care of website management. A true family affair, it has helped the entire family heal while keeping memories of Scott alive. Sometimes your best support (and business prospects!) is closer than you think.


Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley are a mother/daughter team and internationally recognized grief experts. They are the founders of The Open to Hope Foundation and the hosts of The Open to Hope Show. In addition, Dr. Gloria is a board member for The Compassionate Friends and Dr. Heidi is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and has a private practice in manhattan. Their message is that others have made it through the grief journey and so can you, if you do not yet have hope lean on theirs.

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