Recipient of 2003 Pediatric Nursing?s Humanitarian Award to be interviews by ?Healing the Grieving Heart? Hosts, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley on November 30, 2006.

New York, New York and San Francisco, California (PRWEB) November 26, 2006 ? Deborah Dokken, MPA, co-investigator with The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) will join Drs. Gloria & Heidi Horsley on their nationally syndicated talk radio program ?Healing the Grieving Heart? November 30th, 9 AM PST/12 Noon EST.

?End of life care and anticipatory grief are so important to our audience. You can?t ever really prepare for losing a child, but you can educate yourself about the process, the resources available and hopefully ease the strain on everyone involved. We feel fortunate to have one of the country?s foremost experts joining us on this important topic,? said Dr. Heidi Horsley, co-host of Healing the Grieving Heart.
Since the losses of two infants and the premature birth of her son, Jeremy, Ms Dokken has been involved for several years in programs and projects to improve family support and family participation in health care. Ms. Dokken was the co-founder of a nonprofit community-based organization, Partners in Intensive Care, and was a founding member of the Parent Partners Group in the neonatal intensive care unit at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Dokken has been actively involved with several health care projects, including the CALM Fever Management program, the Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC), End-of-Life Care for Children and Their Families: Ethical Dimensions, and the Pediatric Pain Awareness Initiative.
She is co-author of several articles, published in Pediatric Nursing and the Journal of Child and Family Nursing, on issues related to family-centered care and pediatric health. At the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, Ms. Dokken is a member of the Institutional Ethics Forum. She has also served on the Boards of the Association for the Care of Children’s Health and Parent Care, Inc.
She currently serves on the FDA?s Pediatric Advisory Committee, and is a longtime member of the Ethics Forum at Children?s National Medical Center. She is the recipient Pediatric Nursing?s 2003 Humanitarian and 1998 Excellence in Writing Awards.

Dr. Heidi Horsley herself is a bereaved sibling whose 17 year old brother, Scott died in an automobile accident when she was 20 yrs. old. Currently she is an adjunct professor teaching several graduate courses at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, including Intervention for Grief, Loss and Bereavement. In addition, she works with families that lost a firefighter in the World Trade Center attacks.

Dr. Horsley co-hosts the nationally syndicated ?Healing the Grieving Heart? radio show, broadcast on local radio stations and syndicated live every Thursday 9 AM PST ? 12 Noon EST and is rebroadcast on The VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Network. The show can be accessed at .

About Dr. Heidi Horsley

Dr. Horsley, PsyD, MSW holds a doctorate degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, a masters degree in social work from Columbia University and a masters degree in mental health counseling from Loyola University in New Orleans. Dr. Horsley is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a Psychologist and co-investigator for the FDNY-CSU/ Columbia University Family Guidance Program assisting families of 9/11.

Dr. Horsley co-hosts the nationally syndicated ?Healing the Grieving Heart? radio show, broadcast on local radio stations and syndicated live and in rebroadcast on The VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Network. Her website is .

Dr. Horsley currently lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

About Dr. Gloria Horsley

Dr. Gloria C. Horsley, PHD, MFT, CNS is a bereaved parent, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over twenty years. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, Syracuse, Greenwich and Holos Universities.

Dr. Gloria serves The Compassionate Friends ( in a number of roles, including as a Board Director and chairperson for TCF?s annual program for professionals. She frequently serves as a media spokesperson for TCF in her dual role as a bereaved parent and professional. Dr. Horsley has a strong commitment to the education and the betterment of the world.

Dr. Horsley resides in San Francisco, California, with her husband Phil. They have three daughters and ten grandchildren.


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