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Today, on our Facebook Live discussion, Heidi and I talked about how to cope with the fact that all of the upcoming bereavement conferences have been cancelled due to the shelter-in-place mandates and the ongoing need to maintain a certain physical distance.

In-Person Bereavement Conferences Cancelled

We’re all sad that all the summer in-person bereavement conferences have been cancelled. This is the season for so many of them. It’s a time we all look forward to so we can connect with old friends, make new friends, and get hope from the hope and healing that’s part of the conference panels, keynotes, and social interaction. We also will all miss those physical hugs and face-to-face support.

An Online Bereavement Conference Event

This first-of-its-kind, online experience brings together organizations and noted individuals devoted to supporting the bereaved in their time of need. It will take place on June 22nd from 8:30 a.m. (PST) to 3:30 p.m. (PST), streaming from the Open to Hope website. During the day, you can see different panels and discussions, including breakout sessions and workshops from 9:30 a.m. (PST) to 11:30 a.m. (PST). We will close the day out with a candle lighting session.

Speakers are experts in child loss, spousal loss, partner loss, and loss will give their time, talents, and advice. They

We will cover a range of topics related to Grief, Loss, and Hope:

  • Loss During COVID-19
  • Child Loss
  • Sibling Loss
  • The Grieving Process
  • Spousal Loss

Event Sponsors

Event Sponsors include:

  • Bereaved Parents USA
  • CW Cares Foundation
  • Creative Visions Foundation
  • Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation (EKR)
  • Helping Fathers Heal
  • Helping Parents Heal Foundation
  • Open to Hope Foundation (Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley)
  • Soaring Spirits Foundation
  • The Compassionate Friends International
  • The Compassionate Friends USA
  • The Dougy Center
  • The Grief Tool Box
  • Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS)

Join Us Online for an International Day of Coping with Grief Event

Join us for the International Day of Coping with Grief. It will be a day of hope and healing as well as virtual hugs.

Register here for this free event.

Facebook Live Discussion

Watch our Facebook Live video here:


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Gloria Horsley

Dr. Gloria Horsley is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent. She started "Open to Hope" to help the millions in the world with grief. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over 20 years. Dr. Horsley hosts the syndicated internet radio show, The Grief Blog which is one of the top ranked shows on Health Voice America. She serves the Compassionate Friends in a number of roles including as a Board of Directors, chapter leader, workshop facilitator, and frequently serves as media spokesperson. Dr. Horsley is often called on to present seminars throughout the country. She has made appearances on numerous television and radio programs including "The Today Show," "Montel Williams," and "Sallie Jessie Raphael." In addition, she has authored a number of articles and written several books including Teen Grief Relief with Dr. Heidi Horlsey, and The In-Law Survival Guide.

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