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  • A Lonely Death in Palm Springs

    February 22, 2019

    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. – Bishop Desmond Tutu Palm Springs. Frank Sinatra. Elizabeth Taylor. Liberace. Mickey Rooney.  Bob Hope. Rock Hudson. Lauren Bacall. Marilyn Monroe. The name of the city, coupled with the legendary icons of Hollywood’s Golden Era, cements Palm Springs in the […]

  • Suicide, Betrayal and Coming Home

    February 18, 2019

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”  an epitaph from a headstone in Ireland I stared at the plain paper note that had come in the mail. It was from Jack, my husband, and said simply, “It’s time for me to take off.” Enclosed in the […]

  • A Daughter, a Mother and an Unexpected Passing: Darkness Followed by a Bright Moment

    February 6, 2019

    My wife and I are owners of a company that provides what technically is known as biohazard remediation. We provide cleanup and sanitization services when people are dealing with the aftermath of challenging incidents at their homes. We work with people at some very difficult moments in their lives. Examples of how we help people […]

  • When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

    January 31, 2019

    In the initial months and years after my sister Denise died by suicide (just two weeks before her 18th birthday), I sought out as much information on sibling loss as I could. Denise was my younger sister, the one I shared a room with for 10 years, the one who knew more about me and […]

  • From the Ashes of my Father’s Death

    January 9, 2019

    (Contributing writer Emily Kil co-wrote this article with her husband based on his childhood experience.) A 9-year old boy should be playing with friends, going to school, and making lifetime memories with his parents and family. Unfortunately, as a 9-year old boy, my life took turn down a pathway that should never have to be […]

  • When the Loss is Not a Death: Interview with Dr Darcy Harris

    January 2, 2019

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr Darcy Harris about families and their struggles with infertility and the unacknowledged loss. Darcy originally got interested in this topic when she was doing research on couples going through infertility treatment. The language they were using was the language of grief […]

  • Taking Care of Yourself Through the Grief Process: Interview with Dr. Howard R. Winokuer

    December 18, 2018

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Howard R. Winokuer about burnout after the death of a loved one and how we can take care of ourselves. In the video below, Howard shares advice on how to deal with burnout following the death of a loved one. Here […]

  • Giving Back After Coping with a Loss: Interview with Dr.Janna Henning

    September 6, 2018

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Janna Henning about her losses and how she went on to help other people the way she helped herself. Getting into the field of death and dying was influenced by Janna’s own loss experience. At the age of 21, Janna was […]

  • Dear Dad: A Letter to the Long Deceased

    August 24, 2018

    Introduction Dear Dad is the story of my life told in the form of letters to my father, Walter Michael Jaworski, who died of a heart attack when I was five and whom, therefore, I never got to know.  It is not a maudlin story of regret, but the tale of how one’s entire life — […]

  • Grieving Suicide, Homicide or Traumatic Deaths: Finding Purpose in the Pain

    February 17, 2018

    If everyone around you does not understand why you can’t get past the past, perhaps it is because you are grieving a very complex or traumatic death. In the face of murder, suicide or untimely trauma, it feels nearly impossible to stop the intrusive thoughts. They play through your mind like a tape loop in […]

  • Coping With the Loss of a Teen by Suicide

    January 10, 2018

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Carolyn Zahnow about The Shore Grief Center and tips she has to find healing after suicide loss. Carolyn lost her son, Cameron, in 2005 when he was 18 years old.  In the video below, Carolyn shares advice on how to cope with […]

  • Why Some Families are Resilient

    December 20, 2017

    Kathleen Gilbert is based at Indiana University and specializes in grief counseling with military members and their families—however, she also works to help families build resiliency during deployment (without any deaths occurring). Gilbert spoke to Dr. Gloria Horsley during the 2015 Association on Death Education and Counseling conference about what she’s working on and how […]

  • Jill Harrington: Loss of a Young Adult

    September 28, 2017

    Dr. Jill Harrington is a social worker, clinician and researcher at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress who specializes in grief after losing a young adult. “Some in the military and some in the civilian world,” explains Dr. Harrington, who chatted with Dr. Heidi Horsley during the Association for Death Education and Counseling […]

  • My Summer of Grief Led to New Normal

    June 26, 2017

    Our daughter died on July 19, 2005.  The shock of her suicide and my own gut-wrenching grief that day is painful to remember.  No one in our family knew what to do or how to react.  It was like falling out of a boat in the dark at high tide.  We couldn’t “swim”.  We couldn’t […]

  • What Makes Sudden Death So Different?

    May 22, 2017

    It’s not just that we “didn’t get to say goodbye.” That common phrase, often associated with sudden death, is far too simplistic when unpacking the reality of completely unexpected deaths: accidents, homicides, suicides, sudden natural causes (e.g. heart attack, brain hemorrhage) and serious illnesses where death is unforeseen (e.g. epilepsy). SHOCK The scientific community explains […]

  • Webinar: Healing After a Fatal Car Accident

    April 19, 2017

    The Compassionate Friends, the Open to Hope Foundation, and Carl McDonald, the National Law Enforcement Initiatives Manager for MADD, offer a special webinar on grieving after losing a child due to a driving under the influence (DUI) incident. Drs. Heidi and Gloria Horsley, the hosts, lost a loved one to a DUI crash—Gloria’s son and […]

  • Traumatic Grief May Interfere with Memory

    January 25, 2017

    Dr. Gloria Horsley with the Open to Hope Foundation talks with Robert Zucker about traumatic grief, healing, and his own bereavement process. As a grief counselor and the author of The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared, Zucker knows all too well how difficult bereavement can be. […]

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  • Episode 152: Needs of People Coping with Mass Violence, Trauma and Military Loss

    December 10, 2018

    On This show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Sallie Lynch Development Consultant for Tuesday’s Children, which works with 9/11 families, military families and communities impacted by traumatic loss, and Amy Tucci CEO of Hospice Foundation of America and the executive director of the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® regarding providing grief resources […]

  • Episode 151: Which Loss is Worse? Sudden or Anticipated?

    December 10, 2018

    On This show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Sallie Lynch Development Consultant for Tuesday’s Children, which works with 9/11 families, military families and communities impacted by traumatic loss, and Amy Tucci CEO of Hospice Foundation of America and producer of Living with Grief book and video series regarding strategies for helping families to […]

  • Episode 149: Preserving Art Legacies After Loss

    November 28, 2018

    Art leaves a lasting impression on the world and keeps legacies alive for generations. On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and guest co-host Doneley Meris, Executive Director of HIV Arts Network, discuss with Hal Bromm, founder of the Hal Bromm Gallery, Sur Rodney Sur, activist and artist, and Judy Glantzman, painting instructor at Rhode Island […]

  • Episode 148: Friends Grieving Friends

    November 25, 2018

    Friends often become chosen family, and the loss can be devastating. On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and guest co-host Doneley Meris, Executive Director of HIV Arts Network, discuss with Hal Bromm, founder of the Hal Bromm Gallery and Sur Rodney Sur, activist and artist, the friends who died, as a result of the AIDS […]

  • Episode 145: Babies Don’t Die. Why Mine?

    October 5, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss with Alison Jacobson CEO/Executive Director of First Candle and Nicole Alston Founder and President of Ok2Grieve how they have dealt with the personal tragedy of infant loss, and gone on to find happiness and success. The show closes with bereaved parent and singer, songwriter Denise […]

  • Episode 136: Healing after School Shootings and Military Deaths

    June 28, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss with Mitch Carmody and Katherine Castelo the needs of families and communities after a sudden death. Gloria, Heidi and Mitch share their experience of participation in a day of healing for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community and Katherine discusses her work with TAPS, […]

  • Episode 128: Coping with the High Profile Death of a Child

    April 10, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley will interview Jamie Bright and Delain Johnson, about coping with the high profile death of a child, and how they coped. Danielle was murdered by her boyfriend.  Delain is Vice President of Bereaved Parents USA, and a licensed counselor, specializing in grief and loss. Her […]

  • Episode 122: How Two Mother’s Survived the Murder of Their Son’s

    February 25, 2018

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen talk with Mary Jane Cronin and Dr. Sue Hamby, about the murders of their son’s, Jeremy and Ross, and how they survived their shocking loss, going on to author books, share their stories and provide counseling and comfort to others. The show closes with singer, songwriter, […]

  • Episode 119: Building Resilience After Parent Loss

    January 8, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss adult parent loss with writer Allison Gilbert. Allison Gilberts books include, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, Parentless Parents, and Always Too Soon. The show closes with Anna Huckabee Tull, Master Life Coach and award-winning Singer-Songwriter singing a song celebrating the foundational […]

  • Episode 108 :Supporting Suicide Survivors with Marilyn Koenig and Dr. Patrick Arbore

    August 3, 2017

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Marilyn Koenig bereaved parent, co-founder and Executive Director of Friends for Survival and Dr. Patrick Arbore founder of The Friendship Line regarding their work in prevention and support of suicide survivors. A video is shown of The Friendship Line. Alan Pedersen Executive Director of The […]

  • Episode 96: Grief Healing: Twelve Steps with Richard Wood and Nisha Zenoff

    December 23, 2016

    Having a son killed in a fall is a traumatic experience. On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen discuss with Richard Wood of The Compassionate Friends and Nisha Zenoff their journeys through grief to again finding hope. Nisha is the author of THE UNSPEAKABLE LOSS: How Do You Live After […]