Open to Hope Podcast

Feeling discouraged? Relax and tune into "Grief Relief" radio and hear Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview guests with inspiring stories about recovery from loss.


Turning Grief Into Creative Expression: Lauren Mascarella

January 21, 2016

Lauren Mascarella founded MamaQuest in May 2010, four years after she lost her mother to breast cancer. Since starting Mama Quest, she has launched Trauma to Art; a non-profit which empowers others who have lost loved ones to use creative expression to cope. She is a writer for Open to Hope and is the author […]

Grief to Grace : Mary Potter Kenyon

November 19, 2015

Mary Potter Kenyon is the author of three books. Her most recent is Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace, which details her process of grief and healing after the loss of her mother, husband, and grandson in a three-year period. Refined by Fire recently received the 2014 USA Best Book award. She is […]

Family Lives On: Christine Cavalieri

November 12, 2015

Chris Cavalieri is the Executive Director of Family Lives On with the mission of supporting the lifelong emotional well being of children whose mother or father have died. Their tradition program provides opportunities for intentional remembering, creating a safe haven for grief, communication and celebration. Play in new window | Download

Creating a Grieving Sanctuary: Alexandra Kennedy MA MFT

April 9, 2015

Alexandra Kennedy MA MFT is a psychotherapist and author of Honoring Grief: Creating a Space to Let Yourself Heal, Losing a Parent, The Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships Beyond Loss,and How Did I Miss All This Before? Waking Up to the Magic of Our Ordinary Lives. She offers a unique perspective to grieving through her work […]

Writing Through Losses: Neil Chethik

April 2, 2015

Neil Chethik is the author of the book, FatherLoss: How Sons of All Ages Come to Terms With the Deaths of Their Dads. He is the articles editor of the Open to Hope website. He is also a bereaved sibling. In 2011, his brother Peter died at the age of 55 after 35 years of […]

Spirituality and Grief: Lisa Irish

February 12, 2015

Lisa Irish is no stranger to loss. At age 2, her mother’s paralyzing car accident changed a normal childhood. At 11, her father died, and at 25, her mother died. She learned to look through the lens of loss, felt its power and trusted its teaching. Today she understands herself as a woman of hope […]

A Good Goodbye: Gail Rubin

December 18, 2014

Gail Rubin, CT, is author and host of the award-winning book and television series A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. She’s a Certified Thanatologist, that’s a death educator, a Certified Funeral Celebrant and a speaker who uses humor and films to get conversations started on death, dying, advance directives […]

Dr. David Fajgenbaum: Support Network For Grieving College Students

November 20, 2014

While a student at Georgetown University, David Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc founded Students of National Students of AMF Support Network, a peer-led grief support group and service program, in memory of his mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum. Dispite health challenges David carries on with his work and is currently an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School of Business. […]

Rebecca Soffer: Modern Loss Coping with Grief in a Digital World

October 30, 2014

Rebecca Soffer is the co-founder of Modern Loss a website geared to young adults addressing the many permutations of loss, from miscarriages to a parent’s death.  Ms. Soffer lost both her parents, her mother to an automobile accident and her father to a heart attack. Play in new window | Download