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.


Christine Rosenblatt : Missing Gemini: A Tale of Twin-Loss

May 18, 2017

Christine Rosenblatt is the composer of “Missing Gemini: A New Musical.” This intimate story tells a tale of twin-loss, illustrating with nautical flair how grief affects family dynamics. Christine is a graduate of Columbia University and currently studies with the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Play in new window | Download

Stephen Stott: Sibling Loss

April 27, 2017

Stephen Stott is a social worker and the Counseling Coordinator & LGBTQ Advocate for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss (TAPS).  He serves on the diversity commission for The Compassionate Friends and graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work.  He dedicates his work to his best friend and sister, Stacy, […]

Michelle Getchell: Twinless Twins

April 20, 2017

Michelle became a member of Twinless Twins (TTSGI) in 1994 after the loss of her identical twin, Missy.  She created the Twinless Times Newsletter and has served as the Executive Director for the organization since Play in new window | Download

Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley: Bonding With Surviving Siblings

January 19, 2017

What was your response to the deaths of Carrie Fisher and a day later her mother Debbie Reynolds’s?  On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley discuss Facebook posts and media that saw it as a positive for a mother to join her child in death.  Reuniting comments can be disturbing and hurtful to […]

Sallie Lynch and Jim Giaccone: Losing A Sibling in a Terrorist attack

January 12, 2017

Sallie Lynch is the Development Consultant for Tuesday’s Children an organization formed in response to September 11, 200l.  Tuesday’s Children is an organization supporting families and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.  Jim Giaccone whose brother, Joseph was killed on September 11th  is a volunteer mentor for Tuesday’s Children. Play in new window […]

Karen Soltero: Sibling Loss

January 5, 2017

Karen Soltero is a bereaved sibling, having lost her younger sister Wendy in 2000 during a random robbery attempt in Hollywood.  Karen is an active participant in The Compassionate Friends, leading workshops nationally since 2007.  She is also involved with the Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence. Play in new window | […]

Sister Loss: Jessica Church and Shane McCoin

November 3, 2016

Jessica Church, nurse practitioner, and her sister Shane McCoin, attorney, lost their oldest sister to cancer at the age of 39. As a result of the trauma and stress they created the website Losing A Puzzle Piece where they blog about their journey as caregivers and grievers bringing attention to the much neglected area of […]

Cindy Tart: Sibling Loss

October 20, 2016

After the death of her brother Dennis, Cindy became involved as a bereaved sibling participant in The Compassionate Friends. The support group helped to discover her ultimate goal of helping others through grief. Volunteering with TCF as a workshop presenter brought her to the final phase of her Social Work degree. Play in new […]

Judy Mandel: Replacement Child

September 8, 2016

Judy Mandel is the replacement child born after her sister was killed in 1952, when American Airlines Flight 6780 crashed into her family’s New Jersey home. It would be years before she would understand how the event shaped her life.  She is the author of the New York Times best selling book Replacement Child:  A […]