• Boy’s Don’t Cry…right?  WRONG!  And That’s Okay

    May 8, 2019

      From the time little boys are first able to walk, in some cases even before they can walk, parents begin shaping the psyche of their sons by telling them, “Boys don’t cry. ” Oh really…  who says so?  Whoever it was, they should be prosecuted for the harm they have imposed on to men, […]

  • Sometimes Men Need Their Own Sandbox

    February 4, 2019

      Something was wrong.  Men who followed the Facebook page, “Widowers Support Network,” just weren’t actively using it as a grief recovery tool. Then, in March of 2018, it hit me. Widowed men who sought out the services of my ministry, the Widowers Support Network wanted to express themselves and the grief they were confronted […]

  • A Widower’s Christmas Wish List

    December 17, 2018

    From as far away as Australia to the British Isles, from Canada to Nigeria, the Widowers Support Network hears the cries of men who mourn the loss of their wife, their soul mates, their partners in life. They don’t ask for much, never have, never will.  After all, men who mourn are expected to “get […]

  • Widowers – Forced to Live in the Shadows

    July 4, 2018

    When asked, few people can name even one man who has been widowed.  But given a few moments for additional consideration, many are likely to say, “Oh wait a minute, I do know one.  He lives down the street or works with me at my office.” When I presented this same question to a friend […]

  • Mark de St. Aubin: Men and Grief

    September 14, 2017

    A member of the University of Utah Social Work Department, Mark de St. Aubin attended the 2015 Association of Death Education and Counseling conference where he spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley about the unique relationship between men and grief. Having lost both his parents at a young age, St. Aubin explains, “I’ve had to process […]

  • Tina Barrett: Grief Center Serves Men and Boys

    September 27, 2016

    There are many types of grieving styles, and that’s the topic of discussion between Dr. Heidi Horsley and Tina Barrett during the National Alliance for Grieving Children conference. Barrett is with the Tamarack Grief Center, an organization revered by Dr. Horsley and the Open to Hope Foundation. Comparing how girls grieve vs. boys is a […]

  • Men and Depression

    December 27, 2015

    Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley of the Open to Hope Foundation tackle the topic of men and depression in this episode of the Open to Hope show. Depression is a serious medical condition, and grief can exacerbate it. If you’re a man who’s depressed, or someone who loves a man who’s depressed, action needs to […]

  • David Leonard: Grieving Men

    November 9, 2015

    Men and grief can be a difficult relationship. Dr. Gloria Horsley talks with David Leonard of New Hope Grief Support based in Long Beach about his experience as a bereaved man. He says one of the biggest challenges is the stigma that men shouldn’t grief. They can hide things and stuff them inside, but the […]

  • What We Expect of Men

    October 12, 2015

    As a bi-coastal radio show, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley interview experts around the world. This episode features Dr. Bob Baugher, a psychology instructor at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. He teaches courses in death education and psychology. He’s also a popular national speaker, and has written several articles and seven books on […]

  • Stephanie Rose: Response of Men After Miscarriage

    August 3, 2015

    Stephanie Rose talks with Dr. Heidi Horsley about how men handle a miscarriage, an often unspoken trauma. A doctoral student at Purdue University, Rose is studying how men respond following a miscarriage. Dr. Horsley has had two miscarriages, and recalls it seeming like her own experience—her husband’s lack of support due to society’s minimized importance […]

  • Ed Salisbury: Helping Men find Hope after Loss

    July 22, 2015

    “Brother Ed,” a Texas native, welcomed Dr. Gloria Horsley at the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference. When asked what advice he had for men who were in grief, Salisbury says, “First and foremost, schedule time to be still. Pause. Reboot. When I get into my car, every time I sit in my […]

  • James Richardson: Men and Grief

    July 18, 2015

    James Richardson with the Emerging Beyond non-profit organization spoke with Dr. Heidi Horsley during the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference. Dr. Horsley points out that Richardson has a lot of diversity in his own life, having served 29 years in the military and as an African American-Portuguese male. It’s important to note […]

  • Improv artist Marc Herson on Vision Quests for Mourners

    November 28, 2014

    Fasting on water, chanting his heart out and beating a drum for 4 solitary days  in a pine valley opened a door to the afterlife for Marc Hershon. This and more when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with Hershon about his vision quest – a Renaissance man who performs and teaches improv; hosts and produces Succotash, the Comedy Podcast; draws an award-winning, weekly cartoon for California’s Half […]

  • Writer J.W. Basilo on Starting Fresh When the Old Guard is Gone

    October 1, 2014

    How can you use a death and a birth to foster a new culture of decency around the dinner table? This and more when memory artist Nancy Gershman talks with Chicago-based writer, performer, and director J.W Basilo. A National and World Poetry Slam finalist, Basilo is also a PushCart Prize Nominee, and co-host of the Uptown Poetry Slam. His work […]

  • Playwright Gary Rudoren on ‘Last Words’

    April 19, 2014

    What’s there to talk about in the 24 hours before “your son, the serial killer” heads to the electric chair? Besides confessions, are there other kinds of “last words” that should happen on our deathbeds? This and more when Gary Rudoren – playwright, director, actor and architect now based in Jerusalem – sits down with […]

  • Comic Steve Mittleman About Forgiving Hard Parents at End of Life

    April 8, 2014

    It’s easy to forgive the hardest parent when they thank you through tears with: “Nobody cared for me as much in my whole life!” Or when they write a letter that gets delivered to you on the day of their funeral. This and more, when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with comic, Steve Mittleman who travels […]

  • A Father’s Day Perspective

    June 16, 2013

    by Sandy Fox Happy Father’s Day to all fathers. Today is your day, and I hope you celebrate it with loved ones. Many fathers react differently to this day depending on where they are in their lives, especially a bereaved father. One bereaved father wrote this poem: As this day approaches, I wonder how I […]

  • Father Learns How to Deal with Holidays After Daughter’s Death

    November 24, 2012

    In early grief, it is difficult to find any meaning in pain. After my daughter Jeannine’s death in 2003, the pain I experienced in early grief was raw and something that I feared. If I had a choice, I would have avoided it at all costs.  However, as I have learned, we need to work […]

  • Crying is Okay, for Men Too

    July 14, 2012

    Many people today are talking about the loss of our freedoms and working opportunities. Loss of financial options. Loss of trust in the government, the banking system, the schools. And while loss is loss no matter how we cut it, those of us who lose loved ones suffer the most. And as the first anniversary […]

  • ‘Brotherhood’ of Fathers Who Have Lost Children

    March 17, 2012

    I had a unique experience last week while I was at work that took me a little off guard. To give you some background leading up to this experience, it started the Friday before New Year’s weekend and I was on the phone with someone (Mark) I had never spoken to before and we were […]

  • Grieving Men, Raising Boys

    February 18, 2012

    Last night I sat in a room filled with grieving men Some missing a parent or sibling but most a spouse For once not a minority sandwiched within a group of women, but a part of a group connected to one another by gender, death, and heartache. This morning as I looked into the eyes […]

  • Young Widow Watches Sons Grow into Men

    November 4, 2011

    I am a mom of two boys. I am mom to two boys who do not have their father around anymore as a model. I am a mom who, beyond words, loves being a mom of boys. When my husband died seven years ago, I knew that finding positive, male role models for my young sons would […]

  • Grief Styles: Women Verbalize, Men Internalize

    July 1, 2011

    Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat.  Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound.  Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together.  Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and […]

  • How to Support a Grieving Dad

    June 15, 2011

    I often hear from grieving dads who tell me they feel alone in their grief after the death of their child.  It amazes me that after going through something as profound as the death of a child, that these men feel so alone and isolated.  As much as it amazes me, I can relate because […]

  • For Men: Living a Regret-Free Life After Loss

    March 17, 2011

    Hands down, the strongest, most destructive part of grief is regret. That ever-present feeling that you could have done more. Regret can become so strong that everything else about life gets tossed aside. It is exactly what happened to me. The night before I lost my 17-year old son, Michael, in an auto accident, he […]

  • For Men: Letting Grief Out One Word at a Time

    December 20, 2010

    What do holidays and journal writing have in common?  They show how you feel.  And that is perhaps the toughest and roughest part of living life as a man — that homegrown instinct to bottle up the negativity in order to always show strength.   It means that feelings and emotions get trapped deep inside.  It […]

  • Men’s Grief: It’s Time to Get it Out

    August 25, 2010

    The emotions of grief are the same for men and women.  How and when these emotions surface is what defines each journey.  But what I am struck with the most in my practice as a psychotherapist is how powerful this journey is for men. Men fight showing their emotions under normal circumstances.  Now, they have […]

  • Bereaved Dad Defines ‘Courage’

    August 13, 2010

    Courage. It’s a word that paints many different images in our minds.  Each one of us has a different picture of what courage looks and feels like.  This may change for each one of us based on events we have experienced throughout our life.  I want to tell you a little bit about my recent […]

  • Using Music When Grieving Divorce

    August 11, 2010

    When we hear someone is grieving, we tend to think it is the result of loss brought on by the death of a loved one. But there are other losses that cause people to suffer grief. There is loss of health that can paralyze one’s independence and quality of life. There is the loss of […]

  • Overcoming Sadness Essential for Venturing into Vibrant Future

    July 29, 2010

    No, I did not see Toy Story 3; but, recently, my wife and two daughters did. When my wife came home, she shared with me the premise of the story. As she told it to me, I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness. Similar to the bubbling over sensation when we uncontrollably belly laugh, I […]

  • For Fathers, Loss of a Child Carries Special Burdens

    June 15, 2010

    Men go through all kinds of identity changes when they experience the loss of a child, especially a child who is older and has lived long enough to create established memories with his or her father. A man identifies himself by mainly two things:  the job he has and the family he has.  When a […]

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  • Episode 162: Grief in the Workplace

    April 17, 2019

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview R. Glenn Kelly, Glen Lord, and Paul Alexander about grief in the workplace. R. Glenn Kelly lost his only child, Johnathan to a congenital heart defect, and has written numerous books, including Grief in the Workplace. Glen Lord lost his son Noah due to […]

  • Episode 144: Dads and Sons Get Real With Their Grief

    September 26, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the unique aspects of men and grief with bereaved fathers Babe Muro and Arnie Wendroff along with their bereaved sons Keith Singer and Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki. The show closes with bereaved parent and singer, songwriter Denise Ganulin performing.

  • Episode 118: Men and Grief with R. Glenn Kelly,  Ron Villano and Anna Huckabee Tull

    January 8, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview R. Glenn Kelly, who lost his only child, Jonathan, to a congenital heart defect and Ron Villano whose son, Michael died in an automobile accident. Both men are motivational speakers and authors. R. Glenn is the author of Sometimes I Cry in the Shower […]

  • Episode 88: Male Grief: Sudden Traumatic Loss with Jim Giaccone, Franklin Cook and Eric Marcus

    November 7, 2016

    Have you or a male friend had a sudden or traumatic loss? Are you wondering how men cope? If so join Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley in a frank discussion of men and grief with Jim Giaccone, Franklin Cook and Eric Marcus. Jim’s brother Joe, died on 9/11 while Franklin and Eric suffered the […]

  • Episode 56: Men and Grief

    October 28, 2015

    On This show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley moderate a panel of men regarding men and grief.  The panel includes bereaved dads, Glen Lord, Noah’s dad and president of the board of The Compassionate Friends, Jeff Castaldo, stepdad of Tony and Vince Gigliotti step-dad to Adam. The panel discusses the culture of men’s […]

  • Men&Grief Trailer

    September 9, 2014

    Dr. Bob Baugher follows several men and their grief journey twenty years later.

  • Episode #17: The Emotions of Grief

    August 14, 2013

    On this show Dr. Bob Baugher and Dr. Darcie Sims discuss the emotions of grief and give tips on coping.  Dr. Baugher covers the emotion of anger. Dr. Baugher and Dr. Sims then cover the difference between men and women’s response to grief.  Singer Song Writer and grief expert Alan Pederson closes with The Hope […]

  • Episode 10: Men Women and Death-Grief Relief TV

    April 1, 2013

    On this show co-hosted by Alan Pedersen Tony and Darcie Sims discuss the differences in their responses to the death of their son and those of others with whom they have worked.  Alan Pedersen closes the show by signing “Thanks for the little while”.

  • Boys, Men and Grief: Dr Heidi Horsley

    February 25, 2013

    How can we talk to boys and men about grief?  

  • Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi: Real Men Do Cry: Men and Depression

    July 4, 2011

    Dr Heidi and Dr Gloria discuss men and depression.

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