Open to Hope has a vast number of resources to support you in your grief journey.  To get you started I have selected five of my favorites:

Grief Soup: The Mix of Emotions

If only grief were simple: sadness, tears, missing that beloved person. If only we could be alone … Continue reading →

Young Widow Overcomes Her Death Wish

It is an odd and frightening sensation to wish you were dead. After my husband died, I fervently… Continue reading →


How Vice President Joe Biden Dealt With Grief

On November 7, 1972 a relatively unknown lawyer named Joe Biden pulled off a big political upset. Continue reading →


Kim Go; Creativity in Dealing with Loss

Kim Go is an artist, writer, expressive arts coach, and has trained with Zen Hospice Project.  Continue reading →

Logelin and Hernandez: Loss of a Spouse

Matt and Michelle share their journey through widowhood…. Continue reading →

Michele Neff Hernandez

Michele Neff Hernandez is the founder and executive director of the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. SSLF is a non-profit organization committed to providing resources and support to people grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition to her work with the foundation, Michele inspires people as a motivational speaker and freelance writer. Through speaking to service groups, faith communities, Universities and hosting community seminars she has shared her thoughts on loss and hope with a variety of audiences. She is the creator of the Widow Match program. Since the death of her husband in 2005, she has made reaching out to other widows her personal mission. Ms. Hernandez’s various projects have been featured in the Ventura County Star, the Simi Valley Acorn, and the Riverside County Record. She is a contributing author to several websites and is chronicling the interviews she has done with widows across the country in a book called, The Healing Power of the Widow’s Bond. Currently, she is planning a national widowhood conference scheduled for the summer of 2009. Ms. Hernandez is a resident of Simi Valley, California where she lives and laughs with her three amazing children. An avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, she actively encourages others to embrace the life we are given.

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