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  • Suicide, Betrayal and Coming Home

    Posted on February 18, 2019 - by Elaine Voci

    “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 […]

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  • When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

    Posted on January 31, 2019 - by Michelle L. Rusk

    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 […]

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    Coping With the Loss of a Teen by Suicide

    Posted on January 10, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    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. […]

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  • My Summer of Grief Led to New Normal

    Posted on June 26, 2017 - by Lo Anne Mayer

    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 […]

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  • Valarie Molaison: Communicating with Children after a Suicide

    Posted on November 28, 2016 - by Heidi Horsley

    How can you talk to children following a suicide? That’s the question Dr. Heidi Horsley tackles with Dr. Valarie Molaison, the clinical director at Supporting Kids, a non-profit based in […]

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  • Celestial Conversations: Reaching Through the Veil

    Posted on August 18, 2016 - by Lo Anne Mayer

    When my mother died in 2004, we had so much unfinished business that I thought her death ended all chances of healing our strained relationship. Encouraged by a friend, I […]

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  • Getting Through Those Triggers!

    Posted on July 15, 2016 - by Gabrielle Doucet

    When we lose a loved one, the time we spend dealing with sadness surrounding that loss can vary daily, hourly or even minute-by-minute. As time goes by, the expectation we […]

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    Learning to Allow in the Face of Tragic Loss

    Posted on May 14, 2016 - by Gabrielle Doucet

    Paralytic Loss. That was me at ground zero after losing my adult son Drew in the spring of 2011 to suicide. I was so unprepared for what followed, that my […]

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  • Eight Years Later: My Five Stages Of Grief

    Posted on April 15, 2016 - by John Brooks

    The Swiss psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, wrote in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, about the various stages of grief that the bereaved know all too well. I’m sure many […]

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  • Easter After Our Daughter’s Death

    Posted on March 27, 2016 - by Lo Anne Mayer

    “Come home, Mom,” my daughter screamed over the transatlantic phone. “Cyndi is dead, and we’ve been trying to reach you.”   All the money I had placed into the red lobster […]

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  • The Aftermath of a Suicide

    Posted on February 24, 2016 - by Jill Smoot

    After the shock , after the gut-wrenching pain, and after so many tears unnumbered are shed, then comes the aftermath, and for some, anger. This anger was not my own, […]

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  • Suicide Threats Spark Anticipatory Grief

    Posted on February 17, 2016 - by Harriet Hodgson

    A friend of mine has a suicidal daughter and worries about her constantly. The daughter attempted suicide once, and has threatened it many times. “When I wake up in the […]

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  • Evan Johnson: Loss of a Parent by Suicide

    Posted on January 23, 2016 - by Heidi Horsley

    Evan Jonson lost his father in 2010 to suicide. Dr. Heidi Horsley interviews him about his experience Johnson lives in Portland, Oregon and he struggled to find hope afterward. He […]

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    Apl.de.ap: Death by Suicide

    Posted on October 9, 2015 - by Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

    Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley interview The Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.ap, who shares his song “I Cry” on the Open to Hope radio show. The story behind this song is […]

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  • Vanessa McGannon: Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide

    Posted on September 21, 2015 - by Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

    Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley welcome Vanessa McGann to the Open to Hope show. McGann works with the American Association of Suicidology, and is an expert on deaths related to […]

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  • Drug and Alcohol Deaths

    Posted on September 20, 2015 - by William Feigelman

    In this episode, the authors of Devastating Losses, William and Beverly Feigelman, join Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley. The couple lost their 32-year-old son to suicide related to substance abuse. […]

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    Christa Scalies: Healing Grief Through Laughter

    Posted on August 10, 2015 - by Christa Scalies

    Christa Scalies is interviewed by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley during this special episode of The Open to Hope Radio show. Scalies lost two friends to suicide, which is the […]

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    Loss of a Parent Through Suicide with Franklin Cook

    Posted on August 7, 2015 - by Franklin Cook

    At the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference, Dr. Gloria Horsley discusses loss of a parent via suicide with personal grief coach Franklin Cook. “My dad died of […]

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    Don Lipstein: Losing a Soldier Son to Suicide

    Posted on July 27, 2015 - by Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

    In this episode of The Open to Hope Radio show, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley interview Don Lipstein, who is a Peer Mentor Support and Training Coordinator for the Tragedy […]

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    Memoir of a Spirit

    Posted on July 6, 2015 - by Elisa Medhus

    Many of us grapple with the thought of our own mortality. It’s a frightening unknown cloaked in mystery, but it doesn’t have to be. My son, Erik, took his own […]

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    Franklin Cook: Suicide Survivors and Grief Coaching

    Posted on June 28, 2015 - by Franklin Cook

    Franklin Cook specializes in suicide prevention project management via a coaching business. He offers one-on-one support for those who are grieving after losing a loved one to suicide in a […]

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    Suicide Grief Is Unique Because Death by Suicide Is Unique

    Posted on June 10, 2015 - by Franklin Cook

    Perhaps the word unique is too restrictive in a discussion of universal phenomena such as death or grief, but according to new national guidelines* for responding to suicide, considering such a […]

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    Historic Guidelines Focus on Helping the Suicide Bereaved

    Posted on May 12, 2015 - by Franklin Cook

    After 15 years of advocacy and work in peer support and training as a survivor of suicide loss, I am pleased to announce that a dozen of my colleagues and […]

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