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  • When the Loss is Not a Death: Interview with Dr Darcy Harris

    January 2, 2019

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr Darcy Harris about families and their struggles with infertility and the unacknowledged loss. Darcy originally got interested in this topic when she was doing research on couples going through infertility treatment. The language they were using was the language of grief […]

  • How Hope Changes for a Mother of Many Losses

    March 13, 2018

    There was a time, in the early hours and months following my son’s death, where hope was nothing but a desperate desire to wake up from a bad dream. A hope that bordered on denial fed my wildest imagination, where I would wake up to find myself still pregnant or even better yet, to find […]

  • The Response of Men After a Miscarriage with Stephanie Rose

    December 15, 2017

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Stephanie Rose about men and miscarriage and the unacknowledged loss. Men sometimes respond differently to miscarriages. Stephanie explains more about this in the video below. Here are some key takeaways from the video: Stephanie’s research suggests that men can experience an array […]

  • Grief of a Miscarriage is Real

    November 3, 2017

    For me, the loss of my child due to miscarriage was just as painful as the loss of my living infant.  It’s a fact that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage or loss.   Miscarriage often happens early in pregnancy, so we tend to discount that the pregnancy was “real”.  I assure you that the […]

  • Charlotte Manges: Prenatal Loss

    October 29, 2017

    Charlotte Manges was an OB maternity nurse for 20 years, in charge of the pregnancy loss program where mothers were cared for in instances where babies did not survive. Today, she works with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and A Walk to Remember. Many of these mothers experienced stillborns and/or premature births. “I […]

  • A Final Decision: Making Choices During Grief

    June 30, 2017

      Have you ever crossed a high, narrow, rickety bridge, made it safely to the other side only to realize that you are suddenly stuck in the middle of that same bridge swaying back and forth, knees buckled and unable to move? Where did that come from, you ask yourself?  How did I find myself […]

  • Coping With Pregnancy Loss

    February 5, 2017

    Dr. Heidi Horsley has experienced miscarriages in her life, making this episode of The Grief Relief Show particularly close to her heart. Along with her mother and co-host, Dr. Gloria Horsley, they talk with Chandrama Anderson, MFT, and author of No U-Turn at Mercy Street: A Memoir and Resource Guide for Grieving Parents. Dr. David […]

  • Healing After Miscarriage and Infertility

    January 29, 2017

    From Healing the Grieving Heart radio, November 20, 2008 Listen to radio show archive: MP3 Link Kira Copperman is a social worker and the President of  KBC Consulting, a healthcare consulting firm that specializes in helping medical professionals improve their frontline customer service.  Prior to KBC Consulting, she was the practice manager for a large […]

  • Grief of Pregnancy Loss Often Dismissed

    January 18, 2017

    Pregnancy loss and infertility are the topics on this episode of The Grief Relief Show. It’s a loss that can be disenfranchising—especially when a miscarriage happens early in a pregnancy. Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley interview Chandrama Anderson, MFT, author of No U-Turn at Mercy Street: A Memoir and Resource Guide for Grieving Parents. Dr. […]

  • Lunch Date with Resilience: Sisu After Pregnancy Loss

    November 8, 2016

      “I like the concept of Sisu: perseverance, guts, determination. But I also think that’s what gets me in trouble.” With family hailing from Finland, Sisu is a common household word, encouraging bravery and resilience. But for my new friend, Heather, it’s extra pressure that makes her feel like she should be able to “do […]

  • Pregnancy Loss and Still Birth

    December 31, 2015

    The CEO of First Candle, Chris Blake, joins Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley on this episode of the Open to Hope show. This organization saves lives and provides support to parents facing pregnancy loss and still births. Dr. Heidi Horsley has had some miscarriages in her life, and relates closely to the non-profit’s work. Brooke […]

  • Pregnancy Losses Challenge Mother’s Resolve

    November 19, 2015

    Since I was a young girl, the only thing that I was 100% certain of was that one day I would get married and become a mom. At the age of 30, I got the married part down and before I knew it, we were ready to get working on making me a mom. I […]

  • Darcy Harris: Reproductive Loss

    November 4, 2015

    The thanatology coordinator at Kings University College, Darcy Harris, joins the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) to discuss one of the most disenfranchised of losses: Reproductive loss. She’s also a therapist who specializes in loss, transition, and change. Also an editor on a recent book on loss, Harris is a revered expert in […]

  • Stillbirth: A Quiet Death

    October 22, 2015

      When a child you carry in your womb for nearly six months stops moving; when a small tiny life ceases to have breath; when all that you were looking forward to is extinguished; life changes in those moments. A quiet death has taken place. At first not even noticed. Without any warning, an umbilical […]

  • In the Forest: Unsettled by a Stillbirth

    October 8, 2015

    Serena asked me to help bury her child. This question occurred a couple of years after we met. I wonder now if Serena’s request, accompanied by her intense gaze, had been within her heart when she first worshiped at the rural church I then served. Her stillborn child, named Eve, was carried to near the […]

  • Silently Born

    October 7, 2015

    Our lives were forever changed on November 10, 2013. Our granddaughter, Sophia Grace, was silently born. No warning. No signs. No heartbeat. We questioned the midwives, who acted like it was another day “at the office,” and the doctor, who said our daughter could go home for a day or two to prepare herself to […]

  • Stillbirth: Coping With and Supporting Those Whose Babies Have Died

    September 30, 2015

    Last month I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post discussing what to do with personal items and pictures after a loss. In response to this a reader commented that she had a stillbirth and wished she had kept more of the items she had prepared for her baby. I was moved by her comments […]

  • Elizabeth Heineman: Mourning a Stillbirth

    August 10, 2015

    A stillborn birth is a loss and trauma that’s relatively rare, which can make getting support a little more challenging. In this episode of The Open to Hope show, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley discuss still births with Elizabeth Heineman, who lost her son Thor in a still birth. This loss prompted journaling and eventually […]

  • 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 […]

  • ‘Würmchen is Dead’

    September 18, 2014

    There’s an old pear tree in our back yard. It’s too close to the house. One of these days, a windstorm will blow one of the high branches onto the roof, and we’ll wish we’d had it removed earlier. Already, windstorms have taken down the three ancient apple trees that were on the property when […]

  • Compassionate Friends National Conference

    June 27, 2013

    To all of your in this forum, I encourage you to seek support from family, friends and others who have similar losses. A support group is especially beneficial, when family and friends move on. The Compassionate Friends–the grand mother of bereavement support groups, is holding its National Conference in Boston on July 5-7. If you […]

  • Preg/Infant Loss Support

    January 13, 2013

    Good evening. My name is Beth and I am a mother to 3 Angels. I am looking for local women to join us at our yearly Ceremony in October for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awarenss. Our ceremony this year is called “Whispers From Heaven”. We have a current FB page Chicago Angel Moms & Dads. […]

  • Back to School

    September 4, 2012

    Back to school is in the air. In millions of homes across the country, families are busy preparing for the annual return to school. For many of us who have lost infants and young children, it is a very difficult time, as we are reminded that our child never made it to the first day […]

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  • Episode 130: Active Grieving: Writing Through Grief

    April 10, 2018

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Herb Knoll and Annah Elizabeth about Active Grieving: Writing Through Grief.  Herb Knoll author of The Widower’s Journey, lost his wife Michelle to cancer.  He is the founder of the Widowers Support Network, an advocate, and speaker on spouse loss. Annah Elizabeth, lost her […]

  • Episode 97:Nancy Mae and Melanie Warner: Defining Moments: Coping With Loss

    January 5, 2017

    Pregnancy loss and the death of a young child are defining moments in ones life.  On this show Dr. Heidi and Dr. Gloria Horsley interview Nancy Mae  author of  “The Energetic Fertility Method:  Tools for a Healthy Conception and beyond and Melanie Warner Author of Defining Moments: Coping With the Loss of a Child Regarding […]

  • 53 Episode: First Candle: Supporting Stillbirth and SIDS Families

    October 27, 2015

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Chris Blake, the chief operating officer of First Candle, regarding the foundation’s work in saving babies’ lives, spearheading research, educating new moms and dads and bringing hope to grieving families. Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya, bereaved mom of Autumn Joy and advocate for stillbirth awareness and […]

  • Episode 52: Pregnancy Loss and Still Birth

    October 5, 2015

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley talk with Chris Blake the chief operating officer of  “First Candle”.  They discuss the work of the foundation in saving babies’ lives, spearheading research, educating new moms and dads, and bringing hope to grieving families. Brooke Smith of Knot My Baby also appears on the […]

  • Episode 3: Coping With Pregnancy Loss and Infertility-Grief Relief TV

    March 9, 2013

    Co-hosts, mother, daughter team, Gloria Horsley Ph.D. and Heidi Horsley Psy.D interview guests: Chandrama Anderson, MFT, and author of No U-Turn at Mercy Street: A Memoir and Resource Guide for Grieving Parents, G. David Adamson MD, Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California, Clinical Professor Stanford University School of Medicine and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW. This […]

  • Prenatal Loss: Dr Heidi Horsley

    February 25, 2013

    Dr Heidi Horsley discusses prenatal loss and the fact that it can be an unacknowledged loss.  

  • Nicole Alston-Life After the Death of a Daughter

    November 5, 2012

    After Nicole Alston’s infant daughter died she looked for ways to help other grieving parents. She founded the Skye Foundation. Association of Death Education and Counseling