Death of a Sibling with Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

July 7, 2005
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

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Episode Description

In 1980, Ted DeVita, known to the world as "The Boy in the Bubble," died at age 17 from a rare immune deficiency disease. “The Empty Room: Surviving the Loss of a Brother or Sister at Any Age” is Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn's unflinching, often haunting recollection of life with Ted, woven into a larger exploration of the enormous, and often unacknowledged, impact of a sister's or brother's death on remaining siblings. Elizabeth will talk about her own experience with sibling loss at age 14, as well as her interviews with 77 bereaved siblings.

Open to Hope

Open to Hope

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“Open to Hope” is a show dedicated to those who have suffered a loss. The show is hosted by Dr. Gloria Horsley, Marriage and Family Therapist and her daughter Dr. Heidi Horsley, adjunct professor at Columbia University’s school of Social Work. Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi are published authors and international experts in grief, loss and recovery. Hear bereaved family members and experts share inspirational stories of loss, hope and recovery. Learn what you can do to cope and to establish a new normal. Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi dedicate their show to their deceased son, and brother Scott, and to all those who have lost loved ones and are looking for hope. They welcome you to lean on their hope until you have found your own.

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Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

Dr. Gloria Horsley, BSN, MS, MA, CNS, MFT, MIM, Ph.D. is a bereaved parent and has worked in family therapy for 22 years. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, Syracuse, Greenwich and Holos Universities. Dr. Gloria serves The Compassionate Friends in a number of roles, including Board Director and chairperson for TCF’s annual program for professionals. Dr. Heidi Horsley, BS, MS, MSW, Psy.D. is a bereaved sibling and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s school of Social Work where she teaches courses including grief, loss, and bereavement. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University, Loyola, and University of San Francisco. She also conducts seminars & workshops at The Compassionate Friends annual bereavement conferences.

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