Learning to Live Again After Loss

March 30, 2006
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

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Episode Description

Alan Pedersen whose numerous career hats have included actor, stand-up comedian, keynote speaker and radio reporter, found himself emotionally derailed after Ashley, his only daughter -and No. 1 fan-was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 18 in August 2001. As part of his therapy, he began writing songs about his daughter in hopes of helping others cope with the loss of loved ones. The result was "Ashley's Songbook," a CD released in 2003. In 2006 he released another CD of original songs “A Little Farther Down The Road,” about learning to live again after loss. Tune in as Alan joins Gloria to talk about his music and surviving parental grief.

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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