Getting Through Mother’s Day

May 10, 2007
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

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Episode Description

For Debra Reagan, a Research Specialist at the University of Tennessee, Being a “good mother” was always foremost in her life. Why then had her youngest son, Clint, had so many problems? Her question was answered when Clint received the dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and a drug addiction. With this diagnosis Debra felt a hope for cure but then her life was changed forever when on August 6, 2005, Clint died, at the age of 20 from an accidental overdose and bronchial pneumonia. Getting through that First Mother’s Day was pure agony. Debra has written about that day in her essay, “Mother’s Day Trail Message”. The essay can be found on www.thegriefblog.com “Debra, her husband of 25 years, and her 2 sons live in Eastern Tennessee.

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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