Arson and the death of a twin son
November 29, 2007
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley
Gail Minger’s son, 19 year old Michael, was killed in a fire at Murray State University in Kentucky in 1998. One year later Gail met with the Governor of Kentucky and asked why universities were not required to comply with state safety codes. Finding his answers to be unacceptable Gail decided to take action. She felt the Michael's death had been preventable and helped with legislation that changed the reporting of fire incidents and other crime on college campuses. It became landmark legislation known as the Michael Minger Act. Melissa, Michael's twin sister, is a doctor of dental medicine and is presently in a residency in St. Petersburg Florida. Gail does her work in Michael's name as she can hear him say without hesitation, "mom you need to do something to keep this from happening to others."
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.
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.