Serving Others in Honor of Our Daughters and Writing to Heal the Loss of a Husband and Child

October 2, 2008
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

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Marianne Dietzel and Linda Bergh lost their teenage daughters Nina and Kirsten in a car accident in 1996. These mutual losses brought them through grief and gave them the desire to be of service to others suffering loss. Linda is the publisher of, “She Would Draw Flowers” a book of poetry by Kirsten Bergh. As a master storyteller, Diane Rooks found healing, after the death of a husband and son, in the stories that she heard and told. On this show Diane revels how we can use our stories to repair even the most shattered lives. She is the author of, “Spinning Gold out of Straw: How Stories Heal.”

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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