Supporting bereaved families making the necessary decisions of loss

November 9, 2006
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

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Episode Description

Karen Knee is a bereaved parent whose son, James, 19, died in a car accident on July 8, 2003. She and her extended family (including surviving son, Robert), have worked to create a non-profit organization, Memory JAR, to help other families facing death – from funeral planning, to memorializing their loved ones and grief resources. Karen’s primary goal was to honor her son by helping others during this very difficult time. Additionally, Memory JAR is working on creating a program to help families in need to bury their children in Orange County, California. Although her grief journey is still in the early stages, there is a certain “peace” that is obtained knowing that her son is being honored with each family they help.

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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