The Impact of Losing a Child
April 26, 2007
Hosted by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley
Doctor Esther Wender’ s 31-year-old son, Daniel, was killed in a skydiving accident in 1996. Nothing, including her career as a pediatrician, had prepared her for the devastation of that experience. In 200l Dr. Wender founded the Westchester (NY) County Chapter of TCF. Since retiring and moving to Washington state she has found an added calling that of teaching doctors and other health care providers about the impact of losing a child and the power of support groups. Dr. Wender has one surviving daughter, Sara, who has taught her a great deal about what it means for one’s sibling to die. Esther is a nationally recognized specialist in the field of developmental-behavioral pediatrics and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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.