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Gloria Horsley

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Orlando/Dallas/Nice: 11 Simple Tips To Reduce Stress

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 10:32 AM

Summer is here, and the kids are out of school. It's the time of year to just sit back and relax. The last thing we need is to be stressed over are the events in Orlando, Dallas and now Nice. The 24-hour news cycle can keep us glued to our...

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Grief Tips For Those Who Lost Loved Ones In Orlando

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 1:57 PM

The loss this weekend in Orlando is devastating to anyone that has heard about this senseless mass murder. However, for those that were directly impacted because they lost a child, friend, or loved one, the sense of loss is beyond words. It's difficult to even know where to start in...

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9 Coping Strategies For Families Impacted By Orlando Shootings

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 12:19 PM

As with everyone I am shocked and sickened by the nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida. My heart goes out to the families, friends and loved ones of those who have died and been injured. The 24-hour news cycle brings the event into our homes and makes it very personal. Updates...

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8 Trauma Tips: Are You Ready To Heal?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:18 PM

Re-living Trauma

Did you know that when we experience a trauma we don't just remember the experience, but our brain responses can actually cause us to relive it?

Did you know that our memories come in fragments and pictures, which we then later use to craft our story in order...

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Feeling Blue? 8 Questions to Tell If Your Grief Is Normal or Complicated

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 10:09 AM

Have you had a recent loss? If so, are you feeling blue and out-of-sorts? Do you sometimes feel like you are going crazy on a roller coaster of sadness and depression? Are you sleep-deprived and wondering if your grief is normal?  If so, take the brief quiz below based on...

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A Mother's Day Tribute to Three Amazing Women: 6 Things I Learned

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 3:07 PM

This Mother's Day I would like to pay tribute to three amazing mothers and share our interview with them on our Open to Hope radio show and Webinar. These remarkable women have used the tragic deaths of their children to make a real difference in the lives of others.


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7 Ways to Deal With Grief and Celebrate Life On Easter

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 4:50 PM

Do you feel ambivalent about the upcoming Easter holiday? If so, you are not alone.  A friend recently told me that she wasn't looking forward to Easter as this is the first year without her mom. Although she does not consider Easter a religious holiday, she is a big fan...

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12 Tips for Grieving After Loss

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 4:35 PM

At one or more points in our life, we all experience some type of loss. It could be the loss of a relationship due to a breakup or divorce, of a job or business, of a pet, of a loved one, of health or the sense of safety...

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India: How it Changed My Thoughts on Death That Everyone Needs To Know

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 10:39 AM

I keep hearing from people that the United States is a death denying society. After my recent trip to India I am not sure I agree. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her landmark book, "On Death and Dying," brought death to the forefront of the American consciousness over 40 years...

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Seven Steps to Decuttering Your Grief

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 3:41 PM

Okay! I did it. I cleaned out my closet this morning. I got rid of all the things that didn't fully bring me joy. This Christmas my husband gave me the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It is not a big book, but it...

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Let Their Light Shine: Three Tips for Getting Through the Holidays After Loss

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Last Sunday night I attended Midpennsula Chapter of The Compassionate Friends worldwide candle lighting in Brisbane, California. At 7 p.m. we lit candles in memory of our loved ones who have died. A wave of light going around the world remembering beloved children/siblings and grandchildren. Prior to the lighting...

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40 Tips to Find Hope After Loss During the Holidays

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 1:53 PM

Today my daughter Heidi and I recorded a webinar with Mitch Carmody and Alan Pedersen, the executive director of The Compassionate Friends. Our topic was "Finding Hope in the Holidays." All of us had lost children, siblings or parents. As chance would have it I received an email from a...

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9 Tips to Help People Grieving Losses After Recent Terrorist Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:08 AM

Today on Open to Hope radio I had planned an interviewed with Mary Fetchet LCSW. Co-founder of Voices of September 11th and an expert in dealing with trauma. Mary's son Brad, age 24, died in the World Trade Center attacks. This show was of particular interest to my...

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7 Tips When Dealing With Grief Trauma After the Paris Terrorist Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Just the fact that the terrorist attack took place in Paris, an international city we connect with beauty, love and pleasure, is an assault on humanity. It is like someone stole jewels from our jewel box. I first visited Paris as a teenager with my parents and quickly fell in...

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Ruth's Gift of Hope: How a Total Stranger Changed My Holiday

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 10:51 AM

My daughter, Heidi and I recently delivered a keynote address called "Handling the Holidays" at a hospice event in Greensborough, South Carolina. Looking back on the early years following my son's death I admit that I did not handle the holidays; they handled me. They came and went whether I...

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Death of a Child: Dealing With Clothes, Cleaning Rooms, and Displaying Pictures

(5) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 10:49 AM

The sound of my cell phone this morning startled me as I was still a bit shaken by the death of my niece following a three-month battle with cancer. I had forgotten that I had agreed to be interviewed by Nancy Comiskey, a journalism lecturer at Indiana University,...

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10 Places Grieving Widows Can Get Help

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 4:34 PM

The death of a spouse means losing your lover, best friend, confidante, and co-wrangler of bills, children, household tasks and life. In addition to the heartache of missing the person closest to you in the world, the isolation of losing a spouse can be devastating. Friends and family...

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Paul Newman, Kay Warren and Gary Mendell: Making Sense of Loss

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 11:42 AM

While at my hairdresser today an article in Vogue Magazine, July 2015 issue caught my eye. There was a piece about discontent in the Newman family since the death of actor Paul Newman (2008). It seems that Newman gave the proceeds of his food company to charity and since his...

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Kathryn Steinle's Murder: Personal Tragedy and Immigration Reform

(4) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 11:29 AM

The death of Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot on July 1, 2015 in San Francisco's Embarcadero, has shocked the nation. Not only has it become a personal tragedy but is also being used as a driving factor in the long-divisive political debate about how to reform the nation's immigration...

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Project Semicolon: Honoring Survivors of Suicide Loss

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:20 PM

After a loss, many people wonder how they can go on without their loved one, and struggle to find hope. The struggle can be more difficult for survivors of suicide loss. Many studies, such as those by researchers De Leo and Heller, found a higher rate...

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