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The following is from a transcript of the Open to Hope Radio program on Aug. 22, 2013, featuring an interview by OTH hosts Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley with Franklin Cook, publisher of the Grief after Suicide blog (you can listen to the interview...


 Love You Forever

I worked in the children's section at Borders Books for about 15 years and sold many many copies of this book: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I cringed a little bit every time I did. You either love this book or you hate it. I admit, I was a...



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Beautiful song: A song about the relationship between life and death.

Bio: Allen Morgan offers songs received by him...


When I was 13 years old, in 1970, my whole world fell apart. My mother and two younger sisters were killed in an Air Canada plane crash.

All 109 people on board were killed that day.

My mother’s name was Rita. She was 39.  My sister’s names were Carla and Wendy. They were 11 and 8.

I wasn’t on the plane because I was already in California. I had gone a week earlier with...


A few days ago I received a text from a woman I was on friendly terms with back in Vermont.  She is a more than just an acquaintance but not quite in my inner circle.  We all have people like that in our lives.  They fill the spaces between family and close friends and make up the majority of the patch work that is our own personal community.  If it weren’t...


Until four members of my family died in 2007 grief resources weren’t on my radar screen. But multiple losses changed the focus of my work and I began writing grief recovery articles and books. As I learned at The Compassionate Friends conferences, I’m in the company of hundreds of bereaved authors – maybe thousands.

Everyone experiences grief, so it’s logical to think the demand for...


                                      Grieving and Growing Through Traumatic Loss

              I just completed a counseling session with a mother whose only son was murdered in Los Angeles in 1994. The killer was never apprehended.  Jennie (a...


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