On today’s episode, I sit down with Dr. Heidi Horsley - an international grief expert, licensed psychologist, and social worker. She is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Open to Hope Foundation, one of the largest internet grief resources, with over 2 million yearly visitors.
She hosts the award-winning Open to Hope cable television show and podcast. Dr. Heidi is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She previously served on the National Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, the largest peer-to-peer support organization in the world. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS has served over 50,000 military families who have suffered a loss.
Dr. Heidi has co-authored eight books, including; Spouse Loss; Fresh Grief; Inspirational Stories for Handling the Holidays After Loss; Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss; Real Men Do Cry; A Quarterbacks Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression & Surviving Suicide; Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding Support and Guidance; and Signs and Hope From Heaven.
We talk about the following and so much more:
✅ What it means to grieve - and why so many people misunderstand the purpose of grief
✅ The steps to process grief
✅ How she helps people process their grief
✅ If we ever fully recover from grief and what timeline is considered “normal”
✅ What happens when we do not process our grief
✅ What she found in the data of families who have dealt with major loss and trauma? How it impacts their lives.
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