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Articles by Gloria Horsley

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Happy Reminders

A few years ago, knee-deep in grief, a parent decided to start surprising herself with what she called “happy reminders.” She was tired of walking into her son’s room, looking for something she hadn’t seen before and feeling lost. She…

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Keeping Our Loved Ones Alive Through Memorials

Those of us who have lost children know the fear of their memories fading. After saying goodbye to our beloved children, we don’t want to forget their existence — but people are often afraid of saying the wrong thing or…

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Prioritizing Self-Care While Grieving

In the middle of grief, self-care often falls to the bottom of the priority list. With arrangements to be made, bills to pay and a void to fill, we busy ourselves with tasks. Distracting ourselves with washing dishes or putting…

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When Grief Upends Your Holidays

Everyone has favorite memories of holidays past: Uncle Larry’s “toast of gratitude,” Grandpa carving the turkey, little Anna’s rendition of “Silent Night.” These moments sparkle in our memory banks and make us look forward to the next November or December,…

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What To Do With Grief During the Holidays

The holidays can be one of the most difficult times of the year when you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s typically a time to celebrate and spend with family. However, when one of your loved ones…

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Gaining and Losing

It is hard to believe that it has been thirty years since a single phone call changed my life forever, informing me that my 17-year-old-son, Scott, had been killed in an automobile accident. With those words, my “normal life” as a…

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Grief and Groups: Eight Curative Factors

During my over 30 years as a therapist and counselor, I have often been asked by clients and friends, “What do you think is best, a bereavement group or individual therapy?” Those who decide to go with a group then…

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Getting the Love Back in Your Life

Every year I like to take a survey of where I stand on my love meter. Am I on the high or the low side this year? How is my relationship with my husband, Phil? With my daughters and their…

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