New York, New York and San Francisco, California ( WorldPressRelease ) July 2nd 2009 -Greg Schneider will join Drs. Gloria & Heidi Horsley to discuss Affirming Life on their nationally syndicated talk radio program “Healing the Grieving Heart” July 2nd, 2009 at 9 AM PST/12 Noon EST.

Greg Schneider, CEO, Executive Director and Founder of the HEAL Project. He has been directly involved with hospice as a volunteer caregiver at the bedside of the dying since 1996. His experience has given him the insight to see that compassionate care starts with first intimately knowing ourselves and then having a good understanding of the nature of the dying person’s journey. From there the uncertainties can be minimized, allowing us to give care in a more tender and loving manner.

The Hospice Educators Affirming Life (HEAL) Project was founded in 1999 to initiate a grassroots effort to educate the public about hospice and its benefits. The HEAL Project has a long term vision of making the care of the dying and support of their families the best it can be. This includes support of caregivers and family members before and after the loss of their loved one. The HEAL Project’s evolution since its inception has been primarily driven by the educational needs of those individuals who are acting as caregivers to the dying. While the primary mission focus was on public education, the scope has now broadened to include education for hospice volunteers. We believe that compassionate care begins with an intimate knowledge of the caregiving journey.

In 2008 Greg established the Hospice Community Forum ( (HCF), which is a rapidly growing venue for the entire hospice community to network on critical issues relating to the important work that the community does as well as stimulating professional growth through better communication.

Greg was selected by Johns Hopkins University to be a member of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Delegation to China and Tibet in October 2006. The goal of this delegation comprising various hospice disciplines was to understand how medical care was practiced in China and Tibet, both traditional and western approaches, and to see how these countries had developed their palliative and end-of-life care services.

In 2005 Greg founded the Hospice Volunteer Association (HVA), which is now the world’s leading association for Hospice Volunteers and Volunteer Managers. HVA was created with the goal of Encouraging Excellence in Hospice Volunteering Through Education and Communication. Since its inception, HVA has introduced several new, innovative and unique services that benefit the hospice community such as the National Hospice Document Repository and the Patient Data Vault.

“We’re looking forward to bringing Greg’s work with hospice and mission of promoting healing and hope after loss to our audience.” This should be a very powerful show and one not to be missed, commented Dr. Gloria Horsley, Host of ‘Healing the Grieving Heart” and Founder and President of The Open to Hope Foundation, sponsor of “Healing the Grieving Heart” and The Grief Blog (

Healing the Grieving Heart broadcasts every Thursday from 9 AM to 10 AM Pacific Standard Time on The VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Network.

About Dr. Heidi Horsley

Dr. Heidi Horsley, PsyD, MSW, MS, is a bereaved sibling and a licensed psychologist and social worker. Dr. Heidi is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Open to Hope Foundation and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She has a private practice in Manhattan, NY specializing in grief and loss. She is also author of “Teen Grief Relief” and “Real Men Do Cry”. She holds graduate degrees from the University of San Francisco, Columbia University, and Loyola University.

About Dr. Gloria Horsley

Dr. Gloria C. Horsley, PHD, MFT, CNS, is a bereaved parent, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over twenty years. Dr. Gloria is Founder and President of the Open to Hope Foundation. She serves The Compassionate Friends ( in a number of roles, including as a Board Director and frequently serves as a media spokesperson in her dual role as a bereaved parent and professional. She is co-author of “Teen Grief Relief” and “Real Men Do Cry.” She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, Syracuse, Greenwich and Holos Universities.

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