Our Documentary Film – Voices of Grief,  Honoring The Sacred Journey – shares a fresh perspective on the many ways we navigate successfully through grief or companion others along their journey.

Wisdom from contemporary authors, grief experts and spiritual teachers is woven through personal stories of loss to explore the roles of community, compassion and connection in this sacred journey.

Voices of Grief explores the discouragement in our culture for the normal grief and mourning process while at the same time offering a new perspective on how to honor, transform and integrate our grief. The film is based on the interplay of teachings from contemporary authors, poets, and spiritual teachers coupled with the stories of our group participants as we companion one another in our group support work.

Our Mission:
Restoring compassion, forgiveness and loving kindness
in the process of grief in our culture.

Watch a 3 minute excerpt from our film.

Somehow you manage to wrest the beauty from terrifying losses, and make it the last say.

Paula D'Arcy

Red Bird Foundation

This film brings grief out of the darkness and into the light of hope and healing.

Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley

The most groundbreaking guide through grief since Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote about death and dying.

Karen Everett

Award-Winning Film Director, New Doc Editing

Film Inspiration

Our purpose is educational in nature and it is our great desire to make this tool available to all who might have a need. As a grief educator for a Woodland Park, Colorado based hospice, I witness and companion the pain of people in my educational support groups who apologize for crying as they tell me the story of the love of their life. This film offers the possibility of reaching and inspiring a larger audience and will offer the possibility of a more heart and soul based reconciliation of grief.

Kathy Sparnins

Kathy Sparnins Executive Director and Co-Producer

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Open to Hope Foundation podcast, Grief Your Sacred Journey with Kathy Sparnins, Executive Producer of Voices of Grief. Featuring, Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley.
Open to Hope is a non-profit with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. They invite everyone to read, listen and share their stories of hope and compassion.Kathy Sparnins has lost both of her parents and is a bereaved sibling. She works with hospice as a death educator and is a trained spiritual director. She is...
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You are invited to an 8-week Grief Education & Bereavement Support Program.  Material covered will include helpful ways to approach experiencing a loss.  Join us for this healing group in a supportive environment.  Wednesdays, starting March 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, at First United Methodist Church, 420 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs.  Call Kathy Sparnins @ 719-659-0447 to reserve your space.  Suggested donation of $10 per session (8 sessions = $80).  No one turned away due to financial circumstances.

You are invited to an 8-week Grief Education & Bereavement Support Program. Material covered will include helpful ways to approach experiencing a loss. Join us for this healing group in a supportive environment. Wednesdays, starting March 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, at First United Methodist Church, 420 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs. Call Kathy Sparnins @ 719-659-0447 to reserve your space. Suggested donation of $10 per session (8 sessions = $80). No one turned away due to financial circumstances. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Can you recommend grief groups for kids?

This group helped me to reframe my grief and move on. Kathy is amazing!

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Kathy you are an amazing lady. Thank you for all you do! ❤

Kathy Sparnins, you host wonderful support groups!

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Open to Hope Foundation Episode 158, Giving Voice to Grief and Recovery, airs this Sunday, Feb. 24 at 9 PM EST in New York City.
On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore how film gives voice to grief and recovery. Guests include bereaved siblings Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of “Voices of Grief, Honoring the Sacred Journey.”
Time Warner Cable channel 56, Verizon Fios channel 34 or RCN channel 83.  The episode is also available online, https://www.opentohope.com/episode-158-giving-voice-to-grief-and-recovery/ .  #grieffilm

Open to Hope Foundation Episode 158, Giving Voice to Grief and Recovery, airs this Sunday, Feb. 24 at 9 PM EST in New York City.
On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore how film gives voice to grief and recovery. Guests include bereaved siblings Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of “Voices of Grief, Honoring the Sacred Journey.”
Time Warner Cable channel 56, Verizon Fios channel 34 or RCN channel 83. The episode is also available online, www.opentohope.com/episode-158-giving-voice-to-grief-and-recovery/ . #grieffilm
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What a joy to b a part of ths interview with Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley 🙏❤️

Open to Hope Foundation Episode 157, Navigating Life After a Sibling Loss, airs this Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9 PM EST in New York City.
On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the impact of sibling loss throughout the life cycle. Guests include bereaved siblings, Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, and Mary Kate Boylan, producer of the CBS evening news.
Time Warner Cable channel 56, Verizon Fios channel 34 or RCN channel 83.  The episode is also available online, https://www.opentohope.com/episode-157-navigating-life-after-a-sibling-loss/ .  #grieffilm

Open to Hope Foundation Episode 157, Navigating Life After a Sibling Loss, airs this Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9 PM EST in New York City.
On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the impact of sibling loss throughout the life cycle. Guests include bereaved siblings, Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, and Mary Kate Boylan, producer of the CBS evening news.
Time Warner Cable channel 56, Verizon Fios channel 34 or RCN channel 83. The episode is also available online, www.opentohope.com/episode-157-navigating-life-after-a-sibling-loss/ . #grieffilm
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What a wonderful experience to meet Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley - Open to Hope is a blessing

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