BY BRENDA OYLER KIM LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST REDDIT PRINT ORDER REPRINT OF THIS STORY I was 38 years old when my brother died suddenly. At the time of his death, I was living in another state more than eight hours away from my family. I will never forget receiving the […]

Each Loss Is Unique


Please stop by and help our Community Remembrance Creation come to life. Using art, we’ll honor lost loved ones and our grief journeys by creating a “thought bubble” to express our thoughts and feelings in a word or phrase. Grief and loss is a shared experience, so we hope you’ll […]

Community Remembrance Creation


BY JACKI HUNT The power of storytelling entered my life when National Public Radio introduced Story Corps in 2003. The stories of everyday people unfolding through interviews by a friend or relative became an important part of my week. The power of those interviews was magnified thousands of times by […]

Storytelling Has the Power to Heal



BY DIANA MALCOM AND BEN WIDEMAN We live in a community with strong seasonal patterns that have nothing to do with weather. The seasons of this big university plopped down in the middle of the State College area defines much of what the patterns of life are like for all […]

Soon-to-Be Graduates Reflect on Transition


BY WAYNE CROSS I had the whole world in my hands, and then it crumbled to pieces. All because of my mind, my imagination or, as I like to refer to it, the beast. I was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in second grade. I was also diagnosed with […]

Gaining Control Over ‘The Beast’


BY KATIE KOSTOHRYZ If it weren’t for the loss of my sister, Kristin, I wouldn’t be the counselor and professor of counseling I am today. My life’s work is how I choose to love every day through loss. On that summer day years ago, I lost not only my sister […]

The Loving Never Stops



If you missed Elizabeth Brady’s story at “Loving Through It,” you can read her essay here: http://www.opentohope.com/the-downstairs-thief/. Thank you, Elizabeth, for beautifully sharing your hope with us!

The Downstairs Thief


It was a full house at The Attic at the State Theatre Monday evening, February 20. Seven individuals shared their inspiring stories of loving through loss.Thank you to our storytellers, Pam Lehrman, Wayne Cross, Katie Kostohryz, Jacki Hunt, Julia Rater, Beth McLaughlin and Elizabeth Brady, and our musical talent, Ned […]

“Loving Through It” Fills The Attic


We hope you can join us for a meaningful evening of MOTH-style storytelling and music about loving through loss. SOTS_flyer1

Loving through It



BY ANNIE MASCELLI A ritual is a symbolic enactment of an intention. In this ritual, you’ll be symbolically releasing the past and affirming the future you want to create — turning your life experience into the wisdom that will guide you in the future. Use these guidelines as a starting […]

Use a Personal Ritual to Help You Let Go and ...