October 2014

Welcome to the October issue of our Helping Parents Heal Newsletter!  

We are glad that you have all found us.  This newsletter is a space that allows us to share our amazing children. We are all in this together.  We understand and we walk the same path. Thank you  for your compassion and for the constant support you provide.  Together, we will help each other heal!  

We will have a special guest speaker for our September meeting at Unity of Phoenix who has been a staunch advocate of Helping Parents Heal for over 4 years-Psychic Medium Susanne Wilson. Please visit her website to learn more about Susanne.  Over 135 parents have already signed up for this event.  Please click here if you would like to join.
Psychic Medium Susanne Wilson 

Susanne is one of the most talented psychic mediums that I know. She helped me enormously after the death of my son, Morgan.  Please join us on September 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm as Susanne leads us through a Guided Meditation to connect us with our children and brings through validations from our children. Seating is limited and we are expecting lots of parents, so please come early to be sure to have a seat.  We kindly request a 'love donation' of $5 for this meeting that will be split equally between Unity of Phoenix and Susanne.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

-Elizabeth Boisson, Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal, Newsletter Editor and Affiliate Leader for Scottsdale/Phoenix.

Affiliate Corner
Patti May of Ottawa, Canada

A little while back during our Helping Parents Heal group in Ottawa our parents asked if we could have mediums for a few of our meetings.  Many of our parents had never seen a medium before and here in Ottawa to see our best the wait is up to 1 year. Well I think our amazing children were again working hard taking care of us and surely had something to do with all three of our very best mediums agreeing with open arms to come and do readings for our group this summer.

Our first HPH event with medium Laura Traplin was absolutley amazing and she did it for free. She absolutely blew us away with loving, healing, detailed messages. She brought our children through with names,details and validation they are with us now watching over us, even driving around with us and hearing us talk to them. Her great accuracy and loving details left us in awe.

Our second medium event in July with Marc Jade was held in our backyard with a big bonfire by the river. He was so good and brought though many of our children with often funny, accurate messages. I received a beautiful message from my son Adam, he was being the host of this event taking care of the other children, it made me laugh (he would have done this while he was here). At the very moment I was hearing from Adam a beautiful rainbow appeared over my head and a father sitting across from me snapped this photo.

Our Sept 7th event with medium Fairuz  who also did this for free just took my breath away. We had 27 parents and 24 of us received the most amazing, beautiful,messages during her 4 hours. It was intense our children came through each by name, funny, emotional and some so loving and touching tears filled our eyes.

One mom who came wasn't too sure if she believed in any of this. She lost her little boy over 20 years ago. Fairuz spelled his name and then called his name out to his mom, he came through so sweetly - with his little bald head from chemo. He was saying his name over and over then he said his sisters name over and over too. His mom had tears streaming down her cheeks and the biggest smile beaming on her face. He said "mommy I am so happy I made you smile". He was so excited and said "I see you smiling, I made you smile and it makes me happy".

Our HPH medium events this summer meant so much to our parents to absolutely connect with our children and witness this with each other and our children. This was such a powerful experience and something not many in our lifetime get to experience. We are truly grateful for this amazing gift of spirit messages from our precious children.

Kristen Brown-Sanders of Pensacola, FL
Kristen's daughter Sarah

The Lop-Sided Heart by Kristen Brown-Sanders
In preparation for Sarah's Celebration of Life, we were looking through pictures to put together a slide show. We found one that I had never seen before. My brother-in-law had them made into foam boards and handed them out at the reception. Sarah had taken this picture of herself and then did the graphic, too. I just love it. That necklace then became a sort of "logo" for Sarah and we used it for her scholarship golf tournament, her memorial plaque, etc. and now there are 3 of us with tattoo's of it. All stemming from my love of this picture. Long after that, I read this excerpt from "Broken Open" by Elizabeth Lessor: "The heart is even and symmetric. It can break. There is a giant hole in it. When it is finally time for the heart to can become whole again, but it won't be the same. The hole has forever left its imprint and the heart is born anew with a crooked shape." A lop-sided shape. "...and it can hold even more love than it did before!"

Families Making a Difference- Tyler King, Brother of Chelsea

Tyler King was just 13 when his teenage sister, Chelsea King, disappeared after setting out for a run in a community park in broad daylight. Law enforcement and thousands of volunteers searched for days, until they finally found her body in a shallow grave just off the trail she was running on. Chelsea was the victim of a horrific crime committed by a convicted sex offender who repeatedly violated parole and pleaded guilty to taking Chelsea’s life—a heartbreaking reality that would send Tyler on a soul searching mission for answers.

Tyler envisioned telling Chelsea’s story from his own point of view, while also giving the audience needed information to protect children. Tyler, knowing that this quest would be therapeutic, connected with Bruce Caulk, a two-time Emmy award-winning director who was moved by the King’s ability to find hope in the darkness of such a devastating tragedy.

Recognizing that sexual violence against children is rampant in the U.S., this film demonstrates that the biggest challenge we face to address this problem is a lack of awareness – people don’t realize the magnitude of the issue. Together, Tyler and Bruce have examined the criminal justice system through film, hoping to make change one viewer at a time.  Tyler's film will open at the San DIego Film Festival on September 23rd at 7:00 pm.  To learn more, please visit

Affiliate Groups and their Facilitators (by alphabetical order):

Jennifer Amato Tom’s Creek, NJ
After the passing of Jennifer's 2 year old son Joey, Jennifer found support from other bereaved parents. She is now finding healing in helping other bereaved parents learn to cope with their loss. Jennifer and Christine are co-hosts for Tom’s River.

Tina Babloski-Anderson Citrus County FL
Tina Babloski-Anderson is a grieving mother that has learned to laugh again since the loss of her son Paul G. Babloski on October 1st, 2009. Her efforts to find comfort have led her on a journey that has not only helped to heal herself, but to bring smiles on the faces of other grieving parents. Tina said, "There is no one here in Citrus County, Florida that could understand the loss of a child, except for another parent that has experienced the same pain. So, we formed a group that supports and celebrates each other’s children. We find that by supporting each other, we can learn to laugh again.

Elizabeth Boisson-Scottsdale, AZ

Since the passing of her son Morgan at the Base Camp of Mount Everest due to acute altitude sickness on a student trip to Tibet in October 2009, Elizabeth has held monthly parent meetings in Arizona. She founded both the Facebook site, ‘Parents United in Loss’ in February, 2010 and then partnered with Mark Ireland to co-found ‘Helping Parents Heal’ in February 2012.  She cherishes the opportunity to meet both parents and their children in spirit.

Kristen Brown-Sanders Pensacola, FL
Kristen Brown-Sanders started The Next Step group in FL in January 2010 after her beloved daughter Sarah transitioned due to a distracted driver.  The Next Step linked in with Helping Parents Heal in 2012.

NEW GROUP - Lancy Carr-Washington DC

I have lived in Arizona since 1983. I met Karla Kay at Bikram yoga Tempe which I started doing shortly after Nathan passed away.  She told me about an event and I met Linda West, the first psychic exposure for me! It healed my heart a little and made me want to learn more. I also met Justine Schrimer at that meeting and she told me about HPH. The first meeting I knew this is what would work for me.  I have enjoyed all the support, love and hope that is shared at every meeting. I got a new job in DC in Dec 2013 and I now want to not only support this wonderful non-profit, as it has given me so much help in my grief, but to help others heal as well.

Nancy Courtmanche-Eureka, CA
The loss of my son Robb, 29, has made me painfully aware of the need for parents to have a group setting that is safe and confidential. Healing occurs. Out of my loss I dedicated myself to service for others in volunteer Hospice patient care and grief support, as a Hospital Chaplain, and healing work.  This has prepared me to lead an HPH group now.

Janice Crowder-Torrez-Tucson, AZ

Wanting to honor her son’s spirit, courage, and the many gifts he left behind, Janice discovered Helping Parents Heal in Scottsdale, AZ.  Opening the door for other parents to grieve their loss, while offering support to small groups, Janice decided to start a chapter in Tucson where she resides and her son Anthony, aged 31, took his life. Janice is a MSN and certified in Meditation.

Lori Fina Jennings-Columbus, OH
My son died at age 30 of a drug overdose. My surviving daughter has Down Syndrome. Life has blessed me with so many unique gifts & learning opportunities. I'd like to "be there" for people as my son was. My book, Liam's Lessons, was written with the help of my son shortly after he died. Practicing Isha Yoga has been my saving grace.

Sheryl Hill-Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tyler, my beautiful sixteen year old son, died a preventable death on a People to People Student Ambassador Trip to Japan in 2007. My most important achievements are being a mother, a wife, nonprofit endeavors with the Clear Cause Foundation (to keep American children and students safe on foreign soil) and perhaps my work as an author. I did not lose the ones I love who have passed. I know where they are.

Julia LaJoie-Washington DC
I joined Helping Parents Heal in April of 2012 when I met Mark Ireland, Anne Puryear and Elizabeth Boisson at a conference in Phoenix, AZ on After Death Communication. There were many parents like myself who had lost a child and had discovered the healing that comes from ADC and other forms of spiritual growth. I am eager to join hands and hearts with other parents in the Baltimore - Washington area to grow our network and support each other in healing and spiritual growth.

Patti May- Ottawa, Ontario
I am a mother of 3 wonderful children, married 30 years to their father.I lost my son Adam in 2006 in a tragic auto accident. Since losing my son I have had afterlife signs that have helped me.  I began to search for like-minded parents to share our experiences. I came across the wonderful group Helping Parents Heal and asked if I could start a group here in Canada.

Jessalyn Nash- Sonoma County, CA

Jessalyn Nash, M.A. has facilitated groups for over 25 years and is involved in the restorative justice movement. After her beloved 21-year-old son, Trystan passed away, Jessalyn has dedicated herself to helping other grieving parents.

NEW GROUP - Glenda Pearson-Granger, IN
Glenda is a Reiki Master, Munay Ki practitioner, intuitive guide, Stephen's Minister, author and Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist.  Reflected in her book, "But Should The Angels Call For Him", she speaks of her personal loss through the death of her only child, Chad, and believes there is healing for everyone.

Maria Pe - San Diego

Maria Pe, J.D., is the mother of Sean Robert and Kyle Joseph, her two sons who transitioned to the other side on June 21, 2011.  That day was the beginning of Maria’s profound spiritual journey to find out where her sons went and how she could continue to have a relationship with them.  Having been educated in Western culture and trained as an attorney, Maria was skeptical and had no idea where to turn for the information and answers she was seeking.  She was guided to a shamanic practitioner who taught her how to raise her consciousness and energy levels through meditation so that she could connect with her sons.  She began keeping a written journal of her experiences which culminated in her book, Journey To The Upper Realm:  How I Survived the Deaths of My Sons and Learned to Communicate With Them on the Other Side (free at and in hard copy on Amazon).   By sharing and talking about her own experience, she hopes to help other bereaved parents.

Sheri Perl-New York, NY

Sheri Perl Migdol is a spiritual healer, an interfaith minister, an author, lecturer and mother of 3 children, one deceased. Sheri is the founder of The Prayer Registry, a free service for all bereaved parents.

Christine Volpe-Tom’s Creek NJ
After the passing of her 17 year old son, James, due to a vehicle accident Christine has spent countless hours helping other bereaved parents.  She is devoted to help other parents find tools to help them in their grief. Christine and Jennifer are co-hosts for Tom’s River.

NEW GROUP - Irene Vouvalides-Hilton Head, SC

I lost my 24 year old daughter to esophageal - gastric cancer on February 17, 2013. She was my best friend, my only child. I have been on a spiritual quest since, reading constantly, writing about my life. I have had two sessions with George Anderson and had a phone session with Laurie Campbell. Having recently moved to South Carolina, I am very interested in connecting with other parents here. So happy to find and read Mark Ireland's books and have also taken great comfort in reading Dr Brian Weiss's books.

Laura Wilmot-Fall’s Church, VA
A retired federal HR Director, Laura taught Mexican Folk dance to children and adults and performed Mariachi music with her family for several years.  She “connects up” to her son through meditation and prayer.

Please contact Elizabeth Boisson ( if you would like to start an affiliate chapter in your area.

Mission statement of Helping Parents Heal:

Our mission is to help parents who have lost children, giving them support and resources to aid in the healing process. We will go a step beyond other groups by allowing the open discussion of spiritual experiences and evidence for the afterlife, but in a non-dogmatic way. In other words, we will welcome everyone regardless of their religious (or non-religious) background and allow for a very open type of dialog.

-Mark Ireland, Co-Founder, Helping Parents Heal 

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Stories of Validation -
Hiedeh Tavassoli and her daughter, Holleh

Holleh Davidan

I lost my older daughter Holleh on April 17, 2012.  She was 26 years old.  She chose to take her own life and leave us all behind heart-broken and lost.  I had a very hard time dealing with her passing.  I cried that year more than I had cried the rest of my life in total.
In winter, ten months after I lost her, Anne Puryear (Co-Founder of the Logos Center and Founding Member of Helping Parents Heal) suggested I should have a session with Susanne Wilson.  I saw Susanne in February of 2013.  The reading left me in awe, she told me things that no one but me would have known.  Also a few things that even I did not know and investigated after and sure enough it was all true..  Susanne identified Holleh as a young girl with long dark her and a big smile wearing a hoodie.  Which was exactly as she looked in life (most of the time she would wear a hoodie).  
I got more healing after that session than I have had all year in many counseling sessions or group meetings I had attended.
When I talked about it to my younger daughter, she got interested to see Susanne herself.  She never told Susanne who she was (we have different last names).  Yet Susanne could identify that spirit as someone she already knew and had contact with.  Again in that session with my younger daughter, the validations were amazing.
A year and a half later, my younger daughter, Neda, ran into a young man who worked with her at her old job years ago.  He had also lost his younger brother to suicide.  He was saying that his mom had a hard time dealing with his brother's passing and asked Neda how her mom was dealing with everything.  Neda mentioned the session with Susanne and recommended them seeing her.
They booked with Susanne and the night before the reading, Neda went over to their house (since his mom was having doubts and second thoughts). Neda told them about how Susanne talked about the girl with long dark her, wearing a hoodie and how precise is that description with what Holleh looked like in life.  The next day at the reading, Susanne told them that there were 70 spirits waiting to connect with them (this young man and his mom never told Susanne whom they were there to connect with).  After a while, Susanne told them there was a young guy at the back of the line reluctant to come forward.  Then she said there was a young girl not directly related to them, a girl with long dark hair wearing a hoodie and showing the sign for New York (Holleh lived and passes in New York).  This young man and his mom did not know anyone in New York, but from the description, they knew exactly who it must be.  Somehow Holleh had shown up to facilitate this session and bring the spirit of their son over, since we were the ones who had suggested Susanne to the family.  By the way, Susanne had no idea about any of these facts.   I still am in awe of how they all relate to one another in the afterlife.

-Written by Holleh's Mom, Hiedeh 

Would you like to share a story of validation or healing with other Parents? 

We are all able to heal when we share personal stories about our children with others.  Moreover, everyone benefits from validations that we receive from our children.  We love to hear about them!  If you have a story that you would like to share about your child, please let us know and we will include it in a future newsletter.  Please send it to Elizabeth Boisson at  (Due to space limitations, please be sure it is no longer than 1/2 page.) 

Also, if you have not yet done so, please send me your child's full name, Birthday and Angel Date so that I can add him or her to our list of children on our Facebook Site. We pay tribute to our children on their special dates with a favorite photo and a description of their lives.  Please send all information to Elizabeth at

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Upcoming Group Meetings
Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale, hosted by Elizabeth Boisson and Psychic Medium Susanne Wilson - September 25th.  Please click here for more information, and visit Susanne's website at
Helping Parents Heal - Pensacola, hosted by Kristen Brown-Sanders - October 1st.  Please click here for more information.
Helping Parents Heal - Ottawa, hosted by Patti May - October 5th.  Please click here for more information.
Helping Parents Heal - San Diego, hosted by Maria Pe - October 5th.  Please click here for more information.
Helping Parents Heal - New Jersey, hosted by Jennifer Amato and Christine Volpe - October 23rd.  Please click here for more information.
Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale, hosted by Elizabeth Boisson - October 23rd.  Please click here for more information.
Helping Parents Heal - NYC, hosted by Sheri Perl Migdol and Glenn Dove - November 9th.  Please click here for more information, and visit Glenn's website at
Helping Parents Heal - Eureka, CA, hosted by Nancy Courtmanche.
Nancy will be holding weekly meetings every Monday evening from 6:30-8:00 at Christ Lutheran Church. Please contact her for more information:
New Group!  Granger, IN.  Please contact Glenda Pearson for more information at:
New Group!  Hilton Head, SC.  Please contact Irene Vouvalides for more information at:
New Group!  Washington, DC.  Please contact Lancy Carr for more information at:

New Facebook Group!
Anne Puryear, a Founding Member of Helping Parents Heal, Co-founder of the Logos Center and mother of Stephen and Beethoven has started a wonderful new Facebook group for grieving pet owners.  Please join her site, Helping Pet Lovers Heal, you have lost a cherished pet.

The Logos Center graciously hosted the monthly meetings of Helping Parents Heal for several years in Scottsdale.  Anne and Herb Puryear, the Founders of the Logos Center, now currently hold monthly celebration services at 10:00 on the first Sunday of the month at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, 10601 N 56th Street.  If you would like to attend, please visit their website,, for more information. 

Healing Works by Parents Like Us
Marilyn Futrell and her son John
Marilyn's Son, John Robert 'JR' Woodfin
Usually people ask, "What happened to your son" but one day I was caught off guard when a lady asked me, "Tell me about your son." I later wrote this poem to explain how I feel about answering that question.

My Son
Let me tell you about my son
Although he’s not the only one
To step away from his mother’s side
And ease beyond death’s dark divide.
All the pictures, tales and such
Could not begin to tell how much
The world lost when he slipped away
It can’t be told in any way.
His playful laugh and mischievous smile
Can’t be pulled out of a file
And passed around for all to see
He’s stored in memories -- inside of me.
His lust for life and tender heart…
I could not think to make a start
To tell of all he’s said and done.
But I’m proud to say, “He is my son!”
-Marilyn Futrell

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