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Welcome to the January, 2021 issue of our Helping Parents Heal Newsletter!
Hello, Shining Light Parents! Happy New Year! We hope that you are staying healthy and that the holiday season brought you peace and healing. Living through this Covid-19 pandemic is not easy, but we feel that it has brought us all even closer through our Zoom meetings. However, the uncertainty and tension that we are all feeling here in the US since the November elections has added a great deal of stress. Please be sure to reach out to our wonderful Caring Listeners, who are free of charge, if you need to talk. Also, our affiliate groups hold meetings throughout the week where you can share your feelings and your journey as well as helping others to heal.
Irene Vouvalides will be holding an affiliate meeting for her Hilton Head/Bluffton Affiliate Group on Sunday at 1 pm EST and she welcomes you with open arms! Please click here to learn more and RSVP. And every Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm EST, Irene and Kathy MacMannis hold a Chat Room that is uplifting and healing. Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
If you haven't yet done so, please check out our new Helping Parents Heal YouTube videos by clicking here! And please 'follow' our Helping Parents Heal Instagram account by clicking here. Also, be sure to join our Helping Parents Heal Facebook group for information about our Zoom meetings and more!
We understand and we walk the same path. We are grateful that you have found us. This newsletter is a space that allows us to share our amazing children. Thank you for your compassion and for the constant support you provide. Together, we will help each other heal!
With love and light,
-Elizabeth Boisson, President and Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal, Newsletter Editor and Phoenix/Scottsdale Affiliate Leader
Please visit our website, www.helpingparentsheal.org, to find out more, as well as to add your child's tribute, to sign up for our newsletter and to opt-in to support Helping Parents Heal through the Amazon Smiles program.
Our Helping Parents Heal Trailer!
Tom and Laurie Savoie with their son, Garrett.
Hello, wonderful Parents! Once again, we are thrilled about our new Helping Parents Heal Trailer for the Helping Parents Heal YouTube Channel! Craig McMahon, the producer of the Life to Afterlife Spirituality Series, kindly produced this beautiful short video for us, and many parents participated in the filming, including Irene Vouvalides, Brian Smith, Tywana M. Smith, Jeff Hollahan, Lynn Hoff-Hollahan, Michelle Rossman Ziff, Laurie Savoie, Tom Savoie, Carol Sanna Allen, LeAnn Hull, Jason Durham, Suzanne Giesemann, Jeffery C Olsen, Deb Behrendt, Rachel Behrendt, Lisa Wilcoxson, Rick Wilcoxson, Anne Park, Chandra Ramamurthy, Manisha Akhauri, Anal Shah, Kim Courtney, Ernie Jackson, Kristine Jackson, Mabel Chan and Ana Molina.
Laurie Savoie, who appears in the Trailer with her husband Tom, spoke to our Helping Parents Heal group by Zoom on January 6th. Please click here to view the Youtube video. Lisa Wilcoxson, who appears in the trailer with her husband Rick, will be speaking to our group on January 19th. Plus Michelle Ziff, who appears in the video with her husband Scott, will be speaking to our group on February 11th! We hope to see you there!
We are very grateful to all of you for watching and sharing on your FB profiles! Help us get the word out about Helping Parents Heal. Please click here to view: https://youtu.be/0FFxRFkPqRU
Uplifting Validation Stories from Parents:
Kristina McGarry's Validation from her daughter, Kyla, via Susanne Wilson
Susanne brought Kyla’s messages through loud and clear. Her yoga practices were so important to her to keep her body moving well and she would always be practicing in her lululemon attire. Her hair was so very important to her so you can imagine her devastation when she lost it due to her chemotherapy treatments.
When her hair started to grow back in, before her relapse, she had these amazing highlights that she was so proud of. We live in New England so she couldn’t spend every day at the beach, but you can bet she was at the beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day each summer. Susanne communicated all of this and more with such patience and grace. She also touched on her wanting to become a doctor, a beautiful fish on our summer home wall and “visiting” her brother. All such wonderful validations concluding with “I love you more“ which couldn’t have been more spot on. What a beautiful Christmas gift for me as I approach this first Christmas without my daughter Kyla who passed on 3/18/20. Thank you Susanne and the Helping Parents Heal organization. You bring us so much light and hope 💛
~With love, Kristina McGarry, Kyla's proud Mother
Please watch Susanne's uplifting YouTube Video by clicking here.
Irene Vouvalides' Validation from her Daughter, Carly through Pauline Mason
Carly on a swing, Carly Hughes
I was thrilled to receive messages from Carly during our Zoom meeting with Pauline Mason this past Thursday. Pauline mentioned a young woman who passed from stomach issues and lost a lot of weight. As many of you know Carly passed from esophageal-gastric cancer almost eight years ago. Pauline gave a view validations and one of the validations was seeing Carly on a swing.
This is one of my favorite Carly pictures and it sits next to the computer in our office where I attend the Zoom meetings. She also mentioned a joke about selective hearing which is something I accuse my husband of having! Thank you Pauline!
~With love, Irene Vouvalides, Vice President of Helping Parents Heal and Carly's proud Mom
To view our January 7th Gallery Reading with Pauline, please click here.
Julie Wojcik's validation from her son Corey, through Susanne Wilson
Julie Wojcik's son, Corey / the Bear Tattoo
Thank you very much to HPH and to Susanne Wilson for the incredible connection that my son in spirit was able to make with me on the Winter Solstice. The Summer and Winter Solstices have always been very important to my family and particularly my son, a biology and organic chemistry major who loved Carl Sagan and his love of the universe (Carl sitting amongst the planets is the screensaver on his phone). He was such an environmentalist as well! I won’t pretend to understand the universe and its synchronicities but my beautiful son was born on the 21st (October), passed very unexpectedly in his sleep on the 21st (June 2020, Father’s Day and with the Summer Solstice), and then on this 21st (December 2020, The Winter Solstice) he came through during a HPH group meeting.
Per Susanne’s words “he is electric, he is strong kinetic energy” and he told her “I’m in a Jesus State”. He would find that funny as before passing he was a scientist and an atheist. No one could have known what he shared; he outed me for feeling that I wanted to join him and he outed his teenage brother for his teen shenanigans (and true to Corey, he found that funny).
Everything that was shared was something that actually happened that no one could have possibly known except myself and Corey. Suzanne also said she was getting a medical smell of some kind of skin-sore liquid. Corey used a skin cleanser called Hibicleanse to reduce bacterial colony growth on skin regularly (he ordered it by the gallon). Recently, I had Corey’s bear sleeve tattoos replicated on my own arm and had to use Hibicleanse. I am guessing that was his way of letting me know that he sees I am honoring him by walking this earth with his beloved Tattoo which had deep meaning for him (of note is that I previously had no tattoos nor a desire to get one).
Thank you again for this amazing, and quite shocking, experience. Every day I am learning how to walk this Earth without Corey and connect with his energy in another realm.
With love, Julie Wojcik, Corey's proud Mom
Please watch Susanne's uplifting YouTube Video by clicking here.
Amy Godwin's validation from her daughter, Callie, through Isabella Johnson
Callie and her Aunt, Callie and her Mom, Amy
On December 22nd, I joined the zoom gallery reading featuring Isabella Johnson and Kat Baillie at 2:30pm EST. This was the fourth group or live reading I had partaken in within the past 24 hours. I have desperately been wanting to connect with my daughter who passed on 9/16/2020. Right from the beginning I was amazed at how both Isabella and Kat were on point with so many spirits connecting during this session. I remember checking several times and the number of attendees reached almost 200. I felt as if so many of our children and loved ones were lined up beside each of them trying to send out messages today. As the 90 minute session was approaching the last 20 minutes or so I was becoming disheartened that my daughter would not connect. I kept whispering, please talk to me today, please come through. All of a sudden Isabella had a puzzled look on her face as she said she had two women coming through. She asked if there was a mother in the group who had lost a daughter and a sister. She said I have a daughter and a sister here.
I felt my pulse quicken and my hands begin to shake. What were the chances this message was for me! She asked again and I typed and fast as my shaking hands could, "me, me"! " I have a daughter and sister who have passed". Elizabeth got me connected to Isabella and I quickly told her my daughter had passed and my sister had passed 5 years before my daughter. Isabella proceeded to tell me that both of them kept telling her daughter/sister, daughter/sister and brought them through. She relayed that they both knew I was struggling with my grief and that they were wrapping me up in love and hugs right then. She asked me if my sister was a straightforward kind of person to which I replied oh yes because my sister was sending the message that I needed to just stop because "I got her" meaning I did not need to worry because she had my daughter with her. Isabella asked if they had been close because she felt as though my daughter at times was like a daughter to my sister. That is true because my sister had two sons and I had a daughter and a son. My sister and my daughter were close and also looked a lot alike. Isabella told me that my daughter was so sorry for putting me through this and that it was truly just an accident (she died of fentanyl overdose) and that she was ok now. They both were ok. She said my daughter said that as her chest was being rubbed and CPR being administered she had already left her body. I told Isabella that my daughter's boyfriend was with her that night and he told me he had rubbed her chest and administered CPR while waiting on EMS. He told me he knew she was already gone by then.
The entire time I was shaking and crying during this reading. I was so shocked that both my sister and my daughter came through that it was overwhelming. My daughter relayed that there is no shame anymore and I know exactly what she meant by that and she said I did not need to feel guilty about her passing. I have had a lot of guilt from the night she overdosed. She told me that if it could happen to her it could happen to anyone. That same message was relayed to me from her clinical director at the treatment facility the next day after her passing because my daughter had previously worked in addiction treatment when she relapsed and overdosed. She stated if it could happen to Callie it could happen to anyone and that message might save others.
When my sister passed from breast cancer at age 46 in 2015 I felt the most intense grief for several years. During this time my daughter's addiction was getting out of control. My sister was my person and my daughter was my life. I had just made the turn in my grief journey when my daughter passed this September. This grief has been almost at times too much to handle. They both knew I felt like I had lost everything. Even though I have another child and grandson, I've said that verbatim time and again after my daughter's passing. Isabella was so on point with her reading. She went to move on with another reading when she made the comment she was seeing two urns side by side and asked me if either of them were cremated. I told her no they were not so she began to move onto the two urns and if someone could relate. I told her that I had buried my daughter in the same family plot at the cemetery and they were together. She then acknowledged that this was still my message that they were letting me know they were together.
The reading ended with an uncanny remark coming through to Isabella that I knew was my daughter. Isabella could not see anyone during her readings today in the gallery for some reason. She was about to finish and came back with "does your daughter look like you?" I broke down with a yes we do. She said my daughter popped back quickly with hey I look like my mom! Callie has been told so many times that she and I could be twins or that she looks just like me. I knew without a doubt my daughter and my sister had come through today. My sister had point blank let me know up front that I do not need to worry about Callie because "I got her" she said.
I am a believer for sure that they are in spirit and are with me. I don't know if it could have been anymore clearer for me. Thank you Isabella and Kat. I was so not prepared today. What were the chances of a sister and daughter coming through together. I've been waiting. Even more interesting is that today I picked up pictures that I had printed, and I had ordered a print of my sister and my daughter together because I did not have a print out. It's the 3rd attachment picture.
-Written by Callie's proud Mom, Amy Godwin
Please watch Kat Baillie and Isabella Johnson's December 22nd Zoom meeting by clicking here.
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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Due to space limitations, please be sure it is no longer than 500-600 words.)
A Huge THANK YOU to our Amazing Zoom Presenters!
Shelley Buck and Kathy Curtis, Pauline Mason, Laurie Savoie, Becky Hesseltine, Suzanne Giesemann, Kat Baillie and Isabella Johnson, Susanne Wilson, Tom Madsen, Daniel John and Andrea Courey.
During this difficult time of COVID-19, Irene Vouvalides and I have had the pleasure of hosting some incredible, healing speakers who are all dedicated to letting all of us know that our kids are not gone. They are happy, healthy and whole and they share in everything that we do. They have all shown us that this lifetime is all about love. Please check out our new YouTube Channel, where you will find their presentations! Or check our the YouTube Videos tab on our website, where all of the videos are broken down into easy-to-find categories.
Our Fabulous Upcoming Speakers!
Debra Diamond, PhD, Dr. Mark Pitstick, Fred Guttenberg, Marilyn Kapp, Lisa Wilcoxson, Wendy Zammit, Joseph Higgins, Jennie Michelle, Michelle Stokoltelny, John Rooks, Dr. Craig Hogan and Judith Hancox, Pauline Mason, Andrea Courey, Drew Cali, Michelle Ziff and Fara Gibson
Please be sure to watch our incredible lineup of upcoming speakers:
-Debra Diamond, Evidential Medium, on January 11th
-Dr. Mark Pitstick, Author of SoulProof, January 12th
-Fred Guttenberg, Author of 'Find the Helpers', January 13th
-Evidential Medium Marilyn Kapp on January 18th
-Evidential Medium Lisa Wilcoxson on January 19th
-Afterlife Expert Wendy Zammit on January 20th
-Bestselling Author and Medium Joseph Higgins on January 25th
-Evidential Medium Jennie Michelle on January 26th
-Evidential Medium Michelle Stokoltelny on January 27th
-Caring Listener John Rooks on January 28th
-Dr. Craig Hogan and Judith Hancox on February 2nd
-Evidential Medium Pauline Mason on February 4th
-Sound Healer Andrea Courey on February 8th
-Psychic, Medium and Channel Drew Cali on February 10th
-Shining Light Mom Michelle Ziff on February 11th
-Evidential Medium Fara Gibson on March 4th
Please view our recent presenters on our YouTube Channel or on our Helping Parents Heal FB under 'videos', where all of the videos are available! Please also join our Facebook group here to sign up for the upcoming Zoom conference meetings. They can be attended by anyone, anywhere in the world with Internet service! They hope to see you there.
Helping Parents Heal en Espagnol Welcomes Paola & Conrado Leslie, el 14 de enero!
Nicolas Leslie, Conrado y Paola
¡Hola, maravillosos padres de familia! Por favor únanse a nosotros para dar la bienvenida a Paola y Conrado Leslie, Shining Light Parents de Hawaii, para la reunión de Helping Parents Heal en español con Ana Molina, el 14 de enero a las 2 pm HI, 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm y 8 pm EST. Pulsa aquí para saber más.
Dr. Mark Pitstick and Lynn Hollahan lead our 28 HPH Caring Listeners
The Caring Listeners By Alphabetical Order: Manisha Akhauri, David Alison, Carol Sanna Allen, Claudia Ardelean, Elizabeth Boisson, Patti Brennan, Mabel Chan, Dolores Salazar Cruz, Pamela DeMars, Nancy Hejna, Karol Hennessey, Point of Contact Lynn Hoff-Hollahan, Jeff Hollahan, Suzanne Klokkenga, Lisa Coyne Laniewski, Paige Lee, Conrado Leslie, Paola Bottoni Leslie, Joyce Lupp McLaughlin, Pam McMillin, Rosanne Norris, Janean Bentley Quigley, John Rooks, Laurie Savoie, Brian Smith, Tywana M. Smith, Suzi Smith, and Irene Vouvalides of the Caring Listeners
Our twenty-eight wonderful Caring Listeners, led by Dr. Mark Pitstick and Lynn Hollahan, are willing to talk in person, by phone, or on a video-conference call like Skype or Zoom. They each are bereaved parents (and siblings) who are now shining brightly – most of the time – and want to help others. We have Spanish-Speaking, French-speaking, Italian-Speaking, Cantonese-Speaking, Romanian-Speaking and Hindi-Speaking Caring Listeners as well. Now more than ever, please do not hesitate to call! Please click here to learn more!
The Caring Listeners Welcome Laurie Savoie and Janean Quigley
Laurie Savoie and Janean Quigley
Hello, wonderful Parents! Please join me in welcoming our two newest additions to our Caring Listener team; Laurie Savoie (our HPH Secretary) and Janean Bentley Quigley, our HPH Flagstaff and our HPH Moving Forward After Suicide Affiliate Leader.
More about Laurie:
Laurie Savoie, married to Tom mother of three, turned her grief and sadness after the passing of her son, Garrett, into a life-changing passion to help others and is involved in Helping Parents Heal as the secretary and active participant. Laurie joined HPH when it was in its infancy, in 2011.
In addition, Laurie is involved in HOPE ASAP (an online Facebook group started by Jennifer Dulski for people who have lost loved ones to addiction), Always & Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary, a Senior Dog rescue saving so many four legged souls, and providing a healing service, Reiki with Messages at Eric’s House in Paradise Valley, AZ, all to make people and the World feel better. Laurie is also a Grief Companion for Eric’s House. Her family has also created a book called The Ripple Effect: Invisible Impact of Suicide. Every penny made from book sales goes toward buying more books which are donated to suicide prevention groups, schools, therapists, doctors, libraries, and families who have lost loved ones to suicide – in essence, anyone who has the desire to lift up someone’s life. To know you are not alone and you are loved.
Laurie is also featured in two documentaries: Life to Afterlife: Mom, can you hear me? and Life to Afterlife: I Want to Talk to The Dead.
Laurie lives in Scottsdale, AZ.
More about Janean:
I am married and mom to 4 children, my oldest, in spirit since September 4, 2016 by suicide. There are no words to adequately capture the despair and devastation that the whole family has endured since Sean left our dimension to relieve pain that we didn’t understand nor have the ability to cure. He was the “stable one”, the wise beyond his years one, the one that everyone admired and depended on for fun and kindness.
I described my heart as hamburger spread out on the pavement with no hope of ever recovering a beating loving rhythm again. That is when I met Elizabeth Boisson and several other shining light parents and things began to shift. I recognized that they looked joyful while I knew that they understood my pain like none of my other friends, though well meaning, ever could. I clung on, began going to meetings and using the online Facebook meetings and my healing journey began. I now see that having my heart pulverized allowed the light to come in like it never could have before. I am on a daily search for the Greater Reality and for a connection with Sean. The signs are so undeniable. They bring so much joy and comfort. The growth that has occurred since then is the silver lining and I know that Sean is proud of the steps that I continue to take to reach and expand.
Since then, I have begun my own local chapter of HPH and help to moderate the Helping Parents Heal Moving Forward After Suicide FB site. Talking to other parents who have experienced the loss of a child feels so natural and necessary. I am extending an outstretched hand to you as was given to me. I urge you to take it and begin your own path to recovery and peace.
Janean lives in Flagstaff, AZ.
Dr. Mark Pickstick, Author of 'SoulProof'Mark Pitstick and his book 'SoulProof'
Evolved Souls Don’t Need Long Earthly Lives
by Mark Pitstick, MA, DC
Q: Here I am facing another new year as a bereaved parent. After four years, I sometimes think I’m doing better, but then it all hits me all over again. I get so advice from well-meaning people but feel overwhelmed at times. Everyone is different, right? Is there a way I can figure out what is the best healing path for me? - Alice
To all parents, I am very sorry about the death of your child’s human form. However, I’m glad you are learning how to heal and transform. Six key understandings to making that shift are:
1. Over 99.9% of who and what your child “was” is still alive in the next phase of life. See articles #1 and 60 at SoulProof.com for a review of the scientific and clinical evidence.
2. Only his earthly body died. Everything else continues – the love, energy, sense of humor, memory, personality, energetic body, and much more. Really knowing this is a key to healing.
3. She is happy, peaceful, loving, and enthusiastic – and wants you to be that way now too.
4. You will see him when you pass on and can enjoy a different kind of relationship now. (To learn more about how you can do this, see article #9 Visit With ‘Departed’ Loved Ones Now)
5. You can choose to transmute your grief into a spiritually transformative experience that
powerfully improves your life and blesses others.
6. You can heal and increase the gifts from his life by lovingly serving others.
Bereaved parents understandably feel much pain, sadness, anger, guilt, and other lower energy emotions. No one could or should ever judge that. However, many parents have learned to emphasize #1 – 6 above and enjoy life again. They have journeyed – one step at a time – FROM bereaved parents TO shining light parents.
Shining light parents have sad feeling too at times, but they choose to focus – as much as possible – on appreciation for great times and memories, realization they will see their child again, and transformation by finding the silver linings. They resolve to make the world a better place in honor of their children by creating more meaning to their life and passing.
You can do the same. It’s not easy and it doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible with small steps day by day. To learn more, see article #2 at SoulProof.com. Here are five action steps . . .
A: You are exactly right, Alice. There is no ‘one size fits all’ guidance for those with a child who passed on. There are general recommendations that have worked for many parents and family members, but it sounds like you’ve heard those.
As such, I recommend the Ask Your Soul Technique. This audio-recorded session allows you to access your inner wisdom in the comfort of your home. The technique uses deep relaxation, visualization, and guidance from me in the recording. You can discover your inner self’s advice about ten areas of your life: how to improve your health, relationships, spiritual growth, etc.
And you don’t have to conduct this inventory of your soul by yourself. You can receive input from your angels, guides, master teachers, and the Light. Set an intention before starting to clearly know what you should do to optimally heal and transform. Then let yourself melt into the session and see what pops up and floats in.
To learn more about this powerful approach that has helped many people, see article #71 Ask Your Soul Technique. As a new year’s gift to those in Helping Parents Heal, I will send a free digital audio to anyone who wants it. Just email me at email@example.com with a note about this article.
I recommend that you use it at least once per week; then take action steps that feel right to you. Over time, this process – checking within and making incremental positive changes – can result in a much more peaceful, happy, and fulfilling life.
Hugs, love, blessings, and happy new year!
PS - I mention my products so you have the information and strategies needed for healing and transformation. Let me know if you truly cannot afford them and we’ll send a digital copy.
Disclaimer: This information is not designed to replace medical or psychological care. Dr. Pitstick’s recommendations are based on forty-eight years of training and experience in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic health practice. Some of his statements are supported by clinical and scientific data while others are based on experiential evidence and his best current understandings.
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, counselor with a masters in clinical psychology, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop / webinar teacher. He also attended theology school, majoring in pastoral counseling, and trained in suicide prevention. Mark directs The SoulPhone Foundation, founded Greater Reality Living groups, and assists research for the SoulPhone Project. His mission is to help you know and show that – no matter what is happening to you or around you – this earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. To learn more, visit SoulProof.com.
Note: I mention my products so you know all the information/strategies needed for healing and transformation. Let me know if you truly cannot afford them and we’ll send digital copies.
Fellowship and Coincidences
Kristine and Ernie Jackson, Soul
-Ernie Jackson is a Board Member of Helping Parents Heal, a Caring Listener and the proud father of Quinton. His two books, 'Quinton's Messages' and 'Quinton's Legacy,' are available at www.quintonsmessages.com. Ernie was interviewed by HPH on October 15th. Please watch the YouTube video here.
Healing Events and Information
I remember, quite vividly in fact, being literally on fire with the truth, the divine knowledge that Quinton lives. I would approach nearly anybody, maybe everybody to share what Quinton had revealed by his visits and signs. The more I shared that white hot energy of love, knowledge, gratitude and awe, the more it was shared back at me. You see, the Universe replied, “what you experienced is quite natural and happens to most, even if some don’t recognize it”.
In this mental and spiritual landscape of being awash with a new truth, I was even more amazed to find this truth in some mainstream Hollywood movies such as What Dreams May Come, Hereafter, Charlie St. Cloud and Heaven is For Real. Additionally, and let us not forget Collateral Beauty and The Shack. These movies and others touch upon that divine truth, we exist beyond the flesh. Some movies get into this sacred truth deeply while others just touch upon it briefly, but still it is impactful as we are forced to put on those, shall we say, more spiritual shoes for the first time…out of necessity.
Now there is a new movie out called Soul. I watched it the first time and I knew it was special, but I was unprepared for all that it was touching upon, so I watched it again a week later savoring this Disney movie as it depicts the transition of souls as they go into the light while fully aware. I further savored The Great Before as new souls are born and prepare to incarnate! Yes, there is so much more to “a lifetime!” Those are just two sacred concepts deeply woven into the movie and these are important concepts for us due to our shared journey, and it is important for those not on our sacred journey to be exposed to. The funny thing is they may consider it entertainment, not fully realizing the concepts are pertinent.
Even more impactful for me, eleven and one-half years after Quinton’s transition was what I felt a core theme; our time here is a gift and therefore sacred, each breath we take. As the movie neared its climax, at first subtly and then like a sledge hammer, the message was to be present, each breath, each sunrise and sunset, each smile, breeze, falling seed pod, and a good song that touches us deep in a forgotten place. For some of you, you are already there. Even though I Know There is More, too often forget to smell roses and be present to the beauty of our time here I am ashamed to say. So, that core message was for me made even more poignant, because here I remain working on my lessons while Q is at home.
I am actually thinking I may watch it every Sunday, to center my mind – as I enter each work week. Yes, today was a good day and I hope yours was better than it might have been expected.
~Ernie and Kristine, Quinton’s Dad and Mom
Kat Baillie Offers Courses at a Discount to Parents of Helping Parents Heal!
Kat will be offering many new courses in the next six months at a discounted rate to parents of Helping Parents Heal, including Lucid Dreaming, Mentorship, Introduction to Astral Travel, Healing Sound, A Day with Guides, Signs and Synchronicities, Introduction to Meditation and Introduction to Mindfulness.
To book and for more details, please email Kat at MediumKatB@gmail.com
Grief 2 Growth with Brian Smith, interviews The Carefree Medium
Susanne Wilson, the Carefree Medium, was interviewed by Helping Parents Heal Board Member, and author of 'Grief 2 Growth', Brian Smith, on January 5th. Please click here to listen!
Susanne has just added a wonderful new YouTube video, entitled 'Setting the Rules of Engagement - Questions and Answers for Developing Mediums'. Please click here to view!
Healing Books by Parents & Providers
Helping Parents Heal has had the pleasure of interviewing many talented parents and providers who have written about their children and their journeys. Here are a few of the books from recent Zoom meetings: Leave Your Light On, Theh Musical Mantra Left Behind by an Illuminating Spirit by Shelley Buck, Ryder Buck and Kathy Curtis and The Ripple Effect, Invisible Impact of Suicide by Laurie Savoie. Please check them out on the Recommended Books pages of our website, www.helpingparentsheal.org.
Affiliate Updates -
In an effort to keep all of our wonderful parents safe during this Covid-19 pandemic, Helping Parents Heal has now switched to Zoom meetings, instead of in-person meetings, for the foreseeable future. Our Affiliate Directors, Dawn Richards and Sherry Day are working to ensure that our Affiliate Leaders can hold meetings by Zoom.
Some Affiliate Updates:
Helping Parents Heal en Espagnol con Tom Madsen, el 17 de diciembre!
Tom Madsen fue criado en el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco y fue a U.C. Berkeley, donde se licenció en Negocios.
Tom trabajó en finanzas corporativas para empresas como Clorox, Gillette y Safeway Stores. Con esas empresas ha vivido y trabajado en el extranjero en Asia y América Latina. Su carrera culminó recientemente con funciones de Director Financiero en dos empresas diferentes.
Tom está casado con Marilene, a quien conoció en Brasil. Son los orgullosos padres de Kevin y Gustavo. Kevin quien hizo la transición en el 2018, después de tres años y medio de batalla contra el cáncer. La personalidad de Kevin sigue siendo para la familia, así como para algunos de sus amigos. El dolor de Tom y Kevin, lo llevaron a escribir Relentless - From Both Sides of the Veil, que se publicó el mes pasado.
Unase al Grupo de Facebook de Ana Molina aquí. Vea el video de YouTube haciendo clic aquí.
Helping Parents Heal - Connecting with Our Loved Ones in Spirit
Mary Bertun and Chas, Tava Wilson and Christina
We had another amazing practice on December 8th with 40+ attendees. We asked our children:
How can we celebrate this holiday together? What can I do to make this happen ?
When we shared our results there were many amazing messages, which included a mom's first time conversation with her son and several other children showing up in a message complete with hugs 💕 that one mom received from her daughter.
If you would like to join our affiliate, Helping Parents Heal - Connecting with Our Loved Ones, please click here! You will need to answer the three survey questions because we make certain only Helping Parents Heal parents, grandparents, and siblings can access our site.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Connecting With Our Children in Spirit Co-Affiliate Leader, Mary Bertun
Helping Parents Heal Calgary!
Bill and Susan Van Oije
The Calgary, Canada affiliate of Helping Parents Heal welcomed eight parents and their amazing children to the group's third meeting via Zoom on December 15th. The topic was 'Thriving - Not Just Surviving - Through the Holidays'. We talked about how we can keep our light shining at a time when we often are more aware of the physical absence of our children, who want us to feel love, peace, and yes, even joy during the holidays, and always. We shared about how we keep our children in spirit close during the holidays, by lighting a candle in their memory, setting a place at the table for them, talking about our holiday memories of them, and as one Shining Light Parent said, "Making the home as cheerful as possible and honoring our traditions, because we still have a child at home and life goes forward." We look forward to our next Zoom meeting on January 19th, 6:30 pm Mountain Time (8:30 pm Eastern Time). We hope you can join us!
-Written by Calgary, Canada co-affiliate leaders Susan and Bill Van Oije
Please click here to RSVP and learn more about our Tuesday, January 19, 2021 meeting for the HPH main Facebook page.
Helping Parents Heal - TampaLaura Baltadano
Tampa’s HPH group had one of the best speakers in December. Laura Baltodano is an Helping Parents Heal parent who teaches practical coping tools that are so helpful in dealing with life in general, and very helpful in dealing with grief. She has taken her knowledge and formed Andrew’s Anthem which helps teens and young adults develop these coping tools. I would highly recommend her if you’re looking for guest speakers. 😄❤️
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal Tampa Co-Affiliate Leader, Cather Zimmerman
Helping Parents Heal - Houston
HPH-Houston had a special guest at their December 2020 meeting. Medium Kelley Eckhardt graciously volunteered her time to give mini readings to the entire group! She did an amazing job bringing through our children! Kelley is also a shining light parent, her son RJ crossed in 2016. I highly recommend her!
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal, Houston Affiliate Leader, Pamela Hildinger
Irene Vouvalides & Kathy MacMannis hold a Chat Room every Tuesday!
Irene Vouvalides and Linus, Kathy McMannis
Kathy MacMannis and I are co-hosting Chat With Irene and Kathy on Tuesdays at 4 PM EST. We have a topic of discussion every week and have wonderful, open, honest and poignant sessions with members of HPH from around the world. We have formed new friendships, gotten to know our children in spirit and each other and we welcome you to join us.
Sending much love, Irene and Kathy
Please join Irene Vouvalides and Kathy MacMannis every Tuesday at 1 pm PT/AZ, 2 pm Mountain, 3 pm Central and 4 pm EST for a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents in her Chat Room. Please contact Irene here for the Zoom link!
Kathy MacMannis presented to Helping Parents Heal on August 17th. Please click here to view! And Irene Vouavalides presented to our group on July 14th, please click here to view!
Helping Fathers Heal
Mike and Dylan Edwards
Mike Edwards, the Affiliate Leader of Helping Fathers Heal, continues to hold bi-weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 8 pm Central! Please contact Mike for more information and the Zoom link here.
Helping Parents Heal - Meditation Group
David, Davey and Allison Alison
Please join David and Allison Alison of the Helping Parents Heal Online Meditation Group, every third Wednesday of the month at 9 pm EST!
Allison and David are the parents of three amazing adult children: Jocelyn, Davey and Julia. Davey transitioned on July 20, 2016; he was involved in a solo car accident at the age of 24. This is documented along with their journey in David’s book Finding Davey. We felt Davey right away and knew he was not gone. We found out about HPH and it has helped us heal and connect with other patents. We enjoy talking about the signs we get from Davey and hearing about other parents’ experiences. Being a “Shining Light Parent” has helped us find meaning. Now with the HPH Mediation group, we would like to help others through positive energy and love with the help of our children on the other side. Please click here to learn more!
Shiome Healing Sessions with Judi Hancox
Judith Hancox, MSW BCETS, has kindly given several healing sessions to parents, and she will be continuing to do so on the first Monday of every month from 12 pm - 2 pm EST throughout the pandemic. Her next session is on February 1st. Please click here to RSVP and learn more!
From Judi: Shifting in the “Magic Circle” is an involved protocol I developed over 30 years of studying with different healers. It's a therapeutic transformational process where we shift our energy to a higher vibration by releasing a disturbing memory/feeling and transforming the energy to a beautiful peaceful feeling/vision. It's part of what I do in my professional individual sessions.
I'll facilitate and guide the process with a surrogate volunteer from the group who helps me "test" the group, with everyone’s permission. We're all connected, and we all help each other. I'll share a new science-based "Flash Technique” first, then move into energy psychology (EP) and desensitization and reprocessing when needed. When appropriate, we'll shift the disturbance together in our "Magic Circle" or Medicine Wheel over the ocean, through all the elements. Everyone will receive the gift of a positive installation through a technique of brain balancing from EP.
Be prepared to work a bit, and please come with a strong positive engaging focus - a happy thought and feeling - whether a song, a memory, something powerfully uplifting to focus on. Also bring that disturbing memory you'd like to desensitize. We'll put it in a sacred container for you to keep and shift during the process. We honor all memories, and although the Truth never changes, the disturbing feelings can be changed to bring peace. If someone needs assistance after our Healing Circle, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, gratis.
Judith will be presenting to Helping Parents Heal with Dr. Craig Hogan on February 2nd. Please click here to RSVP and learn more!
Much love and peace to you, Judith
Judith A. Hancox
MSW, LCSW, BCETS
The Amazon Smile Program - Help Us to Help More Parents!
Please designate Helping Parents Heal Inc as your preferred charity on the Amazon Smile program. This will allow 0.5% of eligible purchases on Amazon to help fund our 2020 conference.
Just log in, type in 'Amazon Smile' into the search bar at the top of the page, and then choose 'Helping Parents Heal Inc' as your preferred charity. Then, when you log on to Amazon, remember to do so at: smile.amazon.com. And THANK YOU!
Mission Statement of Helping Parents Heal: Our mission is to help bereaved parents, 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 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. We receive all and do not judge people or their children on the basis of life choices. -Mark Ireland, Cofounder, Helping Parents Heal
Board Members and Officers of Helping Parents Heal:
Elizabeth Boisson - President & Co-F0under/ email@example.com
Irene Vouvalides - Vice President and Conference Chair/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Ireland - Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board / email@example.com
Doryce Norwood / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernie Jackson / email@example.com
Jason Durham - Chief Information Officer / firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Smith / email@example.com
Jeff Hollahan / firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Theresa Wettstein/ email@example.com
Secretary: Laurie Savoie / firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliate Director: Dawn Richards / HPHALDirector@gmail.com
You can read the bios and see photos of each of the affiliate leaders on the Groups page of our website: www.helpingparentsheal.org.
Note: Information in the Helping Parents Heal newsletter is provided for the sole purpose of assisting you in finding resources (information, meetings, books, etc.) to aid in the bereavement process. This newsletter is not intended to endorse, sponsor or encourage your use of any of the information or services listed, whether from members or other individuals. Rather, our intent is simply to inform you of the vast amount of resources available for your consideration. We urge you to independently research and consider the value of any particular resource for yourself. Further, while we take steps to ensure the accuracy of the information posted, especially relative to linked media, we accept no liability for the content. Helping Parents Heal is a non-profit Corporation.