January 2020

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the January issue of our Helping Parents Heal Newsletter!  

Hello, Shining Light Parents!  

We are grateful that you have 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!

For those of you in the Phoenix area, please be sure to join me as I welcome Jeff Hollahan, Shining Light Dad and Board Member of Helping Parents Heal, to the January meeting of Helping Parents Heal Scottsdale/Phoenix on January 19th from 1-3 pm at Unity of Phoenix. Please click
here for more information! 

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,, 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 Online Store is Now Available!

We have exciting news!  After a few glitches that have now been ironed out, our HPH Online Store is now available!

Many parents have asked us about how to order Helping Parents Heal clothing, magnets, ball caps, notebooks and mugs. Co-Founder Mark Ireland has been hard at work creating an Online Store. Please click the link below to view the available merchandise!

Shirts, t-shirts and baseball caps are available in a variety of colors, including our signature green, blue and white, as well as grey and black.

We hope that you will find everything you need, but we are also happy to consider suggestions! Please let us know.

here to be taken to the store! 

Movies that Heal:Free for Amazon Prime Members

Life to Afterlife: Mom, Can You Hear Me?
If you haven't had a chance to watch Craig McMahon's first documentary from the series, Life to Afterlife, please be sure to do so!  It features 17 members of Helping Parents Heal and we truly appreciate your reviews, which allow the documentary to move higher in the rankings on Amazon and to reach more parents. It is currently ranked #39 of 4000 documentaries on Amazon. Please click
here to view and/or review.

Life to Afterlife: I Died, Now What?
This second documentary by Craig features many experts from the Afterlife community, including several who have worked with Helping Parents Heal; Michelle Clare, Jamie Clark, Suzanne Giesemann, Maureen Hancock, John Holland, Isabella Johnson, Rob Schwartz, James Van Praagh, and Susanne Wilson. We know that you will find the information that it contains to be helpful and uplifting. It is currently ranked #7 of 4000 documentaries on Amazon.  Please click
here to view and/or review.

Our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference, April 16-19, 2020, in Charleston, SC!
Our 2020 Conference Banner (thank you, Jason Durham!)

As you all know, our wonderful Conference Director, Irene Vouvalides, is still hard at work planning our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference in Charleston, SC, which will be from April 16-19, 2020!  We are now sold out, but Irene is keeping a waiting list.  Please contact her at to be added to the list!

Featured speakers include Suzanne Giesemann, Susanne Wilson, Dr. Eben Alexander, Jeffery Olsen, Dr. Jeffrey O’Driscoll, Raymond Moody, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley, David Kessler, Dr. Mary Neal, Mark Anthony, Mitch Carmody, Dr. Mark Pitstick, Rick and Beth Olsen, Jake Samoyedny, Tina Powers, Maureen Hancock, Jamie Clark, Christine Salter, David Router, Sara Ruble, Beth D'Angelo, Nicole Reilly, Debra Martin, Melinda Kushner, Judith Hancox, Kim Griffin, Kat Baillie, Michelle Clare, and Fara Gibson and Sandy 'Soulsister' Thorpe, as well as Mark Ireland, Ernie Jackson, Brain Smith, LeAnn Hull, Colleen Smith and Elizabeth Boisson. You can learn more about the conference by clicking here

The Caring ListenersLinda McCarthy, Ernie Jackson, Glenda Pearson, Suzi Smith, Tracy Soussi, Lisa Laniewski, Tywana Smith, Brian Smith, David Alison, Jeff Hollahan, Lynn Hollahan and Suzanne Klokkenga of the Caring Listeners

Twelve wonderful Caring Listeners, created by Dr. Mark Pitstick and led by Linda McCarthy, are willing to talk in person, by phone, or on a video-conference call like Skype or Zoom.  They each are bereaved parents who are now shining brightly – most of the time – and want to help others.  Please click here to learn more!

Dr. Mark Pitstick and his book 'SoulProof'

Evolved Souls Don’t Need Long Earthly Lives
January 2019
by Mark Pitstick, MA, DC 

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% of who and what your child is still alive in another phase of forever.

     2. Only his earthly body died.  Everything else continues – all the love, energy, humor,
         personality, memory, energetic/subtle body, and much more.  (See article #2
When a Child Changes Worlds at Really knowing this helps
         you journey from a bereaved to shining light parent/family member. 

     3. She is happy, peaceful, and enthusiastic – and wants you to be that way now.

    4. You will see her when you pass on and can enjoy relationships with her now.  (To learn
        more, 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 
Many parents have realized this great news and are living happy and fulfilling lives again.  You can do the same.  It’s not easy and doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible with small steps day by day.  Here are five action steps . . .


  1. Attend local and online Helping Parents Heal meetings
  2. Contact The Caring Listeners to talk at no charge. 
  1. Read free Articles for Healing & Transforming at and take action steps
  1. Listen to the free Radio Shows at and our answers to life’s toughest questions, including “Why do children die?” 
  1. Lean on others as needed.  Later, when you are doing better, you can help others. 
Q: My daughter Susan passed on three years ago.  Sometimes I have wonderful dreams that we are visiting each other.  At other times, I can briefly glimpse her out of the corner of my eye.  I know she is alive and in contact with me, but how I become more aware of her?  - Ruth
A: You’re off to a great start, Ruth and you are correct!  Susan is very much alive and lets you know she is near.  Those vivid dreams that leave you feeling more peaceful may actually be interdimensional visits.  That fleeting glimpse might well be seeing her before your overly analytical brain concludes that it’s not possible.  Congratulations for asking a very important question: ‘How can I become more aware of her?’ 
Fortunately, there is a wonderful way to quiet your judgmental brain and better perceive your beloved daughter.  I created the Facilitated After-Death Communication (FADC) technique, a special way to enjoy visits with loved ones who have crossed over.  Deep relaxation/hypnosis in this technique helps you become more calm and clear.  It also helps quiet the judging brain that thinks the only life that exists is what the conventional five senses can detect.  For optimal results, do this session in a quiet setting where you won’t be disturbed.  Afterward, feel free to share with trusted family and friends. 
After an FADC session, many bereaved parents and family members have described talking telepathically, feeling their child hold their hand and other very meaningful interactions.  You can very likely enjoy this too.  (Most people experience a visit the first time while others require some practice.)    
I’ll conduct a group FADC session on Sunday, April 19th at the Helping Parents Heal Conference.  If you can’t attend, you can use this technique at home with my audio product
Facilitated ADC Technique.  To learn more about this topic, see article #9: Visit with ‘Departed’ Loved Ones Now at

Hugs, love, and blessings,

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.
Disclaimer: This information is not designed to replace medical or psychological care.  Dr. Pitstick’s recommendations are based on forty-five 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 empirical 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 attended theology school, majoring in pastoral counseling, and trained in suicide prevention.  Mark directs The SoulPhone Foundation and founded Greater Reality Living groups.  His mission is to help you know and show that – no matter what is happening to you or around you – your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever.  To learn more, visit

Irene Vouvalides was Interviewed by Suzanne Giesemann! 
Irene and Tony Vouvalides

Please be sure to listen to this interview by Suzanne Giesemann, Messenger of Hope, of Irene Vouvalides, Director of our upcoming conference, Affiliate Leader of Hilton Head/Bluffton and Vice President of Helping Parents Heal, as well as Shining Light Parent.  To access the interview, please click

Fellowship and Coincidences 
Ernie and Kristine Jackson

Fellowship – Kheftsiyah’s story
I am on the Helping Parents Heal list of Caring listeners and when I do receive a call or an e-mail,  I am honored to be of service.  Recently Shkehlaht Yisrael from Tanzania, Africa contacted me to discuss the transition of her fifteen-year-old daughter, Kheftsiyah, nearly a year ago.  When we spoke and in our subsequent conversations, she shared that she just desired to speak with a likeminded individual.  As you can see below, shared with her permission, she is one of us; she gets it and it is a privilege to walk with her and all of you.
Yes – “Kheftsiyah is here…with us.”
If someone had told me at the beginning of this journey that our beloved daughter would have ascended at 15 years of age, I never would have believed it. She is such a vibrant, loving caring and talented, young woman.  It just did not make any sense when it happened.  Some days it still does not make any sense…
It is almost at the year celebration of our Kheftsiyah’s ascension, a day that will certainly be remembered.  I will never forget her asking me if she was going to die after a spider had bitten her.  I looked at her in utter amazement that she would even be thinking about dying at the age of 15. I, of course, told her she was not going to die and went to work to give her all manner of treatments to make sure that the toxins exited her body as soon as possible. You see, I am a lightworker and deal with health so I did what I do.  During her drinking one of the mixes I had made, she looked at me and said, “I don’t want to die…” and I reassured her she was not going to die.
A couple of days later a friend brought us some fresh peanuts and we partook of them. The next day my husband, my youngest son and Kheftsiyah all fell ill.  It just seemed like a bad case of the flu, even though we rarely get sick.  So I dealt with it as such.  In four days my husband recovered, but the children were still ill.  So we kept giving them fluids and monitoring them.  They seemed to be getting somewhat better.  Then 26 November Kheftsiyah asked me if I could lay down with her, not a strange request, in and of itself, but it felt strange.  The next day we decided we needed to make a determination if we needed to get her checked out.  I took her to the bathroom and she asked me for some water.  She took two sips and then she was gone.  I tried CPR for what seemed like forever.  In the meantime, I waited for my husband to return, as he was away.  The whole process was so quick because of where we live.  We laid her physical form to rest before the passing of 24 hours. The next day I had to take my son to the hospital so I was unable to grieve for Kheftsiyah as I was worried about him. 
Then my son told me he had spoken with his sister, Kheftsiyah.  I wasn’t shocked, but I was surprised.  Then my older son told me that Kheftsiyah told him to tell me that if she ascended to tell me that she loved me very much.  She told him this about three months before she ascended.  I can hear her in the breeze.  I often hear her calling me. I see glimpses of her walking by our room.  I see her favorite animal, giraffes, on a regular basis.  Whenever I think of her something related to her appears almost magically.  My oracle cards tell me that she is fine. I think about her all the time.
I was thinking about her just recently when we were on safari.  It was dusk and we were headed back to the room when we had to come to a screeching halt as a huge giraffe slowly meandered across the road.  She looked me directly in my face.  Then came the tears….. of joy.  My Kheftsiyah is here…with us…

-Written by Kheftsiyah's Mom, Shkehlaht Yisrael
Kheftsiyah and her Giraffe

Helping Parents Heal, celebrates the visits from our children and in large part, prepares you to recognize their visits if you haven’t done so already. 

I wish you all the best and feel free to contact me if you have questions.  Dialogue is good.  Each of us is both teacher and student. 

God Bless and Namaste, Ernie-Quinton’s Dad 
-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   

Affiliate Updates -

Helping Parents Heal - Austin
Daisy Dongieux, our former HPH Austin Co-Affiliate Leader 

Please send white light and healing to our beautiful friend Daisy Dongieux, who is fighting a courageous battle with cancer and who is now hospitalized for pneumonia.  She is such a bright light and we are so grateful to her for all she has done in inspiring those who read her story, and all that she and Becky Yatsu have done to help parents heal.  We love you, Daisy, get well soon. 

New Group!  Helping Parents Heal - West Side/Peoria

Ernie and Kristine Jackson

Please join me in welcoming our two newest affiliate leaders who are also Caring Listeners; Ernie is also a Board Member and the author of a monthly column in our newsletter.

They will start holding meetings at their home in Peoria, AZ on January 15th and I know that they will be amazing.

More about Ernie and Kristine:

In 2009, when Ernie and Kristine’s son, Quinton transitioned in an accident and immediately demonstrated that “he still is”, their view of a lifetime changed forever! Ernie's books, 'Quinton’s Messages' and 'Quinton’s Legacy', share this divine knowledge. Ernie and Kristine are both Caring Listeners for Helping Parents Heal, Ernie is an HPH Board Member, and he also writes a monthly column in the Helping Parents Heal Newsletter. Please read more about Ernie and Kristine on their website,

Ernie and Kristine will be holding meetings on the third Wednesday of every month, from 6 - 8 pm.

-Written by our new HPH West Side/Peoria Affiliate Leaders, Kristine and Ernie Jackson
New Group!  Helping Parents Heal - Fredericksburg
Kathy and Andy MacMannis

Please join me in welcoming our newest affiliate leaders, Kathy Fitzgibbons MacMannis and Andrew MacMannis of Fredericksburg, VA. We are grateful that you have joined us and we look forward to having you both as part of our team! 

More about Kathy and Andy:

Andy was raised in Billings, NY. He graduated from Penn State University in 1985. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps the same year. Andrew served as an Infantry Officer for 30 years retiring at the rank of Colonel. Kathy was raised in Mamaroneck, NY. In marrying Andrew, Kathy married into the extended Marine Corps family. This was the perfect fit for Kathy as it filled 2 passions she had, travel and helping others. This started what she called her job as a “Professional Volunteer”. They lived in many locations around the world. They were blessed with 3 beautiful and energetic boys, Conor (1993), Jack (1996) and Aiden (1998).

In March of 2013 their youngest, Aiden, died by suicide at the age of 15. Eight months later their oldest son, Conor, died in an accidental fall while attending Penn State University. This started a journey in not only the deepest grief and pain a parent can experience, but also an extraordinary awakening and enlightenment that came in the form of signs, messages and real time communication. All of this has led them to know that Conor and Aiden continue this journey with them. They are still very present and together they have much work to do!

-Written by our new HPH Fredericksburg Affiliate Leaders, Kathy and Andrew MacMannis

Helping Parents Heal - Kingston
Scott and Teresa Lally

We are sad to announce that Teresa and Scott Lally will be stepping down from Helping Parents Heal - Kingston and we appreciate all that they have done to guide the group over the past almost two years.  Please join me in thanking them for their hard work and compassion. We are very grateful for all you have done to help parents heal! 

Helping Parents Heal - Online
Beth West, Tywana and Brian Smith and Tracy Soussi, our Wonderful Online Affiliate Leaders at our First Conference

Our wonderful lineup of upcoming Online Speakers:
Caroline Chang and Britta Grubin

-Caroline Chang/Kyle's Mom- Producer & Host Awake 2 Oneness Radio on January 15th
-Britta Grubin, Spiritual Medium and Psychic, on February 7th

The Online Group welcomed Melinda Kushner on December 16thMelinda Kushner

The Amazing Melinda Fazzolare-Kushner answered our questions about our children in the Spirit world. 12/16/2019. Melinda will be at the HPH Conference in 2020!  You can click here to view his video.

On January 6th, the Online Group welcomed Troy Griffin

Troy Griffin, Psychic Medium, Clairvoyant, Psychic Investigator

My apologies, I forgot to start the recording at the beginning - Please watch 
Troy Griffin - 1/6/2020. www.psychicmediumtroy.comPlease click here to watch.

-Tracy Soussi, our Helping Parents Heal - Online Co-Affiliate Leader

Please be sure to join our online 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 - Cave Creek
Carol Allen and the Parents of Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek

Absolutely wonderful meeting in Cave Creek on January 3rd! Another large crowd but we ALL missed our amazing Elizabeth Veney Boisson, who is on vacation in St Lucia! The meetings just get better and better! Four new parents joined us tonight but in addition to tears, they also had some laughs. We all shared lots of validation stories.

After hearing so many speak, one of our new moms who claims she hasn’t had any signs realized she did get a sign from her son! It was so awesome when she spoke up and said something like “I was wondering what that hummingbird was doing when it just kept fluttering around me”. 😂😂❤️❤️We are all here to help support each other! I love you all! 

-Written by Carol Allen, our Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek Affiliate Leader

Helping Parents Heal - Minneapolis/St Paul
Suzanne Giesemann

Hello dear friends, for our December meeting, the HPH Minneapolis/St. Paul group met at Lynn and Roger’s home. We each brought a dozen of our child/grandchild’s favorite Christmas cookies and an appetizer to share. We then were each given a candle to light and talk about the meaning behind our choices of food in honor of our children and anything else that we felt compelled to say, finishing by putting our candles In a bowl of sand that lit up the room! It was lovely!

A member of our group whom we call our resident artist, designed and created a spirit animal and had a card to give for each of us!

We then introduced our memory board to the group and went around and talked about our photos.

As usual, the room was crowded as our kids were there in spirit and we all left with our hearts full💗

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Minneapolis St Paul Co-Affiliate Leader, Pamela DeMars

Helping Parents Heal - Flagstaff
Janean Bentley Quigley and the Parents of HPH - Flagstaff

Flagstaff HPH met on December 8th. We made candles for international light a candle day for a child in spirit.

-Written by Janean Quigley, Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Flagstaff

Helping Parents Heal - Leesburg
Diane Morano, Jay Morano, Bobby Wright, Pam Wright, and Colleen Smith

The Bells of Remembrance Project was begun by The Franciscan Center and is an interactive bell ringing memorial.  The project was begun in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the bells were taken to the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown CT after the shooting there as a memorial for the children, teachers, and staff.  Eighteen bells, ranging in weight from 5000 lbs to 125 lbs are suspended from steel frames and permanently mounted onto trailers.  The bells are rung manually by the memorial attendees.  Our Leesburg HPH parents each rang a bell after saying their child’s name.  It was a beautiful and moving evening.

-Written by Colleen Smith, Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Leesburg

Helping Parents Heal - Binghamton
Rosanne Groover Norris

My heart is so full tonight. My second meeting went so well. We had 16 show up tonight and a local medium came to give a group reading for her first time and did amazing. She read everyone and sent them home feeling so bolstered. And so many thank you’s for starting the HPH group ( not my idea). I can never thank you enough Elizabeth Veney Boisson and Mark Ireland for what you have done for the parents of the world. 💜

-Written by Rosanne Norris, Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Binghamton

Helping Parents Heal - Palm Desert
Intuitive Medium Geof Jowett 

We had our third meeting in December. It was great, full of peace and joy. We had a medium, Geof Jowett, who share various techniques of contacting and feeling the presence of our love ones. We shared one of our child’s favorite Christmas gifts. As we went around the circle, We each share our child’s favorite clothing, then favorite color, then favorite food, then favorite song and etc. I think it allowed us to feel our child’s presence. We shared peace and heartfelt joy. We shared love and comfort for the holiday season. Thank you for Helping Parents Heal. There was great healing.

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Palm Desert Affiliate Leader, Vickie Ruff

Helping Parents Heal - Pittsburg
Evidential Medium Isabella Johnson

At our December meeting, we had wonderful Isabella Johnson actually come to the house and do readings for each of us. She was so sweet. And so amazing! We tried to pay her, but she wouldn’t take it. So we will donate it to HPH! 170$ was raised! Thank you so much, Isabella!

Then at our January meeting, we had quite the experience! We had a local therapist who does past life regressions. Joe Turiano. It was so amazing! He shed so much light on our past lives. And his past lives and proof of it! It was so educational and I scheduled an appt with Joe to get my past life done! Thank you, Joe!

-Written by Tracee Slagel, our Helping Parents Heal, Pittsburg Co-Affiliate Leader

Helping Parents Heal - Coldwater

Louise Crist

On December 9th, we had our December meeting. Usually, in December, another group I belong to makes grave blankets for the cemetery. It occurred to me that those who cremate might not have a cemetery place to decorate, so I decided to thin out my craft closet and offer table centerpieces to our group instead. (It’s like a miniature version of a grave blanket).

We had 20 show up for our meeting. (One grandpa even came alone because his wife was sick!) Six families were new this year, some were as recent as October. We didn’t have a “formal” meeting but just chatted and got acquainted again while creating beauty in our sorrow.

All the parents LOVED this and want to make it an annual event. I either get donations or buy stuff on clearance after Christmas for the next they are reasonably inexpensive.
What a fabulous night! Here are the centerpieces. 

-Written by our HPH Coldwater Affiliate Leader, Louise Crist

Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale Book Club

Lynn and Jeff Hollahan, Lucille Masko and the Parents of HPH Scottsdale Book Club

We had a wonderful Bookclub gathering last night. Fourteen people came out on a rainy night with their child’s favorite food for our potluck dinner. We made luminaries with our children’s names which we huddled together outside out of the rain. Lucille Masko came and read from her beautiful book of poems about her 9-year-old daughter who passed away in a sledding accident. She was gracious enough to bring a copy of her book for each of us. We closed out our evening with a book exchange then all gathered together for a heartfelt candle lighting ceremony.

-Written by our HPH Scottsdale Book Club Affiliate Leader, Lynn Hollahan

Helping Parents Heal - San Diego

The San Diego December Potluck

Thank you, everyone, for all you’ve done this year, in your support for our group and the aloha you share with our members 💖

We celebrated December with a potluck. It was a time to light the candles for our children and relax with fine fellowship and good gusto. Three of our dads even came! Naturally, they sat by the food 😁

I feel blessed to know each and every one of you 💗🌺🙏

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal San Diego Affiliate Leader, Dawn Richards

Helping Parents Heal - Tampa
The Parents of Helping Parents Heal, Tampa with Marlene Stovall

The Gift of Connection…As we all know far too well, the holidays can be a painful challenge for parents struggling with their child’s passing. Gathering with a group of fellow parents and hearing readings with a medium can help ease that pain, even when it is not your child who comes through; for this year’s December gathering, Tampa’s Helping  Parents Heal group was extraordinarily fortunate to have three mediums giving readings, allowing more children the opportunity to come through and connect with their parents.

The meeting was held at the festively decorated home of co-leader Amy  Diehl and her husband Paul. This year, our guest Medium Marlene Stovall -  who did readings in tandem with Suzanne Giesemann at last year’s holiday meeting - brought with her two experienced mediums, Donna  Elchin, and Sharon Jones to join her in bringing through beautiful messages for our assembled parents. Thirty-two folks, including Tampa Affiliate  Co-Leaders Cathy Zimmerman and Marla Grant and Pinellas Affiliate Leader, Laura Grimme McCullough,  attended and with three mediums taking turns doing readings, they were able to bring through 12 children including one little boy whose mother isn’t a member and wasn’t at the event but is the friend of a parent in our group who was there. This reading was later validated to be completely accurate by the grateful mom. What a great testament to the ability of our kids in spirit to find a way to get through to us however  they can! There was so much healing that night and the energy was still high even as everyone finally dispersed for the evening. We are so grateful to Marlene, Donna, and Sharon for sharing their gifts and abilities to bring comfort and solace to our family of HPH parents during what can be an incredibly difficult time of year.

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Tampa Co-Affiliate Leader, Marla Grant

Helping Parents Heal - Portland
Amy and Marc Adams

HPH Portland hosted its 4th meeting on December 19th with 15 beautifully open souls in attendance.  We were blessed with readings from evidential medium Joshua John and boy did we hear some evidence!  Joshua John channeled the spirit of many loved ones for almost 2 hours.  Joshua John is a local medium who found his gift in his early twenties.  Knowing many of these parents from our local Compassionate Friends group we had a good sense of their children in spirit.  It was enjoyable for us to hear JJ describe their children as we have heard their parents describe them.  How powerful to be in a group supporting and loving each other and our beautiful children.  This was our first meeting with a medium as our guest.  The strength of connection for all of us was a gift.  A gift from the universe.

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Portland Co-Affiliate Leader, Marc Adams

Helping Parents Heal - Shining Light Moms' Boxing

Samantha with Shining Light Moms

The Phoenix group of Shining Light Moms Boxing with Samantha Cordi at her Jabz Boxing Studio is going strong. This class is free and no prior experience is necessary!  We had a fun little group with Sue and Carol in December! They both did great! Please join us on January 26th by clicking
here. :)

-Samantha Cordi, our HPH Shining Light Moms Boxing Affiliate Leader

Helping Parents Heal - Hilton Head
The Parents of our Helping Parents Heal - Hilton Head/Bluffton Affiliate Group

Happy New Year everyone!
Our last meeting of the year was held on December 8th where we had a holiday pot luck brunch and made angel ornaments. We are looking forward to 2020 and our upcoming conference. Peace to everyone as we begin another year!

With love, Irene

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Hilton/Bluffton Affiliate Leader, Irene Vouvalides 

Helping Parents Heal - Nashville/Brentwood
The Parents of HPH Nashville/Brentwood

The Nashville/Brentwood group had our fellowship night activity seven days before Christmas. We played Christmas Trivia, shared cookies, memories and made ornaments with a special message inside our ornament for our child in spirit. The love and peaceful joy was shared by all in the room. It was healing....

-Written by our HPH Nashville/Brentwood Affiliate Leader, Maggie Spaulding

Helping Parents Heal - Mississippi Gulf Coast
Donna Tasker and her Grandkids

We had our fourth meeting in December and are still working to establish ourselves. We had 3 new members attend. We watched David Kessler’s video on Grief and the Holidays. Lots of good dialogue. 

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Mississippi Gulf Coast Affiliate Leader, Donna Tasker

Helping Parents Heal - Houston
Denise Ramon, Intuitive Medium

The HPH-Houston Affiliate had a wonderful Holiday meeting with guest medium Denise Ramon giving mini-readings via Zoom.

-Written by our Houston HPH Affiliate Leader, Pamela Hidinger

Helping Parents Heal - Tucson 
Sandra Hassel and the parents of Helping Parents Heal - Tucson

On December 13th, we had a most wonderful meeting at the lovely home of one of our members. It was a small gathering of 6 Shining Light Parents. The meeting began with introductions and a short meditation, followed by each of us sharing a funny special memory of our child. Then, our most gracious hostess invited us to a most delicious dinner. We all proceeded to share stories about our children and ourselves as we created a personalized picture frame with our child’s portrait.
Tonight was an evening where we all laughed, felt moments of joy and comfort.
Feeling grateful!! 💜💜💜 💜💜💜

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal Tucson Co-Affiliate Leader, Sandra Hassel

Helping Parents Heal - Phoenix/ScottsdaleKelly Greene presents to 40 parents in Phoenix at our December meeting

A Healing afternoon for Helping Parents Heal - Phoenix/Scottsdale in December at Unity of Phoenix with Kelly Greene of Prana Reiki and her Sound Bowl Healing, as well as 5 wonderful Reiki Healers who spent time healing each of us as Kelly played the Sound Bowls and the Gong.  We are so grateful to Samantha Cordi Ford for bringing Kelly to Helping Parents Heal! 

-Love and light, Elizabeth Boisson, Affiliate Leader of Phoenix/Scottsdale

Helping Parents Heal - Madison
Mary Bertun and Chas, Tava Wilson and Christina

We had a great online meeting last Tuesday evening, December 10th with 19 participants. During introductions we shared what we were doing for the holidays and ideas on how to honor our children. We enjoyed information and demonstrations of divining rods (thanks Jenny!) as well as pendulums (thanks Rhonda Andrews!). Leader Tava Wilson created a meeting summary document as well as notes from a 2018 pendulum class. These are available in the Files area on our affiliate Facebook site (Helping Parents Heal Madison WI), as is the video recording of our meeting. 💕

-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Madison Co-Affiliate Leader, Mary Bertun

Board Members and Officers of Helping Parents Heal: 
Elizabeth Boisson - President & Co-F0under/
Irene Vouvalides - Vice President and Conference Chair/
Mark Ireland - Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board /
Doryce Norwood /
Ernie Jackson /

Jason Durham - Chief Information Officer /
Brian Smith /
Jeff Hollahan /

Treasurer: Theresa Wettstein/
Secretary: Laurie Savoie /
Admin: Celia Edwards /
Affiliate Directors: Dawn Richards and Mary Bertun /

You can read the bios and see photos of each of the affiliate leaders on the Groups page of our website:

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

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Helpful, Healing Information

Stories of Validation-

Diane Giffin's Validation Story with her daughter, Max
Max and her Racoon Rescues

My daughter, Max, once turned to me and said, "Mom, I'm somewhat of a raccoon-whisperer." She had built and was running a wild animal sanctuary. Three weeks before she died an article appeared on the Animal Planet and The Dodo websites on her amazing ability with an albino raccoon that had just come to her sanctuary.

Two weeks after she died, I had to drive to get a flat tire fixed. I was crying as I drove, uncontrollably crying, and I pleaded out loud, "Max! How am I going to do this?!"

Then the traffic light ahead turned red and as I pulled up to the car that was traveling in front of me, I saw this license plate: RACCOON. I frantically grabbed my phone and took a photo, as I knew that later I would not be able to believe this had happened.

My entire experience at that moment became "Oh!" Even as I tell this story, I feel my daughter's love like her heart is beating inside my own.

Max, 💜21, three years now

-Written by Max's Proud Mom, Diane Giffin

Elizabeth Boisson's Validation with her son Morgan
Dan, Erin and Barrett Morgan, Morgan and his Cheer Partner Rosette 

Hello, wonderful Parents! I have to share a story with all of you for which I feel enormous gratitude.

My son Morgan was a cheerleader with the University of Arizona and he was best friends with all of the guys and girls on the team, including the mascot and his good friend Dan, Wibur the Wildcat. Dan has been an amazing support and is also is a bereaved sibling. He messaged me on FB last Tuesday to let me know that his wife had just had a baby and that they couldn't wait to see us. He told me that his son's name was Barrett. 

Dan and I decided to get together Saturday afternoon. My husband and I thought that we would go over to Dan and his wife's home to see the baby, but Dan messaged me and said: 'We will come to your home if that's okay! I would love to take Barrett into Morgan's room and let him feel his presence and love if that's ok with you.' Wow! That made my heart sing! :)

When Dan, his wife, and Barrett got to our home, he let us know that they had chosen Morgan as his middle name to honor his best friend. YAY! :) He then told us an amazing validation story. Dan is a firefighter in Peoria and has had many adventures with his work. Once, when a fire was raging above him in a home, he was in the garage standing in front of a car while his buddy put the car into neutral so that they could push it out and save it. All of a sudden, he felt someone hugging him tightly around his shoulders and pulling him forcibly backward. He said that it felt just like when Morgan would hug him from behind. He knew it was him.

As Dan fell backward, an air conditioning unit fell through the floor from above. The firefighter who was seated in the car and saw the whole thing said 'Dude-what just happened? It looked like someone just pulled you backward!' Morgan had saved Dan's life.

We have had many other friends tell us that Morgan has also saved them. We are grateful for every story that we hear. The picture below is of Dan, Erin, Barrett and me in Morgan's room. The photo on the wall behind us is of Morgan when he was 2 years old. The one on the left was at Homecoming.

Love and light to all of you and to your amazing children! May your journeys be filled with signs and validations from your beautiful children.

-Written by Morgan and Chelsea's Proud Mom, Elizabeth Boisson

Parents Making a Difference - 

Kim Courtney of the Healing Cross Project 

Shining Light Samantha Whirley & Kim Courtney of the Healing Cross Project with other volunteers

Through her nonprofit,
The Healing Cross Project, and in honor of her son Derrick, Kim Courtney is a tireless advocate of the homeless in Phoenix. Kim held another event with Thunder Showers event on December 14th.  If you are interested in helping others with Kim, please contact her at

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 500-600 words.) 

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Healing Events with Talented Presenters:

SoulPower Workshop with Susanne Wilson 

Susanne Wilson, The Carefree Medium, a Keynote Presenter at our First and Second Helping Parents Heal Conferences and a huge supporter of Helping Parents Heal, will be holding a SoulPower Workshop from January 25-26, 2020 and you can join her! Please click here for more information.

Mediumship for the Grieving Heart Cruise with Christine Salter 
Join Christine Salter, a presenter at our First and Second Helping Parents Heal Conferences and a talented Evidential Mediumon a 7-night cruise from November 15-22, 2020 on the Oasis of the Seas. Please click here to register and learn more. 

The 10 Life-Lessons From Heaven Special Event in Mesa

I was grateful to attend a workshop by Jeff Janssen, the author of '10 Life-Lessons from Heaven', on December 7th at Unity of Mesa. It was so nice to also see Reverend Tina Brown, Larry Merrill of Unity of Mesa and Near-Death Experiencer Nancy Rynes, the author of 'Awakening from the Light'.  Jeff and Brian Smith are holding a discussion group about his book that starts on January 19th.  Please click here to learn more. 

Our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference in Charleston, SC 
Please join us in Charleston from April 16-19, 2020 at the Charleston Marriott for our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference!  We are currently sold out but Irene Vouvalides is diligently keeping a waiting list. Please email her at:

Upcoming Meetings of Helping Parents Heal
NEW GROUP! Helping Parents Heal - Fredericksburg with Kathy and Andy MacMannis on April 30th.  Please RSVP and learn more here.  
NEW GROUP! Helping Parents Heal - Peoria/West Side on January 15th with Ernie and Kristine Jackson.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here

NEW GROUP! Helping Parents Heal - Maui led by Susan Ward.  The next meeting will be on February 4th.  Please RSVP or learn more by clicking here.
NEW GROUP! Helping Parents Heal Vancouver on January 21st with Rebecca Lavin.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. 
Helping Parents Heal - Binghamton, NY led by Rosanne Groover Norris on February 13th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. 
NEW GROUP!  Helping Parents Heal - Rhode Island led by Elizabeth Alvarez and Laurie Ranaldi on February 12th.  Please RSVP or learn more by clicking here. 
NEW GROUP!  Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale Book Club Holiday Get Together hosted by Lynn Hollahan with special guest LeAnn Hull, author of How to Live When You Want to Die, on February 9th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Coldwater, MI on January 20th with Louise Crist.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
NEW GROUP!  Helping Parents Heal - Bay Area, led by Marilene Madsen and Beverly Wilson, meets on January 26th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
NEW GROUP! Helping Parents Heal - Portland with Marc and Annie Adams, on January 16th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Shining Light Moms' Boxing with Samantha Cordi Ford, on January 26th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here
Helping Parents Heal - Twin Cities, hosted by Lynn Argetsinger, Pamela Demars, and Sue Burns on January 25th. Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
ONLINE: Helping Parents Heal - Parents of Children who have Passed from an Addiction, January 27th from 2-4 pm AZ time, 5-7 EST.  Please click here to learn more and RSVP! 
Helping Parents Heal - Meditation Group ONLINE hosted by David and Allison Alison on January 15th.  Please click here to RSVP or learn more.

Helping Parents Heal - San Luis Obispo with Michele and Bill Tillery, on January 18th!  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - Coachella Valley with Vickie Ruff on February 12th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. 
Helping Fathers Heal ONLINE, hosted by Mike Edwards, meets every week by Zoom.  Please contact Mike for future dates and times:

Helping Parents Heal - Philadelphia hosted by Keri Bernstein and Mandy Dorfman on February 5th. Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. 
Helping Parents Heal - The Villages, FL, hosted by Tami Brooks, the first and third Mondays of every month.  The next meeting will be on January 20th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. Helping Parents Heal - Washington DC hosted by Julia LaJoie and Rita Kozushin on February 3rd.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. 
NEW GROUP!  Helping Parents Heal - Danvers, VA with Renee Jacavacno on January 27th!  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
ONLINE: Helping Parents Heal - Parents of Children with Special Needs, hosted by Lisa Wilcoxson, on February 3rd. Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek, AZ hosted by Carol Allen on February 6th. Please RSVP here.
Helping Parents Heal - Atlanta South Side with Jean Felts and Pat Kane Rudd, on February 4th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - Mat-Su Valley, Alaska, hosted by Jean Pretorius and Dawn Harris, on January 31st - Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - Sedona with Jean-Marc and Leslie Zuczek.  Their next meeting will be January 20th.  Please RSVP and learn more here.
Helping Parents Heal - Rockville, MD with Christiane Robbins on January 16th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Long Island with Patricia and Michael McHenry on February 12th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - Fort Myers/Cape Coral with Laura Baltodano on February 12th. Please RSVP here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Central CT with Sharon Cavanaugh and Denise Del Favero on January 28th. Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. 
Helping Parents Heal - Ventura County hosted by Gloria Burciaga on February 12th.  Please RSVP and learn more here.

Gentle Yoga for Healing Grief with Elizabeth Boisson - Desert Broom Library, Phoenix, every Tuesday from 11:15-12:15 pm.  This class is free.  Please click here to learn more.  
Helping Parents Heal - Austin.  Our wonderful Affiliate Leaders Daisy Dongieux and Becky Yatsu will be stepping down. Please contact Tava Wilson for more information at tavawilson@yahoo.comHelping Parents Heal - Southern New Hampshire hosted by Marta Ferreira and Anne Silanskas.  Please contact Marta for more information at Marta.ferreira4919@gmail.comHelping Parents Heal - Ottowa hosted by Patti May, on May 16th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - London, UK, hosted by Kathleen Baillie on January 28th, please click here to RSVP and learn more.  
Helping Parents Heal - Tampa, FL hosted by Marla Grant. Amy Diehl, and Cathy Zimmerman, on January 29th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - Flagstaff hosted by Janean Quigley and Dana Middlebrook on February 2nd. Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Indianapolis hosted by Brooke and Jordan Scherer on February 3rd.  Please RSVP and learn more here.

Helping Parents Heal - Pittsburg with Tracee Slagel and Marilyn Vincenti on December 7th!  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Leesburg with Colleen Smith on January 19th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - Toronto hosted by Teresa Cernigliaro and Karen Wilson, January 23rd!  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Madison hosted by Mary Bertun and Tava Wilson on January 14th. Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here. 
Helping Parents Heal - Bergen County, NJ with Marla Kallin and Irene Stuart, January 28th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - San Diego with Dawn Richards, Catalina Flores and Laurie Clements on January 12th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Akron/Cleveland with Christine Moncheck and Sylvia Christian February 11th.  Please RSVP and learn more here. 
Helping Parents Heal - Hilton Head, hosted by Irene Vouvalides with special guest Jake Samoyedny on January 12th.  Please RSVP and learn more here. 
Helping Parents Heal - Tucson hosted by Terri Petz with special guest Melinda Kushner on Zoom, on January 12th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Please join Donna Tasker for Helping Parents Heal - Mississippi Gulf Coast January 21st!  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  

Helping Parents Heal - Atlanta hosted by Tammy Thomas Wardemann.  Please contact Tammy for future dates and times:
Helping Parents Heal - Chicago, hosted by Alicia Moag-Stahlberg. Please contact Alicia for more information:

Helping Parents Heal - Raleigh, hosted by Shannon McDonald and Kimberly Whitehead. Please contact Shannon for future dates and times:
Helping Parents Heal - Brentwood/Nashville hosted by Maggie Spaulding on February 12th!  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Orlando with Chris Lowe on February 13th.  Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Helping Parents Heal - Houston, hosted by Pamela Hidinger on January 18th.  Please learn more and RSVP by clicking here.  
Helping Parents Heal - Phoenix/Scottsdale with Shining Light Dad, Caring Listener and HPH Board Member Jeff Hollahan on January 19th - Please RSVP and learn more by clicking here.  

The Amazon Smile Program - Help us 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: 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

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