July, 2012

Our Goal is to Serve You! 

Please visit our website, it offers some wonderful resources, including a list of recommended books and links to informational videos and other sites of interest. We've recently posted a list of providers that have been helpful to members. Our site also contains the latest listing of Helping Parents Heal affiliates throughout the country. 

New Affiliates & Meetings

Recently, our Washington DC affiliate conducted their first successful meeting! Members shared their losses, some signs from their beloved children, and discussed how different forms of ADC have helped with their grieving process. Affiliate leader, Julia LaJoie is eager to continue the momentum and believes everyone enjoyed this first informal meeting.

We now have a total of fifteen affiliate groups! To see a list of upcoming meetings click on the events link in the upper right portion of this newsletter. And to see if there is an affiliate in your area please check out the "Groups" tab on our website.

Love Lives Forever

Morgans Story
by Elizabeth Boisson 

On October 20th, 2009 my son Morgan died at the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Tibet.  It was the most devastating day of my life but at the same time it was the moment that I realized that love never dies.  I was able to speak to his roommate by cell phone and asked him to put the phone to Morgan’s ear.  He had stopped breathing and was undergoing CPR.  I told him that we loved him, not to be afraid, and that we were very proud of him.  At the exact instant that Morgan stopped breathing, I felt him with me, hugging me from the inside.  It was a warm, calming feeling that washed through me.  I realized that he was comforting me and that he wanted me to know that he would always be with me.  Before Morgan died, I did not believe that it would be possible to carry on without one of my children.  However, I realized in an instant that I had to carry on, not only for my two daughters who needed me, but more importantly for Morgan, whose only wish is to see us happy.  I knew we had to live and thrive for him.  
My strongest desire after his death was to somehow communicate with him.  I didn’t know how this would be possible—I had never been to a psychic medium.  Morgan took matters into his own hands.  I had been practicing yoga at a studio for years, and Morgan had sometimes gone with me.  Angie, the owner of the studio, decided in January 2010 to interview a psychic medium who had recently moved to the area looking for rental space.  Angie’s way of evaluating the psychic medium, Susanne Wilson, was to ask Susanne to ‘read’ a photo of my kids included in our annual Christmas card.  She provided no other information to Susanne.
Susanne connected with my son, communicating his personality and mannerisms.  Susanne gave Angie numerous validations—including details that were not public knowledge and not known to Angie (who diligently wrote everything down).   I will share a few highlights.  Susanne said a young man showed her a big teddy bear and bottle of Captain Morgan.  My son’s name is Morgan and we affectionately call him Big Bear.  Susanne saw him shouting through a megaphone that he was OKAY--very significant because Morgan was a cheerleader at the University of Arizona and his megaphone was at his service.  Susanne saw him on a mountain, lying on his back.  She saw a black box at his ear; that he had listened intently but had been unable to speak.  He told Susanne to say, “Mom, I heard everything you said and I love you back.”  I was comforted to know Morgan had heard me when the phone was held to his ear. 
Susanne further told Angie that my son and his two roommates were a ‘band of three’; that they were like brothers.  Although Morgan was close to all the students who helplessly watched him die that morning, his two roommates were especially important to him.  Colin and Matt accompanied Morgan’s body to Lhasa and waited with him until my husband was able to finally get a visa to enter Tibet six days later. Perhaps most stunning—Susanne told Angie that we would receive a special rock from the place that Morgan died and she sketched the rock.  We made no mention of this detail to anyone.  Several months later Colin delivered Morgan’s Rock upon his return from China, exactly as Susanne had said.
I had my own reading with Susanne in which more validations came through, including that Morgan and I would work together to help parents connect with their deceased children in the Afterlife.  I founded my parents support group one month later.  Susanne also introduced me to Mark Ireland. 
Morgan continues to work diligently in the Spirit world to help children get messages through to their parents.  I am incredibly proud of him.   

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Help us Build a Cookbook
The Founding Members of Helping Parents Heal will be publishing a cookbook to honor our children who have passed. Please share one or more of your child's favorite recipes with us and they just might end up in the cookbook - along with a special mention of your child. Please send recipes, your child's name, and if you wish, a photo of your child to Celia Edwards at    

Some of the greatest healing takes place when parents share their personal stories with others. So if you have a story of hope and inspiration, perhaps including a meaningful sign of confirmation, please let us know and we'll consider it for a future newsletter. Please send submissions to Justine Schrimsher at  (Note: Due to anticipated volume we can't promise to publish all articles. Please try to keep your submission to 1/2 page.)

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To see if there is a Helping Parents Heal group in your area please visit the groups page on our site. If there is no affiliate group in your area and you're interested in starting one, please contact Elizabeth Boisson by email at

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Mission statement

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

Mark Ireland,
Co-Founder, Helping Parents Heal

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