March  2014

Hello, wonderful Parents! 

I hope this finds you well.  2014 began in a very positive way for me because my father was healed of his cancer by Debra Martin and Sheri Lynn Getten.  My parents and I met with them because they were scheduled to speak at our January meeting in Scottsdale. We received validation of his recovery two days before the meeting.  I will be forever grateful to both of them.

Here Debra describes their work:
“Through our life trials and spiritual guidance, we were given a higher awareness of consciousness and many teachings, including a profound new technique that we have created in our healing sessions. We have worked together for eighteen years.  Sheri uses her abilities as a healer to initiate the energy at the beginning of the session.   She sends energy and powerful frequencies through her hands to allow for the healing of the body, mind, and spirit.  I use my abilities as a Medium to see and hear from God what is taking place during each session.  I can see and hear what is taking place inside and outside the body during the healing session and what needs to be healed.  While Sheri is sending the energy to the different parts of the body, I am feeling what is taking place in the exact same areas that are being worked on.  Together, through God, we are able to get to the root of what is causing the unbalance in the body and then release it.   God uses us as his instruments.  God also speaks through me, giving messages to the person receiving the healing.  Loved ones from the other side also come through sometimes during a session.  There is not one healing session that is the same.  The healings work on all levels including physical, spiritual, and emotional.  We are very blessed and honored to be doing this work and believe that with God all things are possible.
We welcome you to our new sacred space in Scottsdale on the corner of Shea Blvd. and Scottsdale Road.  You will feel the embrace of pure love during every healing.  Not one session is the same, but all are unique and profound.
Please visit our website at, ‘Like’ us on their Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at, or email us at”
-Debra Martin 

The Logos Center
After 12 years of service to the community at their current location in Scottsdale, The Logos Center has been sold.  Although Anne and Herb Puryear, their parishioners and the parents of Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale will miss the lovely facility, we look forward to the new growth that the move has initiated.

Helping Parents Heal – Scottsdale will now meet at Unity Church at 1500 E Greenway Parkway.  Our meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  We are fortunate to have benefitted from a wonderful spiritual home at the Logos Center and will always be grateful to Anne and Herb.  We are also thankful to Ernie and Kristine Jackson who kindly facilitated this transition.  Hope to see you all at our first meeting on March 27th!
We have added two new affiliate locations in Arizona, in Tempe and Tucson, to the 14 that already exist throughout the US and Canada.  We are including a list of these affiliates at the end of this newsletter.  Also, please visit the groups page of our website,, for more information.  We are pleased to welcome new affiliates!  If you are interested in becoming a leader, please email me at:

This newsletter is a space that allows us to share our children.  Please know that you will always have a voice here.  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!  

-Elizabeth Boisson, Co-Founder, Helping Parents Heal

The Affiliate Corner
featuring Jennifer Amato and Christine Volpe - Affiliate Leaders of Helping Parents Heal, New Jersey and Moms of Joey and James.

Our journey started with the loss of our children, Joey Amato age 2 on April 8, 2011 and James Volpe age 17 on May 13, 2011.  Although we didn’t know each other before our children passed away, only weeks apart in the same town in New Jersey, through a series of coincidences we met a few months later. We found not only did we share the common bond of the loss of our beloved sons but also in our belief that they are still with us, guiding us, and bringing us the people and circumstances we need in order to get us through the heartache and pain. Together we have worked to find meaning in our loss and back into our lives as well as share the resources that we are so grateful to have with other bereaved parents.

We are so fortunate to be able to hold our monthly meetings at Healing Arts in Toms River, New Jersey.  Owner and Operator Joanne Kelleher is a medium, Reiki master teacher, certified Thai Yoga Massage, and Advanced Clinical Hypnocounselor who knows all facets of hypnotherapy.  Joanne donates her space as well as her time for our monthly meetings as well as setting up special events designed to assist us in our healing journey.

Our meetings start with sharing about our children.  We share signs that we have received and/or stories of what make them special.  We feel it’s important to get to know each other’s children since we believe they are together on the other side.  Although we acknowledge the pain of our grief and loss we try to keep the meeting positive in hopes that everyone will leave a little lighter and with a little more hope than when they walked in.  We take a short break so that we have the opportunity to get to know one another better and promote friendships and more intimate support.  The second part of our meeting, with the help of Joanne and other amazing practitioners, we provide some traditional and nontraditional tools that help us feel more connected to our children and to help us through this journey.

We have experienced mediumship galleries, meditation, reiki, and insight into love, death, and the afterlife.  It is an amazing experience to watch a parent receive validations and loving messages from their child for the first time. We are looking forward to exploring Past Life Regression, Yoga, the art of gratitude, developing our own intuition and much more as tools for our healing, all at little or no cost.

We believe our children are always with us and are constantly guiding us.  We believe that knowledge is power and the more we learn about the afterlife, the more we will understand the concept of our being spiritual beings having a human experience as well as foster the knowing that we will be reunited with our children one day.

-Jennifer Amato and Christine Volpe

Affiliate Groups and their Facilitators (by alphabetical order):

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

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

Elizabeth Boisson-Scottsdale, AZ

Since the passing of her son Morgan in October, 2009 due to acute altitude sickness on a student trip to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Tibet, Elizabeth has held monthly parent meetings in AZ since January 2010, first founding "Parents United in Loss" and then partnering with Mark Ireland two years later to co-found "Helping Parents Heal." She also administers the Facebook site.

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

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

Janice Crowder-Torrez-Tucson, AZ

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

Lori Fina Jennings-Columbus, OH
Lori lives in Columbus, OH. She is married & has a daughter with Down Syndrome. She is the author of Liam's Lessons & a Holistic Coach. Her hobbies are swimming, reading & Isha Yoga.

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

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

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

Jessalyn Nash- Sonoma County, CA

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

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

Sheri Perl-New York, NY

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

Justine Schrimsher, Tempe AZ
Justine is a mother of 3, a Life Coach, Hypnotherapist and one of the Founding Members of Helping Parents Heal. After her 21 year old son TJ passed away in 2007 Justine received a prophetic message during a reading with Psychic Medium Allison DuBois. Allison stated, “TJ is surrounded by young people and children, and you will find their parents!” It was then that Justine’s life dramatically changed as she began to connect with grieving parents through her practice, through Helping Parents Heal and in many other areas of her life. She is so very proud of the work TJ is doing from his part of God’s House.

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

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

Visit us on FACEBOOK - Parents United in Loss, aka Helping Parents Heal

Upcoming Group Meetings:
New Jersey - February 27th
Facilitators: Christine Corollo Volpe and Jennifer Shulman Amato. Please RSVP on the 'events' page.
Ottawa - March 2nd
Facilitator: Patti May.  Please RSVP on the 'events' page.  
Pensacola - March 5th
Facilitator: Kristen Brown Sanders.  Please email Kristen:  You can also RSVP on the 'events' page.
Tempe - March 12th
Facilitator: Founding Member Justine Schrimsher.  Please RSVP on the 'events' page. 
Ohio - March 20th
Facilitators: Teri Symonds Snyder and Lori Fina-Jennings. Please RSVP on the 'events' page.
New Jersey - March 27th
Facilitators: Christine Corallo Volpe and Jennifer Shulman Amato.  Please RSVP on the 'events' page.
Scottsdale - March 27th
Facilitator: Elizabeth Boisson. New location:  Unity Church. Please RSVP on the 'events' page.
NYC - April 27th
Facilitator: Sheri Perl Migdol. Please RSVP on the 'events' page.

The Double D's of Life
What an amazing conference this year!  We are grateful to Janet Gangl for the opportunity to meet and befriend so many proponents of Afterlife communication.  Our co-founder Mark Ireland gave a wonderful presentation and HPH member Ernie Jackson introduced 12 different religious leaders who explained their similar beliefs about the Afterlife.  Love lives forever!

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

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

Parent's Corner-Stories of Validation
'Maia and the Blue Jays'

On February 20, 2010, our 21 year old daughter, Maia, experienced a fatal car accident.  This crash, as you can imagine, turned our world upside down. “Why did this happen?” and “What do we do now?” are  two questions we immediately began asking ourselves. In response, the universe began opening up to us in ways we could never have predicted and we began experiencing many extraordinary happenings to validate our belief that death is not the end. Following is one of the first and most miraculous.

On Tuesday, February 23, my husband, son, and I offered a simple and solemn farewell to Maia at a nearby crematorium in Worcester.  Returning home around 9:30 a.m., we were walking up our driveway and immediately noticed an unusual gathering of birds in one of the backyard maple trees - blue jays! We gazed in amazement as approximately 20 jays ruffled their feathers and squawked softly among themselves.

Why they had gathered in this tree, at this time, we knew immediately - Maia. How they had come to be this way and what message we were to receive, we did not know, but our hearts filled with momentary joy and wonder.

Later in the day we searched the internet and learned that air animal totems in general, and blue jays in particular, are emissaries between earth and sky, linking the greatest mysteries of both the physical and spiritual realms. They can help show the way to experience spiritual connections, higher consciousness, and a deeper understanding of ourselves if we let them.

Since that most extraordinary encounter, Blue Jays have appeared to us at numerous times, in uncanny situations, and with the consistently joyful message that Maia lives on.

-Lori McDermott, Mom of Maia and co-author of 'Learning to Dance in the Rain'

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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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