Hello, wonderful Parents!
The month of March started in a healing way for me-I was invited by my good friend, Susanne Wilson, to participate in a guided meditation to connect with my son, Morgan. She led me through the steps to meet with him at our favorite place; on our boat in the middle of Bartlett Lake. I could feel myself sink down into the seat on the boat as I was seated directly across from Morgan. I could feel the heat of the Arizona summer sun and smell suntan lotion and marshy water. The boat quietly bobbed as we were anchored in the ‘no-wake’ zone. I could feel Morgan hug me from the inside and I could clearly see his laughing eyes. He is doing so well and participates with us in every aspect of our lives. The meditation brought tears of joy to my eyes. I was sad to leave Morgan but I now know that it is possible to connect with him whenever I want to through Susanne’s guided meditation. She will have a link available on her website: www.carefreemedium.com
, so that everyone can connect with their children on the Other Side.
Susanne Wilson & Morgan Boisson
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
Kristen and her daughter Sarah
The Affiliate Corner featuring Kristen Brown-Sanders- Affiliate Leader of The Next Step/Helping Parents Heal, Pensacola and Mom of Sarah.
I went to The Compassionate Friends for the first 2 ½ years after our beloved daughter, Sarah, transitioned due to a distracted driver just after her 16th birthday. I needed to see other parents surviving. At this point, Sarah’s dad, my ex, ended his life. This huge secondary loss somehow catapulted me toward finding a way to stay on Earth. Kind of like a cosmic: “Do something! Your body can’t withstand this level of pain much longer!”
At the time, you wouldn’t have caught me using words like ‘transition’ or ‘cosmic’ or anything else that had to do with things I couldn’t see or add up on my calculator. I truly thought that death was the end. Oh the agony!
Then, a few weeks after Sarah’s dad passed, I “broke open” during Mitch Carmody’s presentation about signs from children who had died. It took an hour and a half of slide shows with explanations for my kind of brain to finally say, “What if this is true and I’ve been wrong…about EVERYTHING?!”
At that point, the Universe started guiding me … to books, to classes, to new friends, to retreats, to explore the fascinating new belief in my life: “I am not this body….I am spirit that expresses through this flesh and bone”. I was starting to feel better than I had in a long time. And Sarah made her presence known loud & clear!
I found that then, when I went to The Compassionate Friends….. I would feel depressed and lethargic for several days afterward. I was grateful for this group for helping me and so many others through the deep dark pit of early grief, but I knew that I was ready for the next step of my journey. I still would support them by being their Treasurer and giving presentations now and then, but it was time for a change.
My new friend, Denise Kennedy, in New Mexico….was going through the same thing. We decided to, each in our own town, create a new kind of group. A group that focused on spirit living on called The Next Step.
We began in January of 2010, and we now always meet the first Wednesday of the month at The Gulf Breeze Library in their community room, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. We are a small, close group. It is so exciting to be linked in with Helping Parents Heal!
First we share any signs or significant messages from our precious children. During this time, I pass around an essential oil that we rub on our wrists and breathe in to help us get settled. I pick a subject and we explore that for the main part of the meeting. Examples are: Chakras, Meditation, Tapping, Near Death Experiences, Releasing Trauma, Music Messages, The Power of Gratitude, Orbs, Automatic Writing, Yoga, Etc. To close the meeting, I usually will draw a card for each member. It’s always so fun to see how closely the card will speak to a pertinent issue for each.
Through my exploration since I “broke open”, I have become a Reiki Master, a Hospice volunteer and a meditation coach. ButThe Next Step is my passion. Sarah teaches me from that side, while my son, Jamison, keeps me grounded on this side. We are partners in this important work.
A note from Patti May,
Facilitator of HPH - Ottawa:
Affiliate Groups and their Facilitators (by alphabetical order):
Jennifer Amato Tom’s Creek, NJ
After the passing of Jennifer's 2 year old son Joey, Jennifer found support from other bereaved parents. She is now finding healing in helping other bereaved parents learn to cope with their loss. Jennifer and Christine are co-hosts for Tom’s River.
Tina Babloski-Anderson Citrus County FL
Tina Babloski-Anderson is a grieving mother that has learned to laugh again since the loss of her son Paul G. Babloski on October 1st, 2009. Her efforts to find comfort have led her on a journey that has not only helped to heal herself, but to bring smiles on the faces of other grieving parents. Tina said, "There is no one here in Citrus County, Florida that could understand the loss of a child, except for another parent that has experienced the same pain. So, we formed a group that supports and celebrates each other’s children. We find that by supporting each other, we can learn to laugh again.
Elizabeth Boisson-Scottsdale, AZ
Since the passing of her son Morgan at the Base Camp of Mount Everest due to acute altitude sickness on a student trip to Tibet in October 2009, Elizabeth has held monthly parent meetings in Arizona. She founded both the Facebook site, ‘Parents United in Loss’ in February, 2010 and then partnered with Mark Ireland to co-found ‘Helping Parents Heal’ in February 2012. She cherishes the opportunity to meet both parents and their children in spirit.
Kristen Brown-Sanders Pensacola, FL
Kristen Brown-Sanders started The Next Step group in FL in January 2010 after her beloved daughter Sarah transitioned due to a distracted driver. The Next Step linked in with Helping Parents Heal in 2012.
Nancy Courtmanche-Eureka, CA
The loss of my son Robb, 29, has made me painfully aware of the need for parents to have a group setting that is safe and confidential. Healing occurs. Out of my loss I dedicated myself to service for others in volunteer Hospice patient care and grief support, as a Hospital Chaplain, and healing work. This has prepared me to lead an HPH group now.
Janice Crowder-Torrez-Tucson, AZ
Wanting to honor her son’s spirit, courage, and the many gifts he left behind, Janice discovered Helping Parents Heal in Scottsdale, AZ. Opening the door for other parents to grieve their loss, while offering support to small groups, Janice decided to start a chapter in Tucson where she resides and her son Anthony, aged 31, took his life. Janice is a MSN and certified in Meditation.
Lori Fina Jennings-Columbus, OH
My son died at age 30 of a drug overdose. My surviving daughter has Down Syndrome. Life has blessed me with so many unique gifts & learning opportunities. I'd like to "be there" for people as my son was. My book, Liam's Lessons, was written with the help of my son shortly after he died. Practicing Isha Yoga has been my saving grace.
Sheryl Hill-Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tyler, my beautiful sixteen year old son, died a preventable death on a People to People Student Ambassador Trip to Japan in 2007. My most important achievements are being a mother, a wife, nonprofit endeavors with the Clear Cause Foundation (to keep American children and students safe on foreign soil) and perhaps my work as an author. I did not lose the ones I love who have passed. I know where they are.
Julia LaJoie-Washington DC
I joined Helping Parents Heal in April of 2012 when I met Mark Ireland, Anne Puryear and Elizabeth Boisson at a conference in Phoenix, AZ on After Death Communication. There were many parents like myself who had lost a child and had discovered the healing that comes from ADC and other forms of spiritual growth. I am eager to join hands and hearts with other parents in the Baltimore - Washington area to grow our network and support each other in healing and spiritual growth.
Patti May- 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.
Maria Pe - San Diego
Maria Pe, J.D., is the mother of Sean Robert and Kyle Joseph, her two sons who transitioned to the other side on June 21, 2011. That day was the beginning of Maria’s profound spiritual journey to find out where her sons went and how she could continue to have a relationship with them. Having been educated in Western culture and trained as an attorney, Maria was skeptical and had no idea where to turn for the information and answers she was seeking. She was guided to a shamanic practitioner who taught her how to raise her consciousness and energy levels through meditation so that she could connect with her sons. She began keeping a written journal of her experiences which culminated in her book, Journey To The Upper Realm: How I Survived the Deaths of My Sons and Learned to Communicate With Them on the Other Side
(free at www.seanandkyleimaginefund.com
and in hard copy on Amazon). By sharing and talking about her own experience, she hopes to help other bereaved parents.
Sheri Perl-New York, NY
Sheri Perl Migdol is a spiritual healer, an interfaith minister, an author, lecturer and mother of 3 children, one deceased. Sheri is the founder of The Prayer Registry, a free service for all bereaved parents. www.sheriperl.com
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.