April 2014

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:, 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. 

-Kristen Brown-Sanders

A note from Patti May,
Facilitator of HPH - Ottawa:
I would like to tell you about a visit to an awesome Key West medium Dorothea Delgado.  A few weeks ago she gave my husband, daughter and I a beautiful reading and in the middle she mentioned a group I belong to that helps other parents. She said do you know that when you have your meetings your children also have a meeting on the other side. They link with your group and they too help each other. She said Adam was joking and he said it was so much work he laughed and said lots and lots of work.  This made our group so glad to hear our children are supporting us, I really think somehow we knew this already but it is so nice to have her validate it for us.
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 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.

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 - Helping Parents Heal aka Parents United in Loss

Upcoming Group Meetings:
San Diego – March 18th
Facilitator Maria Pe. Please RSVP on the events page
New Jersey – March 20th
Facilitators: Christine Corallo Volpe and Jennifer Shulman Amato.  Please RSVP on the events page.
Scottsdale – March 27th
Facilitator: Elizabeth Boisson. Please RSVP on the events page.
Pensacola – April 2nd
Facilitator: Kristen Brown Sanders.  Please email Kristen:  You can also RSVP on the events page.
Ottawa - April 6th
Facilitator: Patti May.  Please RSVP on the events page. 
Tempe – April 9th
Facilitator: Justine Schrimsher.  Please RSVP on the events page.
Ohio - April 13th
Facilitators: Teri Symonds Snyder and Lori Fina-Jennings. Please RSVP on the events page.
Scottsdale – April 24th
Facilitator: Elizabeth Boisson. Please RSVP on the events page.
New Jersey - April 24th
Facilitators: Christine Corallo Volpe and Jennifer Shulman Amato.  Please RSVP on the events page.
NYC - April 27th
Facilitator: Sheri Perl Migdol. Please RSVP on the events page.

Mark Ireland, co-founder of Helping Parents Heal, Anne Puryear, a founding member, and Maria Pe, the San Diego affiliate chapter leader, will be three of the featured presenters at this conference.  Susanne Wilson, who has graciously donated her time to our group, will also be a guest speaker at the conference.  July 10th-13th - Scottsdale Embassy Suites.  Please visit the website to learn more.
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.) 

Also, if you have not yet done so, please send me your child's full name, Birthday and Angel Date so that I can add him or her to our list of children on our Facebook Site. We pay tribute to our children on their special dates with a favorite photo and a description of their lives.  Please send all information to Elizabeth at  Thank you!

Books by Parents Like Us

Journey to the Upper Realm by Maria Pe, Facilitator of Helping Parents Heal San Diego, available on Amazon.

On June 21, 2011, Maria Pe experienced the unimaginable – the murder of her two teenaged sons, Sean and Kyle, by their own father. In her struggle to survive the overwhelming loss, Maria embarks on a profound spiritual journey to find her sons and continue her relationship with them. Well-educated and trained as an attorney, Maria was skeptical, but she began learning everything she could about the afterlife, and meditating and keeping a journal. Starting with simple meditations, and opening herself to the possibilities of existence beyond the physical body, Maria learns how to connect with Sean and Kyle through her “journeys” to the Upper Realm. With her sons’ help and encouragement, Maria not only survives her tragic experience, but learns how to embrace life on Earth again. By sharing her experiences day by day, Maria shows us that we all have the ability to communicate with loved ones on the other side, and to learn and receive guidance from them. And through her story, Maria shows us that from unbearable pain and loss can come self-discovery, and the strength and courage to continue life’s journey. (The author's profits from book sales will be donated to the Sean & Kyle Imagine Fund. Please visit for more information about Sean and Kyle, and to learn about the projects that promote their ideals of peace, love, excellence and integrity. You can also download the book for free in PDF format on the site.)

Parent's Corner-Stories of Validation
Sheri Perl - Mom of Danny

In the words of our gracious Elizabeth, “Hello wonderful parents!” Some of you already know me from The Prayer Registry and my book, “Lost and Found---A Mother Connects-Up With Her Son In Spirit,” but for those of you who don’t, let me introduce myself. My name is Sheri Perl, I am the affiliate leader for the New York City Chapter of Helping Parents Heal, and I’m very grateful to be a part of such a supportive and loving group.

Right now I am sitting outside soaking up the last of the Arizona sun before returning back to cold New York City tomorrow. I’ve had the most wonderful visit here, in large part due of the supportive and loving reception I have received from Elizabeth and my other close friends in this organization. For me it has become like a family and I encourage all of you to stay in contact with each other and to strengthen the bonds of friendship and fellowship that easily form between those of us who share our love for our children-in-spirit. It bonds us to each other and each other’s children, and for me, this support is essential.

A highlight of this trip has been meeting Debra Martin and Sheri Getten, two amazing healers with a very unique way of working. While Sheri directs healing to your body and soul, Debra describes what is taking place as she experiences all the pain, blockages and work being done to the patient.  This is a great giving on her part, for she willingly takes on enormous physical pain in order to alleviate pain in others. I’ve been a spiritual healer for many years, and I would resign from the whole enchilada if it meant going through that kind of pain, even for a short time! These amazing gals work both in-person and distantly, so if you are in need of a healing, I recommend their work very highly.

The extra bonus to a session with these gals is that Debra is an excellent medium. She connected-up with my son Danny and he spoke of The Prayer Registry and all the children lining up on that side to join. He said that if their parents find The Prayer Registry on the earth side first, that the kids then find each other in-spirit, however, he said that in many cases, the kids find their way to The Prayer Registry on the spirit side first, and then they direct their parents to find us here.  It’s such a comfort to know that when we meet here, they meet there, that when we make a move, they are well aware it. I think the reason why The Prayer Registry is making such a splash on the other side is because the prayers sent to each child on their passing date, prayers from all of the parents who have joined on the earth side, is extremely powerful and propels them forward. And of course, when we all connect-up in prayer together, the energy is enormous.

Parents often ask me, “Do you really think my child can hear me?” My response is that I don’t think it, I KNOW IT and not from reading books, but from direct investigation. I encourage all of you to connect-up with your children-in-spirit.  Whether you do this through a medium or through your own spiritual portal, nothing will give your greater confidence in the presence of spirit than your own direct experiences. Reading books is great, and I hope you will all read mine, but nothing tops direct experience and we are all capable of making these connections.

I welcome anyone reading this, if you have not done so already, to register your child for prayer. There is no fee to join The Prayer Registry. Simply send your child’s full name and passing date to me at and I will welcome you with open arms.

I know that we have all lost our children in the flesh, but the beautiful thing is that we can find them in the spirit, and since spirit is eternal, from that perspective, we can never lose them again! I thank my son for showing me that personality most definitely survives death, and that no one, NO ONE, is annihilated when they pass!

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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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