Welcome to the December issue of our Helping Parents Heal Newsletter!
We are glad that you have all 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!
This month's newsletter is filled with stories of validation and spiritual growth. We hope that it will bring some peace and comfort to you and your loved ones.
-Elizabeth Boisson, Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal, Newsletter Editor and Affiliate Leader for Scottsdale/Phoenix.
Psychic Medium Jamie Clark
Our October meeting of Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale was a great success-Psychic Medium Jamie Clark brought through many significant validations for the parents who attended. I have included the some of the stories of validations in this newsletter. If you are interested, please take a minute to read these helpful, healing accounts.
Psychic Medium Christine Salter
Psychic Medium, spiritual teacher and energy healer Christine Salter will be joining us for our November 20th parent meeting at Unity of Phoenix. She will be doing a Guided Meditation with us and then telling about Holistic support for grief healing during the first half of our meeting. Please visit her website to learn more. Please note that our November and December meeting dates have changed because they would normally fall on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our December meeting will be held on the 18th.
Helping Parents Heal, Inc.
We are pleased to announce that after almost 6 months of hard work, Helping Parents Heal has now become an official 501C3 thanks to the efforts of both Doryce Norwood, our Secretary and Legal Counsel, and of Keely Hitt, the founder of the worthy organization Friends Feed Friends. If you'd like, please visit her website to make a donation to help those who are less fortunate during the Holidays.
After achieving our 501C3 status, we had the honor of adding two new members to our board, Sheri Perl Migdol and Ernie Jackson. Please read more about Sheri and Ernie below.
Affiliate Corner-Sheri Perl Migdol and Helping Parents Heal-NYC
There are few places as beautiful as Central Park in the fall. I had the good fortune of attending the November meeting of Helping Parents Heal – New York City at the home of Sheri Perl. Sheri is the founder of The Prayer Registry and she is a tireless advocate of numerous worthy causes. We are very fortunate to have her as an affiliate leader and a newly-elected board member of Helping Parents Heal. She is gracious and friendly in spite of an incredibly busy home life. She recently welcomed her first grandchild and is currently working on the production of a television series that will delve into evidence of the Afterlife. It was wonderful to see her again and to meet her special guest, Psychic Medium Glenn Dove. Glenn spoke about how to recognize and encourage signs from our loved ones who have passed. It was a healing, uplifting meeting with many wonderful parents who attended.
Jerry and Sheri with beautiful orbs on Danny's bench in Central Park
The next morning Sheri, her husband Jerry and I visited the bench dedicated to their son, Danny in Central Park. It is located in a magical spot overlooking a lake with abundant species of birds. The trees displayed gorgeous changing leaves, or as Sheri so eloquently put it, they looked like a 'box of Trix.' Several red-headed woodpeckers joined us, birds that Danny brings with him. I took a picture of Sheri and Jerry sitting on Danny's bench-the amazing orbs are unmistakable! Plus Danny was clearly sitting next to Jerry. What an amazing trip. Thank you, Sheri, Jerry and all of the parents who attended the meeting, for an unforgettable weekend.
Helping Parents Heal – Please Welcome our Newest Board Members
Reverend Sheri Perl PH.D
Danny and his Mom, Sheri
Reverend Sheri Perl is an interfaith minister, a published author and a spiritual healer/advisor. She has studied, practiced and taught various spiritual disciplines for over forty years, having travelled a unique and diverse path. Her life changed at the age of 20, when after being gravely ill, she received a ‘miraculous’ distant healing from well-known English spiritual healer Harry Edwards, who then became her teacher and confidant.
Her work as a spiritual healer has touched thousands of lives all over the world. Her book, Healing From the Inside Out, (NAL 1989), as well as her ongoing Distant Healing Prayer Circle, have brought widespread acclaim and gratitude. Her Five Phase Healing Program, as outlined in her book, has become a useful tool for many people who were seeking to heal themselves both physically and emotionally.
Sheri formed The Prayer Registry in 2009 after her son died unexpectedly and has turned her own grief into the power to heal others so afflicted. Her work with psychic mediums has opened doors and allowed loving communications with her son, her father and others who have crossed; and she has made this an integral dynamic in her bereavement work. Her second book, Lost and Found---A Mother Connects-Up With Her Son In Spirit was self-published in 2011.
Sheri continues to heal and teach both in person and through her Distant Healing Prayer Circle, her Internet writings and her website. She speaks on radio shows, in lecture halls and in interfaith classrooms. Sheri opens her home to gifted spiritual mediums and invites friends, relatives and guests to experience the incredible feeling of touching the afterlife.
Sheri has studied with some of life’s great spiritual teachers including Jane Roberts and Seth, and has assimilated diverse disciplines with her own unique perspective, creating a practical and effective healing program.
Ernie in a festive sombrero with his son, Quinton
Ernie Jackson was born in New Jersey late in 1964 and the fast pace of the east coast has been part of his persona since. Meeting his wife Kristine Cano-Jackson and the birth of their first child, a daughter Cheyanne Eve Jackson completed him. After moving his family from Phoenix to Conifer, Colorado their son, Quinton Stone Jackson was born. Over the next decade Ernie lost his way in the world and was often not engaged as he should have been with his wonderful family. After nearly a lost decade, he looked skyward and asked for help – and so it began.
Parents Making a Difference- Sheryl and Allen Hill-Founders of ClearCause Foundation
Not long after, aha moment after aha moment preceded a big change coming, and then Quinton had suddenly transitioned back to pure energy. Not an easy thing for us, just as the transition of your wonderful children hasn’t been easy for you, but something completely unexpected happened, Quinton immediately began to visit; he has made his presence known a myriad of ways over the years, first with Ernie and then with Kristine. As Kristine says, he needed it, whether he expected it or not and it is true. For Ernie, this is where the rubber meets the road; “Quinton still is!!!!!” and as Ernie signs his book Quinton’s Messages, “Know there is More”.
Ernie has been sharing these revelations ever since, starting within weeks of Quinton’s transition. Sharing that Quinton still is and how he has come through to him, his family and even others! Sometimes Ernie speaks to groups but often it is someone in need that he has bumped into during his journey of a lifetime. He implores those who are dealing with loss to keep an open mind and pay attention to anything that might seem unusual, odd, never happened before or even a “coincidence”. He implores others to know, there are no rules to how our loved ones come through to us; for some there is no disputing it, but for others they dismiss the signs, until meeting someone who has gone through it themselves and who has the courage to talk about it.
After writing Quinton’s Messages which was published in September of 2011 and its sequel, Quinton’s Legacy that is set to be published sometime in early 2015, Ernie has resigned himself to the simple fact that to provide for his family he must go back to his chosen field of commercial office property management, and given this is what he must do, he might as well do it where his soul longs to be, in Colorado where his son was born and lived his nine and a half year life in the physical world, but still he shares this sacred knowledge born from the death of his son, to those who need it.
Ernie is honored to be on the Board of Helping Parents Heal and looking forward to helping others work through their grief while encouraging the sharing of their loved ones' visits and helping them to recognize those signs.
Tyler Hill on Mt Fuji and with his Mom, Sheryl
Protect our Students Abroad
We wear our hearts outside of our bodies the day our child is born. The world changes.
We nurture them into their future as academic leaders and role models, back yard athletes who hopefully enjoy life and contribute.
Meet my son Tyler. His classmates called him the "Beast with a Heart" because he was sensitive and BIG. At sixteen years old Tyler grew to 6'2" tall, weighing in at 215 lbs. Ty was a force on the football and rugby fields and inside a hockey arena. Always the first to extend a hand to a fallen opponent. Ty played up on his rugby team of nineteen year old players when he was fifteen. He would shake their hands post game saying, "It's an honor and privilege." They voted him MVP.
Ty was the kind of kid that welcomed newcomers, didn't think it was cool to be cool, He was intolerant of bullying, afraid for his safety on the first day of high school because the 'big boys' might give him a swirly in the bathroom. I had to remind him he was a big boy, no one was giving him a swirly without his permission
Ty absolutely loved history from an early age. He watched the history channel for fun and read every Stephen Ambrose book, Band of Brothers, Dwight D. Eisenhower, et al. His AP history teacher said Ty was the type of student who you didn't want to call on because he knew so much. Honor roll was something Tyler worked hard at.
He asked me to stay home when he became a teen, so I quit my high paying job. Best decision ever. He'd come storming into the house calling "Lovesy, Momsy, Goddess! Give me a bear hug!" Then, he'd sit down for an afternoon snack, homework and free sample my cooking.
Tyler was barely sixteen when he died full of his future in Japan during an Ambassador Group program called People to People Student Ambassadors. His death was 100% preventable. My husband and I filed a wrongful death lawsuit that settled in 2009.
We published TylerHill.org to inform and engage others. We did not expect to hear from so many others whose child was scammed, molested, raped, abused, malnourished, killed and more abroad.
These students, our children, are invisible. Their deaths are not even a meaningful statistic. WE must inform students and parents of risks, influence better accountability and see to it there are penalties or disincentives for lack of responsibility. No one polices the huge $200+ billion youth and student travel industry - YET.
We created ClearCause Foundation In honor of Tyler, Elizabeth Boisson's Morgan, and every young American who died full of their future on a program that should have been the opportunity of a lifetime. One death is one too many.
Our Cause is Clear: PROTECT OUR STUDENTS ABROAD!
No one publicly reports student deaths or assaults abroad. Programs investigate themselves. There are no state or federal sanctions against poor providers. Students are killed, sexually assaulted, and harmed. They are invisible students because their deaths and assaults are not even a meaningful statistic.
Each death, assault and injury affects more than the student, it hurts family, friends, classmates, and more whose lives will never be the same. All of us pay a higher price than tuition when America’s students are killed or abused on study abroad.
Help us put the count in accountability. Help us teach students how to identify and mitigate risks by being prepared.
ClearCause is developing an online global student safety academy, with students for students, peer-reviewed awesomeness. Help us make sure they all come back better, not broken.
Please help us eliminate student injuries and death of youth and students who are enticed on exotic programs abroad. These kids are our best and brightest - they are our future.
HELP US SAVE LIVES -
Donate. Volunteer. Advocate.
-Sheryl and Allen Hill, Tyler’s Mom and Dad and Founders of ClearCause Foundation
Please visit the ClearCause Foundation website to learn more.
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.
NEW GROUP - Lancy Carr-Washington DC
I have lived in Arizona since 1983. I met Karla Kay at Bikram yoga Tempe which I started doing shortly after Nathan passed away. She told me about an event and I met Linda West, the first psychic exposure for me! It healed my heart a little and made me want to learn more. I also met Justine Schrimer at that meeting and she told me about HPH. The first meeting I knew this is what would work for me. I have enjoyed all the support, love and hope that is shared at every meeting. I got a new job in DC in Dec 2013 and I now want to not only support this wonderful non-profit, as it has given me so much help in my grief, but to help others heal as well.
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- Ottawa, 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.
NEW GROUP - 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.
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.
NEW GROUP - Irene Vouvalides-Hilton Head, SC
I lost my 24 year old daughter to esophageal - gastric cancer on February 17, 2013. She was my best friend, my only child. I have been on a spiritual quest since, reading constantly, writing about my life. I have had two sessions with George Anderson and had a phone session with Laurie Campbell. Having recently moved to South Carolina, I am very interested in connecting with other parents here. So happy to find and read Mark Ireland's books and have also taken great comfort in reading Dr Brian Weiss's books.
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.
Please contact Elizabeth Boisson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to start an affiliate chapter in your area.
Helpful, Healing Books
'Life After Life' by Raymond Moody
'Life After Life', Dr. Raymond Moody and Elizabeth Boisson
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Raymond Moody at the first annual Double D's of Life - Death and Dying Conference in Scottsdale last year. He was funny, down-to-earth and very interesting. He has a slight southern drawl that was beautiful and unexpected. His book, Life After Life, was the first that I read after the death of my son Morgan. It changed my way of thinking about life, death and the Afterlife. After reading the book, I spoke with my Mother-in-Law in France. She had lived through a terrible car accident in Zaire in 1966 and had been projected through the windshield. She had a near-death experience and had gone through the 'tunnel'. It was a miracle that she survived; she rece
ived 72 stitches in her face over a period of 2 hours without anesthesia in
a hospital in Kinshasa. Reading the French translation of this wonderful work changed her life. She realized that what she had experienced was a near-death experience, that she was not alone and that she was not crazy. It gave her an enormous sense of peace. Here is a short resume of this wonderful work from Dr. Moody's website:
In Life After Life, Raymond Moody investigates more than one hundred case studies of people who experienced "clinical death" and were subsequently revived. First published in 1975, this classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world's leading authority in the field of near-death experiences. Life After Life forever changed the way we understand both death -- and life -- selling millions of copies to a world hungry for a greater understanding of this mysterious phenomenon.
Sending love, peace and healing white light to you and to your beautiful children.