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Welcome to the August issue of our Helping Parents Heal Newsletter! Hello, beautiful Shining Light Parents! We are glad you have 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!
For those of you in Arizona, please be sure to attend our Phoenix/Scottsdale August meeting on the 18th with guest speaker LeAnn Hull, founder of the Andy Hull Sunshine Foundation, at Unity of Phoenix from 1-3 pm. LeAnn speaks about suicide prevention with a 'You Matter' message. Please click here to RSVP and learn more.
Our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference, April 16-19, 2020, in Charleston, SC!
The Charleston Marriott
Our wonderful Conference Director, Irene Vouvalides, is hard at work on our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference in Charleston, SC, which will be from April 16-19, 2020! Over 464 parents have already signed up. We hope that you can join us!
The registration price of $279 includes a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening with appetizers and unlimited beer and wine, three breakfasts (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and two lunches (Friday and Saturday).
Suzanne Giesemann, Susanne Wilson, Karen Newell and Dr. Eben Alexander, Jeffery Olsen, Dr. Jeffrey O'Driscoll, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley, Dr. Raymond Moody, David Kessler, Dr. Mary Neal, Mark Anthony, Jake Samoyedny, Tina Powers, Dr. Mark Pitstick, Maureen Hancock, Jamie Clark, Rick and Beth Olsen, David Router, Mark Ireland, Ernie Jackson, Christine Salter, Nicole Reilly, Melinda Kushner, Kim Griffin, Kat Baillie, Michelle Clare, Fara Gibson and Debra Martin will all be presenting at our conference.
We are thrilled that many of the esteemed presenters from our first conference will be returning to this conference! You can register for the conference by clicking here!
Suzanne Giesemann's Interview with Rochelle Wright
Rochelle Wright and Suzanne Giesemann
Repair & Reattachment Grief Therapy reduces and or virtually eliminates the deep grief in which experiencers are immersed. They reorient the beliefs, images, feelings of guilt and anger, trauma, and perspectives on the loved ones passing so they are replaced by reassurance, joy, a renewed feeling of love and connection, and peace. The sadness at this separation through death is usually desensitized so the person doesn't remember it in the same way the sadness dissipates. People don't forget their loved ones, but after the Repair & Reattachment Grief Therapy session, they see them in a better light, and most of the time the sadness is reduced or gone. As a
result of the Grief Therapy session connections, experiencers are assured of their loved ones' wellbeing, continued presence in their lives, and happiness. It makes the grief more bearable and reduces the feeling of separation.
I was fortunate to spend a day with Rochelle Wright in Gig Harbor for an entire day participating in her Repair and Reattachment Grief Therapy. I have always believed that trauma and the possible PTSD that can occur is overlooked in the grief journey. The day had a profound impact for me and I highly recommend visiting her website for more information and also listening to Suzanne Giesemann's interview with Rochelle on her Messages of Hope radio program.
Please click here to listen to Suzanne's interview with Rochelle, and visit Rochelle's website here.
-Irene Vouvalides-Helping Parents Heal Affiliate Leader Hilton Head/Bluffton, HPH Board Member, Shining Light Parent
The Caring ListenersLinda McCarthy, Ernie Jackson, Glenda Pearson, Suzi Smith, Tracy Soussi, Lisa Laniewski, Tywana Smith, Brian Smith, David Alison, Jeff Hollahan, Lynn Hollahan and Suzanne Klokkenga of the Caring Listeners
Twelve wonderful Caring Listeners, led by Linda McCarthy, are willing to talk in person, by phone, or on a video-conference call like Skype or Zoom. They each are bereaved parents who are now shining brightly – most of the time – and want to help others. Please click here to learn more!
Dr. Mark Pitstick and his book 'SoulProof'
Evolved Souls Don’t Need Long Earthly Lives
by Mark Pitstick, MA, DC
To all parents, I am very sorry about the physical death of your child. However, I am glad you are open to learning how to heal and transform. Six key understandings to making that shift are:
1. Your child is alive and well in another phase of forever.
2. Only his physical body died. Everything else continues eternally: all the love, light, energy, humor, personality, memory, energetic and subtle bodies, and much more. Really knowing this allows you to journey from seeing yourself as a bereaved to a shining light parent.
3. She is happy, peaceful, and enthusiastic – and wants you to be that way now.
4. You will see her when you pass on and can enjoy relationships with her now.
5. You can choose to transmute your grief into a spiritually transformative experience that powerfully improves your life and blesses others.
6. You can heal and increase the gifts from his life by lovingly serving others
Many parents have realized this great news and are living happy and fulfilling lives again. You can do the same. It’s not easy and doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible with small steps day by day. Here are five action steps . . .
Q: I don’t understand how to even think of becoming a ‘shining light parent.’ I am so sad and in so much pain that it seems impossible. - Maureen
- Attend local and online Helping Parents Heal (HPH) meetings
- Call The Caring Listeners to talk at no charge.
- Read relevant Foundational Articles for Healing & Transforming on SoulProof.com and take action steps.
- Listen to my free Radio Shows and our answers to life’s toughest questions including why children die.
- Lean on others then later, when you are doing better, pay it forward
A: I get it, Maureen. Your thoughts have been echoed by many parents and family members with a child who seems to have graduated from earth school too early. Indeed, finding the blessings to this one can initially seem like ‘Mission Impossible’. No one could ever rightfully judge you if you stay at this point. Helping Parents Heal is there to stand beside you, listen, care, and help you walk through the darkness one day at a time.
However, Helping Parents Heal also exists to invite bereaved parents and family members to try other ways to get through this. They share how you can heal and transform, even when that sounds like crazy talk.
Those who have a breakthrough – instead of a breakdown – become a powerful force for love, wisdom, and service in our world. Some of the most impressive change agents I’ve met are bereaved parents who are journeying toward becoming shining light parents. Understandably, their lives are usually filled at first with lower energy emotions: pain, sadness, loneliness, anger, resentment, guilt, blame, hopelessness, and more.
However, over time, some parents learn a new way to live – no matter what is going on around them. They choose, for ultimately it is a choice, to focus on the silver linings to the dark clouds that seem impenetrable.
They learn that their children are living in realms predominated by love, peace, joy, gratitude, enthusiasm, and other higher energy emotions. These parents also come to know that being on a similar wavelength as their ‘departed’ child aids sensing their presence. Some parents master the difficult task of focusing on the positive even though their hearts still feel broken.
It’s not easy, but it is possible.
One of the most powerful ways they upgrade their pain and suffering is by serving others. In a sacred art of transmutation, they learn to heal themselves by helping others. Their lesson is one that we all would be wise to learn.
Might there be a vantage point – from somewhere in the cosmos or perhaps within your heart – where everything, including the bodily death of your child and the unspeakable pain, makes sense? If this is true, and I believe it is based on everything I know, might that lighten your burden – even just a bit? Is it conceivable that you, day by day, can join the ranks of shining light parents?
I encourage you to study the six key understandings and begin taking the five action steps at the top of this article. Then please let me know how you are doing in 90 days.
Hugs, love, and blessings,
Note: I mention my products so you know all the information/strategies needed for healing and transformation. Let me know if you truly cannot afford them and we’ll send digital copies.
Disclaimer: This information is not designed to replace medical or psychological care. Dr. Pitstick’s recommendations are based on forty-five years of training and experience in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic health practice. Some of his statements are supported by clinical and scientific data while others are based on empirical evidence and his best current understandings.
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, masters clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop/webinar teacher. He also trained in pastoral counseling and suicide prevention. Mark directs the SoulPhone Foundation, co-founded Greater Reality Living groups, and is a board member of Helping Parents Heal. His mission is to help you know and show that this earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever.
Fellowship and Coincidences
Kristine and Ernie Jackson, their son Quinton
An Old Soul
What exactly is an old soul? We have heard the term throughout our lifetimes, often not understanding its implications. My Father in Law, Ed Cano knew Quinton for three years before he transitioned back to pure energy on June 8, 2003. While here, he recognized Quinton as an old soul.
So what is an old soul? Well, it is something I aspire to be. At times I think I am well on my way, only to know that in actuality I may be quite young. My image of an old soul is one with a deep sense of peace about them, like a deep well of cool water that cannot be rocked by turmoil, doubt or misunderstanding. A sense of calm pervades an old soul, along with a sense of knowing that all is as it is intended to be.
An old soul is gentle and patient far, far more often than not. An old soul is okay with their appearance and station in life, not needing to put others down or criticize just to feel better. An old soul has a deep understanding that life is a gift to be appreciated and enjoyed. Such a blessing to be on this planet; an old soul knows not to take life for granted and to enjoy the journey. Quinton showed us this as he thoroughly enjoyed playing. Such an old soul, at times when I played catch with him, whether it be with a baseball or football, I had the distinct sense that he did so more for me than for him. Otherwise, he would play with his friends for hours and hours, making up games as they ran through the forest and jumped on the trampoline.
An old soul lives in a place of unconditional love, not needing anything from others in order to love them fully. Do you know that feeling? I had forgotten until I held my daughter Cheyanne the first time and now again when in the presence of my grandson – Salvador Quinton. That unconditional love thing is, in and of itself, a deep and powerful feeling. Is this the foundation for being an old soul?
An old soul wishes the best for everyone and is so at peace with himself or herself, that if someone were to strike him/her, they would immediately ask “what is wrong”? Not a doormat, but with deep empathy for others. Quinton showed us this as well.
For an old soul, forgiveness and being non-judgmental, are not box-checking exercises. Do you know what I mean? They don’t have to think to themselves, well, this is what I am supposed to do so I will try to be forgiving and try to be non-judgmental; they just know it and live it. From that perspective, many of our children are born with this knowledge, only to have it stamped out by us parents and/or by society, but old souls are unfazed more often than not. Far more often.
Can you feel it? The peace, certainty and love; it comes from our hearts, right out of our chest as it emanates out. It does not come from our minds; we can get lost in there, can’t we? We have to feel it. We know when it feels right and we know when it feels wrong. Still, when there is something wrong with me, whether it be fear or anger – I feel it first in my chest. I suspect that an old soul doesn’t have those feelings and if by chance they do, the feeling dissipates into nothingness with deep breathing, a knowing smile, and knowledge that the negative vibe was a momentary illusion only designed to let us know we still have a little more work to do.
In all honesty, all of us are on the same path and but at different points. I tell you the truth. I have read so much that speaks this truth as this knowledge is everywhere if you seek it. And along this path, once we evolved to a truly old soul place, we may not even have to come back for more, choosing to help those still on the journey from the other side or choosing, like Quinton, to do so in the flesh for a short time, then continuing to do so from the other side.
There is purpose in this journey for each of us as individuals and even within our family units. I look at my wife, Kristine; clearly, she is in my life to help, show and teach me. She has, for so much of our marriage, stood patiently by my side, supporting me, guiding me, showing me the way (while she must have at times wondered – Really? Come on, Ernie – you can get there too).
As do we all – eventually.
I wish you all the best and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Dialogue is good. Each of us is both teacher and student.
God Bless and Namaste, Ernie and Kristine, Quinton’s Dad and Mom
-Please click here to listen to Karl Fink's interview with Ernie.
-Ernie Jackson is a Board Member of Helping Parents Heal, a Caring Listener and the proud father of Quinton. His two books, 'Quinton's Messages' and 'Quinton's Legacy,' are available at www.quintonsmessages.com.
Healing Events with Talented Presenters:
Our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference in Charleston, SC
Please join us in Charleston from April 16-19, 2020 at the Charleston Marriott for our Second Conference! Over 450 parents have already registered; click here to join us! We hope that you will all be a part of this healing, joyful event!
Soul Summit Scottsdale
Please join Susanne Wilson as she welcomes John Holland, George Noory, Suzanne Giesemann and Howard Martin from September 12 - 15 in Scottsdale. Click here to register. Helping Parents Heal benefits from a special discount code for the conference: HPH_Carefree.
Mediumship for the Grieving Heart Cruise with Christine Salter
Join Christine Salter, a presenter at our First and Second Helping Parents Heal COnferences and a talented Evidential Medium, on a 7-night cruise from November 15-22, 2020 on the Oasis of the Seas. Please click here to register and learn more.
Suzanne Giesemann's Messages of Hope Weekend at the Omega Institute
Suzanne and several Shining Light Parents from Helping Parents Heal
Suzanne Giesemann led a Messages of Hope weekend at the Omega Institute in NY from July 27-28th and these wonderful Shining Light Parents were among the participants. They enjoyed a magical weekend of making connections across the veil!
New Book Recommendations:
Gatekeeper of the Invisible Door by Jake Samoyedny
Jake Samoyedney, the Compassionate Medium, has written a new book that contains stories of validation and healing from many of the parents of Helping Parents Heal. Irene Vouvalides, Vice President, Conference Director and Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal writes: "The amazing stories of validation that Jake Samoyedny has witnessed in his gift of mediumship will show how connecting with loved ones in spirit can transform you and your journey with grief."
Affiliate Updates - Many new affiliates are getting started! Please also watch for information and pictures for Becca Lanvin in Vancouver, WA, Hannah Jassem in Santa Fe, NM, Randy Sackett in Galesburg, IL and Susan Ward in Maui, HI
New Group! Shining Light Moms Boxing Classes with Samantha Ford Cordi!
Samantha and some of the Shining Light Moms who train with her
This project of love from medium Jake Samoyedny walks you through the stories of parents and their children who have passed from this physical world into Spirit. Through a medium's connection these children in spirit, regardless of how they physically passed, provide meaningful evidence in the form of feelings, stories, pictures, sounds, and more, to their families. As the spirit communicators paint their stories back to life for their loved ones, they consistently affirm that the love bond remains between this world and the spirit world. The author also offers some thoughts on grieving and how we can all help those who are grieving. Additional stories of the remarkable connections and communications medium Jake Samoyedny has witnessed between those in spirit and their loved ones on earth provide further validation of this incredible bond of love.
Please click here to view the book on Amazon and read more of Irene's foreword.
Samantha Ford Cordi held several more weekly Shining Light Boxing classes on Sundays at 10:30 at her Jabz Boxing Studio and we had a blast! Please join us if you'd like. The next class will be September 1st at 10:30 am and it is free of charge. Sam will provide a loaner glove and there is no prior boxing experience required! We hope to see you there. Please click here to RSVP and learn more.
New Group! Helping Parents Heal - Bay Area
Marilene Madsen and her son Kevin, Beverly Wilson and her son Mason
My name is Marilene Madsen, the mother of Kevin Madsen. My husband Tom and I raised two boys. Kevin the oldest, and Gustavo, 15 months younger. The boys were best friends... So much love! We were walking on this beautiful path... Kevin was 16, a kind(pretty good for a teen), happy, strong football player. Then, our world crashed on December 2014.
Kevin was diagnosed with a rare cancer on his left leg. Rhabdomyosarcoma. After battling this ugly disease, giving all he had, gracefully, Kevin passed away on June 27, 2018. Since then, we have been looking for answers, for comfort, for peace, a place to be... We found Helping Parents Heal. And it’s helping! We are very grateful for it.
I’m a mother of 5 magical children, one in heaven & four on earth. My husband James & I have been left broken-hearted since our firstborn son, Mason at 19 years of age, died of osteosarcoma in November 2018. He showed incredible strength & unconditional love for his family & friends throughout his life & illness. In his memory, we have created a family fund & raised money for osteosarcoma research. This very rare cancer is aggressive in need of new treatments as the standard protocol is 40 years old & unchanged. I feel so blessed to have been his mother & wish to learn more about spirit & how we can continue our love beyond this life.
Joining other bereaved parents & people who are experiencing this indescribably hard loss is healing to all. Feeling inspired to give hope & comfort to our hurting hearts by coming together with HPH to serve the SF Bay Area communities. Meetings will start on August 25th from 10-12 pm, Danville Grange, 743 Diablo Road, Danville, CA, 94526
New Group! Helping Parents Heal - Portland
Annie and Marc Adams
About Marc and Annie:
Marc and Annie are parents to Ben (21) and Zenzi, a foREVer 15-year-old. Zenzi transitioned March 30, 2018, from complications from leukemia diagnosed just 4 days earlier. Amongst the tears, shock, and disbelief, we were each always open to the signs sent and received from Spirit. Each of us are on our own personal journey yet realize it is through love and connection that we will heal and create peace as we live out our days in Earth School. It is our goal to create safe, open and inviting spaces for parents to connect with each other, to connect with Spirit and to learn more about what it truly means to be a Shining Light Parent.
They will hold meetings at their home every third Thursday of the month.
New Group! Helping Parents Heal - Torrance
Lin Dobie of Helping Parents Heal - Torrance
My beautiful and oldest son, Ryan, crossed over February 25, 2019 unexpectedly and tragically at the age of 26. He had a huge heart and was loved by so many. This loss shook me to the core and awoke such a deep spirituality in me that I didn’t know existed. Previously, I studied (more like dabbled in) reiki, meditation, yoga and energy work. Now I long to know with every cell of my being that my son carries on in spirit and promised him and myself that I would learn how to thrive and find joy again in my life despite my biggest and most devastating loss. This is what led me to HPH. This is my tribe.
The closest HPH group to me was in Ventura, a couple of hours away. I have found that the individuals that support HPH are uplifting, hopeful and helpful individuals that have given me hope that I will once again thrive in my life. I am embarking in the start-up of an HPH group in my area in order to help myself and others become shining light parents by collectively supporting each other and participating in various healing methodologies.
New Group! Helping Parents Heal - Coachella Valley
Vickie Ruff and her son Garrett
April 30, 2018, we celebrated Garrett’s 32nd birthday. He told me his life was perfect, he found true love and was planning to get married. Garrett was the happiest I have seen him In years. We had a wonderful birthday celebration. The next day, May 1, 2018, Garrett came home from work and texted his fiancé at 5:30. She told him she was still working and would call when she got off. She called at 6:08 but he never answered. She figured he fell asleep. Garrett died with the game controller in his hand as he laid on his bed. Garrett had a heart attack. Unknown to us, he had an enlarged heart. Garrett’s body was found by two of his good friends, on May 2nd. I received the call no parent ever wants to receive. A few days past, as I cried myself to sleep, I felt a kiss on my left cheek. I thought it was my husband but he was in another room. I know it was my Garrett saying goodbye. I know there is life after death. Unaware as a child, but as I look back on my life, I have had several encounters and conversations. My son has made contact with me and I have received several messages. I know and feel his presence around me.
Helping Parents Heal - San Diego
The Parents and artwork of Helping Parents Heal - San Diego
For our San Diego July Meeting, Francesca Heyer, affiliate member and artist, introduced us to intuitive painting. A sunny day of 75º made the decision to paint on the lanai a no-brainer. We each began with a short meditation to ask our children to join us for inspiration, followed by expert instruction from Francesca. Helped along by bossa nova background music and a few sips from the vine, we donned our aprons, filled our palettes with paints, and set about to joyously create.
We used masking tape on our first layer of paint, then left our canvasses in the sun to dry while we repaired to the kitchen for a lovely lunch of salads and sandwiches. Next, we stripped off the tape, leaving spaces for words of special meaning, small colored hearts, and even glitter! We left the second layer to dry while we enjoyed some conversation enhanced by ice cream and caffè. By the time our paintings were done, everyone agreed that we needed to do this again!
Thank you, Francesca, for driving one and a half hours with your van loaded with canvasses and painting supplies to lead us on this inspiring journey! Next time, we will come to your house.
What I really love about this is that each of us now has a painting of our own, created with the love of our children; something that we’ll treasure forever.
-Written by our San Diego Co-Affiliate Leader, Dawn Richards
Helping Parents Heal - Parents of Children with Special Needs
Margaret Meder - Shining Light Mom and EVP Specialist
The August 5, 2019, Helping Parents Heal – Parents of Children with Special Needs meeting had Margaret Meder, mother of Shining Light and Ambassador of Joy, Evan, speak to the group regarding her work with EVPs. Margaret had gone into an EVP session with Evan prior to the meeting and was able to present beautiful recordings of our children. One child clearly said, “It’s pretty up here!” Another said, “Yes, I spotted them there!” We had several voices we could hear.
After the meeting, shining light mom Chrissy Noel Feola-Thau told us she knew it was her son Nick who was communicating via EVP, saying “a star” in a child’s voice speaking German, as his grandmother in spirit spoke German and tried teaching the children when they were little. She has looked at a particular star every night for the last four months and asked Nick, “Is that you Nick looking over us?” Nick was surely answering his mom!
Margaret explained how she learned this process from Sheri Perl’s presentation at the HPH Conference in 2018, and has been working with it ever since, producing amazing conversations with her son Evan and other children. Our children love technology, and even more so, love communicating with us. This was a really amazing night. Thank you to Margaret Meder for a beautiful presentation. Mostly, thank you to Evan and all our AMAZING kids. Please join our group if your shining light child had special needs, and join our meeting September 9, where the wonderful Christine Salter will bring through messages from our children.
-Written by Lisa Wilcoxson, our Helping Parents Heal - Parents of Children with Special Needs Affiliate Leader
Helping Parents Heal - Akron/Cleveland with Special Guest Lisa Wilcoxson
Lisa speaks to Parents in Akron/Cleveland
What a great evening on August 13th with special guest Lisa Wilcoxson! Thank you for coming all this way and sharing your story and your beautiful boys with us! We also did a guided meditation as a way to help us connect with our children in Spirit...and, of course, thank you to our kids! I could feel their energy in the room with us! Afterwards, we chatted with one another and welcomed several new parents. We hope you all felt our compassion and love!
-Written by the Akron/Canton Affiliate Leader, Christine Moncheck
Helping Parents Heal - Online
Beth West, Tywana and Brian Smith and Tracy Soussi, our Wonderful Online Affiliate Leaders at our First Conference
Our wonderful lineup of upcoming Online Speakers:
From left to right:
-Cathi Marcus, Spiritual and Intuitive Experience Coach on August 21st
-Suzanne Giesemann, Messenger of Hope on September 23rd
-Debra Diamond, Author, Psychic Medium and Death Doula on October 5th
-Sandra Champlain of We Don't Die Radio and Author on October 21st
Plus Brian Smith will lead a special Group Meditation for Connection to our Kids on August 26th. Please click here to RSVP and learn more.
The Online Group welcomed Christina Rasmussen on July 18thChristina Rasmussen, Grief Educator and Shining Light Parent
Author and Grief Expert Christina Rasmussen talked about how to live after loss and how to connect with our loved ones. Please click here to view.
-Brian Smith, CoAffiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Online
The Online Group welcomed Sandy Thorpe on July 24th
Sandy Thorpe, Evidential Medium
Please watch this very enlightening video by Sandy Thorpe - Evidential Medium - aka Sandy Soul Sister! Sandy offers discounted readings using the code HPH75 at checkout - extremely affordable! Please click here to watch. www.sandysoulsister.com.
-Tracy Soussi, our Helping Parents Heal - Online Co-Affiliate Leader
The Online Group Welcomed Elizabeth Boisson on August 12th
Elizabeth Boisson, President and Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal
Elizabeth spoke about Helping Parents Heal with Irene Vouvlides, who spoke about our upcoming conference in Charleston, SC, Linda McCarthy, who spoke about the Caring Listeners, Mike Edwards, who spoke about Helping Fathers Heal and Brian Smith, who spoke about the Online group. Please click here to watch.
Please be sure to join our online group here to sign up for the upcoming Zoom conference meetings. They can be attended by anyone, anywhere in the world with Internet service! They hope to see you there.
Helping Parents Heal - Flagstaff
Janean Bentley-Quigley and her son Sean, Dana Middlebrook and her son Cole
Flagstaff HPH met on August 4th with 9 in attendance. We shared recent signs from our kids, read from Suzanne Giesemann's book "In the Silence" the message for today's date. We did the "10 min transformation meditation" from Suzanne's website and then shared some more. Many are approaching or have just had angelversaries and so they were struggling. All agreed that having people to talk to with the same burden makes it lighter. We talked about forgiveness which is a tough one but all agreed that that is one of the keys to eventually lightening the grief and thus allowing for our kids to bring us messages.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Flagstaff Co-Affiliate Leader, Janean Bentley-Quigley
Helping Parents Heal - Coldwater Creek, MILouise's Daughter Jillian's Two-Sided Angel Light, Louise Nelson Crist
I didn't take pictures, but we had our first Helping Parents Heal Coldwater, Michigan chapter meeting July 15th. There were fifteen in attendance. (Another five planned to come, but had to back out at the last minute...you know how grief is...) I think it went very well. We did an introduction, with pictures, of our children, talked about what HPH is and how it started, how to get online and join, and where to find support. I planned for 90 minutes, it lasted about 2 hours, and people were still talking in the parking lot. We had 5 dads in attendance, which is awesome, as well as 3 grandparents. (the forgotten mourners...)
Our kids passed from car accidents, overdoses, suicides, hit and runs, Muscular Dystrophy, killed in combat, and 2 that just went to sleep and never woke up. We were anywhere from 3 months to 29 years out from our losses. It was a good mix of newbies and more seasoned grievers. I picked the topic of "How many kids do you have?" and "Why aren't you back to normal yet?" as our discussion questions.
I think that between now and our next meeting, I will write topics that we commonly encounter on a slip of paper and draw from a hat at the meetings for discussions. I also want everyone to bring their "one thing" that gives them comfort...a poem, a book, a memory blanket, a teddy bear made from their children's clothing, an angel light, etc... to show the others.
Everyone wants to come back, and wants monthly meetings. I have a lending library and others will bring things that have helped them to lend out as well. Towards the holidays, we may work on some simple crafts, such as wreaths or angel lights. Many of us do "grave blankets" the first Saturday in December. We may also try to do a potluck on Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candlelighting day, which is the second Sunday in December at 7 p.m. all around the world.
-Written by our Coldwater Creek Affiliate Leader, Louise Nelson Crist
Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek
Carol and Tony Allen and the Parents of Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek
We had a wonderful meeting in Cave Creek on August 1st. A lot of parents came! The picture only reflects half of us because by the time I remembered to take a pic most had already left. We had some new parents who shared their stories and really enjoyed the messages we shared about the signs from our kids. As one couple was walking out they asked me for Renee Richards' information. The group let them know how amazing and healing it is connecting with our kids thru mediums!
-Written by Carol Allen, our Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek Affiliate
Helping Parents Heal - South Atlanta
Jean Doremus-Felts and Patt Rudd of Helping Parents Heal - South Atlanta
HPH South Atlanta had an amazing meeting on August 6th. We were small but we were mighty! 5 shining light parents who all engaged in deep meaningful dialogue about spirituality and our beloved children. 2 of us were barely a couple of months into the journey. We all left feeling connected, uplifted and encouraged.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - South Atlanta Co-Affiliate Leader, Jean Doremus-Felts
Helping Parents Heal - Phoenix/ScottsdaleElizabeth Boisson leads the HPH-Phoenix Parents in Yoga Nidra
Hello, wonderful Parents! The Phoenix/Scottsdale affiliate of Helping Parents Heal had a wonderful, healing meeting July 21st with 27 parents, starting with a guided meditation, called Yoga Nidra for about 30 minutes.
We then continued to sit on our mats to discuss our beautiful children and the signs that they send us. We had many new parents as well as many affiliate leaders and caring listeners.
Thank you all for coming and we hope to see you at our next meetings <3
-Written by Elizabeth Boisson, Phoenix Affiliate Leader
You can read the bios and see photos of each of the affiliate leaders on the Groups page of our website: www.helpingparentsheal.org.
Board Members of Helping Parents Heal:
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Irene Vouvalides - Vice President and Conference Chair/ email@example.com
Mark Ireland - Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board / firstname.lastname@example.org
Doryce Norwood / email@example.com
Ernie Jackson / firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Mark Pitstick / email@example.com
Jason Durham - Chief Information Officer / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jeff Hollahan / firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Theresa Wettstein/ email@example.com
Secretary: Laurie Savoie / firstname.lastname@example.org
Admin: Celia Edwards / email@example.com
Conference Chair: Irene Vouvalides / firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliate Directors: Dawn Richards and Mary Bertun / HPHALDirector@gmail.com
Amazon Smile Program - Help us make our 2020 Conference more affordable!Please designate Helping Parents Heal Inc as your preferred charity on the Amazon Smile program. This will allow 0.5% of eligible purchases on Amazon to help fund our 2020 conference.
Just log in, type in 'Amazon Smile' into the search bar at the top of the page, and then choose 'Helping Parents Heal Inc' as your preferred charity. Then, when you log on to Amazon, remember to do so at: smile.amazon.com. And THANK YOU!
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