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August, 2012



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Please visit our website! It offers some wonderful resources, including a list of recommended books and links to informational videos and other sites of interest. We've recently posted a list of providers that have been helpful to members. Our site also contains the latest listing of Helping Parents Heal affiliates throughout the country. 

New Affiliates & Meetings

We now have a total of fifteen affiliate groups! To see a list of upcoming meetings click on the events link in the upper right portion of this newsletter. And to see if there is an affiliate in your area please check out the "Groups" tab on our website. Consider checking our website regularly, as we update events and meetings frequently.



Love Lives Forever
Stories from Loving Parents


Faith and Confirmation
By Chris Hernandez
 
Three years ago today my beautiful first-born son, Christopher Michael Hernandez II left this world. He was just 17 years old.  Thus began a journey on a road only comprehensible to those who walk it.  While we walk this road little forms of comfort come to us occasionally. There are at times, signs and messages from our loved ones.  You see, I believe that our loved ones do not vanish into thin air never to be known again, but rather their spirit lives and awaits us.  My Catholic faith has taught me this all my life but my son provided the confirmation.
 
About three months after my sons departure a friend of mine was walking along the beach near San Diego.  There were a few things that he noted as he walked. One was that he was alone; usually on a Saturday afternoon the beach is packed.  Two, there was no seaweed on the sand. It was pristine. Finally, it was a very low tide.  As he walked he noted ahead of him that someone had written something in the sand right at the waters edge.  As he approached, he noted that there were no footprints going away from the writing. He thought they must have walked away in the water.  When he got to the writing he saw in block lettering, about four feet tall the single word “CHRISTOPHER”.
 
He shared the above with me in an email, including this:  “(As I looked at the word Christopher) I started thinking about your son and your family and what a struggle you must be having. I said a couple of prayers for all of you and then I heard a voice saying 'Tell my Dad I’m fine!'.  I thought WOW things like that don’t happen to me – must be imagining.  Then I heard it again more emphatically 'Tell my Dad I’m fine!'.  Even though I had been hot and sweating, I got chills and Goosebumps and I am now again, just thinking about it.”
 
Separately my older brother told me that after the accident he was in the Chapel in the Rocks in Sedona Arizona, 460 miles away.  As he prayed for us a voice spoke to him and said “Tell my mommy that I am ok!”.  I asked him if it was Christopher’s voice and he said “yes, just as if he was talking to me on the phone”.
 
Our son did the best he could to assure us that he was ok.  These messages provide us such comfort. I think as a parent we want our children to be safe, happy and with us.  For reasons we cannot understand today, our son cannot be with us right now, but we know for sure that he is safe.


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Healing Through Sharing
Would you like to contribute an article or story? Some of the greatest healing takes place when parents share their personal stories with others. So far we have published three wonderful pieces and are excited to include even more! If you have a story of hope and inspiration, perhaps including a meaningful sign of confirmatin, let us know and we'll consider it for a future newsletter. Please send submissions to Justine Schrimsher at justine379@cox.net. Also feel free to contact Justine with any questions if you are considering sharing one of your stories. Remeber, you don't have to be a writer to contribute, just a loving parent wishing to acknowledge your child.


Have You Submitted Your Child's Favorite Recipe?

The Founding Members of Helping Parents Heal will be publishing a cookbook to honor our children who have passed. We have a number of amazing recipes, and are looking for more to share! Please send one or more of your child's special dishes to cdedwards@cox.net for consideration. We are also accepting favorite family recipes to add to this creation. You may also include a photo of your child for publication. This is just one of the many ways we can pay tribute to our children.




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To see if there is a Helping Parents Heal group in your area please visit the groups page on our site. If there is no affiliate group in your area and you're interested in starting one, please contact Elizabeth Boisson by email at evboisson@yahoo.com.









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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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