Welcome to the October 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!
We will have a special guest speaker for our September meeting at Unity of Phoenix who has been a staunch advocate of Helping Parents Heal for over 4 years-Psychic Medium Susanne Wilson. Please visit her website to learn more about Susanne. Over 135 parents have already signed up for this event. Please click here if you would like to join.
Psychic Medium Susanne Wilson
Susanne is one of the most talented psychic mediums that I know. She helped me enormously after the death of my son, Morgan. Please join us on September 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm as Susanne leads us through a Guided Meditation to connect us with our children and brings through validations from our children. Seating is limited and we are expecting lots of parents, so please come early to be sure to have a seat. We kindly request a 'love donation' of $5 for this meeting that will be split equally between Unity of Phoenix and Susanne. We look forward to seeing you there!
-Elizabeth Boisson, Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal, Newsletter Editor and Affiliate Leader for Scottsdale/Phoenix.
Patti May of Ottawa, Canada
A little while back during our Helping Parents Heal group in Ottawa our parents asked if we could have mediums for a few of our meetings. Many of our parents had never seen a medium before and here in Ottawa to see our best the wait is up to 1 year. Well I think our amazing children were again working hard taking care of us and surely had something to do with all three of our very best mediums agreeing with open arms to come and do readings for our group this summer.
Our first HPH event with medium Laura Traplin was absolutley amazing and she did it for free. She absolutely blew us away with loving, healing, detailed messages. She brought our children through with names,details and validation they are with us now watching over us, even driving around with us and hearing us talk to them. Her great accuracy and loving details left us in awe.
Our second medium event in July with Marc Jade was held in our backyard with a big bonfire by the river. He was so good and brought though many of our children with often funny, accurate messages. I received a beautiful message from my son Adam, he was being the host of this event taking care of the other children, it made me laugh (he would have done this while he was here). At the very moment I was hearing from Adam a beautiful rainbow appeared over my head and a father sitting across from me snapped this photo.
Our Sept 7th event with medium Fairuz who also did this for free just took my breath away. We had 27 parents and 24 of us received the most amazing, beautiful,messages during her 4 hours. It was intense our children came through each by name, funny, emotional and some so loving and touching tears filled our eyes.
One mom who came wasn't too sure if she believed in any of this. She lost her little boy over 20 years ago. Fairuz spelled his name and then called his name out to his mom, he came through so sweetly - with his little bald head from chemo. He was saying his name over and over then he said his sisters name over and over too. His mom had tears streaming down her cheeks and the biggest smile beaming on her face. He said "mommy I am so happy I made you smile". He was so excited and said "I see you smiling, I made you smile and it makes me happy".
Our HPH medium events this summer meant so much to our parents to absolutely connect with our children and witness this with each other and our children. This was such a powerful experience and something not many in our lifetime get to experience. We are truly grateful for this amazing gift of spirit messages from our precious children.
Kristen Brown-Sanders of Pensacola, FL
Kristen's daughter Sarah
The Lop-Sided Heart by Kristen Brown-Sanders
In preparation for Sarah's Celebration of Life, we were looking through pictures to put together a slide show. We found one that I had never seen before. My brother-in-law had them made into foam boards and handed them out at the reception. Sarah had taken this picture of herself and then did the graphic, too. I just love it. That necklace then became a sort of "logo" for Sarah and we used it for her scholarship golf tournament, her memorial plaque, etc. and now there are 3 of us with tattoo's of it. All stemming from my love of this picture. Long after that, I read this excerpt from "Broken Open" by Elizabeth Lessor: "The heart is even and symmetric. It can break. There is a giant hole in it. When it is finally time for the heart to mend....it can become whole again, but it won't be the same. The hole has forever left its imprint and the heart is born anew with a crooked shape." A lop-sided shape. "...and it can hold even more love than it did before!"
Families Making a Difference- Tyler King, Brother of Chelsea
Tyler King was just 13 when his teenage sister, Chelsea King, disappeared after setting out for a run in a community park in broad daylight. Law enforcement and thousands of volunteers searched for days, until they finally found her body in a shallow grave just off the trail she was running on. Chelsea was the victim of a horrific crime committed by a convicted sex offender who repeatedly violated parole and pleaded guilty to taking Chelsea’s life—a heartbreaking reality that would send Tyler on a soul searching mission for answers.
Tyler envisioned telling Chelsea’s story from his own point of view, while also giving the audience needed information to protect children. Tyler, knowing that this quest would be therapeutic, connected with Bruce Caulk, a two-time Emmy award-winning director who was moved by the King’s ability to find hope in the darkness of such a devastating tragedy.
Recognizing that sexual violence against children is rampant in the U.S., this film demonstrates that the biggest challenge we face to address this problem is a lack of awareness – people don’t realize the magnitude of the issue. Together, Tyler and Bruce have examined the criminal justice system through film, hoping to make change one viewer at a time. Tyler's film will open at the San DIego Film Festival on September 23rd at 7:00 pm. To learn more, please visit http://www.chelseaslight.org/documentary/
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.
Mission statement of Helping Parents Heal:
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