Summer 2013

Summer Sunrises and Sunsets
My favorite pass time in summer is to view spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Each year, our family summer vacation is spent on a beach...somewhere beautiful. You can find a number of us watching the sunset almost every evening.
When asked, most people will be able to tell you which one is their favorite, and why. Do you prefer the sunrise or the sunset? Is there a symbolic meaning behind your favorite? For some, the sunrise can be invigorating...preparing you for a new day. New beginnings come to mind when I think of a sunrise.
My favorite of the two is the sunset. Once, I'd heard a person describe sunsets as "depressing". Perhaps they just don't want to see a beautiful day end. For me, watching the sunset is the most peaceful, relaxing way to end the day. It's a time to reflect on all of the activities and accomplishments of the day. It's a time to let go of any challenges and to be grateful for the lessons learned. Perhaps it's one of the reasons why we chose to release a portion of our son TJ's ashes at sunset on Newport Beach, eight months after he passed. We released some of our pain, as we reflected on his short, beautiful life. I will always think of TJ when I watch the sunset. It's a peaceful, beautiful place for me to end a day.
This summer, I invite you to watch the sunset and sunrise. How do each of them make you feel? Do you have a favorite? What does it represent for you?

Sending you peace and blessings,
Justine Schrimsher, CHT
Founding Member-HPH

Helping Parents Heal in the News
Journalist Tanvi Misra with Medill Reports Chicago, recently posted an article entitled "No consolidated help for mother's who have lost children to gun violence expert says". To read this article click here. It's an informative article detailing the struggles of finding help for some, after the death of a child.

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. If you have a story of hope and inspiration, perhaps including a meaningful sign of confirmation, let us know and we'll consider it for a future newsletter. Please send submissions to Justine Schrimsher at Also feel free to contact Justine with any questions if you are considering sharing one of your stories. Remember, you don't have to be a writer to contribute, just a loving parent wishing to acknowledge your child.

New Affiliates & Meetings

We now have a total of nineteen affiliate groups throughout the United States and one in Canada! To see a list of upcoming meetings click
here. This month the Scottsdale Arizona group is happy to welcome author and public speaker Karla Kay as our presenter. Her book is recommended above in this newsletter. We will be meeting on Sunday, June 30th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at The Logos Center. To see if there is an affiliate in your area please check out the "Groups" tab on our website. Please consider checking our website regularly, as we update events and meetings frequently.

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


Founding Members Recommended Reading

Many people read more during the summer months. Reading can also be an effective tool for healing after the loss of a child. Here is a short list of some recommended books from our founding members.

Recommended by Mark Ireland

Dying To Be Me"Anita Moorjani's Dying To Be Me is unique among books written by individuals who have undergone a Near Death Experience. First, it includes profound evidence for the reality of her OBE (out of body experience) as she reported detailed information about a conversation between her husband and the doctor, which occurred forty feet down a hallway from where her comatose body was laying. Second, it includes a recounting of a miraculous healing that took place which coincided with her NDE." ~Mark Ireland

Recommended by Justine Schrimsher

"Grief: The Universal Emotion of Loss, by Karla Kay is an excellent tool for any grieving process. She compassionately explains grief going beyond the common linear approach other writers have used. Karla encourages, and gives us permission to grieve while offering hope and inspiration. In my opinion, it's a must read!" ~Justine Schrimsher

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It's our Desire to Serve You!
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. Also included is list of providers that have been helpful to members. Our site contains the latest listing of Helping Parents Heal affiliates throughout the country.

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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

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