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Welcome to the December issue of our Helping Parents Heal Newsletter!
Hello, Shining Light Parents!
We are grateful that 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 the Phoenix area, please be sure to join us for Lynn and Jeff Hollahan's Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale Book Club on Sunday, December 8th from 6-8 pm. This will be a special Holiday celebration and candle-lighting ceremony as well as a healing book exchange. Please bring your child's favorite dish. Lucille Masko will be talking about her beautiful book, 'The Gift of Mary', and she will have a free copy for everyone at the meeting. Please click here for more information!
With love and light,
-Elizabeth Boisson, President and Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal, Newsletter Editor and Phoenix/Scottsdale Affiliate Leader
Please visit our website, www.helpingparentsheal.org, to find out more, as well as to add your child's tribute, to sign up for our newsletter and to opt-in to support Helping Parents Heal through the Amazon Smiles program.
Nell Rose Foreman's wonderful picture of her son Jack as a Light Being
Nell Rose's son Jack Phillips, the picture taken by his brother
My 23-year-old son transitioned June 4, 2018, after a horrific 9 month battle with Glioblastoma, an insidious brain cancer. A little over a year after Jack’s transition I got the opportunity to take my 4 kids on vacation for the weekend. Being this was our first time away, I was feeling the emptiness of Jack’s presence even more than usual.
On our first day, I was walking the 3 blocks to the beach by myself. I was talking to Jack, which I often do, letting him know how difficult this is without him physically here and how much I miss him. I asked him to “give me a solid sign today, not just a butterfly or rainbow. As much as I love these types of signs from you, I need something more physical, something undeniable that it is you and that you are with all of us here at the beach.” I even apologized for the pressure but I am really needed the confirmation.
I then went on to enjoy my day at the beach. I was present with my kids and it was a beautiful day. Of course, my thoughts were with Jack, looking for signs and sending him love. Later in the afternoon my son, Nicholas went to visit his friend at the bay. While he was there he took a picture and when he looked at it he was surprised by what he saw! He sent me a text with the picture saying I think Jack is here with me. I was blown away with the photo. He had no knowledge of my conversation with Jack and what I had asked of him.
This picture is exceptional. I love that I asked him specifically this day for a solid sign. He certainly gave me one! I’m especially connected to what the picture is of. Back in 2009, I had a Spiritually Transforming Event (STE) where I was out of my body and with a group of light beings in an oval. There were no words spoken, but rather through the mind, a knowledge of what was being said. They were communicating love, connection, and joy. They showed me that if they connected and went through me (I was a light being as well), I could feel everything even more. It was incredible and words do not do it justice. This picture is Jack as a light being. He, of course, knows of my experience from where he is now and knows that I would recognize it. My son did an amazing job of letting me know who he is and that he was with all of us at the beach.
-Written by Jack's Mom, Nell Rose Foreman
We are grateful to Lilia and to IANDS, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, which first published this story in its monthly newsletter.
Movies that Heal:
Life to Afterlife: I Died, Now What?
Free for Amazon Prime Members
LIFE TO AFTERLIFE: I Died, Now What? is the second episode of the series, I explore a variety of questions about the Afterlife with spiritual experts, including what it feels like when we get there, if we choose a reality in which to live, if we choose a body, what the levels of enlightenment are, if we can multitask, if we are eternal, why we choose Earth, how many guides we have, and how we learn through suffering. Experts also discuss the life review and the Akashic records.
-Craig McMahonThe wonderful Isabella Johnson and Craig McMahon speak about the Afterlife
This second documentary features many experts from the Afterlife community, including several who have worked with Helping Parents Heal; Michelle Clare, Jamie Clark, Suzanne Giesemann, Maureen Hancock, John Holland, Isabella Johnson, Rob Schwartz, James Van Praagh, and Susanne Wilson. We know that you will find the information that it contains to be helpful and uplifting.
Life to Afterlife: Mom, Can You Hear Me?
Craig, Suzanne Giesemann and many of the Parents from the Documentary gather at Lynn and Jeff Hollahan's home
If you haven't had a chance to watch Craig's first documentary from the series, Life to Afterlife, please be sure to do so! It features 17 members of Helping Parents Heal and we truly appreciate your reviews, which allow the documentary to move higher in the rankings on Amazon and to reach more parents. Please click here to view and/or review.
A Wonderful Holiday Zoom Meeting with Susanne Wilson!
Message from Susanne: Are the holidays difficult because you miss someone who has transitioned to spirit?
Susanne shares what the spirit people and pets want us to know about the holidays in Heaven...How they direct-connect with us, without our needing to "go and get a reading". Experience a method that Susanne has been teaching for a dozen years that your spirit loved ones can use to show they are with you. Learn how to invite more signs and visits in dreams or meditation. Witness the miracle of heartfelt, evidential mediumship messages.
Please click here to view the free video!
Our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference, April 16-19, 2020, in Charleston, SC!
Our 2020 Conference Banner (thank you, Jason Durham!)
As you all know, our wonderful Conference Director, Irene Vouvalides, is still hard at work planning our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference in Charleston, SC, which will be from April 16-19, 2020! We are now sold out, but Irene is keeping a waiting list. Please contact her at Irene@helpingparentsheal.org to be added to the list!
Featured speakers include Suzanne Giesemann, Susanne Wilson, Dr. Eben Alexander, Jeffery Olsen, Dr. Jeffrey O’Driscoll, Raymond Moody, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley, David Kessler, Dr. Mary Neal, Mark Anthony, Mitch Carmody, Dr. Mark Pitstick, Rick and Beth Olsen, Jake Samoyedny, Tina Powers, Maureen Hancock, Jamie Clark, Christine Salter, David Router, Sara Ruble, Beth D'Angelo, Nicole Reilly, Debra Martin, Melinda Kushner, Judith Hancox, Kim Griffin, Kat Baillie, Michelle Clare, and Fara Gibson and Sandy 'Soulsister' Thorpe, as well as Mark Ireland, Ernie Jackson, Brain Smith, LeAnn Hull, and Elizabeth Boisson. You can learn more about the conference by clicking here!
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, created by Dr. Mark Pitstick and 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 death of your child’s human form. However, I’m glad you are learning how to heal and transform. Six key understandings to making that shift are:
1. Over 99% of who and what your child is still alive in another phase of forever.
2. Only his earthly body died. Everything else continues – all the love, energy, humor,
personality, memory, energetic/subtle body, and much more. (See article #2
When a Child Changes Worlds at SoulProof.com) Really knowing this helps
you journey from a bereaved to shining light parent/family member.
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. (To learn
more, see article #9 Visit With ‘Departed’ Loved Ones 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 . . .
- Attend local and online Helping Parents Heal meetings
- Contact The Caring Listeners to talk at no charge.
- Read free Articles for Healing & Transforming at SoulProof.com and take action steps.
- Listen to the free Radio Shows at SoulProof.com and our answers to life’s toughest questions, including “Why do children die?”
- Lean on others as needed. Later, when you are doing better, you can help others.
Q: Dear Mark, Thank you so much for your newsletters; they help me understand life better since my son transitioned 7 months ago. I am going through a transformation and see the world differently than before. I have experienced numerous contacts from him so I totally believe he still exists in another dimension.
He was only 13 years old, but I believe his soul was much older than that. Maybe he did not need to be in the physical world for long to achieve his purpose. I am so curious about there being a rhyme and reason behind the timing of his transition, but sometimes fall back into old patterns of thinking.
I occasionally blame myself and wonder if I could have done anything to prevent his physical departure. That is in conflict with the belief that his transition was planned before he was born and we had an agreement about this.
What is your advice about this conflict? Will I ever fully understand this while living on earth? How can I learn more about our agreement for this to happen in his young life?
A: Dear Veronica, first of all, pat yourself on the back for how well you are doing. Your son changed worlds just 7 months ago so your being at this level is commendable. I'm honored to answer your questions.
Of course, you sometimes fall back into old patterns of thinking that your son’s passing was a random tragedy that wouldn’t have occurred if you had only _______. That's called being a human. Feeling blame and guilt is nearly universal for bereaved parents. The trick is to catch fear-based thoughts asap, remember the big picture of life, and replace old ways of thinking with new understandings. Day by day, you will become a shining light parent.
I created article #25 Pre-Birth Planning to discuss the question of whether big details like the timing of bodily death are preplanned. It’s not a simple subject and I don’t pretend to understand it fully. However, just knowing that there may be a greater meaning behind all that can lighten grieving. Click here to learn more about the audio product that provides an opportunity to consider your inner knowing about this.
Review the key understandings and action steps at the top of my article. Take time to pray, meditate, and walk in nature. Over time, all this will help transmute your conflict into remembering. You can develop an inner knowing – a peace that passes all understanding – that goes beyond words. Other aspects of your life can improve, and you can share your wisdom and understanding with others. You can be sure, your evolved son/teacher is smiling brightly as he sees all the love, growth, and service emanating after he graduated from earth-school.
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, counselor with a masters in clinical psychology, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop / webinar teacher. He attended theology school, majoring in pastoral counseling, and trained in suicide prevention. Mark directs The SoulPhone Foundation and founded Greater Reality Living groups. His mission is to help you know and show that – no matter what is happening to you or around you – your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. To learn more, visit SoulProof.com.
Fellowship and Coincidences
Ernie and Kristine Jackson
Time Doesn't Matter
There is absolutely nothing better than hearing or reading a person sharing how their deceased loved one makes contact from the other side, except experiencing it first-hand. This is real, it is our reality. The message shared below has the additional benefit of illustrating in a big way, time doesn’t matter when it comes to these visits and signs!
I write to you for two reasons. First, I wanted to share my "visit". Although I was there to visit my mom, to my surprise, I was "visited" by my dad!! Every time I have been out, my mom asks if I want to go with her to the cemetery. Bless her heart, she has faithfully been going to the cemetery in Boulder City every single Sunday for the past 14 years. It has been difficult for me, as my emotions are too raw. I have only been "able to" go 3 times. The first time was about 4 years after his passing. I went, but I just couldn't get out of the car. I was too distraught with emotion. I wanted to be there, but I just couldn't look at his gravestone. The 2nd time was about 10 years after his passing. I was emotional but was able to walk out and see his grave (through the wells of tears in my eyes). I felt like I should at least know where it is located, and that I needed to be strong enough to do this! It was hard! This year, just 3 days ago, I felt strong enough to go. My husband Bruce was with me...maybe I felt like I had him to "lean" on. I am always worried that I will upset my mom, as my heart misses him so much, I cry. And cry. Mom cleaned around the gravestone and placed a beautiful bunch of coral-colored roses in the vase. Reading the inscription, Bruce said he never knew my dad's middle name was Rodney (a reference to Rodney later). I sat down on the ground next to the grave and asked Bruce to take my picture there. I was looking down and my mom said, "Look! Look at that hummingbird!" There, right next to Bruce, a hummingbird hovered as if it were "standing" right there beside Bruce! It stayed for several seconds. I watched it in amazement. I asked her if she had ever seen a hummingbird out there before, and she said she never had! She has been to that grave hundreds of times - every single Sunday since 2001, and never once had seen a hummingbird. And then, the day before we left, I was waiting in the car right outside the garage. I was looking into the garage at this big poster we have hanging on the wall. It is a caricature (sp?) of my dad drawn to look like the Jack of Spades, a playing card. My son Christopher and I love that picture. Suddenly another hummingbird appeared! It flew into the garage in the line of view from the car to the poster. It hovered there for a few seconds, then flew away. I felt a sense of peace, and I smiled thinking "Hi Daddy!" When my mom came out to the car, I asked her if she had ever seen a hummingbird in the front yard or around the garage/front of the house, and she said no!
On our plane ride home, entering the airplane we were greeted by a flight attendant whose name was Rodney! Bruce and I had just been talking about the name Rodney. I felt my dad was with me again...on my flight home. Then, driving home we noticed it had just rained, The sky was dark, the roads were wet. Then there it was...a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. I thought, "Yes, dad, we made it back to NC safely." And I smiled. It continues...when we got home, I started going through the mail pile. Most of it junk mail. I opened a thank-you letter from St. Jude's (I usually donate money to St. Jude's...a charity near to our hearts, especially since Bruce's youngest son was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002. He is in remission now.) Enclosed in the envelope was a notepad given as a gift. There was a picture of a hummingbird on every page of that notepad. I just smiled. Again.
I used to feel like I needed to be in Las Vegas, in their house to be "close" to him. I love looking at all his things in the study...the awards he earned, the pictures, and things from when I was little (and he was with us). I feel happy there. But these experiences I have shared in this email to you have shown me that he is always with me, no matter where I am. If I can keep my heart and mind open, my eyes will see his reminders. J
My mom ordered Quinton's Legacy at Barnes and Noble and had just gotten it right before I got there. She hadn't even read it yet. I was excited and anxious to start reading it. Like Quinton's Messages, I wasn't able to put it down. I read it in 2 days, as time allowed. Amazing. Just amazing. Ernie, I am in awe of you and Kristine and your strength. It is powerful and it is pure. Thank you so much for sharing your story so that others can learn and heal. As an aside, I had no idea you had mentioned my dad in your book! But there he was again - right there with me as I read your story.
Much Love, Cathy Huffman
What a gift this message is. Time doesn’t matter, not even 14 years and the signs can take on any form. And when it happens, you feel it in your soul, from the inside out, as your spirit is lifted; you just know, when you are ready.
Helping Parents Heal, celebrates the visits from our children and in large part, prepares you to recognize their visits if you haven’t done so already.
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-Quinton’s Dad
-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:
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.
Affiliate Updates -
Workshop with Jeff Janssen at Unity of Mesa, December 7th
Join Jeff Janssen, Near Death Experience Researcher, for a workshop about his book on December 7th from 10 am to 12 pm at Unity of Mesa! Please click here to learn more and register.
Sacred Mediumship with Suzanne Giesemann
Please join Suzanne Giesemann, Mystic, Medium and Author, for a special video event on December 12th at 5:30 pm Pacific and 8:30 pm EST. Please click here to register and learn more!
SoulPower Workshop with Susanne Wilson
Susanne Wilson, The Carefree Medium, a Keynote Presenter at our First and Second Helping Parents Heal Conferences and a huge supporter of Helping Parents Heal, will be holding a SoulPower Workshop from January 25-26, 2020 and you can join her! Early bird is from 10% off to 25% off through 11/11/2019. Please click here for more information.
Mediumship for the Grieving Heart Cruise with Christine Salter
New Group! Helping Parents Heal - India
Manisha and Yash, Chandra and Naman and Anal and Smayan
Please join me in welcoming our newest addition to our Affiliate Leader family, Manisha Akhauri, Chandra Ramamurthy and Anal Shah of India! We are grateful to have all three of you as a member of our team and we look forward to working with you and to having an affiliate in India! As some of you may know, I lived in New Delhi for several years and I love India.
More about Manisha, Chandra and Anal:
I lost my only child Yash in October 2018. Needless to say I was distraught, in despair and deep grief. Through a series of synchronicities, I was led to Helping Parents Heal whose members offer support on your bad days, cheer you on the good days and remind you that things will get better. With the many discussions on afterlife on the group, medium readings and signs I know that I still have an ongoing relationship with my child. Through this group I hope to offer the same compassion, hope and empathy to other parents in similar situation as us.
My name is Chandra Ramamurthy, from Mumbai, India. In 2016, after my husband's life-threatening accident, we knew about my son's depression. My son left home on the night of 23rd September 2018- to never return. We found his body after 10 days- off the coast of Mumbai. Naman was our everything, our reason to live. Through HPH, I found the strength to stand in my grief and know about others, who have also walked the same path as me. I hope to continue to work with mental health issues and hope to hold space for others.
I am Anal Shah, living in Ahmedabad, India. I am a mom to two kids, one in heaven and one here on earth. My son Smayan was 15 when he passed on 27th June 2017, after 21 days of illness. Doctors labeled my son as having pyrexia of unknown origin. Learning to accept this illogical occurrence, finding the reasons to the "why's?", "what if's?" and "should I's?", I realized that life doesn't come with an instruction manual. Today, I live for my daughter and husband- helping others through this journey. By doing this I honor Smayan in every way.
-Written by our new India Affiliate Leaders, Manisha Akhauri, Chandra Ramamuthy and Anal Shah
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:
-Melinda Kushner: Ask Her Your Questions About Your Child in Spirit on December 16th
Troy Griffin - Psychic Medium, Clairvoyant, Psychic Investigator on January 6th
-Caroline Chang/Kyle's Mom- Producer & Host Awake 2 Oneness Radio on January 15th
The Online Group welcomed Mitch Carmody on December 4thMitch Carmody
12/4/2019 - Mitch Carmody - Healing Hearts Studio - Shining Light Father - Please watch this very uplifting video! Mitch will be at the HPH Conference in 2020! You can click here to view his video.
The Online Group Welcomed Nicole Reilly on November 18th
11/18/2019 - Nicole Reilly provided LIVE Readings for some parents. This is very healing for all! https://nicolereilly.com. Please click here to view the video.
The Online Group Welcomed Laurie Savoie & Beth West on November 6th
Laurie Savoie, Beth West
Two Shining Light mom's Laurie & Beth talk about their journeys with suicide. This is very inspirational for all parents. 11/6/2019. Please click here to view the video.
-Tracy Soussi, our Helping Parents Heal - Online Co-Affiliate Leader
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 - Cave Creek
Carol Allen and the Parents of Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek
Wow, a fantastic meeting in Cave Creek! A very full house with so many new parents. Of course, we had tears from the newly bereaved however so many wonderful parents stepped in with amazing validations to help lift their spirits. Ernie Jackson spoke his magic and lifted us even higher. Thank you, Ernie! We talked a little about the documentary, many who haven't seen it yet said they looked forward to watching it. I love helping parents to heal!
-Written by Carol Allen, our Helping Parents Heal - Cave Creek Affiliate Leader
Helping Parents Heal - Rockville, MD welcomed Suzanne Giesemann
Two weeks ago,the HPH-Rockville, MD and HPH- Parents of Osteosarcoma groups welcomed Suzanne Giesemann to our monthly meeting via zoom. I have had the pleasure of listening to Suzanne give presentations several times over the past two years. She is always fantastic. However, this presentation was by far the best one and simply amazing! All, despite her husband, Ty literally having been in the hospital until the day before fighting for his life. Personally I do not know of anyone who would have still been willing to present, yet this speaks to how extraordinary Suzanne is.
She gave each and everyone of us such hope and even gave a reading to one of our parents. In her own words: The brief connection that Suzanne had with Nathan provided the most evidence I have received from all of my other previous readings combined. My Nathan transitioned April 10, 2011. When Suzanne first started the reading, she asked us to raise hands if all of the 3 things she stated were true. There were 3 of us, and then she started to have more yes or no questions. I said yes to the next two and then my heart was so excited, I knew it was Nathan. She brought up the name Michael, which is the name of the baby I lost before Nathan, but no-one else knew the name I had given him. Pretzel, Auntie Annie pretzels, working at the mall, Energizer bunny, his grades, that he had a learning disability, martial arts. The last day I spent with Nathan was at Chandler Fashion Mall, where he had previously worked at Abercromie and Fitch. That day April 9, 2011 was so memorable, since he had just been released from Jail on Monday, April 4, and we just walked, talked and shopped together. Then Suzanne had a message for me that let me know he is still with me. That I need to stop beating myself up. I know it was not about his passing, but about something else I am struggling with now. I left the meeting feeling revived and lighter in my heart. That buzz lasted for 3 days! Since that reading, my meditation practice has become deeper and I feel better able to manage my painful memories and emotions. I am so grateful for the message I received.
This was also the first time that the HPH- Parents of Osteosarcoma, (newest HPH group); experienced Suzanne and a reading. All were so touched by this wonderful presentation and uplifted as many are in such deep pain. Our parents are excited to learn more about how to meditate so that we can all connect with our children ourselves. THANK YOU SO MUCH, SUZANNE!!!! You are such a loving soul and once again have touched so many parents! We love you.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Rockville Affiliate Leader, Christiane Robbins
Helping Parents Heal - Bay Area
The Parents of Helping Parents Heal - Bay Area listen to Freya Dunne by Skype
On November 24th our San Francisco Bay Area HPH gathered for our monthly meeting with medium Freya Dunne from Ireland. Michelle Stein helped arrange this special guest for us 15 there & we are so thankful for the healing connections made with our beloved children in spirit. Our group is filled with kind-hearted people coming together & we enjoy our time each month. ￼💫
-Written by Beverly Wilson, Co-Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Bay Area
Helping Parents Heal - Nashville/Brentwood
Maggie Spaulding and the Parents of Helping Parents Heal Nashville/Brentwood
Hello, this is Maggie from the Nashville/Brentwood TN area. Today I celebrated 1 yr anniversary of my local group. Have a steady attendance of about 8 members. Sometimes attendance rises to 12....and I am blessed.
The meeting theme was "Gratitude and Self-Compassion during the Holiday Season". We watched a couple of short TED talk videos and discussed how to apply the concepts into our daily life. Ended the meeting with a short guided meditation on Gratitude. Also, everyone in attendance received a small "Gratitude Journal" to practice writing three things they are grateful for each day.
There were several who attended who were especially blue when they arrived. The holiday music sparked some memories. After the meeting, they all told me how refreshed and loved they felt. I guess I did my job :)
I don't post much...but wanted to let everyone know about my anniversary. So grateful for this group and for all the wonderful people that I have met on my journey of helping others from loss.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Nashville/Brentwood Affiliate Leader, Maggie Spaulding
Helping Parents Heal - Atlanta, South Side
Macrame feather ornaments, Jean Felts and Pat Rudd
At December's South Atlanta meeting we made macrame feather ornaments for our children using cotton yarn, jute and driftwood. Such an easy and therapeutic craft!
-Written by Jean Felts, our Helping Parents Heal, South Side Co-Affiliate Leader
Helping Parents Heal - San Diego
The San Diego November Meeting with Dr. Rev. Natalie Vail
SAN DIEGO AFFILIATE NOVEMBER MEETING
Many thanks to Dr. Rev. Natalie Vail for such an inspiring and educational meeting! Natalie had an excellent strategy for teaching us to create an altar for our children by doing one large one for the group, as instruction. Then we were able to follow along in creating our own smaller ones to take home with us.
She explained the proper placement for an altar: East = feather (air); South = candle (Fire); West = bowl of water or seashell (water); North = crystal (earth); incense, and also explained the purpose behind the objects.
We were given a list of items for our altars:
1. A small cloth or square scarf
2. 1 Tea candle in a holder or small glass jar
3. Lighter or matches
4. 1 crystal, gemstone, or rock of significance
5. 1 small bowl for water
6. 1 feather or incense stick with holder
7. Picture and/or other personal items of significance or other mementos related to your child (i.e., a favorite toy, car keys, jewelry etc.)
8. An open heart and mind with a willingness to connect and receive
After completing the large altar -plus our individual ones- she led us on shamanic drumming with her Celtic drum. This was a powerful and emotional journey for our group. After the drumming, as we shared our connections with our children, we noted some of the amazing events that had occurred during and immediately after our journey: One light in the chandelier (which had been turned off) flickered several times when talking about our children, wind chimes rang at odd times, and the glass bulb over a kitchen light exploded. 😮
After experiencing this intense experience, we found ourselves starving and enjoyed a dinner of a Rellenos casserole, salad, enchiladas, sandwiches, and chocolate. Thank you, everyone, for the food, and thank you, Natalie, for an incredible experience!
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal San Diego Affiliate Leader, Dawn Richards
Helping Parents Heal - Tampa
The Parents of Helping Parents Heal, Tampa with Jennifer Farmer (middle)
The holiday season is often one of the most challenging times of year for parents with children on the other side. To address this reality and help bring some light to their grief, yesterday HPH Tampa members gathered at the home of co-leader Amy Diehl and her husband Paul, to welcome Professional Intuitive and Spiritual Medium Jennifer Farmer.
Jennifer, a practicing medium and spiritual teacher for over twelve years, brought her warm, buoyant personality and deep mediumship experience to enlighten our full house of parents seeking to understand where their children are and offer insight into how they might connect with their children themselves. Drawing on her training, her personal experiences and her many years of doing readings she helped us get a glimpse of the other side, then wrapped up the evening with outstanding readings for several of our parents. It was an atmosphere of peace and love despite the sad circumstances that drew us together, and it offered us all hope for the future.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Tampa Co-Affiliate Leader, Marla Grant
Helping Parents Heal - Parents of Children Who Have Passed from Addiction
Ethan and his mom, Sandra Daniel-Hassel
My name is Sandra Hassel. My son Ethan, at 21 years old, passed from an accidental overdose. Since joining Helping Parents Heal in 2016, I have found healing, hope and support in my belief in the afterlife.
HPH for Parents of Children Who Passed From Addiction, is a closed group, that provides a safe platform for parents like myself, whose child battled with addiction and lost the fight. The purpose of this group is to find support, new friendships, healing, and hope, as we explore the afterlife with our ongoing communication with our children, through signs that we receive.
A monthly scheduled Zoom meeting will be held to provide parents with resources, as well as, a safe space to share feelings, thoughts and special memories of our children. If you have questions you can contact me at the following email or PM via FB. firstname.lastname@example.org
Love and light, Sandra Hassel, Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Parents of Children Who Have Passed of Addiction
Helping Parents Heal - Hilton Head
Carly Hughes and Irene Vouvalides
We had a wonderful meeting November 10th with many “regulars” as well as two couples that each had a son transition just a month ago. I purchased David Kessler’s Healing Grief Cards and we all chose a card to read and had incredible discussions based on the cards. I highly recommend David’s latest book Finding Meaning as well as these cards to be shared in meetings.
Sending love to everyone...
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Hilton/Bluffton Affiliate Leader, Irene Vouvalides
Helping Parents Heal - Minneapolis/St Paul
The Parents of HPH Minneapolis/St Paul
Sorry for the late response in writing about our meeting held on October 26th for HPH Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter. We used the Thoughtful Inquiry Cards for our main event and wow do they help in discussions! There were 8 of us there and was definitely no lack of discussion. We talked of mediums, EMDR therapy, and signs from our kids! So if anyone needs a quick “go-to” for your meeting, those Cards are wonderful! Thank you to Dawn Richards for putting them on this site and I believe Marla Denise Grant originally shared them? Sorry if I didn’t get that right! This poem was read at the end by Kathy Hager, whose husband wrote this for their son, Joe, on his two-year angelversary.
Where are you now, my darlin’ son?
Where roams your soul tonight?
For I miss your smile and the sight of you,
Walking by my side.
Tell me, who do you meet on that distant shore?
Is it lovely as I’ve been told?
Will you know who I am when I see you there,
The day I’ve grown old.
Tell me, what do I make of your hopes and dreams?
For they are not mine to seek;
And what do I do with your precious words,
They are not mine to speak.
So live ye well, my darlin’ son,
May God keep you close tonight,
When next we meet, there’ll be no more pain,
Just love,and joy and light.
Written by Pat Hager. So much love to all💗💗💗
-Written by our Minneapolis/St Paul Co-Affiliate Leader, Pamela DeMars
Helping Parents Heal - Chicago
The Parents of Helping Parents Heal - Chicago at the Renew event in Naperville
I just wanted to let everyone know that Helping Parents Heal Chicago-area affiliate was a sponsor the Renew conference held this past weekend. Speakers provided spiritual, grief trauma reduction, parents and a medium/psychic. We had a small table with HPH information and about six HPH members attended. Many parents stopped and took information so hopefully, we might have a few new members in the future.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Chicago Affiliate Leader, Alicia Moag-Stahlberg
Helping Parents Heal - Ottowa
Patti May and the moms of Helping Parents Heal - Ottowa
At our November 16, 2019 HPH Ottawa meeting we had a wonderful sound healing journey. Andrea Courey, our amazing sound healer and shining light mother of Chloe, guided us through a powerful healing. She used large crystal bowls, an ancient Tibetan brass bowl, wind instruments, and a round saucer apparatus that made a beautiful gong sound when struck. She focused on healing our hearts. It was a powerful deep healing for all.
Andrea wrote a book inspired by one of our meetings a few months ago. We were 6 Mothers gathered around the kitchen table, as we had coffee and nibbled we started talking about our children. Andrea got the idea to make a book and took out her recorder. We all shared the most deeply loving, tender and funny stories about our children. She named it Magical Thinking and offers it as a free download ebook to parents. She has begun to publish it in book form. We would love to make it available for the parents of HPH.
-Written by our Ottowa HPH Affiliate Leader, Patti May
Helping Parents Heal - Tucson
We had a wonderful small meeting last night with our “regular” members and welcomed a very recent New Shining Light parent, Maria Davidson Pier. As a group, we shared the name, pictures and memories of our children. We followed with a discussion about how HPH is an organization that is unique from other grief support groups in honoring our children and belief in the Afterlife. Our members were encouraged to watch the amazing documentary, Life to Afterlife, if they had not already. We all connected in a beautiful way as we shared about the occasions we felt our children’s presence and the amazing signs we have received throughout this journey. Love and light 💜💜💜
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal Tucson Co-Affiliate Leader, Sandra Hassel
Helping Parents Heal - Phoenix/ScottsdaleShannon Horton presents to 45 parents in Phoenix at our November 17th meeting
We had an uplifting afternoon with Psychic Medium Shannon Horton filled with messages for 45 parents from the Helping Parents Heal Phoenix/Scottsdale group. Thank you, Shannon, and thank you wonderful kids! Also, Christine Hotchkiss distributed holiday ornaments in the shape of white doves that were donated by Michele Stead-Bates and personalized by Kiki Boisson. Plus 9 books were given to parents through a raffle, including 4 by Ernie Jackson (‘Quinton’s Messages’ and ‘Quinton’s Legacy’) as well as 5 books by Jeff Janssen entitled ‘The Ten Things You Learn in Heaven’. It was an amazing afternoon!
Love and light, Elizabeth Boisson, Affiliate Leader of Phoenix/Scottsdale
Helping Parents Heal - Madison
Mary Bertun and Chas, Tava Wilson and Christina
The November 12th Madison Meeting: There were 22 in attendance from all over the US.
This is what I love about our meetings - our kids are always making themselves known! At the point we started to record, things went a bit crazy with strange sounds, duplicate audios, and concluded with Jen Latak being assigned the administrator's role.
Tava Wilson facilitated an awesome session, great presentation by medium and HPH parent Bob Jacobs. Favorite parts were the story Bob shared about Alicia Moag-Stahlberg's tree ornament, and about Brenda Horn's son Trevin stepping forward. Thanks to the 23 parents who joined us last night with amazing energy. Recording (with a few our kids playing with us) available on the Helping Parents Heal Madison WI site or email us at email@example.com for an email link of the recording.
-Written by our Helping Parents Heal - Madison Co-Affiliate Leader, Mary Bertun
The Amazon Smile Program - Help us help more Parents!
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!
Mission Statement of Helping Parents Heal: Our mission is to help bereaved parents, 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 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. We receive all and do not judge people or their children on the basis of life choices. -Mark Ireland, Cofounder, Helping Parents Heal
Board Members and Officers of Helping Parents Heal:
Elizabeth Boisson - President & Co-F0under/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Jason Durham - Chief Information Officer / email@example.com
Brian Smith / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Hollahan / email@example.com
Treasurer: Theresa Wettstein/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Laurie Savoie / email@example.com
Admin: Celia Edwards / firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliate Directors: Dawn Richards and Mary Bertun / HPHALDirector@gmail.com
You can read the bios and see photos of each of the affiliate leaders on the Groups page of our website: www.helpingparentsheal.org.