Welcome to the February issue of our Helping Parents Heal Newsletter!
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!
Once again, this month's newsletter contains stories of validation and spiritual growth. We hope that it will bring some peace and comfort to you and your loved ones. Sending love, light and warm memories to each one of you as you navigate this bittersweet time. You are not alone.
-Elizabeth Boisson, Co-Founder and President of Helping Parents Heal, Newsletter Editor and Affiliate Leader for Scottsdale/Phoenix.
Sherri and Glenn Dove with Elizabeth and Cyril Boisson
We had the pleasure of seeing Psychic Medium Glenn Dove with his wife Sherri during a recent trip to Arizona. Glenn hosted the November meeting of Helping Parents Heal - NYC at the home of our affiliate leader, Sheri Perl Migdol. Glenn and his wife Sherri are avid hikers and had spent the day in Sedona, a sacred, beautiful place with several energy vortexes. They came back amazed and enchanted. For those of you who are thinking of visiting Arizona, here is a description of an energy vortex from the 'Love Sedona' website: 'There are four main energy vortexes in Sedona. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. The energy resonates with and strengthens the Inner Being of each person that comes within about a quarter to a half mile of it. This resonance happens because the vortex energy is very similar to the subtle energy operating in the energy centers inside each person. If you are at all a sensitive person, it is easy to feel the energy at these vortexes". To learn more about Sedona and its vortexes, please click here.
The Famous Red Rocks of Beautiful Sedona, Arizona
Yogi Thaddeus Ferguson
Our December Scottsdale Meeting with Yogi Thaddeus Ferguson
Our December meeting with Thaddeus Ferguson was helpful and healing. Thaddeus is a Yogi and a Prayer Chaplain at Unity of Phoenix. He taught us Yoga movements to heal grief and led us in a Guided Mediation through Yoga that allowed all of us to connect with our children. Thaddeus will be returning to host our group at our February 26th meeting at Unity of Phoenix from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Please join us! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a pillow and a blanket if you'd like. You can RSVP on the 'events' tab on Facebook here.
Psychic Medium Christine Salter
Please join us for our January 22nd meeting of Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Unity of Phoenix. Psychic Medium, spiritual teacher and energy healer Christine Salter will be delivering validations and messages from our children. Christine led us in a Guided Mediation at our November meeting and parents loved her. You can RSVP on the 'events' tab on Facebook here.
Parents Making a Difference-
Help Save the Next Girl - Gil and Dan Harrington
Morgan Dana Harrington and her beloved Yorkie, Spike.
Help Save the Next Girl is a national non-profit organization formed in honor of Morgan Dana Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who was abducted and murdered in 2009. It seeks to sensitize young women and girls to predatory danger.
The foundation fosters mutual respect and camaraderie with young men, and is committed to being an active, imaginative presence on campuses and in clubs and violence prevention forums across the country.
Help Save the Next Girl continually develops vital relationships with media and law enforcement. Its connections enhance its ability to quickly disseminate urgent information, such as about a missing person.
Help Save the Next Girl also provides outreach support to victims' families. Their media presence also promotes its mission to keep young women and campus communities alert to predatory danger.
The foundation participates actively in endorsing legislation which augments safety practices in communities.
Through diligent activism in education, victim support, and legislation, Help Save the Next Girl creates a strong foundation against violence to indeed help save the next girl.
Gil tells me that Morgan and Spike are now together. He is most certainly a wonderful companion. Gil has told me "I believe we can transcend loss. For me the path to healing is through service". What better way to pay tribute to our beautiful children.
Please learn more about Morgan Harrington and her foundation at the following link.
Helpful, Healing Books
Your Life After Their Death by Karen Noé
In Your Life After Their Death, psychic medium Karen Noé demonstrates how to move on and enjoy life again after losing a loved one. She often states, “Your deceased loved ones are okay and want you to be okay, too!”
Karen offers sympathetic yet practical advice as a person who has also suffered through loss and wants to share what she’s found to be most helpful. She guides the reader through healing techniques she has used on herself and with clients, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping), Ho’oponopono, the Law of Attraction, Energy Healing, Prayer, and Meditation. She also demonstrates how to maintain a connection with loved ones who have passed away. Her book teaches how to communicate with loved ones and recognize “without a doubt” signs from them, as well as how to connect with a reputable psychic medium.
“Your Life After Their Death is truly an inspirational book that offers comfort and peace to those who were left behind by their loved ones. It also offers practical exercises that will assist you in your journey back to a life filled with hope.”
— Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me
Please visit Karen's website here
Please click here to download a free Guided Meditation by Psychic Medium Susanne Wilson that allows us to connect with our children.
Debra Martin and Sheri Getten
Debra and Sheri, gifted healers who have been featured in previous newsletters, are finishing a new book entitled Direct Connect to God that will be published at the end of this month. We will let you know more as soon as it is available!
Doryce Norwood, a Founding Member of Helping Parents Heal, recommended a free webinar that is sponsored by The Compassionate Friends, on January 18th at 5:00 PM PST, entitled New Year's Resolution-Dealing with Anger. Please click here if you might be interested in attending.
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 who 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
Sending peace, love and white light to you and your children