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Sharing the Journey from Bereaved to Shining Light Parent

We Are Here To Listen

Our wonderful Caring Listeners are willing to talk in person, by phone, or by Zoom. These 36 volunteer parents, led by Dr. Mark Pitstick and Lynn Hollahan, are listed below by alphabetical order.  We have English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Romanian, Hindi, Arabic, Norwegian, Swedish, Afrikaans, and Russian-Speaking Caring Listeners.

Please watch a series of interviews with our Affiliate Leaders and Caring Listeners by Dr. Mark Pitstick and Lynn Hollahan by clicking here.

As Caring Listeners, we understand and have been on this path of healing, navigating our way with the help of others. We want to offer this help to you as well, with a shoulder to lean on, a voice of comfort, and resources. We cannot counsel you or guide you, but we can listen and offer a direction that feels safe.  Please know that we are all here to do whatever we can to provide tools and peace. Note: please be sure to be a member of our Facebook group, Helping Parents Heal, prior to reaching out, and text or email first to schedule your Caring Listener call.
Blessings and love,
~The Caring Listening Team
Dr. Mark Pitstick & Lynn Hollahan
Please note: We are simply bereaved parents like all of you and this group should not replace professional counseling. If you are contemplating suicide, please know that HPH does not have the resources or the training to help. Please contact the Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
PS - Please check the location of each Caring Listener to be aware of his or her timezone. 
Please check out the Question & Answer, created by Dr. Mark Pitstick, below! 

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Dr Mark Pitstick

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Mark Pitstick, MA, DC, has over fifty years’ experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers and private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology studies majoring in pastoral counseling, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic health care. Mark has extensive post-graduate training in clinical nutrition. He also has provided suicide prevention counseling and education to many people.

Mark founded The Caring Listeners and provides clinical support for them and Affiliate Leaders. He also has worked with Helping Parents Heal for many years as a Board Member and columnist for the monthly newsletter.

Visit for his free articles, radio shows, and newsletters. Articles #2, 4, 93, and 109 are especially designed for bereaved parents and family members.

Note: He is not a Caring Listener but will respond to your questions with brief suggestions, information, and resources. You can email him at

Mark lives in Ohio.

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Sherry Abdou

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I am incredibly passionate about the existence of the afterlife and, as my awareness expands, my reverence for its totality deepens. I am the mom of three beautiful children: Jenna and Adam are in this world, and Gabriel is in the heavenly realm; He transitioned through miscarriage. 

My calling to learn about the afterlife was inspired by many spiritual experiences, beginning in early childhood. My journey gained greater vigor after participating in spiritual development classes. It is through this journey that I learned about HPH. Despite my beliefs, I was unaware of what happens with an unborn baby, which led to a depletion of my life-force energy after the miscarriage. Learning about soul contracts and that our babies continue to thrive on the other side expanded my heart and awareness. I gained a deeper understanding of our soul plan and miraculous experiences began to unfold.

My meditation practice deepened, and I began to sense Gabriel. Initially, I doubted the signs, though the sensations and clairaudient communication were undeniable. Gabriel turned 12 this past June. I will continue to embrace his brilliant energetic existence with my physical senses until we meet at heaven's door. I step into each day now with great anticipation and excitement for what will unfold with him by my side.

Sherry was born in Cairo, Egypt, and came to the United States with her family at the age of six. She speaks fluent Arabic. She currently lives in California with her husband, fur baby and two children.

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Manisha Akhauri

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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. I speak Hindi and am available by FaceTime, email and phone.

Manisha lives in Bangalore.

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Allison and David Alison

We are the parents of three amazing adult children: Jocelyn, Davey and Julia. Our son Davey transitioned on July 20, 2016; he was involved in a solo car accident at the age of 24. 

David: I am an engineer with a science perspective and at the time of my son’s transition viewed consciousness as a byproduct of the brain. When the brain died, all that person was ceased to exist. That didn’t stop the feeling that my son was still around and trying to communicate with me. I learned that there is ample evidence that consciousness can and does survive physical death, which led me on a spiritual journey I documented in my book, Finding Davey. I find myself called to be of service to other parents that are struggling with grief. I will listen, answer questions, and share the tools I found that helped me develop a wonderful ongoing relationship with my son in spirit.

Allison: I had been on a spiritual journey prior to Davey’s transition, and this guided me to know that he was not gone. When people said, “I’m sorry for your loss”, I knew they were wrong. He was physically gone but I knew he was still here. I made it my mission to find a way to communicate with him. Through a lot of research and meditation, I have been able to do that. I want to help others do that too. In my career as an attorney and teacher, I have learned to listen to others and want to do that for other struggling parents. You are not alone, and you can feel joy again.

David and Allison live in Delaware.

David: 703-957-9405

Allison: 856-395-0988

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Carol Allen

Hello I am so honored to be able to participate as a Caring Listener. HPH has been an amazing tool for me during this journey that we call grief. My husband and I raised our two boys in Cave Creek, AZ. My oldest son is TJ and my baby Tyler is forever 19. Tyler gained his angel wings on May 14th 2015 when he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle. Tyler is always with me as are your children. He has Proven this so many times. I look forward to helping you in your healing journey.

Carol lives in Arizona.

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Lisa Arnold

My ever present spiritual journey became most evident when my middle son, my free spirited child named Derek, transitioned at 20 years old from an accidental overdose in September 2020. I was immediately on a quest to find like minded individuals that could support me on this unchartered journey to further connect to my boy. Helping Parents Heal became that life line. My husband, Jim, and I have 3 boys, Devin, Derek, and Dylan. Our 3Ds. We fortunately always believed life doesn’t end simply because the body does. Derry is included in our everyday lives just like his brothers. He has taught me so much from his perspective. Our children are always with us and I couldn’t feel more grateful.
Lisa lives in South Carolina
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Claudia Ardelean

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Claudia Ardelean lives in Toronto. Her darling Emma was diagnosed on March 2016 with osteosarcoma, the same type of cancer that Terry Fox had. She was 12 years old and she was a provincial gymnast before. She transitioned on April 7, 2019, not before she told Claudia, “Mom, even if I am not going to be here with you to see me, I will be here in spirit, I will send you signs and you will know that is me”. Sure enough, Emma delivers every single day and Claudia is so grateful to be open to receiving her love and guidance. Please watch Emma's video from 'Romania's Got Talent', where she was invited to participate as a talented gymnast: Here is another short video where Emma talks about her cancer:

Claudia lives in Ontario.

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Angela Boughey

I am a mother of three beautiful children. Emily, our first daughter, was stillborn.  

Her siblings, Eireann Hope and Callum, grew up knowing of Emily. In 2020 Eireann turned 22. She was experiencing stomach pains and was admitted to hospital alone due to covid restrictions. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer and 6 weeks later she was gone.  As a family we were grateful to bring her home and to have the skills to care for her. That time was precious. I have been a nurse for over 40 years working at advanced level. Eireann was a scientist and believed very much that energy cannot be destroyed but changes. The signs and synchronicities she sends are amazing and lifts our hearts. I attended the 2nd HPH conference. I trained as a grief educator as I wanted to help others who had lost loved ones, especially during covid which was very isolating for families in grief. I volunteer as a caring listener within the community and now HPH who I am grateful to have found. This journey is not easy but love never dies and the process of grief is reflected by your love and guided by your child/ children. 

Angela lives in Aberdeen, Scotland
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Mabel Chan


My only child Leo returned to the Light at 19 years young. My husband CK and I are proud to say he was and still is our beloved son. His transition was sudden and unexpected. Leo was studying Political Science with a four year Scholarship at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. 

Leo has always been unique and would say the most unusual things. At age eight, he said to me, “Mom, do you know our mother and son Bond would never be broken!”

I didn’t know what that meant until after Leo has changed worlds. The indisputable signs and synchronicities from him kept coming to us. His signs and messages of Love and Hope all these years have kept us not just surviving but thriving. We never “lost” Leo as he continues to show us he is more active and alive than ever, only that the human body is gone.

It was initially very challenging because I didn’t know about HPH until five years after what happened. With the knowledge that I have gained on my own healing journey, I know that I am in a good position to be of service to other parents who are newer on this path. Encouraged by our son, I have written and published a Leo-inspired book named “The Infinite Bond: My Son’s Messages from across the Veil”. And I continue to share on HPH the uplifting signs and messages Leo sends for us and other parents. It’s all about Unconditional Love!

Mabel lives in British Columbia.

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Dolores Cruz

I am the mother of 4 children – Nick, Jessica, Vanessa and Eric. Our youngest child, Eric, transitioned at the age of 24 in May of 2017 as the result of an automobile accident. As you all know from experience, we were devastated and lost. We had no idea how to go on with our lives. By a “coincidence” I was contacted by a cousin of a cousin who I didn’t even know, who told me about Helping Parents Heal. This amazing organization changed my life. I found my way out of the dark hole I was in, and found hope and healing. I remain connected to Eric through the many signs he sends, which I learned to recognize through the many members of HPH who share their connections as well. I can’t imagine where I’d be without this wonderful healing group.

Dolores is the author of Look Around: A Mother's Journey from Grief and Despair to Healing and Hope.


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Dolores lives in California.

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Lorraine Deetlefs

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I have been on a spiritual journey since I was much younger, but could never have dreamed of delving so deep into Life after Life and Cosmic Conscienceness, since my only son Walter, transitioned by suicide in January 2021, at the age of 35. 
From the first day I was desperate to know whether he was okay and happy on the other side of the veil and asked for signs from him and the Universal Creator. Miracles happened and I realised that he is indeed not ‘dead’ but that he is really alive and well and all around me as I went through my initial overwhelming grief. 
I came across HPH ‘by chance’ and being on their pages gave me so much insight. I read and worked through more than 35 books during the first year of his transition. I found the titles mostly recommended on the HPH list of books and started to be very interested in quantum physics as well. I am finding great peace in the presence of my son’s spirit who is so often with me. A new relationship is shaping between him and me as well as other members of the family as we are learning to live our lives with him in another dimension. We are having great fun with his humorous, warm and ever present signs and I have grown in gratitude, compassion, peace, insight, understanding and love through the years, also towards others in pain. I could never have dreamed that there are gifts in the departure of my child on earth but my life has been enriched in so many ways by my son, both in body and in spirit, that I want to spread infinite hope to others on this road. Offering assistance as a Caring Listener, could help others on this painful and also amazing journey. The term, 'shining light parent’ has become a reality in my life, in spite of the pain of a child in spirit. Pain is slowly getting a new definition for me as his mother and I am extremely grateful for it, as well as for the insight I have accumulated through the years after his transitioning. 
'It is only in a terrible storm that a tree learns how strong it really is.’ 
Lorraine is in South Africa
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Pamela Demars

Hello! I am a mother of 3 adult children. My middle and only son Brandon, 35, transitioned on Christmas Day of 2017. It was sudden and unexpected, of a massive heart attack next to me. This journey has definitely been difficult, but I’ve learned so much from this HPH group. I’ve learned hope, gratefulness, love and most of all healing. I am here to listen, share and send healing love to any parent who is experiencing this walk we are traveling.

Pamela lives in Minnesota.

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Judith Hancox

In over 4 decades of spiritual and social work studies and practice, nothing challenged me more than the transition of my godchild on Feb 17, 2013. I felt so helpless in the face of my sister’s anguish; I knew I could do nothing to change it. Carly fought a valiant fight with esophageal-gastric cancer--diagnosed 2 days before her 24th birthday and physically gone less than 4 months later!  Family and friends were shocked and traumatized. Carly had never complained and always believed she would survive. 

I was there to remind my sister that Carly did survive, just not in the way we truly desired. Carly visited me four times that first year–-through cell phone messages and dream visits. She reminded me she is alive, healthy, and happy. She visited me when I needed her the most. My sister learned through mediums and direct messages that Carly is still here. Our children remind us we need to develop a new relationship. They’re challenging us to remember the truth: We are always together in Spirit, and it's essential to remember--only love is real--love is and always will be the true healer.

Judi lives in Vermont

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Nancy Hejna

I am mother to four incredible children Katie, Maggie, Will and Joe.  Both of my sons left this earth two years apart at age 26.  Will passed from an accidental overdose in 2016, and Joe from a car accident in 2018 on the day of his sisters wedding. To say this seemed beyond comprehension is an understatement.  Armed with the clear sense my boys could not possibly be just gone, I began a fervent search which led me to Helping Parents Heal with all its compassion and collective wisdom. I read many books, cultivated tools, and continue to this day the spiritual journey which has led me to know” our relationships continue.  I am fortunate to live near the shores of Lake Michigan and draw inspiration from nature, the joyful energy of my beautiful daughters and grandchildren, and undeniable signs from my sons. I hope to support anyone on this difficult path in the best way possible. 

Nancy is the author of 'Rainbow Hair: Embracing Inter-dimensional Motherhood - A Memoir' available on Amazon by clicking here.

Nancy lives in Northwest Indiana

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Lynn & Jeff Hollahan

Lynn Hollahan - Points of Contact

We are the parents of two beautiful children, Devon and Kelsey.  In November of 2009, we received a telephone call which changed our lives: Our son Devon had gone missing in Frankfurt, Germany.  After a month-long search, our worst fears were realized when his body was found in the Main River, downstream from Frankfurt.  Our world shattered; we wandered our house aimlessly until Devon began to make his presence known through mediums and signs.  These amazing and unmistakable signs proved beyond any doubt that not only was Devon NOT gone, he was, in fact, very present in our lives! 

Our connection to HPH goes back almost to the founding of the group when we were introduced to Elizabeth Boisson and Mark Ireland.  We are blessed to have had our journey become part of the book, Still Right Here, by Suzanne Giesemann, and we are eternally grateful for the miraculous bonds we have formed with other HPH members! 

Through Devon’s continued antics, we have found joy, peace and comfort.  Our fondest wish is to be able to help you achieve the same.  Here’s to moving forward together, living our best lives!

Lynn is a Founding Member and a Co-Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale Book Club.  She is also the point of contact for our Caring Listeners.

Jeff is a Board Member and the Co-Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale Book Club.

Jeff Hollahan: 602-571-4547


Lynn and Jeff live in Arizona.

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Michelle Johnston

Michelle Johnston
I am the mother of three extraordinary humans, Luke here with me in the physical, and Ben and Grace in spirit. A scientist by training, I’ve experienced extraordinary shared death experiences (SDEs) with both Ben and Grace. These moments, where I glimpsed the continuity of life beyond our earthly understanding, have become the foundation of my knowing that our children live on, showering us with love and leaving behind tangible signs of their enduring presence. I’ve recently returned to live in Sydney, Australia after six years in Philadelphia where I met my soul tribe through HPH, co-led the Philadelphia Affiliate and worked with pioneering SDE researcher William Peters at the Shared Crossing Project. I hope to be a beacon of hope for other parents, helping them to navigate their grief journey and reminding them that our children's spirits continue to shine brightly.
Michelle lives in Sydney, Australia
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Lisa Laniewski

I am a teacher and a counselor by education, married to a retired Army officer. Less than three months after our precious daughter, Amber, transitioned in November 2014, at the age of 25 from an eating disorder that triggered an accidental overdose, we were dealt yet another blow. My husband’s boss, the owner of his company, also transitioned quite unexpectedly, and within a matter of weeks, my husband was without the job that we had really planned our lives around. We decided not to make any more dramatic changes during those early months of grieving and to spend the months ahead learning all we could about where our daughter was and how we could continue to maintain communication as well as our family relationships on both sides of this veil. Much reading, attending conferences, meeting with mediums and joining groups combined to lead us to Helping Parents Heal where we hope to learn even more ways to share our love and be of service to those who need a hug, a hand, a shoulder or an ear.

Lisa lives in Florida.

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Conrado Leslie

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I lost my only child to a terrorist attack in France in 2016.  He was 20, my best friend, and center of my universe.  I used to love life but soon feared it.  My marriage and future were looking dim.  But visitations, amazing signs, and messages from Nick convinced me that there is a higher reality. I was able to find joy in life again and my marriage is stronger than ever.  I believe my son is somewhere safe, surrounded by love, and is doing the heavy lifting for me.   For 30 years, I managed environmental, geotechnical, and oceanographic investigations.  I enjoy reading about the strangeness of quantum physics, and I am fascinated by the flexibility of time as described by Einstein’s special relativity.  I am a waterman and learned to enjoy again kitesurfing, surfing, diving, fishing, and swimming.  I grew up in Spain and speak Spanish fluently.

Conrado lives in Hawaii.

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Paola Leslie

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My only child Nicolas was a victim of a terrorist attack in France on July 14, 2016. He was 20, and a student at UC Berkeley.  Nicolas was the greatest joy in my life. After the tragedy, I suffered from complicate grief and depression. I did not think that I was going to survive.  However, I soon discovered that Nicolas never left my side. I received many signs, messages and dream visitations that convinced me that Nicolas was still with me. Nicolas guided me towards the light, and with his persistent spiritual presence, he showed me that it was possible to find Joy in life again.  I enjoy reading books about the afterlife, lucid dreaming, and Out of Body Experiences. I currently live in Hawaii with my husband. Nicolas continues to be an enormous part of our life.  I was born in Italy; and I speak Italian and Spanish.

Paola lives in Hawaii.

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Terri MacDonald

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I am a mother to four children Shayne, Ricki, Carly and Chloe, my son Ricki, forever 23 passed due to an accidental heroin overdose on 30/06/2015. I honestly believe we have a soul agreement and mission together. The pain we all suffer as parents, whatever age in whatever circumstance our child passes, it changes our world forever. I had a spiritual awakening through Rick reaching out to me straight away with amazing signs and synchronicities, I searched for him and we met ‘somewhere in the middle’. From this beautiful place, we are so strongly connected. I developed my Mediumship abilities at my local Inverness Spiritualist Church and supported Mentorship programmes, a huge part of my healing journey. Mediumship is my passion. I recently became an Accredited Medium and an Accredited Tarot Reader. I continue to learn and grow and love to watch other Medium’s work. I believe Ricki and I have a soul mission helping other parents.

Our healing journey is not easy, but I do believe we grow as a soul and go on to finding a purpose, what we came here to do. Becoming a Caring Listener is in my heart. I feel so honoured to connect with such amazing parents and look forward to sharing this amazing space together.

Terri lives in Scotland

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Joyce Lupp McLaughlin

Hello...I am the mother of three beautiful daughters, two are in spirit.  My youngest daughter, Holly, our precious special needs child, passed at age 2 from a seizure disorder and failure to thrive.  This was a horrible loss to our young family to say the least.  My oldest daughter, Michelle, was tragically murdered in April 2013 at age 45.  It was the darkest of days for me and my family.  I honestly didn’t think I could survive the loss of another child.  A long time friend called me early on when I was experiencing my darkest moments and said I needed to read Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander.  Reluctantly, I ordered the book and was able to read it (not all at one time) through so many tears ... although it was difficult, it seemed to propel me to search for “more”.  Through this journey I found a medium who connected with my daughter, Michelle; changed my focus from depression to hope; from hope to realizing my children are still with me and have been giving me signs and evidence of their presence, I just needed to open my heart to what “is”.  Finding Helping Parents Heal has been so instrumental in my healing process and am hoping to help, listen and share with other parents on their journey.

Joyce lives in Tennessee.
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Ann-Christin Moen

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Hello, my name is Ann-Christin. I am a mother of three wonderful children; Benedict,Mathias and Joachim.   We lost our youngest son summer 2018. He was found in the mountains here with a farewell letter in his pocket. In the blink of an eye our world turned upside down. Joachim was 21, already a skilled martial artist, and he had a bright future in front of him. This traumatic loss has changed everything in my life, and in my family´s life. I was lucky to find Helping Parents Heal and Suzanne Giesemann early on, and in her reading she gave me solid evidences about my son. The following year I traveled to The Arthur Findlay Collage where I got further confirmation about Joachims continuing presence in my life. Zoom meetings with other parents and resources from HPH have been, and still are very important for me.
Last year (2022) I finished a Grief Education Certification Course with David Kessler. I feel very honored to be able to participate in HPH as a Caring Listener, and I would love to help, share and listen to other parents on this journey.

Hei! Jeg heter Ann-Christin, og jeg har tre fantastiske barn, Benedicte, Mathias og Joachim. Sommeren 2018 mistet vi yngstesønnen vår  Han ble funnet med et avskjedsbrev i lommen. Der og da ble livet som vi kjente det knust i millioner av biter. Joachim var 21, og allerede en erfaren martial artist med en en lovende fremtid foran seg. Det traumatiske tapet har forandret både meg og familien min for alltid. Jeg var heldig og fant både  Helpings Parets Heal og Suzanne Giesemann tidlig. Bevisene Suzanne ga meg, sammen med beskjedene Joachim selv sendte hjalp meg videre. Terapi, zoom møter med andre foreldre og ressurser fra HPH har vært og er fortsatt viktig for meg. Informasjonen og støtten vi foreldre kan gi til hverandre på denne vanskelige vegen er avgjørende. Forrige året (2022) gjennomførte jeg et Sertifiseringskurs i sorg med David Kessler. Jeg er veldig takknemlig for å ha fått muligheten til og delta i Helping Parents Heal som en Caring Listener.  

Ann-Christin lives in Norway

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Rosanne Norris

My name is Rosanne Norris. I am the proud mother of five children and six grandchildren. On January 9, 2018, our middle son, Lee, age 30, left this earth plane due to a carbon monoxide poisoning in his home.

Out of this most unimaginable pain was born a seeking of the truth which lead me to Helping Parents Heal. I want to dedicate my life to helping other parents suffering from the crushing loss of their child. Together, we will support and guide each other on our journey to becoming shining light parents.  Rosanne is the author of a book about her son Lee, 'BeLEEve'.  

Rosanne lives in New York.

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Linda O'Neill

UK/Europe Region

My name is Linda O’Neill and I am the mother of two wonderful sons Thomas and David. In February 2021 my youngest son David who was 28 years old, passed by suicide. This sudden and life changing event, made me question everything about life and plunged me into a very dark place emotionally. 
I have spent the last two years, trying to work through my grief by accessing counselling, holistic therapies and developing my spirituality. I have developed a very strong connection with my son David and I feel his presence on a daily basis. He sends me so many signs and synchronicities, guiding me to the right people and situations. 
I am a retired Social Worker, who worked with children, young people and families for many years. I am a Certified Grief Educator, Reiki Master and also have qualifications in life coaching and stress management.
Out of this immense pain has emerged the motivation and passion, to reach out to help other parents and help them to navigate their own healing journeys. Becoming a Caring Listener for HPH means so much to me and I am very grateful to be part of such an amazing team. 
Linda lives in the UK
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Ping Qi


My family and I moved from our native homeland of China 32 years ago.  Our son John grew up to be a talented young doctor and practiced medicine until his transition in 2018. John was everything to me and his passing was like the end of my world!
It has now been five years since my son’s transition. The signs John has sent us have been unbelievably amazing!  I’m not sure I could have survived without recognizing that these signs were coming from my son. Helping Parents Heal, along with Suzanne Giesemann, have helped my husband and I realize that our son is not gone, but in fact is still with us. This changed my life!
Now it is my turn to help others. I would like to listen to other moms and share the path that has helped me. I speak English, but Mandarin in my preferred language.
Ping Lives in Ohio
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Janean Quigley

I am married and mom to 4 children, my oldest, in spirit since September 4, 2016 by suicide.  There are no words to adequately capture the despair and devastation that the whole family has endured since Sean left our dimension to relieve pain that we didn’t understand nor have the ability to cure.  He was the “stable one”, the wise beyond his years one, the one that everyone admired and depended on for fun and kindness.  
I described my heart as hamburger spread out on the pavement with no hope of ever recovering a beating loving rhythm again.  That is when I met Elizabeth Boisson and several other shining light parents and things began to shift. I recognized that they looked joyful while I knew that they understood my pain like none of my other friends, though well meaning, ever could.  I clung on, began going to meetings and using the online Facebook meetings and my healing journey began.  I now see that having my heart pulverized allowed the light to come in like it never could have before.  I am on a daily search for the Greater Reality and for a connection with Sean.  The signs are so undeniable.  They bring so much joy and comfort.  The growth that has occurred since then is the silver lining and I know that Sean is proud of the steps that I continue to take to reach and expand. 
Since then, I have begun my own local chapter of HPH and help to moderate the Helping Parents Heal Moving Forward After Suicide FB site.   Talking to other parents who have experienced the loss of a child feels so natural and necessary. I am extending an outstretched hand to you as was given to me.  I urge you to take it and begin your own path to recovery and peace.  
Janean lives in Flagstaff, AZ.
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UK/Europe Region

Linda Rampling

UK/Europe Region

I grew up knowing our consciousness lives on; my mother used to communicate with my transitioned grandparents. Nevertheless, when our loved ones pass we still grieve the loss. Devastated when my son transitioned, yet I wasn’t surprised. When very young, my late husband and I instinctively knew he was an old soul. Lots of suspicious circumstances surrounded his passing, but my son did his utmost to leave messages. I think he guided me towards learning more about soul to soul communication, which led me to hosting Zoom gatherings for evolving mediums, where I learnt about the wonderful HPH.
Linda's number in France: 0033 (0) 467361795
Linda lives in the UK and in France
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Laurie Savoie

Laurie Savoie, married to Tom mother of three, turned her grief and sadness after the passing of her son, Garrett, into a life-changing passion to help others and is involved in Helping Parents Heal as the secretary and active participant. Laurie joined HPH when it was in its infancy, in 2011.

In addition, Laurie is involved in HOPE ASAP (an online Facebook group started by Jennifer Dulski for people who have lost loved ones to addiction), Always & Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary, a Senior Dog rescue saving so many four legged souls, and providing a healing service, Reiki with Messages at Eric’s House in Paradise Valley, AZ, all to make people and the World feel better. Laurie is also a Grief Companion for Eric’s House. Her family has also created a book called The Ripple Effect: Invisible Impact of Suicide. Every penny made from book sales goes toward buying more books which are donated to suicide prevention groups, schools, therapists, doctors, libraries, and families who have lost loved ones to suicide – in essence, anyone who has the desire to lift up someone’s life. To know you are not alone and you are loved.

Laurie is also featured in two documentaries: Life to Afterlife: Mom, can you hear me? and Life to Afterlife: I Want to Talk to The Dead.

Laurie lives in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Elly Sheykhet

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Hello! My name is Elly and I was born and raised in Russia. I am a proud mother to two children, Artem and Alina. In October of 2017, on my son’s birthday, my husband and I found my beautiful daughter brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend. She was only twenty years old. I didn’t think that I could survive this pain. Fast forward three years later – not only am I surviving life, but I am also thriving in life. My grieving process has led me to develop a deeper understanding of life and death; I found myself fluttering between the physical world and the spirit world. I have a strong connection with my daughter. I feel her presence constantly and communicate with her on a daily basis. Although she is not here physically, I know that she still stands by me every day. I’m extremely grateful for the love and support provided by HPH. I channeled my grief into writing my first book: One Year After. I am hopeful that my writing can serve as a fellow bereaved parent’s “survival guide”. I am also a certified Grief Coach and am the vice president of Alina’s Light, a nonprofit organization founded in Alina’s memory. I hope to bring light and healing to the broken hearts of others and prove that gratitude after grief exists.
Elly lives in Pittsburgh
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Brian and Tywana Smith

Brian and Tywana Smith's daughter Shayna Elayne, whose name means “Beautiful Light”, transitioned on June 24, 2015 at 15 years of age. Shayna was a force while on Earth and continues to be a force after her transition. The couple has had many visits from Shayna, including sessions with mediums where she came through loud and clear. After her passing they began experiencing a series of synchronistic events that led them to Mark Ireland, Elizabeth Boisson, and Mark Pitstick. The unique connection of events was undeniable and helped them understand that it was their destiny to start a chapter of Helping Parents Heal. They are Co-Affiliate Leaders of the Helping Parents Heal - Online group and Brian is a Board Member. Brian also founded a Grief Support Group, 'Grief 2 Growth'.  Brian's email is on the tab, and Tywana's 

Brian and Tywana live in Ohio.

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Suzi Smith

I am the mother of three beautiful sons. One in spirit. In 2004 my 23-year-old son, Alex, died from suicide. This life-changing event led to a deep and dark depression, but ultimately to a life of volunteering. In an attempt to break through this depression, I began to volunteer at a local hospice. I found this work to be truly healing. I then began to volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. I feel strongly that working with, and listening to, others helped greatly in healing my own traumatic grief. My mission now is to give hope to parents who have lost children and are in great despair. I feel that spirit led me to an interest in the afterlife which has been transformational. I have had numerous experiences with several very talented evidential mediums who were able to connect me to my son. This has opened up a world I never knew existed and a continuing relationship with my son on the other side.

I would love to help parents who question whether their pain will ever go away. I, myself, wondered that at one time. I am here to speak with, but mainly listen to, anyone who is currently walking this challenging path. I hope in the role as a Caring Listener to be able to soften the hard edges of other parents grief.

Suzi lives in Virginia.

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Anna Storåcker

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Our 16 years old son Alexander gained his wings after a traffic accident in May 2020. Alexander is an amazing in every way, always curios, funny and caring. Shortly after his passing, he began communicating through dreams, birds, and mediations. The signs gave us hope and strength to keep on going despite years of investigations, trials, and media coverage.

Alexander will forever be an important part of our lives. He is included when we set the table and his shoes are still in the hallway. We talk about him and to him every day.

We’ve always travelled frequently with Alexander and his three siblings. After the accident, we‘ve honored Alexanders love for adventure by bringing a rock with his name or #ride4alex written on it and placing it in beautiful spots. Other people have done the same. The rocks have brought us so much joy. For inspiration, please visit Alltid med | #Ride4Alex

In august 2022, we attended the amazing HPH conference for the first time. During the stay, one of us dreamt that a medium approached us, announcing a message from our son. To our surprise, that’s exactly what happened the next day. No doubt, Alexander is still with us.

HPH has meant so much to us since the accident. We would like to be there for other angel parents looking for hope and meaning.

Please join HPH Norway/Sweden that are offering joined zoom meetings approximately once a month. You are so welcome to join us.
If you need someone to talk to, reach out to Anna who’s also a Caring listener. Phone number in Sweden: +46 704185 167.

With love, Anna and Frode


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I maj 2020, fick vår 16-åriga son Alexander sina änglavingar efter att ha varit involverad i en trafikolycka. Alexander är fantastisk på så många sätt, alltid nyfiken, rolig och omtänksam. Kort efter olyckan började Alexander kommunicera genom drömmar, fåglar och meditationer. Tecknen gav oss hopp och styrka att ta oss igenom åren med förundersökningar, rättegångar och mediabevakning.

Alexander fortsätter vara en viktig del av våra liv. Vi dukar för honom och hans skor står fortfarande i hallen. Vi pratar om och med honom varje dag.

Vi har alltid rest mycket med Alexander och hans tre syskon. Efter olyckan har vi hedrat Alexanders äventyrslust genom att ta med en sten med texten Alexander eller #Ride4Alex som vi placerar på vackra platser. Andra människor har gjort det samma. För inspiration kan du titta på Alltid med | #Ride4Alex

I augusti 2022 deltog vi på den fantastiska HPH konferensen för första gången. Under vistelse hade en av oss föräldrar en dröm om att ett medium kom fram till oss och berättade om ett meddelande från vår son. Till vår stora förvåning var det precis det som hände dagen efter! Det finns inga tvivel om att Alexander fortfarande är med oss!

HPH har betytt väldigt mycket för oss sedan olyckan. Vi skulle vilja finnas där för andra änglaföräldrar som söker hopp och mening.

Gå gärna med i HPH Norway/Sweden som erbjuder zoommöten ungefär 1 gång i månaden. Varmt välkommen till oss!
Behöver du någon att prata med så är Anna också en Caring listener och kan kontaktas på tlf: +46 704185 167.

Med kärlek, Anna och Frode

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Merle Taylor

Australia/NZ Region

My son Chris, the oldest of my three children, transitioned on the 27th of December 2018 while on holiday in Bali with his family.  His beautiful partner Ebony tried to resuscitate him for 45 minutes. Amazingly, their oldest son Reef, 2.5 years old, who idealized his daddy and who was asleep in the room never woke up to the confusion and noise.

I believe that his guardian angels, Eb’s angels and Chris’s angels were there protecting him. I grew up in a spiritual religion and I have always believed that heaven is here all around us. I knew, although devastated, that my beautiful son was safe and happy and that he wanted us to be happy too.

Many things have confirmed my belief and even broadened it. I have spoken with mediums, felt Chris’s touch (not often) and he sends me many signs, some I ask for, some I know it’s just him. Since joining HPH I’ve learnt so much about communicating across the veil. I live in the land ‘down under’ Australia. I would love to hear from people to listen, share and help others who are also traveling this journey.

+61 0402113170  (To call from the US)

Merle lives in Australia

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Irene Vouvalides

My best friend, my only child, my beautiful 24 year old daughter Carly Elizabeth Hughes passed to esophageal-gastric cancer on February 17th, 2013. Like so many of us who have had this devastating experience my daughter’s passing sent me on a spiritual quest. I have found friends and comfort through this remarkable group Helping Parents Heal. In the short time since Carly’s passing I have had definite proof that consciousness survives physical death, that Carly is well, and with me always. I have been fortunate to speak with mediums who were able to provide absolute evidence of the afterlife, indisputable information relayed bringing comfort and helping to lighten the heavy weight of grief. With family and Carly’s friends we have created a foundation in her honor- Carly’s Kids A Foundation For Education, I hope you will take the time to read about us and what we are doing in Carly’s memory.

Visit: Carly’s Kids

Irene lives in South Carolina.

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Lisa Wilcoxson

I am the mom of two beautiful boys, both in spirit. Michael Angelo was born in 1988 and crossed in 2000 at the age of 12 from pneumonia. Michael was born very healthy, but had special needs due to having had a severe toxic reaction to his first DPT shot at the age of 4 weeks. Michael never spoke or walked, but taught me more about love than any other human possibly could have. He was as beautiful in life as he is in spirit, and being his mom remains to this day to be the greatest privilege I’ll ever have on this earth. Anthony is my other shining light, and I know he was born as a golden gift. Anthony was six when Michael crossed, and everything I lived for was in Anthony’s eyes. Anthony told me when he was two that he was waiting forever to be born so I could be his Mommy. Then, when he was four, he was crying. He said he was sad because he was going to leave me when he was 18. I thought he meant he was going to college. He was a freshman at Arizona State University when he transitioned from being poisoned by a synthetic drug at a party in 2013. During this dark night of my soul I was able to find my boys again in meditation, and have since learned that Spirit has chosen to use me through mediumship to prove that love never dies. My boys are at my side 24/7, and with this I’ve learned to live peacefully and joyfully having one foot on this earth plane serving Spirit and one foot in the spirit plane with them.

Lisa lives in Arizona

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Elizabeth Boisson

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Elizabeth has four beautiful children, two of whom are in Spirit: Chelsea, who passed when she was two days old in France, and Morgan, who transitioned at the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Tibet while on a university exchange program when he was 20 years old. She also has two beautiful daughters: Alix, 30, and Christine, 28. Elizabeth is also the Affiliate Leader of the Phoenix/Scottsdale group and a Caring Listener. She attended and taught at UNC - Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and graduate school and the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France. Elizabeth is the author (with other members of Helping Parents Heal) of Life to Afterlife - Helping Parents Heal, The Book. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches healing yoga. 

Elizabeth Boisson est la présidente et cofondatrice de HPH, ainsi que la directrice affiliée du groupe Phoenix/Scottsdale et la rédactrice du bulletin. Elle a fréquenté et enseigné à l’Université de Caroline du Nord à Chapel Hill pour le premier cycle et les études supérieures, ainsi que l’Université Paul Valéry à Montpellier, en France. Elle a quatre beaux enfants, dont deux sont en esprit : Chelsea, qui est décédée quand elle avait deux jours, et Morgan, qui a fait la transition au camp de base du mont Everest au Tibet pendant un programme d’échange universitaire quand il avait 20 ans. Elle a aussi deux belles filles : Alix, 30 ans, et Christine, 28 ans. Elizabeth est l’auteure (avec tous nos enfants) de Life to Afterlife - Helping Parents Heal, The Book. Elle est également professeure de yoga certifiée et enseigne le yoga.  

Elizabeth lives in Arizona

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Q & A About the 'Caring Listeners'
by Mark Pitstick MA, DC

Please find below short answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Caring Listeners who are part of Helping Parents Heal. I founded this group and provide ongoing clinical support to them. (Note: I will primarily use the word "parents" but please know that Caring Listeners are also honored to work with grandparents, siblings, other family members, and close friends. The bodily death of a child can create great pain, sadness, and suffering for all these groups.

(Note: I italicized the term bodily death because we now know that only the child's earthly form perished. Over 99% of who and what the child is – his or her personality, memories, love, intelligence, sense of humor, and much more – continues in another phase of life. To learn about the collective evidence behind these statements, see articles #1, 60, and 115 at

What are the Caring Listeners?
The Caring Listeners are a group of thirty-six parents who provide a free service to those with a child who has passed on. (Note: The phrase "a child who has passed on" describes the inclusive nature of this organization. Helping Parents Heal (HPH) helps those with a child of any age who passed on by any means: illness, accident, suicide, murder, or unknown.)

When did the program begin?
In 2016 as HPH expanded and the need for this service became clear.

What is the role of a Caring Listener?
They are not licensed therapists and do not provide professional counseling. Rather, they are bereaved parents who have gone through "the dark night of the soul" and emerged with the desire to help others. They listen, provide support, suggest resources, and share what worked for them. They provide a 'shelter in the storm' in ways that can be very inspiring and comforting.

Can you meet face to face with a CL?
That's possible if you live near one of them. However, most Caring Listener sessions are by phone, Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype.

Are there office hours?
No, there are no set hours. Some of the Caring Listeners have full-time jobs so they are limited to evening and weekend hours.

Are the phone numbers published?
Yes. Visit Caring Listeners to see their names, faces, email addresses, and phone numbers. A short bio provides details about where they live, their child / children who passed on, and languages they speak. Some Caring Listeners feel especially qualified to help with certain types of cases, for example, when a child changed worlds via overdose or suicide.

What is the qualification of a Caring Listener?
Each one is required to be part of HPH for some time and demonstrate clear abilities to help others. Many of the Caring Listeners are also Affiliate Leaders, that is, oversee local meetings. A prospective Caring Listener must be vetted by one or more key HPH leaders and OK'd by a group of four of us.

Do you need to be an HPH member to call a Caring Listener?
No, they are willing to help anyone. However, those who aren't part of HPH soon learn about the many free benefits and begin attending free online and local meetings.

Who should call a Caring Listener?
Any parent, family member, or close friend of a postmaterial child who would like to talk with a caring person who has firsthand experience. That is especially important for those experiencing severe and/or prolonged grieving. Many family members and friends simply don't know what to say to those with a child who transitioned from earth. Caring Listeners can fill this void and help you not feel so alone.

(Note: Postmaterial is my preferred term for those who are currently living in another realm. See article #31 What Is a ‘Postmaterial Person’? to learn more. Learning this information and upgrading your vocabulary to reflect the child's living essence is part of healing and transforming.)

How does a parent know which Caring Listener to call?
Some people prefer a male or female listener. Others want to talk with someone whose child passed on in a similar way, for example, after a long illness or accident. Some parents let their intuition guide them to what seems like the best Caring Listener. People are welcome to use a different listener or work with more than one at the same time.

Are any of the Caring Listeners especially trained to help grandparents or siblings?
All of them have 'on the job training', that is, their parents and/or children experienced the loss of a child just as they did. As such, they know firsthand – to varying degrees – how it can be for grandparents and siblings, and what can help.

(Note: I italicized the word 'loss' because your child is still alive, well, and likely wants to continue an important although different relationship with you. Much evidence indicates that death is not a good-bye, just a see you later. To learn more, see article #2 at When a Child Changes Worlds)

Are there Caring Listeners who are dads?
Yes, currently we have four dads.

What are common reasons that parents hesitate to call a CL?
In my experience, those reasons include:

1. fear of the unknown, for example, talking with a stranger.

2. concerns that talking about their grief will make it worse.

3. worry about crying or otherwise 'breaking down' during the call.

4. not knowing what to say or where to start.

What do you say to parents who have these concerns?
1. Many parents have commented about how quickly they felt close to the Caring Listener who was previously "a stranger" You two share a sacred bond so it usually doesn't take long to feel the heart and soul connection involved.

2. This is a common but needless fear. Suffering in silence actually can lead to much worse emotional, mental, physical, and relationship outcomes. Talking about how you feel can feel immensely liberating and comforting as you discover that your deepest fears are very common.

3. You may cry some during a session with Caring Listeners but that's a good thing. Tears are a sign of deep love and connection between you and the child. And, as mentioned above, that love doesn't end.

4. The Caring Listeners know how that feels. They will share their story if you're not ready to talk about yours. When you are ready, they can ask gentle questions to learn more about how you feel and what might help.



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