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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 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.  Our 25 Caring Listeners, led by Dr. Mark Pitstick and Lynn Hollahan, are listed below by alphabetical order.  We have Spanish-Speaking, French-speaking, Italian-Speaking, Cantonese-Speaking and Hindi-Speaking Caring Listeners as well, plus a Sibling Caring Listener.

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, but we can guide you in a direction that feels safe.  Please know that we are all here to do whatever we can to provide tools and peace.
Blessings and love,
~The Caring Listening Team
PS - Please check the location of each Caring Listener to be aware of his or her timezone. 
Head - Caring Listeners

Dr Mark Pitstick

Head - Caring Listeners

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

He is the creator of the Caring Listeners and has worked with Helping Parents Heal for many years as a Board Member and as a columnist for the monthly newsletter.

Please learn more at www.soulproof.com

Mark lives in Ohio.

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Manisha Akauri

मैं हिंदी बोलते हैं

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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David Alison

I am a happily married husband and the father of three amazing adult children: Jocelyn, Davey and Julia. My son Davey transitioned on July 20, 2016; he was involved in a solo car accident at the age of 24. 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.

David lives in Virginia.

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703-957-9405

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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602-499-5840
Vorbesc Romaneste

Claudia Ardelean

Vorbesc Romaneste

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: https://vimeo.com/419080618 Here is another short video where Emma talks about her cancer: https://youtu.be/PNC6MG-JA3w

Claudia lives in Ontario.

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657-391-2523
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Elizabeth Boisson

Je parle français

Two of Elizabeth's children have transitioned; her daughter, Chelsea, in 1991 and her son, Morgan, in 2009 from severe altitude sickness while on a student trip to the Base Camp of Mt Everest in Tibet. Immediately after, Elizabeth created the Facebook group Parents United in Loss. Then in 2012 she joined forces with Mark Ireland to form Helping Parents Heal. Elizabeth is a certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga for healing grief. She is the President and Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal, the Newsletter Editor and the Affiliate Leader of the Phoenix/Scottsdale HPH group.

Elizabeth lives in Arizona.

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Patti Brennan

In 2004 my only child, Rachael, passed from ingesting peanuts. I faced the darkest time of my life then, and it took years for me to recognize she never left, she simply transformed. She sent me signs, but I couldn’t always see them, I suffered from guilt and remorse and that deepened my grief. It wasn’t until I was able to communicate with her, through the guidance of mediums, that I was able to begin healing. I learned to forgive myself and be grateful to still have her in my life. Since then, I’ve developed a relationship with others in my life who’ve passed, as well as my higher power. My husband and my soul mate passed one year ago, but I feel his presence, love, and support. I still experience some dark times, particularly in light of our present global challenge, but I know they are my eternal lifeline to helping my soul grow.

Patti lives in Arizona.

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508-245-4435
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Mabel Chan

我識講中文/粵語/廣東話

Mabel Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong when it was a British colony. She trained as a Clinical Social Worker in the U.S.A. She and her husband moved to Canada in the early 1980s and now live in British Columbia.
As a young student, Mabel’s school curriculum included the study of ancient Chinese literature, the Bible, and the works of Shakespeare. She has traveled the world, learning to embrace all cultures, and she considers her son Leo to be her greatest teacher. She shares his messages with the wish that they will bring comfort, hope and healing to those with loved ones across the veil. Mabel is the author of 'The Infinite Bond', a healing work about Leo.

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 lives in California.

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626-483-4065

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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612-723-8900

Karol Hennessey

I lost my only child Brendon on June 25, 2018 at the age of 27 to the disease of addiction, specifically acute Fentanyl Poisoning.  While my personal experience may be different then someone else's in how my son transitioned, when we loose a child life as we knew it will never be the same!  How could it?
The first year after Brendon ran ahead to Heaven, my emotions were all over the place.  I had so many unanswered questions, pain, anger and guilt.  Someone told me about Helping Parents Heal and it literally saved my life.  I will forever be grateful to this beautiful group of people who not only understood my feelings but they embraced me in my darkest days.
Today, I celebrate my sons life.  Through his loss I have experienced a profound spiritual awakening that has allowed me to move forward so that I can help others.  My son walks with me everyday!!!  I have received so many signs since he left and I know he is happy & at peace now.  Our children want us to get to a place where we can smile again.
I try to carry this message to other parents who have lost a child.  The loss of Brendon made me passionate about helping others.  
Karol lives in Georgia.
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856-371-2945
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Lynn Hollahan

Point of Contact - Caring Listeners

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.

Lynn lives in Arizona.

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602-540-6979

Jeff Hollahan

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

Jeff lives in Arizona.

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602-571-4547

Suzanne Klokkenga

I am the mother of three wonderful sons, one who is in spirit. On April 28, 2017, my 35-year-old son, Christopher, crossed the veil, and my life was changed forever. For 35 years, he was my soulmate here, and now he continues to give me the strength I need to walk this grief journey in his physical absence. He is always present with me in spirit. Sometimes, quite powerfully! In the last two years, I have studied everything I can about the afterlife, which led me to the HPH Online Group. Maintaining my connection with Chris is necessary for me while I am still here, so as to continue on with my life and purpose. That purpose is to help other grieving parents, to use the pain of my loss to help someone else. I am working on turning my Grief into Love, or going from my Head to my Heart. Of course, this is a process, and the grief will never vanish but Love is the ultimate connection we have with our children, whether we can “see” them or not.

Suzanne lives in Florida.

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847-323-3476

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, 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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941-270-7838

Paige Lee

Paige's spiritual awakening came abruptly and forcefully after her 23-year old son, Bryan, was murdered in September 2008. Just as the only world she’d ever known was shattered, a new world opened. A world filled with Hope, Spirit, and Love; a world that allowed her not only to continue having a relationship with her son, but a world that opened her own true self into being.
Paige is dedicated to helping people who have experienced a profound loss, especially the loss of a child, face and release their emotions and find a way to joyfully connect with their loved one in Spirit.
She is the author of Choose to Believe, a beautiful book that shares her after death experiences with Bryan and encourages the reader to make connections with their loved ones after death. Our loved ones are not lost, they are not gone...we can still have a relationship with them! Paige is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, an Intuitive Grief Coach and a level II Reiki practitioner. She is also a life coach, certified through Mary Morrissey's Dreambuilder program.
A former Helping Parents Heal Affiliate Director in Boise, Idaho, Paige lives with her husband Dwaine. They love to travel and spend as much time as they can with their two remaining children and five grandchildren.
Paige lives in Idaho.
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208-866-2919
Hablo Español

Conrado Leslie

Hablo Español

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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858-232-7169
Hablo Español, Io Parlo Italiano

Paola Leslie

Hablo Español, Io Parlo Italiano

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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858-232-6560

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 taken from us in April 2013 at age 43.  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.

Love and Light, Joyce  McLaughlin
Joyce lives in Tennessee.
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423-972-6212
Sibling Caring Listener

Pam McMillin

Sibling Caring Listener

I lost my sister, Sonya, at the age of 17, passed as a result of a car accident.  She was bright, happy, loving, had many friends, and planned to study pharmacy in college.   Sonya somehow knew she was not going to live to see her 18th birthday, though my mom is the only one who knew of her premonition.  I’ve  often wondered how she accepted this with such grace at 17.

I’m here to share your grief and the story of your loved one.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Pam lives in Florida.

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814-440-6767

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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607-759-3466

John Rooks

I raised my two sons, Jon and Michael, as a single parent, and in December of 1990, two days after his 17th birthday, Michael, was involved in a hit and run that left him in a coma that resulted in his passing 8 days later.  During these days of confusion and severe emotional trauma, I had people that I never met, reach our to me and offer everything from simple friendship, to a kind listening ear if I felt like talking  Had it now been for these caring persons offering their compassion, my road to dealing with the terrible of loss of my son would have been unbearable.

After all of these years, I can still feel Michael’s presence in everything I do.  To be able to share my story with others who have suffered the same loss in so healing, and it allows me to feel normal in my emotions when I hear others share their stories.  HPH gives us HOPE which is one of the most needed, and important, gifts that any of us can receive.

John lives in California.

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619-654-0141

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 and Tywana live in Ohio.

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513-858-9000

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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703-582-0420

Irene Vouvalides

I lost my best friend, my only child, my beautiful 24 year old daughter Carly Elizabeth Hughes to esophageal-gastric cancer on February 17th, 2013. Like so many of us who have experienced this devastating loss 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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201-233-6015
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