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.Send An E-mail
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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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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. Meningitis took Leo's life soon after he returned to the University of Victoria after the Holiday break in January 2012. Mabel shares Leo's 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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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 sister’s 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 it’s 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 lives in Northwest Indiana
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Lynn & Jeff Hollahan
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.
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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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.Send An E-mail
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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.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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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 and Tywana live in Ohio.Send An E-mail
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.Send An E-mail
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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.Send An E-mail