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Sharing the Journey from Bereaved to Shining Light Parent

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Elizabeth Boisson, Irene Vouvalides, Dr. Mark Pitstick, Lynn Hollahan and Alicia Moag-Stahlberg


Elizabeth Boisson 

Elizabeth has four beautiful children, two of whom are in Spirit: Chelsea, who passed when she was two days old in Montpellier, 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 the President and Co-Founder of HPH, the Affiliate Leader of the Phoenix/Scottsdale group and the Newsletter Editor. 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.  

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.  Please visit Carly’s Kids

Irene is a Caring Listener, the Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Hilton Head/Bluffton, HPH - All Our Children/Only Child, and 'Chat with Irene and Kathy,' as well as our Vice President and Conference Director.

Alicia Moag-Stahlberg

My daughter Kirsten, at the age of 26, passed on March 3, 2012. Kirsten passed by suicide after two-years of traumatic events associated with a bipolar disorder. I was lucky to have a very close relationship with my daughter. I am blessed with my son John (30 years old) and husband Scott (married 33 years), however, I struggle to regain my footing and purpose in life. Since I found Helping Parents Heal, I have much more than a glimmer of hope. Hearing parents’ experiences connecting with their children has strengthened my resolve to help others and my belief that I am finding my way to Kirsten. 


Dr. Mark Pitstick

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

Lynn Hollahan

I am the mother 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.  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! 

My connection to HPH goes back almost to the founding of the group when my husband Jeff and I  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.

Elizabeth, Irene, Mark, Lynn and Alicia will be holding a meeting of our Helping Parents Heal Affiliate Leaders and Caring Listeners on Thursday afternoon.

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