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Sharing the Journey from Bereaved to Shining Light Parent

About Mary Bertun/Tava Wilson

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Mary Bertun’s Bio:

After more than 20 years as an educator and parent, Mary experienced the transition of one of her four wonderful children, her Marine son Chas, in 2012. She was determined to find him.

Mary describes a Serving Spirit class led by Suzanne Giesemann as her best-ever educational experience, and there she learned about Helping Parents Heal from Suzanne.

With Chas’s direct help and the assistance of an earth angel, Mary published a workbook,

The 21 Day Doorway Across The Veil , that guides readers along the same path she was blessed to discover.

As a Helping Parents Heal affiliate leader and spiritual teacher, Mary offers shining-light parents the opportunity to connect with their children during group practices and classes. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a North Carolina Fellow, and received her coaching certificate from the International Coach Federation.

From Mary’s Team in spirit: “There is no joy you cannot capture. You do not have to wait for a song, a hug, or a kiss from the child who is right by your side. “

Tava Wilson's Bio:

Tava is mother to three brilliant children. She is a grief counselor having earned Masters degrees in both Mental Health and School Guidance counseling, and has completed myriad CEU trainings in the areas of healing after trauma, grief and anxiety, as well as recently completing David Kessler’s Grief Educator Certification course. In addition, Tava has worked as a teacher, educational consultant, and in the adoption and foster care system. 

None of this experience, training, or education prepared her for March 5th, 2015, when her daughter, Christina, then age 17.5, suddenly and unexpectedly ‘moved’ to a different level of consciousness. 

Tava was catapulted into a spiritual journey which included several specific spiritually transformative experiences including clear messages from her daughter, and eventually her guides and angels. This shock has taught her more about love, life, loss, grief, and processing life events than any formal education could ever have done.  

Says Tava, “I know it sounds impossible, but I have experienced more joy and peace in the past 6.5 years than at any time prior to my daughter’s physical death.”  (Caveat, along with the joy and peace have naturally been the deepest of sorrow.)

Pre-Conference Workshop:

Using the practices described in her book The 21 Day Doorway Across The Veil, Mary Bertun (assisted by Tava Wilson) will guide you through the process of using love, gratitude and mindfulness to connect with your child in spirit. Following the connection exercise we’ll share feedback on what we receive with fellow shining-light parents.

Mary has led many groups in this practice via Zoom but is thrilled to lead this first ever live practice session since it is the vibration of our children together that makes all the difference. As a group, our children open the veil a bit wider than we might do individually. The energy in the room is apt to be exceptionally strong.

“Love is the currency of the Universe. It is the only force that can transform brokenness into wholeness.”

- The Team, A Mother’s Wisdom from the Other Side, Book 2 by Crystal “Teddy” Key as communicated to       
  Frances Rae Key

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