Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always a difficult process, that’s why today’s guest is here to share her expertise on the matter. Elizabeth Boisson is the President and Co-Founder of Helping Parents Heal and is the Affiliate Leader of the Phoenix/Scottsdale Chapter. Elizabeth’s daughter, Chelsea, transitioned in 1991 and her son, Morgan, passed away in 2009 from severe altitude sickness at the base camp of Mt Everest in Tibet.

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Show Notes

  • The passing of her loved ones – 2:27
  • Her son’s death – 3:21
  • Altitude sickness – 4:38
  • Connecting with other parents online – 8:06
  • Helping other parents heal – 8:52
  • Grieve for as long as you need to – 10:18
  • Helping and healing background – 11:20
  • The holidays after losing a son – 13:38
  • None-existing terminology – 20:32
  • What is a shining light parent? – 21:41
  • Helping siblings heal – 24:17
  • Reading some cards for Elizabeth – 29:23
  • The Helping Parents Heal Conference – 32:15
  • Get in touch with Elizabeth – 37:30
  • Reading some cards about the loss of a child – 40:56
  • The importance of being grateful – 42:04

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2 Responses to “Love Never Dies with Elizabeth Boisson – Episode 58”

  1. Bonnie Wertz

    My daughter passed 1-13-13. I can’t go there. I should have been there. Her son’s need her. They totally lost there family. They are in late 20’s. I am failing them. She was loved but didn’t feel it.

  2. Jenna

    I enjoyed Lisa’s interview with Elizabeth Boisson. It is so wonderful how she is helping parents who have lost children. I would think that would be one of the most difficult and emotionally painful situations anyone could face. I imagine losing a college age child would be especially terrible, and I can see why that had such a big influence on Elizabeth. I have so much admiration for her to not only be able to move on from losing her son, which is difficult enough just by itself, but to also help other people who have experienced the same thing, I have so much respect for that. Even when people know that their child is fine on the other side, the loss can still be difficult and hard to understand, and it is great how she helps people with that.

    I also like how Elizabeth says that in the grief counseling she does she has people emphasize the life their children lived instead of focusing on their deaths and how they died. There is no reason to dwell on the death itself, especially if it was an especially bad death, instead it is better to focus on what the child did in life that was good and joyful. The death itself is just the very end of the child’s life on earth, it is not the most important thing to remember about the child. I also like the idea of setting up a place setting for a child who has died during the Holidays, and that people should not feel bad about making people uncomfortable by doing that. Honoring the child during the Holidays also helps other people feel like they can talk about the child who has died with the parents. I love that term Shining Light Parent, that is a great idea! It sounds so much more positive than bereaved parent or grieving parent.


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