A film project that touches on the lives of parents who share a common bond – the loss of a child to suicide, the documentary tells the stories of eight families and a medium. Reaching beyond traditional grief counseling and psychiatric care, the stories tell how each family sought help from Melinda Vail, a nationally recognized intuitive therapist and evidential medium.
Because of her proven and unique ability to communicate with those who have passed, Melinda brought comfort and love to the healing process. By sharing their messages, she helped the parents connect with the children they lost.
The stories expose raw, heart-wrenching memories amid tears and laughter. But most significantly, we watch as parents catch glimpses of the hopeful transformations their children are experiencing on the other side. Along the way we learn about issues surrounding suicide awareness and prevention, treatment choices, and dealing with loss.
This important film demonstrates the role an evidential medium plays in promoting healing from loss. Families, counselors, therapists and other providers who watch the film will better understand the work of an intuitive therapist.
Find out how these extraordinary life experiences help those who have lost loved ones recover and begin to accept their new normal.
Documentary film by Emmy-Award winning producer/director Rees W. Candee.
Run time: 90 minutes.
To learn more about Melinda Vail, the Medium Who Makes a Difference, please visit www.melindavail.com
Melinda Vail is an author, speaker, hypnotherapist specializing in childhood trauma, and a Medium. Known as "The Medium Who Makes a Difference", Melinda has made it her life's work to teach spirituality for everyday living. Although her roots are firmly planted in her Christian background, as a Medium, Melinda gives evidence of life after life.
With a son who suffers with severe clinical depression, Melinda has first-hand knowledge of the fear and hopelessness this disease can bring. Melinda has dedicated herself to bringing hope and comfort to those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
William Larew is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and business owner. Having a successful law trustee business in South Texas, and as a former two-term Mayor of a small town in Texas, as well as other leadership roles, Bill brings his expertise in bringing TAPT into a viable non-profit organization.
Being a survivor of suicide himself through his mother's death at age five, Bill is devoted to creating tools and education for suicide and its aftermath.
Denise graduated from the Ohio State College of Medicine in 1988. Her clinical and academic years were spent first as Associate Professor at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, now Rutgers, devoting 11 years to academic pursuits. Afterward, she served as Director of the Neuroimmunology Program and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic for 6 years at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Az.
Denise left clinical practice and joined a major Bio-Pharmaceutical Company in 2010. She is a Medical Director involved in the execution of medical strategies and clinical trials. On a personal note, she adores her loving husband of 33 years, Tom; her beautiful children Emily and Thomas (birth 7/30/95 - angel date 7/18/15).
Sharie’s son, Brandon, is featured in the documentary and is the inspiration for her work with the organization. Brandon died by suicide in 2012 at age 16. Sharie wants through a Parent’s Tears (TAPT) to help bring healing and comfort to other parents who have lost children by suicide, and to also bring awareness to the public in hopes that their story will help suicide prevention efforts.
Sharie has owned her own Commercial Collection Agency for the past 26 years. She recently sold that business and retired.
Ed has vast experience creating powerful content and compelling marketing for numerous entertainment and sports entities. These include Disney, Fox, E. W. Scripps, Cox Communications, Oprah and the San Diego Padres. The Chicago native spent decades in Los Angeles before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona to oversee creative services for a nationally syndicated TV show. Ed and his wife Lee Anne have four (mostly) grown children and he plays tennis whenever possible.
Theodora was a teacher and school administrator for over 37 years. Having lost her son to suicide in 2011, she now works to educate school personnel in suicide prevention. Theodora published a book for educators in 2020: A Culture of Caring: A Suicide Prevention Guide for Schools (K-12). She is also a freelance writer for non-profits and businesses that provide educational products and services.
Eric Faas is a Tempe, Arizona native. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and completed law school at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon.
Eric served on the board of Through A Parent’s Tears as Vice-President from 2019-2020.
He has remarried and lives with his two surviving sons in Tempe.
Eric is a practicing attorney employed as General Counsel at
RMC Realty Advisors, LLC in Phoenix.