The mission statement of Helping Parents Heal is: Sharing the Journey from Bereaved to Shining Light Parent. Conrad and Paolo Leslie embody this journey. Their beautiful only son Nicolas was murdered by a terrorist in Nice, France on July 14, 2016.
Conrad and Paola were obviously devastated by Nicholas’ passing. Conrad is an accomplished engineer and business owner. He has taken a no-nonsense approach to finding his way since Nicolas’ passing. Paola has taken a different approach, including being heavily involved with Helping Parents Heal. I’ve known the Leslies, mainly Paola for a few years.
In this interview, Conrad opens up about the difficulty of the journey but also the beauty he has found along the way. He shares the incredible signs he and Paola have received from Nicolas, who remains active in their lives. We talk about forgiveness and how it’s a process, not an act.
It was refreshing to talk with a father about his perspective, as Helping Parents Heals consists mainly of mothers.
Conrad has given me permission to share the document he created that chronicles the signs from Nicolas, “Gifts from Nick”, including photographs we discussed during the interview. If you would like a copy, send an email to me.