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Shane Whalen
This Prayer Circle is Dedicated to my son Shane Whalen Who Passed Away On March 15, 1999 at the Age of 24, & All Other Children

Start a prayer circle for bereaved parents who have lost a child.

There are many of us out there who have lost a child, and it is devastating. It changes the outlook on life, plunges you into a depression, and you think that the feelings and thoughts you have nobody else could possibly relate to. I think a prayer circle for bereaved parents would only benefit us and help us on our journey of grief. This Circle is one of Love, where a Grieving Parent can safely come to for Prayers, and to talk about their feelings.

Shaner -10/14/2000
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7/4/2001 16:02

On this 4th of July I pray to find peace in my heart and joy in those around me. I pray for the safest,most fun holiday ever. I pray for fireworks so bright that I know Shane is enjoying them as much as the other children only from another view. Be by your loved ones who grieve. CINDYZ, Kathy, wbc, Raquel, Adams',Cindy, Shaner and all loved ones my heart goes out to you. God, may we all discard fear and hate,and please, give us the power to love life again. Let it be. Let us grow, moving quickly to understanding and acceptance. Like Shaner said "we don't have to like it" but we do have to share fogiveness to find love. 4 you, from Hollyholy aka.hollyhope or just hh in JC.

7/4/2001 18:39

hollyhope, a wonderful and hopeful post on this holiday for Americans. I pray that all you pray for is answered! May the children on all these pages be having the most wonderful bird's eye view of the fireworks today and for Eternity with Our Heavenly Father. My prayer for all mothers on these pages is also peace, acceptance in their own time, and love, as I've said before, love never dies. It's the only emotion that ever really counts! For those of you who are finding today hard, may the peace and love of Our Lord be with you and you will get through it. Holidays are always a rough time, especially if you're newly bereaved. God bless you all and thank you Hollyhope for a wonderful, inspirational post!
Luv Sandy

7/7/2001 08:35

My sister-in-law passed away 5 years ago. She was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at age 8, so she always knew she wouldn't live past 25. She was a very strong and special person. She left this poem for her grieving family, and I think anyone who has lost a child should read it:

"I'll lend you for a little time, a child of mine." He said.
"For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
But will you, 'til I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief."

"I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain.
Nor hate Me when I come to call to take him back again?"

"I fancied that I heard them say, Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, We'll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay.
But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand."

by Edgar A. Guest

7/7/2001 10:45

Imendhearts, thank you for posting here and I'm sorry to hear about your sister-in-law's passing, what a beautiful, totally unselfish thing to leave for her family! It's a beautiful poem, one I myself have heard before, but this one has different variations. It's a poem that brings comfort, solace and hopefully an understanding of why to the reader. May all parents here on these pages take comfort from it. Thank you Edgar for taking the time and trouble to post it here for us all, God bless you!
Luv Sandy

7/7/2001 22:07

On August 22, 1999 my 21 year old son died from a gunshot wound to the head. The coroner ruled his death a suicide, although we, his family, are sure beyond any doubt that this was a terrible accident.Regrettably, my son had been drinking that night, and most likely slipped on a tree root beside his vehicle after he arrived home. My younger son, 15 at the time, had been to a nearby bowling alley for the Saturday night 11-2 "cheap" bowling and was being brought home by his older cousin. My younger son found his brother, bleeding to death, on our front lawn. This traumatic event has forever changed the lives of my husband, myself, and our son. My oldest son, Jeremy, would have been 23 on June 20th. I can hear him laughing sometimes as he often did. He was a wonderful boy, and despite the fact that the was drinking that night, he had been saved. Due to involvement with some very bad influences when he was 18, he had participated in some very "un-Christianlike" things. However, he had been saved and I believe that on August 22, 1999, he went home to be with the Lord where he would face no more temptations, no more threats, and he could be happy and safe forever. Many signs have been given to us that what we believe is true. Jeremy remained on life support for 12 hours awaiting a transplant team to arrive so that his organs could be used to help others. His vital signs dropped frequently to the point that all around thought he could not possibly last until they arrived, but after we begged him to hang on and touched him, his vitals would rise to a better level. When he went into surgery his vital signs were almost normal. Only God could have done this. There is no other explanation. Because of this, we have no doubt where Jeremy is. Two individuals in our church and family had dreams of Jeremy not long after his death in which he told them not to worry, that he was all right and safe. The dreams were almost identical. Again, only God could do this. The George Jones song "Choices" was Jeremy's theme song he said. If you have never listened to the words, you should. We played this song at Jeremy's funeral. The church was full and people stood outside. He had so many friends! I only hope that those who did not know the Lord heard the message that Jeremy was trying to share with them about choices. My now 17-year old son suffers from Post Traumatic Stress the doctors tell us. He has always had problems in school and this was the ultimate problem for him. He dropped out and has begun studies for his GED. Pray for his spiritual guidance and safety please. He is so dear to us! He grieves daily for his brother. I hope that someday he will realize that Jeremy is finally in a safe and happy place. Thank you for your prayers. rlittleton

7/8/2001 09:59

rlittleton, my heart goes out to you and your family over your grief about losing Jeremy. My prayers and those of other parents on these pages go out to you, your family and especially your youngest son. It's a life changing event to lose a beloved child. It's as though your life is split now in two, the life you had with your child, and the one afterwards. I know of the signs and dreams you speak of, many of us here including myself have had them, God wants us to know that our children are home and safe in His loving arms, and He allows our children to reach out to us in anyway they can. If any of you have not had any of these experiences yet, don't despair, they will, in time, come.
Gosh yes, it's an awful thing to come home and find your brother like that, our oldest son found our Shane and it's stayed with him to this day, but he isn't suffering from Post Traumatic Stress as your youngest is.
Just look at how blessed you were, in your loss, Jeremy was able to help out others with his donations! So Jeremy not only lives on in your hearts, but has given the gift of life to others. God was working in Jeremy's life, right up to the end! I'm not familiar with the song you mentioned, perhaps others are, but I know it must have brought you great comfort that it was Jeremy's 'theme' song, and was played at his funeral. Your Jeremy is now in God's heavenly realm and he is watching over all of you now!
We'll pray for spiritual guidance and acceptance for Jeremy's brother, and that he is healed from his troubles. May Our Lord wrap your youngest son in His loving arms and give him the healing that he needs, and put the right people into his path. Thank you for sharing your story with us and know that you and your family will be prayed for!
Luv Sandy

7/8/2001 21:57

Father God, I pray for Shane Whalen's family and all who have lost children. Only You know why children are taken away early in life while others of us are blessed with long life. I give You thanx and praise that it is Your will that those who have gone through this be blessed with Your special filling and empowering of the Spirit. So fill these who have suffered with Your love, victory, peace and the will to use the experience to do Your will in a special way to bring in Your kingdom where we will all see each other again. I pray and give thanx in Joshua's name. Amen and Hallelujah.

7/9/2001 14:12

Joshualmmanuel, thank you for taking the time to post your beautiful prayer here for us and for all bereaved parents! It's very thoughtful of you to do so. We all benefit from the power of prayer! Yes, only the Father knows why someone is taken home at a young age while others live on into old age, so it's not our's to question, it's God's will. And with the prayers and help of others, we become a little stronger each day, and the pain starts to ease. Once again, thank you for posting, and God bless
Luv Sandy

7/10/2001 02:04

I know it is not the natural order of things for a child to pass before a parent. I also know that your whole life can change from one breath to the next. I know you are hurting. I know you will miss me. But remember each time you think of me I am there. Each time you still feel that I should be walking through the door any minute I already have and I am by your side and will forever reside in your heart. Even though I am absent in the physical sense you can feel my spirit move like the breeze through the tree leaves. Each time the warm wind blows on your cheek it is me blowing you a kiss. Grief has many different emotions anger, disbelief, sorrow, guilt, the list goes on. But morn for me a while as it is only natural to do. Then remember the good times of the physical world. Please do not think of my death as the end instead think of it as my birth in to heaven. You and I both know I am in a better place. I will continue to watch over you and one day when the time comes for you to shed physical body we shall meet again in the spiritual realm. My love and blessings to you.

7/10/2001 12:08

I will pray for you and your family. My sister lost her son that was 19 years old about 5 years ago to a house fire,so I know the families really go through hard times, not understanding WHY? But we know GOD lets us go through hard, tring, times but we also KNOW HE goes through them with us. I will remember you and your family in prayer and pray for your strength to go on.Keep going for JESUS!! Prayers B.A.

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