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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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7/2/2003 17:15

Hi my dear sisters. Just came back from my phsycho, she is very happy about me going to that retreat, she wants to go also but her schedule is tight, I hope she can go with me, it will be such a help to have her there with me but I don't think she can make it, but I am going anyway, and I will tell you all about it when I come back, it will be July 27 until Aug 1, please my dear sister, pray for me so I can have a reunion with my Solange, or at least I will find some understanding and a little peace.I am going to do a test tomorrow, endoscopy or something like that, they will put a tube though my mouth all the way into the intestine, yack, all I hope it that the anesthesia will come trough this time, the las time with the colonoscopy I suffered very much, I imagine that the stress does not help, the Dr said he gave my all I could stand, but did not work, but this time if I am not knock out I will walk right out of there.He is triying to find out what it's really wrong, because the treatment after the colonoscopy did not worked, I really don't care, all I want is a treatment for "my pain" and I know there isnt' so the rest its unmaterial. Verna I loved your post about your reunion, it was the first time in a long long time, that a peaceful smile came to my face.Sandy i made a copy of your e mail about the Gentle Wisdom and gave it to my phsycho, she lost her son 9 years ago, so she understands the "pain", you know sometimes I wonder if there is another word for it, because pain does not really describe what we feel.Donna thank you for that special memorial it is beautiful and peaceful. Eva and Lisa, please post remember your family in the Circle of Love, we worry about you. Deb, please keep hanging in there, I know Skyla will be there with you, when God decides its the right time. Love you all my sisters. Selva

7/2/2003 20:23

Hi angel moms! I pray that everyone is OK. With the 4th of July holiday coming up and all, I know there will be families getting together all over the US, and that will not be easy on us angel moms. No holiday or special day ever is. We just have to make the best of it, "if" we choose to participate. Shortly after my Diane was killed, I didn't want to do any of the traditional things that we always did as a family ... And, fortunately, my family respected that and understood. My personal advice to all angel moms is the same: That is, do what's best for you. This is especially true for our newly bereaved angel moms, but also true for those of us who are further along. You see, the pain we feel is still there. It's just that our many, many prayers, our faith in a loving Father, our determination to regroup after a valley day or valley period ... All of these things ... including your ongoing prayers that you angel moms pray for us, have helped us to go on, in spite of the pain and loss that we will always feel. The loss of a child is unlike any other loss. That is true for all of us; no matter how long or how short the time. As Sandy reminds us often, the loss of a child/children has a pain all its own. Part of us went with our child/children, and we know that life as we knew it will never again be the same. And though we can relate the pain that other angel moms have felt and are feeling, we cannot know the depth of each moms pain. Each of the experiences, the love, the bonding that each of us shared with our own child for however long, can only be known and felt by that Mom. So, when we, who have been on the journey of grief a while longer, try to console or offer words of comfort, or reach out in compassion to those who are in the very early stages of grieving their loss, we do so, knowing in our hearts that we can't stop the pain. All we can do is pray and ask our Father, God, to provide those precious moments of peace for which we pray. I believe in the power of prayer, angel moms. I know it's not easy to wait on God to answer prayer, but I can tell you that God does answer prayer, in His own way and time... And that it is worth the wait. And, for that, I am, and forever will be grateful. Yes, you will find reasons to smile again, angel moms, and you will find joy in life again ... Only, in a different way. The clouds will be there, but eventually, the sun rays will shine through! :) So, hold on to your faith, angel moms, and God will provide you with those moments of peace for which we all pray. God bless all angel moms and their family and friends everywhere!
LOVE2U, & BigWarmDonnaBearHugs! :)

7/2/2003 20:34

Hello dear Sandy, :) Yes, AOL has finally straightened things out for me. I hope it lasts. It's great to be able to receive mail from you again. So far, I am still able to send mail to all angel moms and none have been returned. I hope everyone received my first update on the reunion. I sent an email to all angel moms earlier today. I heard back from Cindy and Selva already, so if I don't hear back from you and the other moms, I'll assume that AOL is messing with my email service again. Ha-ha!
Love & Hugs,

7/2/2003 21:14

Hi dear Selva, ~ Thank you so much for your kind words. It brought a smile to my face to know that my first update on the reunion brought a smile to yours. :) It really was a great reunion. I'll be meeting with my editor on July 14th, so I am in the process of organizing the final chapters of my book to her specification. She has formatted the first 4 chapters and will give me feedback on those at our July meeting. But, in-between working on the book project and cooking for the 4th, I will be reporting on the final activities of the reunion by way of emails. My family have be down on the list to prepare: Dirty Rice, Broccoli/Shrimp/Rice Casserole, Honey Bun Cake, & everyone's favorite, my Chocolate Cookie Cake, that I make from scratch. :) Hubby, David & his brother, Lynn are doing the barbecuing; [Ribs, Chicken, Hot Links], Son-in-law, James, will cook the Brisket, my sister Pearl, will prepare her [MaDear kinda Homemade Potato Salad! :) ... Niece [Carol and Tammy] will fry Cat Fish, & Cheryl, will prepare Mustard/Turnip Greens, Cornbread/Hush Puppies, Green Salad, cold drinks, and Tammy, fun games for the kids, and cold drinks and napkins, plates, etc. So, right now, I must go pick up all the ingredients for my contribution, BEFORE the stores get too crowded. :) Love you, my sister, and I'll email you and the other angel moms soon with the rest of the reunion update.

7/3/2003 00:58

Dearest Selva, a candle is lit and the Carmelite Sisters pray with us for answers, for healing, I'm sorry you have suffered so long. Rest, take time to heal meanwhile we will Storm Heaven for Divine intervention and God Grant an Answer for your Heart and for your Body. Love&Hope and Gentle Teddy Hugs. Donna

7/3/2003 08:49

Hello dear Miss V, yes, AOL seems to be straightened out at the moment, I did receive your Part I Reunion letter and if you go back to the last post on Page 151, you'll see I commented on it! It sounds as though a great time was had by all, :)
Love & Hugs,

7/3/2003 08:59

My dear sister, I pray that all goes well with your test this morning, DON'T walk out, find out once and for all what's wrong, we want you healthy again!
Yes, my sister, we are all praying that you will get the sign from Solange that you want so badly, God hears our prayers. I'm happy that you shared that with your Psychotherapist, and glad you went, she understands well herself losing her 9 yr. old, God bless her. Please my sister, take good care of yourself and let us know how your test went,
Lots of love & Hugs,

7/3/2003 09:50

Dearest Verna, So glad you are back and what a Beautiful message to All and Thank You for sharing Your wisdom, it is very inspiring and Loving, it is so true, Grief is personal and the best we can do is lift each other up but it is a lonely journey because it is our own. It sounds like a swell fourth of July at your place, for us I'm making twenty lbs of potatoe salad for our community get together its was my Mom's receipe so I need to get busy, Justin is spending his day with friends. I think holidays have turned to Holy Days for there is our own pain and we know that for the new Angel Moms we will be asking Prayer for solace and God's strength to get through to hang on another day. What you wrote I beleive will Bless many by your validation and wise understanding. Love& BEARHUGS Dear Verna

7/3/2003 10:24

i just want to say that i am so sorry for all of your lost .i know what you are going through by experience i lost my 22 month old son Jeremiah my husband backed over him acceidently in our drive way on Aug 28,2002 and it has been such i rough year trying to get through the holidays and his birthday . but i know that his leaving here has done for me gotten me to look at life in a diffrent perspective and believe that God does everthing for a reason. for his glory and i have accepted God doing his will .and it was no mistake with him taking ny son from me .i know he is in heaven wearing his crown .so we all must believe they are in a better place than what we are in now .so i will keep all of you in my prayers .

7/3/2003 10:48

Dear Woods1, God Bless you. I'm so sorry for your loss of your little one Jeremiah just last August. In your own pain you reach out to this circle and offer your help. God is with you and He is getting you through. The first year is rough. I know what you mean about looking at things differently. Life isn't the same as it was before our losses. I have changed so much since my 24 yr od son was killed in a single car accident 3-1/2 years ago. I often wonder why this had to happen to get my attention. But it sure did. I appreciate everything so much more, my family means more to me than ever before and it has changed my other children and husband. There is a reason for everything that happens and we may not ever know why until He calls us home. But we have to trust Him with our lives and try to carry on in the best way we know how with His help. Thank you for your prayers Woods1 and we are a praying circle and will lift you up also.
~~~Dear Father, I lift up this Angel Mom Woods1 and ask You to give her your peace and comfort to her broken heart for her child Jeremiah. Help her Lord to get through the holidays and birthdays and whatever else lays heavy on her heart. I pray that You will always be cose to her side and let her feel Your presence near. Thank You Lord, In Jesus Name, Amen. God Be with you Woods1.
Love, Yvonne<><

7/3/2003 12:03

Hello dear Woods1 and welcome to the Circle. I'm so very sorry to read about Jeremiah, it must have been so heartbreaking for your husband and you, God bless you both. As Yvonne has said, the first year is very rough, a pain all of it's own, but know that your faith in God will help you so much to slowly get through it, yes, God does do everything for a reason, His ways are not our ways, and He brought little Jeremiah back home. Yes, losing one of our precious children does change us, and some of the changes can be positive ones, as you say in your life, as well as Yvonne. God is so good to us grieving Moms! That's so sweet of you to think of all of us and pray for all, and please know that you and your family will be prayed for here and I hope you post again, we are all bonded together here in prayer and love, support and understanding. May Our Lord hold you tenderly in His arms during the painful times, and give you His peace to help you along your own Journey.
Love & Hugs,

7/3/2003 12:07

dear verna,
glad to have you back posting. i missed all your long posts. they always put a smile on my face or make me chuckle as i read them.
thank you for the part 1 of the reuion an the information you posted to share for all us moms was so uplifting.
shaner, sorry i haven't posted but i have been studing for a lab exam tonight and am looking forward to a long weekend. you would of thought i was working and no time to study. i have been studing 3-4 hrs daily and hopefully it will show i did. we havent been to th land yet. we went one day an had gravel delivered and thats it so far. planning on going to the cap on saturday for my father-n-laws birthday (4th of july) we are going to surprise him.

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7/3/2003 12:20

Yes, thank you dear Miss V and dear Donna for posting about the US holiday, I had completely forgotten about it, so both of your wise words will help newly bereaved Moms to help cope with the day.
Our big Holiday was on July 1st, Canada Day, and we celebrated it with our neighbours, who put on a big potluck for all, and then we went downtown to view the fireworks over the water. Holidays that involve family events are difficult, so Moms please celebrate it in the least painful way for you, and you will get through another difficult day.
Love & Hugs,

7/3/2003 12:30

Hi dear Deb, I thought maybe you were working on your land, but instead you've been studying hard for your test!
Deb, with you putting that much effort into studying, I know you'll pass your Lab test with flying colours! I'll say a prayer for you for the test, and as I said, I have every confidence that you'll pass it. Oh, I'm glad you liked that poem too and it put things into a different light, Cindy sent it to me, and it touched me, so I wanted to pass it along to all of you. Oh, have a wonderful time and what a nice surprise for your father-in-law! Lots of love and prayers to you my friend,
Love & Hugs,

7/3/2003 12:35

Hello dear Yvonne, it's so terrific to see you posting! I hope all is well with you and your family, and your precious little grandchildren! A very beautiful post to Woods1, and once again a lovely prayer. I hope you have a good Holiday too, and that your special Dove has been around!
Lots of love dear Yvonne,

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7/4/2003 06:45

Hello Angel Moms! ~ I have just finished with my part of the cooking. :) It is now 4:18 AM. Ha-ha! Yea, you all know me well ... Still got my nights and days mixed up. I decided to put off my baking yesterday, because Cheryl decided to do her baking over here, so I gladly let her take over. After she left, and after hubby left, grandson, Steven and I couldn't resist sampling one of his mom's cakes, and a small sample of my dirty rice. We then watched a movie on lifetime and turned in. Of course, I was up again around 2:00 AM, so now that I've finished with everything, I decided to check in to catch up on reading post.
Sandy, I did go back and check you post to me. Thank you. It really was a lot of fun seeing old friends again. Yes, we are getting ready for the big 4th of July celebration over here in the USA. The kids in our neighborhood have already started with the fireworks. It's the one time of year that I enjoy not being able to hear well. :) I love watching the sparkling fireworks; but those noisy ones I try to avoid. Time does bring about a change. :) Now, grandson can't wait to get to shoot some firecrackers! And, he always invites me to come watch. Sounds like your holiday was a lot of fun. We live close enough to downtown to see the fireworks display that they put on down on the river front, so we usually watch from our front yard to avoid the traffic and crowds; especially since the riverboats came to town. But, the younger ones usually go and take the kids and enjoy all the fun.

7/4/2003 06:47

Selva, I am glad that my email brought a little cheer and a smile to your face. I only wish I could make the pain go away. We all do, of course. I hope you take Sandy's advice and let them find out once and for all what the problem is. I know it will relieve some of your stress, once you know you are OK health wise. I think you are going to feel better in every way once you hear from your beautiful Solange. I pray with all my heart that it happens for you, my sister, and I know that will bring you much relief. I will be praying for you 24/7, and I know that God will answer all our prayers.

7/4/2003 06:48

Deb, thank you for your kind words, also. I want you to know how proud I am of you for continuing your studies, and I know you will do well on your exam. I know it will make your father-in-law very happy to have a surprise visit from you all for his birthday! What a thoughtful thing to do. I also love that poem that Cindy shared with us. It really hits home, doesn't it? Sometimes I just observe others who have not lost a child and wonder how they would react to those of us who have, -- If they only knew! :( Then, I regroup, and focus on my many blessings; Like our circle of love, and the love and support that God has provided for us here, where we know we are not alone and that others really do understand and share our moments of joy as well as our ongoing grief and pain. And, it is also a blessing to know that God will never leave us to bear our cross alone! Others may forget, but God never does! :) God bless you, Deb, and I pray that your father's health continues to improve

7/4/2003 06:50

Donna, ~ God bless you, dear one. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, also. I want you to know what an inspiration you are to me and to everyone! Sometimes, when I'm feeling a little sad, I think about your courage, and the beautiful prayers you pray and your words of wisdom that your share with all of us, and somehow, I manage to regroup, and try again. I think that it is such a blessing that God brought each of us to this safe place to share our good days and the not so good days. It always helps to know that others care. Thank you also for the beautiful fwd pages and kind words that you share. I am keeping both you and your dear sister in my heartfelt prayers.

Yvonne, ~ It is always a pleasure to come here and find one of your beautiful prayers and words of wisdom. Praying that you and family have a peaceful holiday and that you are enjoying the grand kids. :)

7/4/2003 06:51

Dear Woods1, ~ When I read your post, tears filled my eyes. I am so very sorry to read of the tragic loss of your precious son, Jeremiah. I lost my 36 year old daughter, Diane, in a tragic wreck on Aug. 31, 1996. Your pain is so new, and as Yvonne and Sandy says, the first year is so very difficult, but God will be with you and your husband, and give you the strength and courage to go on, in spite of the indescribable grief that you are feeling. Here, in our circle of love, you and your husband will be prayed for 24/7. We often remind each other that God ways are not our ways, and we may never fully understand why bad things happen to good people in this world. But, by faith, we know that God will help us on our grief journey, and that because He gave His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, to pay for any and all sin, for all time, ... Someday, we will see and embrace our children, as well as our other loved ones again, forevermore! Please know that you and your husband will be prayed for here. Thank you so much for your kind words and for your prayers. God's peace and blessings,

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