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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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8/28/2003 02:10

It is been awhile since I've been here. I think of all the moms writing in and know that their is a world full of mother's who's hearts ache.
When I begin to feel sad about not having Lisa here with me, I remember the words I said to her daughter, Nikita.
I was having to explain that her mother had died. I told her that when we are a baby angel in heaven and come into a new baby on earth, the angel family and friends in heaven are sad we are leaving. But, the people on earth are happy that the baby angel is being born.
Then, when the angel's body does not work anymore, the angel gets to leave the body and go home! So, we feel sad that someone we love is not here anymore. But, when the Angel goes home, they through a big party and laugh and sing because the angel baby has come home.
I tell Nikita that we don't die, we just take off our body and go home.
And someday we will take off our bodies and join Mommy in heaven. I know she will be there to help us find our way home.
I pray for peace, joy and happiness to flow over you.
Love Cheryl

8/28/2003 04:04

Hi Cheryl, ~ I just clicked on to catch up on reading. But after reading your post, I had to sign in and respond. First of all, it's good to see a post from you. :) Your post touched me deeply. What a wonderful way of describing Lisa's home going. I have heard it described in many ways, but your way of explaining it is the best by far. :) Give Niki a big angel hug from all of her Aunt Angel Moms!
Love & BearHugs,

8/28/2003 05:32

Hello All, ~ It's been a very long day! I've been up all day and that's a miracle for me. :) A lot going on here with school starting and all. Hubby and I help out some days with picking up the kids when their moms can't do it because of work or school. Cheryl is working as an aid this year in the computer lab at the school where I worked before I retired. I'm not sure it's official or if it's volunteer work. She hasn't stopped long enough to fill me in. Anyway, she is taking 12 hours toward her degree, but has to pick up 3 more hours in order to be eligible for student aid next semester. She's maintained a 4.0, but money is so tight, she did not get a full scholarship this time, so she is stressed about that. I told her to just do her best and depend on God to make a way. If not now, then, in His time. I'm just glad she decided to go back and earn her degree, God bless her. She seems really determined this time. Of course, I knew if she ever started substitute teaching she would fall in love with the kids, and they with her. :) Please help me pray that all will go well for her and James and his dad. She called tonight to say that they were at the hospital because James dad is in intensive care. He had is other leg amputated recently, and is not doing very well. James is a car salesman and works very long hours but spends a lot of time looking after his father. His mother died just before he and Cheryl met, so it's pretty much on him.
I'd like to thank all of you for all the touching and fun fwd pages. They really lift my spirits and help me to keep it all together. Some valley moments, but your prayers and support help tremendously. Again, thank you all.
Lisa, I'm so glad that you were able to find some peace with the channeling session. I have watch some famous person do this on TV, but forget his name at the moment. Whoever he is, he is very good. Cheryl checked out a book by Sylvia Browne today and I can't wait to read it. It's called the Book of Dreams. Because most of my dreams in the past have warned me of impending deaths, I have developed a fear of dreaming. Cheryl sees this phenomenon as a gift. I'm hoping Sylvia's book will shed some light on things to help me better understand it all. :) Fortunately, I did have a very vivid dream that allowed me to embrace my daughter and ask her about heaven and find a bit of closure. I thank God for that. But I still feel sad because I didn't understand that my dreams were indeed warnings. Even though I know I there was nothing I could have done to prevent these deaths, I still feel I should have known something was about to happen. :(

Oh gosh angel moms, it is after 4 AM. So I must sign off so I will be alert to pick up the grand kids tomorrow. Will try to finish posting later today after a few hours sleep. :)
Love & BearHugs,

8/28/2003 12:13

Hi Angel Moms,
I am just stopping in for a few minutes to post the calendar that I have made. Please send me any corrections and missing item asap. Selva, I need your birthday! You too, Donna. Eva??? How are you? Haven't heard from you in a long time. If I forgot anyone, please know it is not intentional, my mind doesn't work very well these days.
Love to all of you,

Okay so I can't get it to paste right. I will send it to you all in an email too.

Verna Birthday/1941 24-May Birthday
Lisa Birthday 11-Aug Birthday
Sandy Whalen Birthday 30-Sep Birthday
Deb's Birthday/1964 01-Dec Birthday

Angel Mom Date
Shane Rebirth Day/1999 Sandy 15-Mar Anniversary
Mikey Rebirth Day/1996 Donna 07-Apr Anniversary
Shane Birthday/1974 Sandy 28-May Birthday
Mikey Birthday/1972 Donna 09-Aug Birthday
Michael Birthday/1981 Deb 12-Aug Birthday
Michael Rebirth Day/2000Deb 14-Aug Anniversary
Solange Rebirth Day Selva 15-Aug Anniversary
Diane Birthday/1960 Verna 16-Aug Birthday
Diane Rebirthday/1996 Verna 31-Aug Anniversary
Christina Marie Birthday and Rebirthday/ 1976 Donna 04-Sep Birthday & Anniversary
Aaron Rebirth/2002 Lisa 26-Sep Anniversary
Solange Birthday/1981 Selva 07-Dec Birthday

8/28/2003 15:26

Hi dear Cheryl, gosh yes, it's been awhile, but I'm so happy to see a post from you again! Pray things are going well for you and Nikki. Yes, how true, not only on these pages, but right now there are other Mom's heart's breaking somewhere.
What a beautiful way to explain to a child, Nikki, Lisa's passing! Children have a hard time understanding death, but the way you described it to Nikki, truly warms the heart, and rings so true! Thanks for sharing that with us.
Really happy to see you again, and don't be a stranger, :) hope we'll see more of you! God bless you and Nikki,
Love & Angel Hugs,

8/28/2003 15:40

Hello our dear Miss V! Caught again, :)
not only up all day, but well into the wee hours again, I hope you're not doing that because of your fear of dreaming. I agree with Cheryl, it is a gift, perhaps not one you like right now, but understanding it more will help you to accept it as the gift it is.
I saw Sylia Browne on Larry King Live talking about this Book of Dreams, but I've never personally read it.
Oh gosh, that's so sad about Cheryl's father-in-law, God bless him, of course we'll pray for all! And thank you Miss V for all your Cards and fwd.'s, they also lift up a sagging spirit!
Much love & Bear Hugs,

8/28/2003 15:42

Hi dear Lisa, received your list as you know, beautifully done and thanks so much for taking the time to make it for us all!
Love & Angel Hugs,

8/28/2003 15:45

Eva, I hope you're able to read this, your mailbox has been over quota now for quite some time, we pray that everything is alright, and know our prayers and love are with you,
Love & Hugs,

8/28/2003 15:57

Our dear Donna, hope and pray that everything is working out alright, that Shar is doing much better, we've missed your loving posts this week, and look forward to hearing from you soon, our prayers and love are with you, but you know that,
Lots of love & Bear Hugs,

8/28/2003 16:03

Dear Angel Moms, another of our Angel Moms has asked us for our prayers, Cindy, (cindys1021). She and her family are going through a very rough time right now, and I assured her that we would storm Heaven for her. Thanks dear Moms, I know she appreciates and needs our prayer support right now.
Love & Angel Hugs,

8/28/2003 16:09

I came across this poem, and immediately related to it in the beginning, when our pain is 24/7. Unfortunately I don't know who wrote it, but they surely knew how to express that awful pain in the beginning of our Journeys.

I have a new companion

That's always by my side

A dark and clinging shadow

From which I cannot hide.


It's there when I awaken

It goes to bed with me

No where can I find escape

No where am I free.


It's presence is pervasive

And offers no relief

How well I've come to know it

My new companion,


8/28/2003 16:23

Oh gee, my sister, I just saw your post now on the previous page, I thought the page was filled? Ah, Nancy misses your company, so good for you spending more time with her. Hope the Marlins won for you, :) Of course we understand my sister, I pray that your Dr. can help you to cry, vent, and let the pain out where it belongs, that rock you feel in your chest is the stress of not being able to cry, so we'll all praying that you will be able to cry, and then that rock will go away. Donna is spending all week with Shar, and Shar doesn't have a Computer, but hopefully we'll hear from her soon, with some good news. Love you my sister, and praying for you,
Lots of love & Hugs,

8/28/2003 19:48

Hi my dear Angel sisters, Ms V you are overdoing it again, what are we going to do with you?, you have to take care of yourself so we can see you in Oprah, with your book, I pray that everything is going well with the book, you are so lucky taking care of your grandchildren, Hurray for your daughter going back to school , I always told Solange that I will keep up with all her adventures, but School was number one on the list, she did keep up to it. LISA, thank you my dear sister, what a great job you did this way we can say special prayers on those days, unfortunally there are so many of us. Sandy my sister, I am so glad you got the mail, I thoughed it was going to be returned, I hope you did not have to pay extra postage, I will try to scann it and send it to all my sisters, Deb I tried again to get into Skyla web site but no luck, I will keep on trying until I get it straight,dont worry my sister, God will take care of that. I went to my Dr. today, and its true what she said, the 2 year its worse thatn than the first, I am going nuts about it, the pain is greater , I try to hide it because my sister and brother has put up with me for a year now, but they have no idea what its going on within me, I can not stand this pain anymore, I just don't know what to do. I will keep on trying to get in touch with Solange, this way, if I can, then it will bring a little peace to my heart, and then I will patiently way until my time comes, but in the meantime, its just plain hurt. Love my sisters. Selva

8/30/2003 12:12

Dearest Angel Moms, ThankYou for your Prayers and good wishes. I got home last night and Shar was doing better because Jan was in the put in the hospital for bronchitis and there was no smoke in the house for a few days and Shar finally was doing better Jan was released against Drs orders and made it clear she is not going to quit smoking so I'm praying Shar will continue to do as well I'm going over after I get dress to see Shar and hoping all goes well she'll be on oxgen for awhile but I'm hoping she has turned a corner but smoke in the house will make it longer for her is what the Dr said and as soon as she is well she is going to look for her own place it is a serrious condition but if the person doesn't smoke and gets flu and pneumonia shots Shar should do well with only ocassional flair ups I aired the house out good and sanitized so in time Shar will have her own place. Missed You and will catch up with you all soon Have a great weekend and Thankyou for your Love and Care Donna

8/30/2003 17:44

Hi my sister Donna, so great to hear from you and find out that Shar is getting better, I really hope she finds a place soon where she can be without her (stobburn room mate), I think that it is not nice from her, but don't worry God is looking after you and Shar, so everything will turn out to be fine after all. Be sure that our prayers are with you and Shar, so please keep us posted as soon as you can, I know you are very busy now, so don't worry we will keep up on pressing On. Love you and give Shar a great bear hug from me. Selva.

8/30/2003 21:41

Oh that's terrific Donna, I'm sure she has turned a corner, not smoking herself and keeping up with her shots for flu and pneumonia will greatly protect her. You have a good weekend too, and say Hi to Shar for us all,
Love & Hugs,

8/30/2003 21:49

Hi my sister! Yes, I received your mail, and no, I didn't have to pay for any extra postage, :) Yes, I'm sure the other Angel Moms would love to have a copy too. You're just entering the 2nd year, so still give yourself plenty of time and keep praying, usually in the 2nd year the Reality of it all starts to set in, and yes, it's painful, but leaning on Our Lord during the painful times will help you, or rather HE will help you, love you my sister,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

8/30/2003 21:55

Hello Angel Moms, Miss V may post later on tonight, but if she doesn't, she and her hubby's good friend who recently lost his wife, lost his mother also, so she asks for our prayers for this, and also for her mother-in-law, who is ill right now, (90 yrs. young) and of course tomorrow is Diane's 7th year Anniversary, so I assured her we will keep all of this in our prayers for her.
Love ya's,

8/31/2003 08:09

Hello our dear Miss V, our prayers and love are with you and your family today as you mark Diane's 7th year passing, may the good memories surface more than the painful ones, and may Our dear Lord give you His comfort and peace today, and if the tears come, let them fall, missing your precious Diane doesn't go away, even after 7 yrs. God bless you dear Verna, and please take care of yourself too, your Angel Diane is watching over you,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

8/31/2003 12:07

Good Morning Verna,
I thought of you as soon as I opened my eyes this morning and I lit a candle for your Diane as soon as I got out of bed. Please know my heart aches for you today and I am saying extra prayers for you today. Even though it's been seven years, I'm sure in some ways it feels just like it was yesterday. Don't hold back the tears and emotions today, let them flow and let God flow in to your heart as well. Love you and Bless you and your family.

8/31/2003 17:36

Hi my sister Verna, you know that you are sorrounded by our prayers, I am sure Diane is there with you. Remember the good times. Our prayers are with you my good Angel sister. Love you. Selva

8/31/2003 23:26

Dearest Verna, You bet we will pray and know our Hearts and Love are with you and with them Angels all Around Love&BearHugs Donna

9/1/2003 16:13

Dear Angel Moms, this was in my latest Newsletter from Bereaved Parents of Ontatio. It's so true for recently Bereaved Moms and for us too, who are further along the road with worn out shoes,

For the Newly Bereaved

Most bereaved parents experience one or more of the following:

*Feel physically exhausted, have difficulty sleeping, do not want to go to sleep or get up

*Feel a tightness in the throat, heaviness in the chest, or a lump in the stomach like a rock.

*Have an empty feeling with appetite loss.

*Wander aimlessly, forget a thought in the middle of a sentence, neglect to finish tasks, feel restless, look for activity, but can't concentrate.

*Have respiratory reactions - excessive yawning, gasping, hyperventilating.

*Experience feelings of anxiety.

*Think they are losing their mind.

*Say to oneself, "If only I had..."

*Keep asking, "Why?"

*Feel they don't want to go on.

* Feel the loss isn't real. that the child will return.

* Sense the loved one's presence by expecting the child to walk in the door or phone at the usual time. Hear the voice or see the face.

* Look for the child in a crowd or see reminders unexpectedly.

* Need to tell and retell and remember things about the child and the experience of death.

*Cry at unexpected times.

*Feel able to cope and then fall back again - a see-saw type of reaction.

*Feel depressed.

All of these reactions are natural and normal. It is important not to deny one's feelings, but to learn to express them. Realizing that you are not alone in having these reactions is helpful. One's balance is regained slowly through understanding and working through the grief process.

It has been said that the bereaved underestimate their ability to survive. Many bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents are proof that the self-help process in a group work.

I'm not posting this to make anyone sad, but to help us all realize that we're not alone in our grieving, and all of us have experienced some of these feelings at one time or another. Here, at this Circle, we are the Group that lifts us all up in spirit, with love, support, prayers, and the sharings of all.

Love & Hugs,

9/1/2003 16:17

And....I almost forgot,
HAPPY LABOUR DAY!!! All across North America are BBQ's lit and food on the grill, yum, :)

Lots of love & Bear Hugs,

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