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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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8/6/2001 12:39

May god grant you peace. My heart is at one with yours. I know your pain and sorrow. almost 10 years ago, my only child was killed coming home one evening. The first year the pain was just unberable. I understood how to pray, I knew when to pray, but I was a mother who just missed her child. Only a parent who has shared your grief can possibly understand. I stayed in constant prayer. Even though it has been 10 years, some days are still better than others. God will give you the strength to go on. Remember your child, smile to yourself, when you want to cry. When you want to cry, then cry never try to prove to the world how strong you are. Remember that God is so good, he blessed you to raise this wonderful person, allowed you to be their mother. That's a blessing. Any time you feel like you just can't go on, anytime you think that pain is just too much. Just lean on the lord, only he can bring you through. Pray for me as I pray for you. God be with you.

8/6/2001 20:35

marylinky, may God grant you peace also. Your heart too is one with our's. I am so very sorry to hear that you only child was taken from you. You offer very good advice, and we can all benefit from it, it's been 10 years for you but the ache never really goes away, does it. Yes, I'm in agreement also, prayer and the prayers of others have brought me this far and will carry me further along, until I am reunited with my son. God is good, He has blessed me in so many, many ways since I lost my son that I have a deeply grateful heart. And yes, there is comfort in the knowledge that out of all the women in the world, God handpicked each one of us to be the mother of the beloved child that is now home. You will be prayed for just as you pray for us and God bless you for posting your thoughts and prayers here.
Luv Sandy

8/7/2001 17:09

It has been 10 years since my only child was murdered. The pain never ever truly goes away, put I always pay for God to give me the strength to make it through just one more day. Take one day at a time. God will never give you more than you can handle.
I pray for your continued strenght, remember that your child is now one of Gods littlest angels. Never get too lost in the pain, it can and will be at times so overwhelming that you can't even think straight. I really do understand. Stay in prayer. I learned all my life that PRAYER Changes things. Each year you will become a little stronger, each year you will learn to deal with the pain a little differently. God in his infinite wisdom is just so good.+
To God be the glory. God bless you and keep you. Pray for me as I pray for you

8/10/2001 08:55

You never loose any one that passes from you, they are but in a different state. They are still around you, you only have to sit quietly and feel their presence. It is good to try and set aside a quiet time in the day, to think, to pray, but most importantly to allow yourself to still send and receive the love of those who can never leave you. Once you reach out with your heart, and feel.

8/10/2001 14:26

Thank you genen for your post. Yes, as a lot of us will attest to, there are many times when we can feel our children around us and it's very comforting.
Luv Sandy

8/12/2001 02:26

Shaner - It amazes me that you find the strength to ALWAYS be there for someone else in this circle. You are definitely an angel on earth. Do you still do the discussion groups.

8/12/2001 08:05

God will guide you thru these rough waters, have faith in him. My heart and thoughts go with you, God Bless You!

8/12/2001 08:57

SJMike7, thank you so very much for posting here, we all appreciate the time and trouble you took to post your kind words, prayer and thoughts to us all!
May God bless you also,
Luv Sandy

8/12/2001 09:08

cindys1021, thank you for your very kind words, but I am just struggling along like everyone else, Our Heavenly Father planted the 'seed' to start this Circle because without prayer, those of myself and those of others, I don't think I would have made it very good through that awful first year. So it's a way of 'giving back' to be able to pray for all these mothers and hopefully offer an encouraging word to help them also in their own grief.
I believe strongly in the power of prayer! Yes, I am thinking of starting another Discussion Group here for Bereaved Parents, and I hope some of you would be interested.
Luv Sandy

8/12/2001 20:26

tbelieves- I want to say to all who has lost their loved one(s) to hang on to the faith in our LORD! I know that we as humans can have faith in GOD, but when a tradegy hits our lives as such, questioning and all kinds of answers are looked for from somewhere. I am a mother of 6 children ranging from the ages of 17yrs down to 5yrs, and on a daily basis I try hard to deal with their noise, bickering among one another and the hard headness behavior. I am depresseed all the time! I sometimes cry because it's too much for me to bare at that moment, and I just want to pack up and walk away from them, to save my own sanity!! I feel that if I'm not mentally and emotionally correct WITHIN, I can't possibly raise my children correctly.(along with their father, it's still very difficult for me) But with all of that, I'm very sure it could never touch the pain within, compared to actually loosing a child.

8/13/2001 12:37

To Shanes parents,
Some times we hurt because we think that the longer a person is gone that we
will forget about them. I just want to let you know that when you love some such as your child that nothing and no one can ever take the memories away from you because they are carved in your
heart and mind. Shane is in a far more
better place than we could ever imagine.
absent from the body present with the Lord. Your goal now is to live so that you will be able to see your son again.
He has given you a purpose and new meaning to living as God's people in the
hopes of being with him again. Continue to remember him in the good light and smile knowing that he gave you joy will
he walked this earth. Sometimes the pain of losing someone you love only show the level of love that you have for him in your hearts. Just imagine how you would feel if you didn't have the pain then that means your hearts were empty and no love was there
Sometime Joy and Pain are the same
God Bless You, may your pain give you joy of his memory.

8/13/2001 14:18

I would like to add my prayer here.. I too have lost a child and know the hurt that it brings to us.
I pray for the light and love of the universe to shine on us and strengthen us as we must keep on in this life with out our babies.. even if we had many years with them or only moments they are our babies our precious ones..
We miss them and long to see them smile again or to have the chance to hear a cry.. Nothing is permanent in this life but I know that Love goes on.. it is the spark that beats our hearts.. always remember love.. May we all be enfolded in pure love and light and comforted as we need to be in these difficult times and may we shine through to help all others who must walk this path with us. Many Blessings to us all and Peace Eternal, Lotus

8/14/2001 12:00

mashell, thank you so very much for your kind, thoughtful post. what you say is so true, the more that you love someone, in this case, on these pages, our children, the more we feel the pain of their loss. And as mothers, who carried them for 9 months, the joy of giving birth to them, seeing them through the different stages of their childhood, rejoicing in their childhood, the teen years, seeing them starting to blossom as individuals in their own right, or perhaps losing them as young children, not experiencing the teen years, or as babies, never seeing them take their first step, I know that a mother's heart is a special one, and no matter when you've lost your child, you're going to experience a tremendous amount of pain. That is not to say fathers don't experience pain, they certainly do, just not in the same way that moms do. Their pain is awful too, just in a different way. So yes, we rejoice that they are now experiencing their heavenly reward, but we miss their physical presence, and in my case, as I know in other's we always will. So now we live our lives the way God intended us to live them, so we will one day be reunited with our child, and our other loved ones who have passed, and Our Heavenly Father knows that a piece of ourselves went with our child, and we are forever changed. But He sends us special graces and blessings to get us through and puts the right people in our paths to help us along also. The pain does give us joy of their memory, and you're right, nobody and nothing can take away the love that we share and continue to share with them. May God bless you for your wonderful post,
Luv Sandy

8/14/2001 12:06

Lotuslady, thank you also for your wonderful post, and I am so sorry that you also have lost a child. Yes, love is the most important emotion that there is, the only one that ever really counts, and the one that never dies.
Yes, may our love shine as you so eloquently put, to help others who are also on this path. God bless you also,
Luv Sandy

8/14/2001 13:24

To all who have lost a child and to you who post in this site God Bless you. My heart goes out to all of you because I too have lost a child receintly due to Hypoplastic left heart. Citlali was born on 3-10-01 and passed away 5-3--01, I agree with Cyndy I too go to the cemetary and sit and cry and wonder why? The pain is worst now at 3 months later than when it happened I was so numb for so long and now I keep running everything in my mind and it is very painful. I get on line everyday to read something new some reason maybe some explanation of why and how it happend but I still have no solid answer. To all thank you and I will kepp you in my prayers. Reyna

8/14/2001 18:09

My name is Desiree....I havent lost a child...I am only 15 but, my brother was killed because, he was drinking and he spun out of control...some of you have lost a child to drunk drivers...and some to other reasons..I didnt know my brother well but, I do know it affects everybody and especially the parents...I lift up all of you who have lost a child. Please rember that God Blesses us with so much and things happen for reasons we will never understand but, your children are in Gods hands....God loves you all and I will continue to pray for you all. God Bless You All. You are in my prayers.

8/15/2001 09:41

Reyna, my heart goes out to you, you're also in a lot of pain right now. It has just happened with you, so it's still very, very recent. You are going through a natural part of the grieving process, the numbness, the shock, the "why's", and it's all OK, it's all natural and don't try to hold it in, let it all out. If you feel like going to your child's grave and just sit there and cry, that's alright, whatever makes you feel better for the moment is just one way of coming to terms slowly with what has happened to you. And it does take time, as a lot of moms on these pages will tell you. So as I advise other moms who are newly bereaved, please be gentle with yourself, cry if you want, grieve all you want, and just let the grief process and healing process take it's course, and know that you will be prayed for here. God bless you, Reyna, you're in our prayers.
Luv Sandy

8/15/2001 09:46

My heart is at one with yours. My only child was murdered 10 years ago. You know the hurt and pain one goes through. You are so very young to experience such pain. I pray for your continued strength in the Lord. Stay in prayer, the Lord will guide you, and bless you. Never doubt that he is wit you always. Remember that you now have an angel watching over you. Pray for me as I come up on my sons 26th birthday on August 20th. I will always wonder what type of man he would have been. But when I think of him, I don't cry, I just smile, and If I cry they are tears of joy. The joy of just being his mother was enough. Pray for me as I pray for you. God be with you.

8/15/2001 09:48

Hi Desiree, first, I am so sorry about your own loss of your brother, I gather from your post that he was older than you, and that's why you didn't know him all that well, but from listening to your mom and dad, other's who knew him, pictures, memories, etc., you have your own 'closeness' with him in your own way. Desiree, being only 15, you are wise beyond your years, you have a lot of faith and an understanding of it that a lot of adults don't. Thank you so much for posting here and your prayers, we all need them, including your own family, so we really appreciate your kind words and insights. God bless,
Luv Sandy

8/15/2001 09:54

Marylinky, our thoughts and prayers will be with you on your son's upcoming Anniversary of his Birthday, and I know you will remember it with tears of joy, I suppose we'll always wonder what sort of person our child would have become, those of us fortunate enough to have had our child for longer periods of time, look back fondly on the growing years, but we will always wonder "what if". Yes, stay strong in prayer, and you are in ours. May God bless you,
Luv Sandy

8/15/2001 12:22

Shaner, Thanks for the advice. And yes you are right I spoke with my husband last night and informed him that I spoke with a lady at the hospital so she can investigate what happened. I know I can't bring my little girl back but it is just something I feel I need to do. You know also everyday seems to be more and more painful instead of less. As I read other peoples stories like fifi loosing your son at 15 I think of the pain you must feel I wish some how I could make it go away because I too have a recent16 yr old and they are still children but yet they act so grown. My heart goes out to you all. God bless. Reyna

8/15/2001 16:16

Thank you for all your prayers. I feel so blessed to have found such a wonderful way to express myself with people who truly understand. Anniversary dates such as birthdays, Mothers Day, the anniversary of his death are very difficult times. I have weathered the storm. When anything happens in my life now, I know that If I can survive the death of my only child I know that I can survive anything. I also know that I didn't make it this far by myself. To God be the Glory. He gets the honor and the praise. I feel truly blessed. I'm not even sure who originally sent this e-mail to me, it has been a blessing. I have all of you in my daily prayers.
God is good all the time.

8/16/2001 00:15

my unborn was 7 month and die but i know that god is with the baby i pray that get my and my baby mom to keep us strong in heart and mind lord to go on forward in life and i know lord you will be there by are side every step of the way [aman] love you lord

8/16/2001 12:18

Hello pleaseandgoodness. I am so sorry to hear thay you have lost your litttle precious one! But you are right, your dear baby is now with God and He will send you graces and blessings to help you with your loss, Our Lord is there with you, every step of the way. God bless you,
Luv Sandy

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