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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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buckholzv
11/2/2003 03:42

Hi to everyone, I am up late tonight and just wanted to pray for all of you even though I am not a parent that has lost a child I do have a parent that did. You ladies are so personal all the other prayer circles I have been on aren't so I keep coming back to this one because I know that there is support here. I went for a job interview with catholic social services yesterday and pray that I get the job I haven't worked in over 4 months my husband is carring the family right now, everything went well with the families spending time together last week and there all home now my mom lives in Simi Valley, CA where the fires broke out only 2 blocks away from her house all is clear now. Well its 1:43am here so I will sign out for now thanks for listening. My email is azfamilyof6@msn.com
Vicki


deborahpoo
11/2/2003 06:45

Dear Angle moms,
I have missed coming here but have been real busy between work, school, and the dr's. Things have been ok since putting Dascerie to sleep and at work a coworker lost his 6 month old niece to spinabifida and another coworker put her dog to sleep on thursday. thank you shaner for "Rainbow Bridge" for i gave her a copy and she liked it alot, and my boss wanted a copy too. thank you. I have a poem that I would like to share with you that my coworker wrote to read at his nieces service. I hope it will help all who have lost a child o children.
lots of love and prayers to you all and i pray for strenght and encouragement as he holidays are upon us.

love Debby


deborahpoo
11/2/2003 12:55

dear angle moms,
sorry i haven't posted the poem yet. when my husband got up this morning we decided to do things together so i haven't been home to post it. i will when i get home. sorry. thoughts and prayers to you all. love debby


SELVAM
11/2/2003 16:37

Hi Vicky, Thanks so much for posting here, yes we are all a big family sharing the same pain. Please be sure that we will pray for your parents and also that you get that job, you can count on us and prayers are miracles. Hi Deb, well you can post again with the poem, good for you that you are doing things together, you know we are all here for you. Love you my sisters. Selva


SELVAM
11/2/2003 16:41

Hi my dear sister Sandy. Just spoke to Verna through AOL chat, she is working on getting you out of the spam mail, she is going to Office Depot to try to find the right gadget for the computer, this way she does not have to type, you know with her arms giving her problems. I am worried about Donna and Shar, have you guys heard from them? Please let me know. Thanks. Love you my sisters. Selva


deborahpoo
11/3/2003 04:41

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
HEAVEN WILL BE GREAT.
JUST LIKE YOU SAID,
I DON'T THINK THERE'S MUCH LONGER TO WAIT.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
I HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL WHO COMES AT NIGHT.
I TOLD HER ONCE I WANTED TO GO,
BUT SHE SAID THE TIME WAS NOT RIGHT.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
MY ANGEL CAME THIS MORNING.
WHILE YOU WERE STILL IN BED,
AND SHE CAME WITH A WARNING.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL I HEARD YOU PRAY,
DON'T LET THEM BRING YOU BACK.
BUT I ALSO KNEW YOU DIDN'T WANT GOD TO TAKE ME AWAY.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
WHEN YOU STILL DIDN'T KNOW I WAS GONE,
MY ANGEL PUT HER HAND IN MINE,
AND I WAS NO LONGER STIFF AND SICK, I FELT SO HAPPY & FINE.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
I SAW YOU IN THE HOSPITAL ROOM AND ASK SOMEONE IS SHE GONE.
I SAW THE LOOK ON DADDY'S FACE WHEN THE NURSE SAID YES!
IT LOOKED LIKE HE COULDN'T GO ON.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
WHEN YOU WERE FINALLY OUT OF SIGHT,
I TOLD MY GUARDIAN ANGEL,
NOW I THINK THE TIME IS JUST RIGHT.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
I SAW YOU HOLDING ME TIGHT.
I KISSED YOU GOOD-BYE WITH MY LOVE,
AND TRIED TO TELL YOU I WAS ALRIGHT.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
FOR ME, YOU DID EVERYTHING RIGHT.
GREAT-GRAMPY, GRAM WILLA, AND GOD ALL SAID IT
WHEN THEY WERE THERE TO GREET ME TONIGHT.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
THERE'S NO LONGER ANY PAIN,
YOU CAN GO ON WITH YOUR LIFE,
AND NOT FEEL SO HOPELESS OR DRAINED.

GUESS WHAT MOMMY & DADDY,
I PROMISE I'LL WATCH YOU ALL YOUR DAYS THROUGH.
AND BE LIKE YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL,
JUST BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!!!!


deborahpoo
11/3/2003 04:48

DEAR ANGEL MOMS,
HOW ARE YOU ALL DOING? THINGS ARE FINE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY AND I HOPE THEY ARE FOR YOU. THANK YOU SANDY, SELVA & VERNA FOR ALL YOUR EMAILS. I NO LONGER HAVE THE SILLYWINNIEPOO EMAIL FOR I FOR GOT MY PASS WORD SO I CAN'T GET ANY OF MY MAIL. PLEASE SEND THEM TO MRSDEBBYB64@AOL.COM.

VERNA WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MEMORIAL PAGE YOU HAVE FOR YOUR SON. I SA HERE THIS MORNING READING EVERYTHING YOU HAVE PUT ABOUT YOUR SON. IT'S BEAUTIFUL..
I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE PEACE AND COMFORT TODAY AND KNOW YOU ARE ALL BLESSED.
LOVE DEBBY


deborahpoo
11/3/2003 04:53

P.S. DONNA THA YOU TOO FOR THE EMAILS. THEY ALL CHEER ME UP HEN I'M DOWN. WHICH SEEMS TO BEALOT WITH ALL THE HOLIDAYS COMING UP.

DEAR FATHER,
TODAY I ASK FOR YOUR BLESSING FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT THE WILL HAVE PEACE, COMFORT, AND COURAGE TO GO FORWARD THIS DAY AND THAT YOU CAN GIVE THEM GUIDENCE AND STRENGHT FOR ANOTHER DAY. I ASK THIS IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AMEN.


shaner
11/3/2003 08:44

Hi dear Vicki, gosh, you were up late! But happily you posted here!! You're part of the 'family' now Vicki, so you post here whenever you want, we all love your posts and appreciate so much your prayers! Oh, Praise God for answered prayers, the week went well for your in-laws and your Mom, that's terrific. Oh, I pray too that you get the job, that's wonderful work and you'd be very good at it, I'll ask Our Blessed Mother for her intervention for you. Oh my gosh, your Mom was right in the thick of the fires, I'm so happy that she's safe and her home wasn't touched! Please let us know if you get the job, and thanks for your e-mail address, be prepared for lots of mail, ha, ha, if you get too much, just let us know, :-) We'll listen anytime dear Vicki, so please keep coming back here,
Love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


shaner
11/3/2003 08:56

Hi our dear Deb, nice to see you finally posting, we've missed you around here! Uh-oh, I've been sending mail to your sillywinnie acct., so thanks for telling us about your new one, I'll delete the old one and add the new. Aw, that's terrific that "Rainbow ridge" helped out you, and the people you passed it along to, you know how hard it is to lose a pet, so you've helped them out by passing it along, God bless you! Wow Deb, what a sad but beautiful poem, your co-worker wrote it straight from the heart, it really shows. Thanks for all your mail too, Deb, I know you're busy with work and school, but we still want to hear from you when you can! Yes, the Holidays are creeping up, I bought my first Christmas present on Saturday, and the American Thanksgiving is coming up too, we had our's in October - Holidays are always so hard, but we always get through them, with the grace of God. Love you too Deb, and you know you're always in our prayers and love,
Love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


LOVE2U
11/3/2003 08:58

Guess what Deb?

I thought I had made it through the day
But the poem that you shared with us
blew all of that away!
But my tears are not all tears of sorrow
For in my heart I know ...
That God sent His Angel of mercy
For that precious little soul!
It literally broke God's heart
To see this precious Angel in pain ...
So He sent His Special Angel of Mercy
To bring her home again
So my tears of sadness
are for her parents, you see...
But, the tears of joy ...
are for this precious little Angel...
Whose soul is now eternally free!
For her, there is no more hurting ...
And no more pain...
And, best of all, God has assured her
She will see her Mommy & Daddy again!
And God has assured her ...
He will stand by Mommy & Daddy's side
And somehow reveal to them
There precious little angel is very much alive!
And God has assured her, that
Mommy & Daddy's love for her is eternal ...
That's why He chose them for the part ...
To be her Mommy & Daddy ...
God knew from the beginning ...
Their love for her IS eternal!!!
And that ... She will remain ...
Forever In Their Hearts!

Deb, my heart goes out to your coworker, the parents & family of this precious little angel. And please let your coworker know that his poem brought tears to my eyes & literally took my breath away!


shaner
11/3/2003 09:05

Hi my dear sister, by now you're all moved over to your house, but at least we can still chat with each other during the day, while you're at work - praying for a sunny day for you today.
You tell Miss V to give AOL a piece of her mind, ha, me, a spammer?, ha, ha!
YES, I finally heard from our dear Donna yesterday, her computer had picked up a virus a couple of weeks back, and she thought it was fixed, but they had to do some more work to it to get it back up and running properly - said she had a busy week, and Jan, Shar's roommate was sick also, apparently had a seizure. But HURRAY our Donna's back!
Love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


LOVE2U
11/3/2003 09:17

Dear Sandy, ~ Yea, I know ... According to my email to Y'all, I should DA been in bed and asleep. But, you read the poem that Deb shared, and I bet it got to you, too! So very touching! My heart aches for the parents! Well, hopefully, I'll be getting email from you soon! As I explained in my email, I've done all kinds of stuff to try to make sure your email gets through. :) So, try to send a short email using any of the email addresses I sent. I think I sent it using my PeaceBeUntoYou email address. So don't delete it thinking it's Spam! :)
Love & Hugs,
Yo Miss V. :)


SELVAM
11/3/2003 13:24

Hi Debby. Thanks for sharing that beautiful poem, yes we can all relate to it, tell you wo worker we will praying for her and the parents of the little Angel, yes she is a beautiful little Angel in Heaven now.Love Selva


SELVAM
11/3/2003 13:27

Hi my dear sister. Well I am still staying at my sister, the exterminators won't come until tomorrow at 12pm, so we will stay tonight and then leave at am, this way my sister could keep the 3 dogs company, Rambo is used to my house but not my sister's, that is going to be crazy I'll bet.I think I will receive the newspapers today, if I do I will scann it and send it tonight. Love Selva


shaner
11/3/2003 22:52

Hello dear Miss V, our dear sister has probably fwd'd the letter to you, STILL can't send you mail - even peacebeuntou comes back, saying I'm blocked - does AOL have tech help? You could try them.
YES, Deb's Poem she posted is very touching, sad, I couldn't imagine reading it myself at the Funeral, I'd never get through it!! Yep, was up bright and early this morning, so came here and posted at this wonderful Circle, there's always something here to inspire! Thanks for all the great e-mails, hopefully I can send you one soon, ha, ha!
Love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


shaner
11/3/2003 22:58

Hello my dear sister, you got a bit of a reprieve, exterminator's giving you an extra day with the computer, :-) I received the clipping from the paper, and wrote you back about it at your work address, I thought you, Nancy, and all the dogs would be at your place by now, :-)
Love & Angel Hugs,
Sandy


shaner
11/3/2003 23:01

Something I received in an e-mail today from DaySpring Cards, Miss V, you'll love it, it's by Roy Lessin!

In the Kingdom of God…
…a person is lifted up by humbling himself, not by exalting himself in the eyes of others.
…strength is found through weakness, not by being confident in your own abilities.
…fullness comes by becoming empty, not by running after pleasure.
…life is gained by losing it, not by looking out for “number one.”
…riches come by giving them away, not by storing them up.
…greatness comes by becoming a servant, not by seeking power and celebrity.

By Roy Lessin


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deborahpoo
11/4/2003 16:42

DEAR VERNA, SANDY AND SELVA,
THANK YOU FOR THINKING AN PRAYING FOR MY COWORKER AND HIS FAMILY. I WENT TO HIM TODAY AND SHOWED HIM THE POEM THE BEAUTIFUL POEM THAT VERNA HAD WROTE BACK TO ME AND WHERE THE WEB SIE IS TO SHOW HS FAMILY AND I ALSO TOLD HIM HE WOULD NEED A SCREEN NAME TO BE ABLE TO POST US. HE STARTED TO SWELL UP AND I'M SORRY IF I MADE ANY F YOU DO THIS AND YOUR RIGHT THE POEM HITS YOUHARD. EVERY IME I READ I I START TO TEAR UP MYSELF. THANK YOU ALL FOR THINKING AND PRAYING FOR THM. LOTS OF THOUGHTSAND PRAYERS TO YOU . DEBBY


SELVAM
11/4/2003 16:43

Hi my sisters: Well I'll be going home soon, God knows what I will find, my sister had to go an work with a client and she could not stay with the dogs, when I left, Candy (67 pounds of love) was scratching the front door, so If I find the door, then I will find the dogs and the house, ha ha I really hope so. I will off line tonight, but I will be here praying for you anyway. i love you all. Selva


LOVE2U
11/5/2003 06:45

Dear Debby,
Don't feel bad because your coworkers poem brought tears. Tears are very much a part of the healing process when a loved one goes home to be with God. One can't help but relate to the compassionate words of that poem. I speak from experience when I say that God, by way of His Holy Spirit provides the message in all healing poetry! God works through us in many, many ways, to help provide the slow healing of our shattered hearts. Sometimes with poetry, sometimes with prayers, and sometimes with song. Then, sometimes when we are having a big valley day, someone sends a fwd page that speaks to our hearts, and lets us know that someone cares about sorrow and somehow, it helps us to go on ... Especially during times when we feel like giving up. When the tears come, it's because we need to let go of some of the grief, or help someone else let go of their grief, because we can relate to what they are feeling. When Sandy says we are doing God's work, it's true, Deb. God inspired your coworker to write that touching poem, and He also inspired you to share it with us here in our circle of love! If there was ever a place that such a compassionate poem should be shared, it's here, Deb ... Because we can relate to the love, as well as the pain and loss the parents and this family are feeling. As we know, the day will come when the pain they are feel now, will become a bit easier to bear; and will not be so intense, but that takes time, and tender loving care! So, what we do here, is what God directs us to do. We cry, we pray for one another, we express exactly how we are feeling, or sometimes we just read what others are feeling, and pray for them. And, as time passes slowly by, we begin to realize that we are not alone, will never be judged, and that we can crawl up on God's lap and allow Him to comfort us in much the same way as we would comfort our own child. As Rabbi Kushner points out in his book: When Bad Things Happen to Good People, God can't always prevent bad thing from happening to us, but He gives us the strength to endure. During our early stages of grieving, we often feel that we don't want to live, we get angry with God for allowing our child to die, stop taking care of our health, feel as though we are going crazy ... And, to our surprise, we eventually begin to learn that all of these feelings are very normal, that we are not going crazy, that ... Yes, there are many, many others who have known our kind of pain! And, as we know all too well, we cannot rush through any of the stages of grief! As Sandy reminds us, ... Losing a child, has a grief all it's own! And, part of us goes with that child, and life as we once knew it to be has changed forever. Once we begin to learn how to go on in a different way, we try to help others through our prayers, and in any other way, that God reveals it to us. By faith, we know we will be reunited with our children again when our work on earth is through. Until then, we take it one day at a time. No, we don't move beyond grief, but with prayer and the help that God sends daily, we do eventually learn to go on in a productive way, ... In God's time, not ours! One can literally feel the love, and compassion here on these pages! That's because the spirit of God lives within each of us. So, what ever we do to help others to move on, one minute, one hour, one day at a time ... To God be the glory! God bless you, Deb. For, like our other angel moms ... You, too, are doing God's work, even as you grieve.
Love & TenderAngelHugs,
Verna


smile713
11/5/2003 09:05

my boyfriend lost his only child in an auto accident at age 21. please send him some prayers to Mike T, by smile713 . I'm thinking of all of you who have lost children, sighned : Broken Heart


speedyni
11/5/2003 10:41

Hello, to all the angle moms and new angel moms. I am still struggling with Nicholas's death it has been 4 months today. I started a grief counsiling group last night so we will see if it will help. My biggest things is getting over the guilt. I feel so guilty that I wasn't there for Nicholas when he passed. I know this is just one step of grieving but it seems that I can not get through this stage. My anger has gotten so bad that I am now taking it out on my family. I try to stay away from everyone but they just don't understand. I know Nick would not want me to be acting this way, but what else am I suppose to be doing. I know Nicholas is with our Heavenly father. My neighbors 4 year old told her Dad that Nick was with Jesus and he is okay. It just blew me away that a four year old has that much insight. She tells her mom that she see a man all the time at the end of their hallway and she just waves to him. I know this child is special but I don't want to scare her parents. Because her mom was very hesitate to tell me about her daughter dream she had about Nick and Jesus, first thing out of her mouth was I don't want you to think I am crazy or losing my mind. I just wish I could dream of Nicholas, why is it that I can not dream of Nicholas? I hope everyone is doing well and keep in touch. Iwill try my best to stay in touch with out a computer it is hard. I am trying to get my fixed.

Love to all,
Billie


shaner
11/5/2003 23:36

Hi dear Billie, good for you starting a Counselling Group, you might feel a little awkward at first, but hang in there, the more you attend, the more you'll share and hear how other Moms, Dads cope too, by sharing their stories, and you learn how to handle your different emotions, such as anger, guilt, which are all very normal feelings for us, you won't be the only one there that experiences these things.
I attended one for a year, and our Counsellor who led it was amazing, she had lost her son to murder, and then went on to become a trained Grief Counsellor, and I can't begin to tell you how much she helped me, and so many others. Sweetie, give yourself time to get over each stage, I felt tremendous guilt over going to the store the day our Shane passed away, here at home, I was (along with my husband) gone exactly 20 minutes, and those 20 minutes changed my life forever. But I worked through the guilt, and now I realize that if I was meant to be here with our precious son, I would have been, there are so many Angel Moms on these pages that weren't there when their child passed, so we understand how you're feeling.
What a beautiful comfort it must have been to hear that from the little girl, God bless her, and you will dream of Nick, or be given signs that he's around, right now you have so many emotions running through you, not to mention your intense pain, it's only been 4 months, so be gentle with yourself, take it one moment, one hour, one day, and let your feelings out, it's been so soon for you, and today being Nick's 4th month Anniversary, it's very understandable that you're feeling what you are. I pray you get your computer fixed soon too, at least for now you can use the one at work. Sending love, hugs, and prayers your way,
Sandy

 
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