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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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8/26/2001 13:20

BDittman, I'm very sorry also to hear of your two losses, your son and your daughter. It must have been a terrible time for you. To carry both of them and then to lose them both must have been very rough. I pray that you have come to a certain peace with your losses and you're right, the 'why' will never be understood, and yes, you do learn to move on in a much different way. May God bless you.
Luv Sandy

8/26/2001 18:47

I do say a prayer to myself everyday for everyone who have lost a child.For I know so well what everyone goes through each and every day, for I also lost my beautiful daughter will be 2 years november 29th. she was only 19, and I miss her so very much.She was more important to me than life itself. my heart goes out to everyone. Phyliss

8/27/2001 05:59

Sandy,thank you so much for your prayers and words of compassion. I will be sure to pray that God will ease your pain. I will also pray for all parents who have lost a child.August 31, 2001 is the 5th anniversary of my daughter's death. Please,pray that I make it through the day. I made it through her birthday; August 16, 2001,with the help of my daughter,Cheryl,and the prayers of others. Please know that I will continue to pray for all who have lost a child. Again, thank you for your prayers!

8/27/2001 06:41

Woops! As you can tell, I'm still learning how to post! :) Sorry! I'll get it right soon! :)

8/27/2001 13:33

phyllis, may Our Heavenly Father bless you in your sorrow, He knows of your pain and will be right there with you as you travel along. It's a terrible thing to lose a child, but your prayers are helping you with your grief. Thank you for your prayers and you will be prayed for here, over the loss of your beloved daughter, only 19.
But remember, love never dies, so the love you and she shared still lives on and will always. May God bless you,
Luv Sandy

8/27/2001 13:41

LOVE4U, double the post, double the blessings! Gosh, Anniversaries and Holidays are so hard on us, aren't they. I'm so happy that your other daughter Cheryl was there for you on daughter's birthday, and you will be prayed for as your daughter's 5th Anniversary approaches. Although it will bring back many emotions and memories for you, you will get through the day with the love of your other daughter and prayers. May God bless you and please post away!
Luv Sandy

8/27/2001 20:15

My heart is at one with yours. Reading your words have warmed my heart. My son Kasey was killed almost 10 years ago and there are days that the PAIN is still unberable. I understand very well what you mean about the pain. I remember a few years ago, someone said to me its been eight years its time for you to stop greiving and move on. Well I thought about what this friend had to say. I didn't comment at first. I only said to her was I hope and pray that she would never experience such pain. My son kasey was also my only child. I was already divorced, so now I am all alone. That's what I thought at first. But God is so good, he put wonderful people in my path that would help me on my journey. Every day I thank God for all of those who prayed for me. My sons friends became my new family. I met so many new people because of him. He touched so many at such a young age. He was loved by many and it showed. I miss him so much, I have learned how not to get lost in that pain. I miss him, I love him, If I want to cry, I cry tears of joy, not sorrow, because I will see my son again one day.
Your Poem Chain Reaction touched me in a special way. I thank God for you right now. I truly believe that there is a Spiritual and Universal chain reaction that exists among parents who have lost a child. The only reason that I am here today is Gods Grace and Mercy brought me through..

8/28/2001 00:58

My prayers are with you. For I lost a 2 month old. This is the way for me to cope is to read prayers. Thank you for letting me read! Carla

8/28/2001 01:06

Shaner I am 24 and it breaks my heart that someone my age passed away. My daughter was 2months old when she passed away. Everyday I wonder what would it be like if I was there with her. I miss all the things that she should be doing here with me and her family. This was suppose to be my last child. I have a son and when I found out I was having a girl I made the choice of having my tubes tied. I am lost for words right now. I will think of you all the time and for all the other parents who have lost loved ones everyday I will think of them also.

8/28/2001 11:10

Father in heaven, I pray for the families of Aaliayah and the eight others whose young lives so tragically came to an end on the 25th day of Aug. on a bright and sunny day over the beautiful island of the Bahamas. In this world we live in it is so rare to see young people doing anything positive with there lives. Here was someone that really made a difference in the lives of so many. She loved God and honored her father and mother. Those closest to her are suffering a great lost. So are those who knew her only as an entertainer. Comfort their hearts and bring peace to their minds as they try to cope with this tragic lost Heavenly Father you know what it is to see your loved one die, you gave us you only begotten Son, Jesus to die for us. Thank you Father. It's in Jesus name I submit this prayer,Amen.

8/28/2001 20:31

Sandy,thank you so much for your words of kindness. I pray all of us who have lost our children,for this is by far he greatest pain of all. God bless each of you.
bless you

8/28/2001 23:58

rkovajis: I too have been touched by the loss of sooo many young people. After we lost our 20 yr. old daughter in March to leukemia, her sister struggles every day with "why the young ones are taken from us." Your prayers are appreciated and sooooo needed.

8/29/2001 00:59

Hi Sandy, Thanks to you and the other members of our prayer circle for praying for me and family. Please know that I am praying for each and every member who has lost a child.
Marylinky,thank you for your kind words of comfort. My heart goes out to you at this time. I visited the memorial sight you did for your son. Your words touched my heart and soul. I know how hard it is to let go of the pain. I don't think we ever will completely. That's why I am so grateful to God for allowing me to find this wonderful prayer circle. There is no doubt in my mind that each member prays for all the other members. In addition we extend those prayers to others in need. It's a wonderful feeling just knowing that we are doing from our hearts because we care! May it comfort you to know that you will see your precious son again someday. Thank God we all have that to look forward to! Again,thank you for your kind comments. God bless you always! Verna

8/29/2001 01:52

Cindy,my heart goes out to you and your daughter. I know what it feels like during the very early stage of grieving. It's so very hard in the beginning. When I was there I thought I wanted to die. But it was the pain that I wanted to get rid of; not me. Tell your precious daughter that it helps to talk about it and it also helps to cry as often as she feels the need to. My daughter had a difficult time accepting her sister's death, but we made it a point to be there for each other,just as I know you and your daughter are doing. It really does help when you know someone is willing to share your pain. One thing we did was to name a plant for my daughter. We wrote her name and placed it on the flower pot. We take care of it and talk to it just as often as we feel the need too! We tell her how much we miss her and love her and believe it or not, it really helps. I still write letters to my child and date them and keep them in a folder. My daughter talks to her when we go to visit her grave. Tell your precious daughter her sister knows how much she misses her and that she will always love her. Tell her also, that all of us are praying for both of you, that God will ease your pain! In Jesus name I pray. Amen

8/29/2001 12:49

brookeanne1, Carla, I'm so very sorry to hear that you have also lost a child, our prayers and thoughts are with you also. If what you read here is a comfort to you, I'm so very happy, that's why I started the Circle to begin with, and a way to honour my Shane's life too, by reaching out to other mom's who were also undergoing the same thing I was at the time, and still do. Forever we will all wonder, "what if" it's a natural part of grieving over the loss of a child. A part of our future went with them. In my Shane's short 24 years here he brought me much love and much joy, so I thank God for that, he touched many people with his openness and giving, and you do find that a lot with young people who have passed away, as shared by other moms here on these pages, and other moms that I have talked and shared with who have lost children in my Bereavement Group.
You're so young yourself to be going through this, I pray you have good people around you that you can talk to, and anytime you want to share you can post here, we're all about helping each other. May Our Lord's peace be with you today and everyday and know that you'll be prayed for here in your own grief.
Luv Sandy

8/30/2001 10:47

CINDYS1021> Amen to what you wrote. My condolences to you and your daughter and other family in the loss of your young daughter. I know what she is going through. I lost my husband to a brain tumor in 1999, and our daughter is still grief stricken and asking why her daddy. It absouloutly breaks your heart to know you can't take away thier pain but it's important to let them grieve. It also helps to do something together in their memory, and to reminisce sometimes about the good times you spent with them.

8/30/2001 16:07

A Bereaved Parents' Prayer
Here I am God, where are you?
Deep down in my heart I know you're there, but I can't feel your presence.
I feel betrayed; angry; broken in pieces.
Help us all to help one another pick up the pieces of our lives.
... by Jimmy's Mom

8/31/2001 03:28

abyrnes-Jimmy's Mom-At the moment I read your prayer,I felt your pain.Oh,how difficult it is to lose one's precious child!May it help to know that you are not alone. Others are praying for you just as I am.I can tell you that even when it seems that God has let you down He will never leave you;especially now! There was a time when I couldn't feel God's presence either. Other parents have also felt that way.I have learned so much from so many parents who reached out to help me learn to live with the pain of losing my daughter. As difficult as it is,I continue to make the effort to move on,even though I take a lot of the pain with me.May it comfort you to know that I am praying for God to make His presence known to you. I know that He hears and responds to each and every prayer! I know in my heart that He has heard your prayer, and He will make himself known to you! God understands how you feel,and so do others! You have the right to grieve in your own way! Right now, your heart is torn and shattered into little pieces! This was your precious child! Nothing seems to matter any more! That was how I felt from the moment I heard the news of my daughter's death. No words can describe that kind of grief and pain! How well I recall my anger at God! I was so angry,I even wrote little angry notes to God; asking him,for example,"Where were you the night that my child died?" Then, I would make sure that God had time to read what I had written before I tore it up and threw it away! That's just how bad I was hurting! In the book that I am writing,I explained that it was a miracle that God didn't zap me right off the face of the earth! I mean I was so angry and messed up until it took my breath away! Then,God revealed himself to me in ways that I could not doubt that; first of all, He Is! Then He let me know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He had been with me and my precious child all the while! Then,He sent the Holy Spirit and others into my life to help heal my torn and shattered heart to the point where I find I can go on,in spite of the neverending pain of missing my child! God has revealed to me that my child is safe in His loving arms! He has also revealed that I will see my child again someday! God has placed it on my heart to assure you that you, too, will see your precious child again someday,in a place where there will be no more pain,no more dying, and no rememberance of the unbearable grief and pain that you now know! I pray that you will hold on to your faith in God;for He is the only one who can send into your life the help you are going to need to survive your tremendous loss!
Dear Father in heaven, I pray for Jimmy's Mom, that you will allow her to feel your presence right now, Lord. Help her to somehow get through the anger and feelings of betrayal that she feels os deeply! Please, God, help her to begin to pick up the pieces of her torn and shattered life! Please, in Jesus name, I ask that you do for Jimmy's Mom, what you have already done for me, and so many,many other parents who will always love and miss our precious children. I pray this special prayer for Jimmy's Mom and all other parents who have known such pain, on this, the 5th anniversary of my daughter's departure! These things I ask,in Jesus name, Amen!

8/31/2001 10:52

I lost my brother to a suicide in the early 90's. The pastor that presided over the funeral announced with great joy, that my brother is going to Hell. I will never forget that. Ever since I have decided to leave the church. I empathize with your loss.

In reason,

Reginald Finley
The Infidel Guy

8/31/2001 11:46

Dear shaner,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry to hear that you lost a son over a year ago. Even though I never had a child, I lost a nephew. His name was Mitchell, age 2. Ten years ago due to accidental poisoning. So I have an idea what it is like to lose a child. My heart goes out to everyone of you who lost a child.

8/31/2001 12:41

friends,Parents. DEAR Lord, help these
parents and family members feel Your
presence upholding them in their grief.
Let them recognize Your love as it heals their hearts.Give them strenght
and let them heal. Lift their sorrow and
help them to keep their faith. They need you in a speical way right now Lord. They must look up to you,where all
there help comes from You,Lord. Please
touch there hearts,and let them know that everything will be alright. Now its
dark but it will get bright.I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. AMEN AMEN.

8/31/2001 15:23


9/1/2001 08:50

abyrnes, thank you so much for posting that prayer, it speaks to those who are recently bereaved and some who are not, we often wonder in our awful pain where God is in all this, and the poem aptly reflects this. In our pain, we are numb and can't feel anything really, not even God sometimes, but He never leaves us, He feels our pain as much as we do and wants to help us get through it. Once again, thanks so much for sharing it, I'm sure a lot of moms can relate to it.
Luv Sandy

9/1/2001 08:58

Infidelguy, I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother, and very disheartened to hear that a member of the clergy would say such a thing at a service, let alone to grieving family members. No one can presume to 'know' the mind of God, and He is a loving Father, only He knows what is in the hearts and minds of us all. Some people may disagree with me, but anybody who is mentally ill and takes their own life does not go to hell, God understands their mental state at the time, whereas sometimes we mere mortals don't. Please don't let these insensitive words from one person from the clergy stop you from having your own relationship with Him, and you will be prayed for here. May God bless you and your family,
Luv Sandy

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