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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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12/24/2003 14:45

My dear Angela, ~ Oh gosh, Angela, I am so very sorry to read about all you've had to endure! You deserved so much better! During my last 17 years of working with and loving my special students, I knew a few that were living in homes in which they were not cared for lovingly. Every child deserves to be loved and protected from such cruel treatment. It is the law in our state that such unfair and uncaring treatment of children be reported, and in many cases which I referred, the children were taken out of that environment and given a better home with families who really care for them. Thank God, you were wise enough to tell someone and request to be taken out of that unfortunate situation! That was really a powerful blessing, because, many times, the foster home in which a child is placed turns out to be almost as bad as the one from which the child is trying to escape. Again, Angela, I am so sorry to read about your trials in life; but so very glad you have shared your pain with us here, so that we can surround you with our love and prayers! God bless you dear Angela, for all that you do, and thank you so much for posting the link. I will try to get back on later tonight and try again to submit a post at your sister's site. In my post, I was telling her how much I liked her site, and the color purple, which she also uses a lot. I especially liked the page she dedicated to her hubby called Endless Love. :) Good luck at the dentist; I pray that all goes well and that the pain will go away very soon!
God's peace and blessings,

12/24/2003 14:49

Hello dear Miss V! WOW, a very Happy Anniversary to you and David - 44 years together IS something to celebrate and be proud of, I hope the two of you have a wonderful day, and take a walk down 'memory lane', to that first time you met! Big warm Congrats to you both!
Today is also my sister Laurie and her hubby's Anniversary, 4 years together, I think Christmas Eve is a very special day to be married on, and very hard for the hubby's not to remember it, :-)
Yes, very nice Poem!
Much love & Angel Hugs,

12/24/2003 14:58

Angel moms, here's another touching poem from this site which speaks volumes to me. It's one that Cindys1021 has used on her Krissy's website. No title was given, and the author is unknown..

We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence
We often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake
With which we'll never part.
God has you in His Keeping
We have you in our heart

~Author Unknown to me~

12/24/2003 15:01

Hi dear Chris, very nice to see you posting again, although I know it's a very difficult time for you too right now. Oh sweetie, I don't think it matters whether you are the real Mom or not, you had your own special bond with Mike's daughter, and you have your own memories and pain over her passing. You've been a wonderful support to Mike, God bless you, I can only imagine how hard all this has been on you too. I'm so sorry this has been a bad week for you, yeppers, soon it'll be over and 2004 will be here. Praying it's a better year for you and Mike too. I also wish you a peaceful Christmas, and the strength to get you through this difficult time.
Love and Tender Hugs,

12/24/2003 15:25

Oh dear Ang, thank you so much for your posting to all here, it's a very difficult time for our newly bereaved Moms, and even those who are a bit further along. What a horrific childhood you had, God bless you, Praise God for putting you in a safe, loving home that you so deserved. You are a SURVIVOR Ang, and it show's so well in your Poetry and your big heart to all! And you're feeling your own losses right now too. Take care of yourself with your abcessed tooth, doesn't sound like the antibiotics are working, so I pray you get some relief from your Dentist.
Love & Angel Hugs,

12/24/2003 15:42

Hello again my sister, so glad you're home now and can rest. What beautiful Cuban Traditions for celebrating Christmas, and Nochebuena. And you passed them down to Solange, making the Traditions part of her heritage and Christmas too. I know, so many happy memories locked in our hearts when we were all together as a family. It bring's up back to when our children were younger, and it was such a magical time for them, our boys got very little sleep Christmas Eve, even after opening one gift a piece, and I remember all those early Christmas mornings, up at 4 am sometimes! But we loved it and wouldn't have had it any other way. Our Chris is home, hurray, he and his Dad are gone to do last minute shopping, and then we hope to go to Midnite Mass. (after a nap first!)
Take good care of yourself, and I understand why you'd feel better being alone.
Lots of love & Tender Hugs,

12/24/2003 15:44

Our dear Lisa, I pray you're doing alright, haven't heard from you, praying for a very tender Christmas for you also dear one, please post if you can,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

12/24/2003 15:47

This is from another site I belong to, eloquently reflects my own thoughts to you all,

I am hoping that today will find you peaceful and full of hope for the
future. This time of the year is meant for hope. I know that when
losing a child that emotion can get rather mixed up. Whether you are in the
first stages of losing your child, or have experienced years without
your child, there are so many different feelings that are with you at
this time. Many of them running on very little, many running on overtime.
I hope for the best for all you over the next couple of days and a very tender Christmas for all,
Much love & Prayers, {{Hugs}},

12/24/2003 16:13

Hi dear Sandy! Thank you for the congrats! I always make sure I remind him how lucky he was, & still is, that I missed my bus that morning! Ha-ha! Oh, it's such a funny story of how we met! I'll have to share it with you moms someday! That is, if I haven't already shared that humorous story somewhere on these 200 pages!!! Gosh, Sandy, I made DA first post on "DIS" page ... On my 44th wedding anniversary!!! Ha-ha! Now you make sure you tell the Beliefnet Staff to Don't go messing wit dem pages! Ha-ha! Congratulations once again, dear Chief angel mom! :) Just goes to prove what a wonderful and blessed circle of love God has given to us angel moms!

Yes, I agree with you that Christmas Eve is a very special day to be married on, and very hard for the hubby not to remember it, :) That was my main reason for selecting it! Ha-ha! I was thinking ahead ... Just in case. :) Of course, he always pretends he doesn't remember how long we've been married. And he always adds about 5 or 10 years before coming up with the correct number. :)Ah, yes, the memories ... Funny you would mention the walk down memory lane thing. :) Those are the words I chose for the Subj: for a photo I am planning to send to you and the other angel moms for whom I have email addresses. It's a snap shot of hubby and I that was taken shortly after we said our vows. It's very faded. :( I tried to copy/paste all by myself without help from Cheryl or James, and it turned out awful! Ha-ha! But, I'm sending it anyway, just for fun! I also did one of Diane, which turned out purplish looking, but I like purple so that's OK! Ha-ha! But, I don't like my wedding dress which came out a Rusty "Yellow" and there are absolutely no ruffles to be seen anywhere! And, I missed and cut a big plug out of hubby's hair!!! Ha-ha! Boy, if he knew that I was sending this 44 year old snapshot to my online buddies, ... Don't worry, he hates this computer, and never pays attention to what I'm doing, although I still get those funny looks when I'm online for too long. Well, I am beginning to feel the effects of the meds that make me sleepy, so I better get a couple of hours! Give my regards to your sister and her husband & tell them I wish them many, many more! :) And, don't forget to check your email in a few. :) Ha-ha!
Much love & Angel Hugs'
Yo Miss V.

12/24/2003 16:30

AY my sisters I Thank God again and again for bringing me to this Circle of Love. I could not do it without you. Love you so much. Selva

12/24/2003 16:33

Hi my sisters, me again, I talked to Angelo (through AOL) and explained to him how to get into the Circle, He really need us, but I don't know if I explained to him how, he reads our messages but can not get into the Circle, I just let him know that we are all praying for him. Love Selva

12/25/2003 10:23

Good morning my dear Angel sisters. Wishing you all a very Peaceful and Blessed Chritsmas. Love to all. Selva

12/25/2003 12:57

My daughter passed away a month ago yesterday. Needless to say, Christmas Eve was a day filled with tears, guilt, sadness, depression, and so on. May God in His tender mercy and grace give us the strength and peace to finish out the year one day at a time. Thank you all for your compassion toward one another.

12/25/2003 14:03

Hi galatians4. I am so sorry , I know that you are feeling so bad right now, I also understand your pain, my only daughter was born to Heaven 16 months ago, yes we all go through the same sadness, guilt, anger, depression. Just remember you are not alone my friend. Today is a sad day for all of us, but the Good Lord will help us to finish out the year, yes one day at a time, my prayers will be with you also. May His blessings be with you today and alwasy, and please keep coming back here to the Circle of Love, you will find lost of understanding, prayers, love, you can let your feelings out and will never be judged, we all feel like we are going crazy sometimes, this is a very unique pain and a very complicated one. Cry my friend, let the tears flow, God's love will be you at all times. love Selva

12/25/2003 14:37

Dear Moms and Dads and Families

It is my prayer that you will get thru today and God will help you thru.

Much Love, Angela xoxo

12/25/2003 18:03

Hi my dear Warrior Angel friend. Our prayer will be with you today and always. Thanks for yours, you know today is a "real pain in the neck", but is Jesus's birthday, so we will be praying, and counting our blessings wherever it'l be. Love you my dear sister friend. I admire you so much!. Blessings to you. Love Selva

12/26/2003 14:57

Warm Greetings from Angela

Dear Angel Mom's and Dad's

Yesterday is over for another year. But I am sure you are all still reeling over the pain and loss you have suffered.

Please post if you can; just even one sentence so I know you are still here, but not "ok".

Know I care.

In His Love,

Angela xoxo

12/26/2003 17:50

Hi my dear Angela (our dear Warrior Angel Friend)Yes Thank God yesterday is over, now we will get over with New Year's day and then we will go on with our grief. It never ends Angela, but quiet days are better than Holidays. Hope your tooth is better. Love you my friend Selva (Yes I know you care)

12/26/2003 18:36

Hi Angel Moms,
Yes, Christmas is over for another year. I survived and just now got a chance to read the last few pages of posts. My Christmas was nice but very quiet. I hope everyone else is okay and made it through.
Love to all,

12/26/2003 19:47



Thank you for posting; I know it was not easy. New Years Day...the next day to get through.

I had a nice quiet day at my friend's place. They had 4 drop in and we had a nice gathering for dinner at 2pm. It was not traditional turkey, just dinner.

I could not help but feel some of my tears as they fell remembering my family and missing them. My mom mostly. But we got busy talking and my mind was distracted.

I know it is not that way with you Angel Mom's and Dad's. You cannot be distracted from your dear children.

I talked with my friend Barb about you Angel Mom's and Dad's and she is adding your site Sandy to her prayer list for her morning prayers. So all of you are being prayed for by me and Barb.

My tooth is getting better, the swelling is going down slowly; the pain is much better. I even have a bit more energy too.

Talk to you later. Love Angela xoxo

12/26/2003 21:14

Dear Angel Mom's and Dad's

I know you are all going thru a difficult time right now. May I ask a favor of you? Only if you are up to it.

A mom is experiencing the first anniversary of the loss of her son Lucas on Dec. 29. Lucas was 18 and taken in a car accident. Valerie is the mom. This is Lucas' site: Click Here

If it is not too much to ask you at this awful time in your lives, may I ask you to either visit Lucas' site and sign the Guest Book for Valerie or perhaps send Valerie an email? Here's Valerie's email Click Here

As you can well imagine, Valerie is lost right now and in soooo much pain. I don't know what that feel like Mom's and Dad's and unfortunately, you do. I've tried phoning Valerie and she was sleeping tonight when I phoned at 7pm. They live in Georgia.

Thank you so much all you Angel Mom's and Dad's. You are all so precious. May God Bless You. Love Angela xoxo

12/26/2003 23:16

Hello my dear sister! Thank you so much for looking after the Circle for me and giving me the much needed time off to spend with my family, you are such a sweetheart to do that, and I truly appreciate it! We had a lovely quiet family Christmas all the more special because Chris was here, he left about 4pm to go back home, and of course I was very sad to see him go. Christmas Eve we opened our gifts, then sat around talking and of course our thoughts were on Shane, some very sad and some very happy too, with Chris talking about what he and his brother used to do, and how Shane is still such an important part of his life. We grieving Parents sometimes forget about our other child/children's own grief over their loss, we are so caught up in our own. In our case, Chris has lost the only brother, sibling that he'll ever have, fortunately he's older and can express his own loss to us, and how it affects him. He miss's his brother so much in his life, but like me, talks to him all the time, keeping the bond together. I know how difficult it must be for Parents whose surviving child/children are young, may not understand fully the concept of death, or the children who withdraw, and don't wish to talk about it. Christmas Day we had our traditional meal, Turkey and the trimmings, and lit a special Candle at the table to honour our Shane, who was with us in spirit. I asked Our Lord that day to look after all you dear Moms, especially those who are hurting the most and whose heart is torn in half over their extreme pain. The day most of us were dreading has now come and gone, and I know the amount of pain and courage it took, God bless you, just to get through the day. It's one small step in your own individual Journey's, as painful and deep as it was, and continue's to be. Never forget that we are always here for you, for each other, you are always utmost in my heart and prayers. Please let us know how your own day went, whether you celebrated Christmas or not, I care, we care, and this is what your Circle is for, an ever safe haven to let your own feelings out and be honoured and loved for them, we're all unified in our unique loss of a child and you'll only find love and understanding here, and sometimes the 'ear' we all so badly need, just to listen.
Much love & Tender Hugs to all,

12/26/2003 23:51

Hi dear Ang, thank you again for your kind post's to all Bereaved Parents, I'm happy you spent the day with friends, and that your abcessed tooth is much better! That's so sweet of you to tell your friend about the Circle, please tell her we appreciate her prayers so much too. May God bless Valerie in her all consuming pain right now, the first Anniversary is a very painful one, and still doesn't seem real in so many ways. I've already written her as you know, and when and if Valerie is ready, she has an open invitation to join our Circle, there is strength in numbers, but NEVER any pressure, we place no expectations on our Moms, Dads, most already have more than they can handle at this time in their grief, their Journey's and Valerie herself may be feeling very overwhelmed herself right now, God love her. A big step in everyone's Journey is reaching out for help in their terrible pain, it slowly put's them on the road to acceptance, one breath, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Dear Valerie will be welcomed here with warm, open arms, and here we can walk beside her on her Journey. May Our Lord hold Valerie in His loving arms, and give her His peace, which surpasses all others. God bless you too, dear Ang,
Love & Angel Hugs,

12/27/2003 00:01

Hi dear Lisa, I'm very happy to see a Post from you, I know you were in much pain yourself over Christmas, yes, it's over, you did survive, God love you, never an easy thing to do on these oh so special days, and I'm very happy that your Christmas was a nice one and quiet, this is only your second, and it's so hard sometimes to be around others when the pain and longing is still so fresh. You know our love and prayers are with you always, dear Lisa,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

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