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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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9/1/2001 09:06

LOVE4U2, I wasn't online yesterday, but I did want to post about your daughter's Anniversary. Five years. I pray that it wasn't too bad for you and your family, that you remembered her with lots of love and reflection during a hard day for you all. I pray that God saw you through yesterday and that He see's you through all the hard days. May God bless you and your's.
Luv Sandy

9/1/2001 09:10

Billiejo2001, thank you so much for posting here and for your thoughts and prayers, it's so very kind of you to do so! I'm also sorry to hear about the loss of your little niece, who is now your special little Angel in Heaven for you all. God bless you,
Luv Sandy

9/1/2001 09:13

blessingme, our thoughts and prayers go out to this young lady's family and friends, another one, as Cindy said, to die so young. Thank you so much for posting your prayers for her family, friends and fans here, they will all be prayed for. God bless,
Luv Sandy

9/1/2001 09:17

destinyschild2001, thank you so kindly for your wonderful post and we appreciate your prayers so much. Prayer is the most powerful 'tool' we have to help us all get through this, and we appreciate your's so very much.
Luv Sandy

9/1/2001 12:31

Lord, I pray you bring peace to this bereaved parents. When I almost lost Bailey three years ago, I realized my life would never be the same again if you took her that day. I thank you for bringing her back to me and that now she's a wonderful little first grader. Please bring some of that hope and love into these parent's hearts. In Your name I pray, Amen

9/2/2001 11:53

Sandy, thank you so much for your prayers. Just knowing that you and others prayed for us really helped us make it through the day. I thank God everyday for the prayers of others. Please know that I will continue to pray for all who have lost a precious child. Again, thank you so much!

9/2/2001 12:37

Infidelguy-My heart goes out to you. I, too, have lost a brother as a result of suicide on July 1st of this year. It made me sad to hear that someone could say something so cruel and so untrue. I pray that God will reveal to you that your brother is alive and well in heaven. My faith in a loving God assures me of this.

9/2/2001 12:40

KimHelms, thank you also for your kind words and prayers, we all need them so much! I'm so happy that your Bailey's story turned out alright, hold onto her tight, she is a gift from God to you. May the peace of Our Lord be with you and your family always and once again thank you for posting here.
Luv Sandy

9/2/2001 12:45

LOVE2U - Verna, I truly hope our prayers did help you out on your daughter's anniversary, I hope it wasn't too hard on you, and you had your loving family around you to help you through the day. May God bless you also and as we pray for each other here, we know that the love of God will see us through this and bring us through the hard days. Did you do anything special to mark the day?
Luv Sandy

9/3/2001 12:40

Sandy-For the very first time,God allowed it to rain on the anniversary of Diane's death. Therefore,I didn't do the things I usually do on that day. Instead,I ended up working tirelessly on editing the book I have been working on for the past four years. It is a book which I hope and pray will prove to be helpful to other parents who have lost their precious children. When I first started this project,I had no idea what I was getting myself into! :) Still,it is such a rewarding feeling to think that someday I might actually become a part of a very special as well as universal and spiritual chain reaction that already exists among those of us who have experienced the ultimate pain of losing a child. I know God saw to it that you and the members of this prayer group would inspire me to make an effort to finally finish this book and move on to other projects I hope to complete in the near future. Also on that day,Cheryl and I communicated with each other by email. She is currently dealing with the loss of twins! We pray together on line when we can't visit. Sandy, believe me when I say that the prayers of others really does work! This was the first anniversary that I did not feel depressed and all alone. I know that the peace I felt on this day was because of all the prayers that you and the other members prayed. So, again,I thank you and the other members for praying for me. Please know that I will continue to pray for all parents who have lost their precious children. May God continue to bless each of us in His own special way!
Love2 all

9/3/2001 14:55

Verna, that's so wonderful and fulfilling to be called to a ministry of writing a book on losing a child and helping others who have unfortunately gone through this experience. What a wonderful way to honour the spirit and life of your Diane! I wish you every success with it and hopefully it will be in print soon. I can only imagine what an undertaking it has been! But the fruits of your hard labour will be so rewarding, not only to yourself, but to those who read it and receive comfort from it. I'm happy our prayers here have helped you along. Perhaps it rained that day for a reason, :).
That's nice that you and Cheryl can communicate via e-mail, and I'm very sorry to hear of her loss, twins, but I know she has a very comforting and understanding mom in you! Yes, may God continue to bless us all in His own way and only He knows what really works for each of us. Please let us know when your book comes out.
Luv Sandy

9/4/2001 00:20

Sandy, thanks for your kind words of encouragement and for your words of comfort concerning Cheryl's loss. She seems to be doing o.k. at the present time. Concerning the book,I am working on editing topics for the last chapter. Hopefully, I will finish it soon. I'm learning there is a lot involved when it comes to getting published; especially if the author is unknown. I'll let you know as soon as the firsr copy is in my hands! Hopefully, that will happen within the next year! :

9/4/2001 00:30

Love2u: Bless you and your prescious Beverly. Thank you for responding - I will keep you in my thoughts each day. Our Kristina has only been gone since March, and the pain, anger, and sadness is most times overwhelming. We are planning a memory garden once we get moved, and friends are planning the first annual Kristina Schell memorial benefit concert to aid the leukemia society. She had many friends in the local music scene. Her sister keeps it all inside her most times and then she'll crash hard and I can always tell when she's headed in that direction. I would love to hear more about your Beverly (
May you be in the company of Angels today!

9/4/2001 22:27

My prayers go out to every parent who has lost a child. Our daughter, Susan, has been missing since March 16, 1982, and the pain is still very much there. She was 2 weeks short of being 20, was in the midst of separation from her husband of 2 years and left behind a 17 month old son, who is now a handsome 21 year old young man. My husband and I have learned to deal with it, but not having any closure certainly makes it more difficult, however our faith in God has been a "God" send. Please include our daughter in your prayers. We still believe she could be alive out there somewhere, even though all the law enforcement don't think she is alive. I guess hope springs eternal in the hearts of parents. God bless

9/5/2001 00:01

auntjudy-I am so sorry about your precious daughter's disappearance. That has to be so difficult; the not knowing. My heart goes out to you and family. Please know that I will say a special prayer that God will heal your heart and help you to find peace from within.

While going through my daughter's purse shortly after we lost her-tragically and without warning, I found this little yellow card. On it was a short prayer. May it bring you comfort at this time:
~Prayer For Protection~
The Light of God surrounds Me:
The Love of God enfolds Me:
The Power of God protects Me:
The Presence of God watches over Me:
Whereever I am,... God is!

May it comfort you to know that others really do care and will be praying for you and family. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

9/5/2001 00:29

cindys1021~I think doing the memory garden is such a unique idea! Also, the Annual Kristina Schell benefit concert is a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do in her memory. Please keep me posted on how both projects are coming along. I would also like to hear more about your precious Kristina. My email address is:

9/5/2001 14:13

auntjudy, I'm so happy you found our Circle and posted here. You are among good company, for we all pray for each other. I am so very sorry to hear of your daughter Susan's disappearance, it must be a heavy sorrow to carry, not knowing and no closure. Yes, hope does always spring eternal with parents, my Bereavement Counsellor also lost her son 7 years ago, and his body has never been found, although they know from the authorities that he was murdered. So the worst part for her, as well as you, is no closure. I'm so happy that your faith has sustained you all these years, and you have your wonderful grandson with you and a part of your daughter as well. Your daughter will certainly be remembered here along with all the other children, and prayed for also. May God bless you and your family, and may the peace that only comes from Our Lord be with you.
Luv Sandy

9/6/2001 09:13

Please pray for a dear friend of mine who lost her 19 year old daughter in a car crash this weekend. I have emailed her this site and hope that she can find some comfort in it. If anyone has suggestions on how I can help it would be greatly appreciated.

9/6/2001 11:25

jolibelle, I'm very sorry to hear of your friend's loss. It's very painful to lose a child. I truly hope she does post here, God bless you for e-mailing it to her. As a friend, you can just be there for her, she needs someone around her right now just to be - whether it's just letting her talk, hold her as she cries, talk about her daughter, acknowledge her loss, for we all need to hear it, but I'm sure you've done that already; by allowing her to talk about her loss and the pain she's undergoing right now and acknowledging that loss, you do her the greatest service as a friend.
We all need someone to talk to, especially when it's so fresh, realize that your friend is probably in shock right now, it's just happened, so she's probably very numb inside right now. But just being there for her and letting her know that is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give her right now. Don't be afraid to bring up her daughter's name, she needs to hear it right now. Trust me, you won't cause further pain if you do, nothing is worse than friends who try to brush it under the carpet so to speak, because they're reluctant to talk about their friend's loss for fear that it will cause more pain. It won't. Just basically be there for her. You sound as though you're a good friend anyway, you've posted here for her and she will be prayed for, and you've given her the site here, where she can post when she's ready, so she's blessed to have a friend like you right now.
God bless you for posting here, our thoughts and prayers go out to her at this time of immense grief and pain for her, and let her know she can post here anytime when she's ready, there is only compassion and love here at this site.
Luv Sandy

9/7/2001 19:13

My daughter, Kim, 35 died 3 years ago. She was born with a heart condition and we never expected her to live this long. However she had open heart surgery at the age of 24 and this was a miracle because she had outlived her life expectancy. She took another downhill turn and died suddenly. She was a joy in our life. So vivacious and full of life love and laughter. We miss her so everyday, but she was a Christian and we know she is with God. The ache in my heart never goes away. It is as you described a big hole that never heals. We love her and will miss her forever. Mary

9/7/2001 19:35

Mary, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved Kim. It is a terrible pain, isn't it, to lose one of our children. It's certainly a blessing that you had her for those extra years, given her prognosis. But nevertheless, a parent can never be prepared for the death of one of their children. I know you must treasure those moments of joy and love that she brought into your lives, and I also know what you mean by missing her everyday. It's the same with our son. He is always on our minds and in our hearts the same way you Kim is with you. I'm happy that you have your faith to fall back on and give you comfort. Remember that love never dies, and one day you will see your Kim again. You will be prayed for here and may God bless you and your family.
Luv Sandy

9/8/2001 02:15

I just happened to stumble onto this page, and am truly sorry to all of the parents who have lost their children. I lost my 12 year old son only 4 weeks ago and the only comfort I seem to find is in prayer. His death was tragic and completely unexpected. I do not know how I will survive this, but I know it will only be through God's love and grace that I will find the strength and courage to endure this. I would appreciate any prayers, and I will pray for those of you who are also suffering. I am a single mother with a 6 year old little girl who misses her brother terribly. Please pray for wisdom so that I may have the knowledge to help her through this as well.

9/8/2001 02:40

Sandy-I thank God for sending you into my life, and the lives of so many parents who have lost their precious children. All of the other parents have taken the time to tell you that they feel the same way! Sometimes when my cross seems so heavy, I take time to go back and read some of the earlier posts in our prayer group. When I do,I realize what a tremendous blessing you and your beloved Shane are to so many! So many times in years gone by, during times when all seemed well in my world, I did not have the wisdom, or take the time to say thank you, often enough, to so many people from all walks of life, who had such a positive impact on my life! There is a wise saying,"When you learn better, you do better!" :) So, Sandy,from the bottom of my heart, and in loving memory of your precious and beloved son, I just want to say thank you, once again, for the love and compassion you have shown, and continue to show to so many parents who have lost their precious children. Thank you also, for giving all of us an opportunity to pray for each other, as we continue on our journey, in Jesus name! I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family always!

9/8/2001 09:54

lookn4peace, God bless you, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss also. And so very young. It's so very painful to lose a child, isn't it. And your loss is so recent, you're probably still in shock and numb. That's ok, it's a way of coping with something we just can't handle at the moment. And I'm also so sorry to hear it was a tragic death. It's hard for little ones such as your daughter, to understand, because even we adults don't sometimes. Gosh yes, she must miss her brother terribly! Just remember to take lots of time for yourself, and I pray you have loving friends and family around you so you can talk to them about how you're feeling, you have to let your pain out, cry as often as you want, don't hold anything in. The only comfort I found also in the beginning was with prayer, so pray often yourself, Our Heavenly Father knows of your pain and wants to help you along as you go through the grieving. You will definitely be prayed for here, as will your little girl, and I know the Holy Spirit will guide you along as you try to explain things to your daughter as well as help yourself. May God bless you and pour His graces on you. And I'm glad you stumbled upon this page. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have, and it does help us in our grief.
Luv Sandy

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