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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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3/27/2004 18:57

Hi Marci. I forgot to mention, Hialeah is only about 20 minutes away from where I live, but if you ever come to Miami, MI CASA ES TU CASA, and that goes for all my sisters, I want to plant a reunion here in Miami, so all you snowbirds can warm up in Paradise(Miami), I think we should make plans on that I already told Our Angel in Chief, we will laugh, cry, have some wine, relax by the sea, and we will have all our Angel Kids in charge of Solange, she is great at Miami Beach, so let's plan. Love youall Selva

3/27/2004 22:35

Praying that AOL will allow me to get all of this post submitted before cutting me off again! :)
Hello Angela, Angel Moms, and all other family and friends who are standing in the gap for us during our most recent storm. Thank you all for your prayers, extended prayer request for my niece, Felecia Kay. I can hardly wait to tell my sister that we have people praying for her precious daughter all over the world ... In Canada & even in the Ozarks! That will bring a smile to her face. She asked me to be sure to thank each and everyone for praying for Felecia!

3/27/2004 22:36

Sandy, thanks to you and Angela for informing everyone at our prayer/support circle of love. I have not been there yet, but I will go there sometime later tonight. Of course I always know that I can count on all of my sisters to be there for me and family, and I thank God for all of you 24/7.

Angela, once again I thank you for being there and for the love and support you have shown to all Angel Moms! As our sister, Selva, often remind you, you are truly one of God's earth angels, and you certainly are doing His work in your own special and talented ways! God bless you in whatever ways that you need. I pray for healing for you, and all who suffer from fibromyalgia, and all who suffer from bipolar and severe depression. Please tell Aud how very much I appreciate her words of compassion and concern. Please keep her posted on Felecia's condition.

Marci, thank you for the encouraging words in your email. Whew! Sometimes, ... It takes my breath away when I try to find words to express all that I am feeling for so many people whom I have never even met, yet all have shown such compassion. Your words of compassion did much towards helping me to accept God's will ... Whatever that turns out to be. It just helps to know that so many are praying for our dear Felecia ['Kay' - We sometimes call her by her middle name]. Felecia and my daughter ... my beloved guardian angel were born just days apart. We also ended up calling my daughter, Beverly Diane, by her middle name. :)

3/27/2004 22:43


Hey Angel Mom, Lisa! ~ Thanks for sharing this lovely poem: Slow Dance. It definitely speaks volumes to me; especially now, as we pray for healing for my beloved niece, Felecia Kay. My faith in God remains strong; but I do tend to forget to take good care of me in the mist of life's many storms. I resisted going back up to the hospital late last night, after family convinced me that Kay was resting and that there was really nothing anyone could do but pray and have faith that God will do what He knows is best for Kay. For we know by faith, that He sees the whole picture, while we see in part.

The words of wisdom in this poem has reminded me of the importance of counting each and every blessing that God gives so freely and lovingly to us every minute of every day! Not the least of which are friends and family who stand by us during life's storms. I think it's God's way of letting us know that He is ever mindful of our trials and tribulations in this world. Thanks again for sharing this lovely poem that had to be dictated to this precious child by God, Himself, to share with all of us. Again, it arrived right on time.

3/27/2004 23:10

Selva, thanks for your love and understanding! All of your emails and fwd pages have help to keep me pressing on! I, too, look forward to the day when we can all meet and get to know each other. You know you are always in my prayers! And, I am taking yur advice and trying hard to take better care of myself. I know you are in valley time, and I pray that God will give you longer moments of peace.

To all other angel moms, thanks again for your prayers. I pray that God will bless each of you in whatever ways that you need.

Angel Dad, Angelo, I pray that God will continue to ease your pain and provide healing for you and family.

Angela, I'm sorry, about thinking I had sent the link you needed. When I finally came back on and clicked on the link, I found that it would not open! Lol As Sandy and others can tell you; I don't know dada about computers! I'd love to read the article also, so fwd it to me when time permits. Thanks also for extending my prayer request... I've made copies of everyone's posts to share with my sister & family.

God willing, I will keep everyone updated on my niece's condition daily; even if it's only a few words. This post, as I am sure you have guest, has taken a couple of days, plus me losing it and finally finding it again in my waiting to be sent files!

Your laugh for today from Yo Miss V: I have been searching all kinds of files looking for this post I started a day or so ago. During my extensive search,[don't recall which files I had clicked on, ... Up popped this warning which read: You have 2,041 messages in this file. Are you sure you want to access this file? Ha-ha! So, I guess I'd better slow down and get rid of some files or whatever, before this thing [PC] literally explodes! Lol

Again, thank you all for putting up with me and my ramblings, and for storming heaven with prayer for Kay, and our family. I'll continue to keep all of you and your life's storms in my heartfelt prayers & post individually to all as time permits! May God continue to give each of you those precious moments of peace for which we all pray daily! I am ever mindful of God's unconditional love for all, and that He is always online! No, we don't always get what we pray for, but we know that He will see us through each and every one of life's storms! And I will continue to fight this war of the spirits; in an ongoing effort to prevent satan from stealing my God given joy!

God's peace and blessings to all,
[Below is the poem which Lisa shared with me in an email... I hope!]:)

3/27/2004 23:11

In a message dated 3/27/2004 10:46:28 AM Central Standard Time, Angel Mom, Lisa, writes:

I do believe there is a lot of wisdom in this little girl. Now, if we
could actually take the time to smell the roses instead of rushing to
the next thing. I don't think there is a need to hurry, most things
can wait to be done later.

[I agree, Lisa!] ~ ... Verna :)

This poem was written by a
terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital.
It was sent by a medical doctor ~
Make sure to read what is in the closing statement
Have you ever watched kids On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
Better slow down. Don't dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won't last.
Do you run through each day On the fly?
When you ask How are you? Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast.
Time is short! The music won't last.
Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time To call and say,"hi"
You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won't last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift.... Thrown away.
Life is not a race. Do take it slower.
Hear the music Before the song is over.

3/29/2004 07:11

Good Morning dear AngelMoms, Dads,
Monday, the start of a brand new week, and all that it bring's. My prayer is that it bring's a little more peace in your hearts and perhap's a rainbow or two.
We had company this past weekend, my sis-in-law, her daughter and son, and their children, so it was a busy, but happy weekend! The weather here is glorious, I have our Patio Door open to enjoy the warm, fresh air!
Our dear Miss V, hoping and praying that Felicia Kay is doing much better, and please take care of yourself too,
yes, our dear Lisa Lou, thank's so much for the Poem, very touching! May you all feel the brush of Angel Wings on your face today, and you know my love and prayers are always with all,
Much Love & Angel Hugs,

3/29/2004 13:53

I received in the mail today my Monthly Newsletter from the Support Group that I attended (and still do occastionally).
I love this quote from the Newsletter, when we're in deep grief, sometimes we don't want to hear from other's how to get through it, overcome it, we just need an ear!

When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of great despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief, or bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness,
that is the friend who cares.

Rev. Henri Nouwen

3/29/2004 16:54

Hello to all!
a quote to follow Sandy's poem...
"The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away." -BARBARA KINGSOLVER (Guideposts April 2004)

With love and prayers to all,

3/29/2004 20:04

Hi my dear Angel Moms. Please forgive me for not being on line as much as you deserve, but I am in tax season, I am an accountant, I am going crazy (Thanks God) with work. Still you are all in my prayers and in my mind 24/7. Tonight I have a little favor to ask you, my co worker Ingrid is going through such a bat time, her husband Larry has brain cancer, he is slowly getting worse, right now he is in the hospital, his brain is swollen, he can not eat, his right side is gone, and she is handling it all, please my sisters, we know that God answers our prayers, please help me in my prayers for Ingrid and Larry, if God wants to take him, then we will pray for he does not suffer anymore. Thank you my sisters, I know that you will storm Heaven for Larry and Ingrid, and I thank you so much. Love. Selva

3/29/2004 23:11

Hello my dear sister, we all know this is a hectic time for you, you can't wait until April 15th, and neither can we, :-). You just make sure and take some time for youself and rest, especially with your ankle still bothering you. Of course we will storm Heaven for prayers for Ingrid and Larry, may Our Lord wrap them both in His loving arms and may they both feel His love and peace, God bless them both, and His Blessings to you for being such a dear friend to them both,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

3/29/2004 23:13

Hi dear Marci, I'll Amen that quote of your's, :-)
Much love & Angel Hugs,

3/31/2004 04:21

Dear Selva, ~ It is as Sandy says ... You KNOW we understand! I know that the work helps to keep you focused, ... And that's good; but Please, please take care of your health and get some rest when you can... Even if it means five or ten minute breaks. You know the saying, "All work and no play ..." So make sure you take time for yourself. We know how much you miss it when you can't post. I feel the same when I can't. But I know everyone understands, and realize that we all get that feeling every once in a while when things come up that prevents us from posting. So, don't let it add to your stress; Doing taxes is MORE than enough stress. The thought of doing my own would be enough to freak me out! :) I admire anyone who enjoys working with numbers! So, take a break until after the 15th on posting daily, and just check in every now and then just to say "I'm OK" so that we don't worry! Like the other angel moms, I always enjoy reading your posts; but I would much rather you take care of your health and give yourself more time to heal. I still worry about you moving too fast! Having been involved in a very bad wreck many years ago during my college years, I can tell you that it takes time to recover. Of course, I didn't listen, and kept right on going, ... But, I paid the price for doing so! So, please take good care of yourself. I am so sorry to read about your dear friend Ingrid's husband, Larry. This has to be so difficult and painful for her and the rest of her family. I will pray that God will heal him and comfort him and keep them all in His love and care! My love, compassion, & prayers are with them both & their entire family.
God's peace and blessings,

PS: Don't worry Y'all, ... I just got up to get a drink of water! Ha-ha! It's back to bed with me. :) God willing, will post again & respond to emails & fwd pages when time permits. My niece had a restful day. Will give a more detailed update soon. Thanks again for your prayers and uplifting emails & fwd pages!
Love, hugs, and prayers for all.

3/31/2004 14:31

That's TERRIFIC news to hear our dear Miss V, still believeing with your 'little faith man', :-)
Much love, prayers and Angel Hugs,

3/31/2004 23:44

Hello all my sisters,
I was just talking about our Sharon (prettybird) today, and then I received an e-mail from her. She's really going through a very rough time herself, still very much in deep grief, she told me she doesn't post because then it make's it 'real' for her, we all understand that, she's having problem after problem, she didn't say so in her letter, but I think she's also experiencing financial problems, she contemplated suicide but her daughter stopped her, please dear AngelMoms, keep our prettybird in your prayers, she send's her love and prayers to all, but as I said, just can't post right now, God love her.
Thank you all my sisters, she really need's some Divine help right now,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

3/31/2004 23:48

Did you see the April Fool's day joke Beliefnet played on us all? Wendy, watch your mail box tomorrow, ha, ha,
Love & Hugs,

3/31/2004 23:50

Our dear Susan, we haven't heard from you in a while, please post if you can and let us know how you are, just worried about you, and want to know how you're doing,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

4/1/2004 03:17

Hello, Dearest AngelFamily,
It's been a while since I posted. I have had problems with my daughter again. She is so troubled and I honestly don't know how to reach her. She is so oppositional. If everything is going her way, she is the sweetest, prettiest girl, with dimples that makes her face "twinkle". Unfortunately, we have to tell her no at times and that's when she changes dramatically; it's like I am looking at a different child. This last episode caused her to basically clear the dinner table (while we were eating) Then she ran to her room and smashed everything that was breakable (tv, stereo, mirrors, lights, dvd player etc) I'm surprised she didn't smash her window and leave. I called the sheriff and while he was tough with her he told us unless she hit us or was a danger to herself; he couldn't do anything. He suggested finding some kind of placement for her or at the very least, talk to her doctor. I spoke to our doctor and he also suggested we place her in a home.
I am at such a crossroads. I don't want to "get rid" of my child. One is already home with Jesus...I want to hang on with all my might to the other three. On the other hand, these episodes of violence cannot continue and I don't know how to help her anymore. Medication, therapists, psychiatrists, hospital stays, juvenile hall...none of these things has changed her attitude. It's been 3 years of this--way before Alex's death, and I am tired. So I don't know what to do. I pray...a lot for guidance, I just want to do what is right for everyone; Savannah, my husband, me...but especially Savannah.
So that is why I have not posted. I know all of us have lost children in the most painful, horrific ways; yet I am contemplating letting one of mine live away from me and the family. It shames me and makes me very sad.
Please pray that I will make the right decision for Savannah.
God's love to all.

4/1/2004 06:35

Very Sad News....

Amber Ashworth is a young lady about 16 and she is close to death by cancer....

She has a website and has requested to have people sign her Guest Book from all 50 states, which has been accomplished...

However, her family would dearly appreciate you visiting and signing the Guest Book...

Amber is sleeping most of the day now and it will only be a matter of a few days...

And Amber has requested that all people who do not normally attend church to please go for her...

And perhaps her parents can be welcomed to this Prayer Circle of Love...

Here is her site: Amber Ashworth

Thanks, Angela :(

4/1/2004 10:21

Oh our dear, sweet Susan, I'm very happy to see a Post from you, but this is so sad, my heart is breaking for you over this situation with your Savannah.
It certainly sound's as though you and your hubby have done everything to try and help her, have you been through Family Counselling, that may be another option to try if you haven't. You say you talked to your Dr., what about talking to the Dr.'s, etc., that have treated Savannah in the past - I'd think they'd know better how to deal with her. I'm not sure what type of 'home' they're suggesting you place her in, is it more of a detention setting, or an actual home for troubled teend? Perhap's she exhibiting this behaviour a little more now because of the dynamic change in your lives, over losing Alex? Gosh sweetie, I just don't know, I wouldn't hesitate getting a second opinion though from her Dr.'s.
Of course it would make you very sad, you're a dear, sweet woman, you're going through the grieving process over losing Alex, and now you have to make a very difficult decision over Savannah.
Never any shame though, dear Susan, you haven't failed Savannah, she just need's some professional help, and whatever you and your dear hubby decide, it will be with your loving hearts over your precious daughter, and to me, that's the key point here, it's your love for her that will triumph over any decision you all make. I'm so very sorry to hear this our dear one, but I'm honored that you shared it with your family here, you know you have our unabiding support, our love, and you know we'll storm Heaven for prayers for you, Savannah, and your dear family, perhap's God will reveal another way to you, please keep us posted, you know we all care here, our dear AngelMom,
Lots of love & Tender Hugs,

4/1/2004 15:52

Dear sister Susan. I am so sorry about the problems with Savannah, yes we will pray with all out hearts for you and the family, I imagine what a tough decision that is, and I agree witn our sister Sandy, maybe you should try another Dr. a second opinion,in the meantime dear sister,we will pray that God Helps you to find the correct answer and give you strentgh to go on, also the it will intervene with Savanah and change whatever is wrong. Keep on posting dear sister, and be sure we will Storm Heaven for you. love Selva

4/1/2004 15:55

Hi my dear sister, that is so bad about Sharon,Thank God her daughter stopped her from commiting suicide, at one point or another we all contemplate the idea, but I think our children don't want us to do that, we must complete our mission. I will pray for Sharon, I wish she will post and let all her troubles out, she knows we all understand. love my sister. Selva

4/1/2004 15:59

Hi Angela, I will visit Amber's site and will also pray for her parents, Amber will be with Our Lord but her parents must go through our type of grief, which is the worse anybody can go through, may God help tem, I will be praying for them also. Thanks my sister Angela, you could not have a beter name. love Selva

4/1/2004 21:58


Lord I pray that you will help our dear Sister Sandy to help her on her bad hair day and please let her hair grow in nice and thick so she can style it in an attractive fashion...

please also, bless all women going thru bad hair days...they are the worst kind of days...Amen!!!!


Love Angela xoxo

okay i'm a bit late but better late than never, and may never a hair be out of place again...heehee

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