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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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12/27/2005 16:41

I am new to this prayer circle. I too am an Angel Dad. We lost our oldest son Jonathan four years ago, August 9, 2001. He was 15. It was from an accident at home. He was a model son, with all of the intelligence, strength and loving warmth one could ever hope for their child to have. He was so advanced at school, that he was teaching computers to his teachers as early as fifth grade. We thought he would go on to be a real leader, and make differences in many people's lives no matter what he chose to do. He accepted everyone, not just the other "smart" kids. He saw the inner person in others, and no matter what problems they were having, he accepted them and befriended them. It seems he got the most important of Jesus messages. It seemed that there were great things in his future. Then suddenly, there was no future. The accident left him in a coma for two days. Then, while we were being presented with the suggestion that we "pull the plug" due to him having no brain activity, he died. It seems he spared us from having to make that decision.

You grow up thinking there must be an overall plan for things. Then something like this happens. How can there be a plan that included the birth of such an incredible gift to society, just to be taken away before he even had a chance to drive, let alone do the things he could have done for the world? A difficult question to ponder, to say the least.

The first 2 years seemed to be the most difficult, but holidays are still very hard, especially Christmas. Actually, the first three months I was sort of a zombie. Think of it, a month after Jonathan died, we all had September 11, 2001. My wife and I had just barely gotten to the point of being able to get out of bed in the morning without the usual 60 to 90 minutes of emotional roller-coaster riding (you know what I mean), and there on the TV was NYC under attack, and people dieing before our eyes. It seemed like it was all sort of a dream, a strange nightmare you couldnt wake up from.

Well, anyway, I need to get back to work. I have three other incredible children that keep me very busy. Thank goodness for them. If Jonathan were an only child, my life would be much harder, and my love and prayers go out in particular to those who lost an only child. Please remember that every thing here on earth is temporary, but our spirits are eternal. Eternal is a very long time compared to a mere visit to the earth of just 80 or 90 years. We are all here to learn things about life and about ourselves, and we should do our best to get the most out of it we can.
Grief is a journey, not a place, so please remember to keep moving. And if you do get stuck somewhere, please feel free to ask for directions.

Love & Prayers,
Jonathan's Dad
April 22, 1986 September 9, 2001

12/27/2005 17:00

Hello dear Marion, a warm welcome to this Circle! How difficult it must have been for her son to lose his Mom one day after his wedding, so sad.
You've written a beautiful Tribute to your precious Lydia, thank you for sharing it with us all.
What did your dear Lydia die of, so suddenly?
Please feel free to post here anytime, we all understand the terrible pain that a Mom experience's from the ultimate of losses, her beloved child.
Love & Angel Hugs,

12/27/2005 19:55

Hello dear Marion, a warm welcome to this Circle! How difficult it must have been for her son to lose his Mom one day after his wedding, so sad.
You've written a beautiful Tribute to your precious Lydia, thank you for sharing it with us all.
What did your dear Lydia die of, so suddenly?
Please feel free to post here anytime, we all understand the terrible pain that a Mom experience's from the ultimate of losses, her beloved child.
Love & Angel Hugs,

12/27/2005 20:47

Hello AngelDad Curt, a very warm welcome to the Circle too! Not that any of us want to be here, but by talking and sharing about the ultimate loss that a parent can ever have, you never know how your own sharing will help someone else.
Your Jonathan sound's like a wonderful boy, you and your wife can be very proud of the young man he became by the age of fifteen. Our Shane too 'got it' and I value the lesson's he gave to me by his own life and his generous, loving spirit. I know you must value the same with your Jonathan.
The death of our child turn's our world's upside down, it bring's out emotions we didn't even know we had and we all ask "Why?". Right now we see through a glass darkly, but you're so right, our live's here on earth go by very fast and one day we'll have that answer.
Thank you so much for sharing your own story with us, please, feel free to post here anytime, this is a very safe haven to let our feeling's out, never be judged, only supported, loved, given compassion and understanding. If you see someone's post that you'd like to respond to, please do, this Circle is for all!
I loved what you said at the end, "Grief is a journey, not a place, so please remember to keep moving. And if you do get stuck somewhere, please feel free to ask for directions."
Love, prayers & Hugs,

12/28/2005 16:12

~FOR ALL WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE: A POEM FOR YOU~ LOSS OF A LOVED ONE//May our understanding Father help you bear your sorrow,/And fill your heart with courage to meet each new tomorrow./May He give you added strength to make your grief seem lighter,/And may the sunshine of His love make your way seem brighter.//May the thoughts and prayers from friends let you know we care,/And though our words seem effortless, we truly want to share/The weight of grief you carry, and may it help somehow/To know the love of God and friends, and feel their closeness now.--Earlene Rose (Author)
I pray that this will lift your spirits. Please forward this poem to others you know who may be uplifted by it. God bless you all.

12/28/2005 21:23

I lost my 16 year old daughter Dalin in a car accident 11 years ago and her Dad(my husband Dale of 28 years) 2 years later(9 years in January) All of our birthdays are Novembers and Dalin died on Dec.14, so the holiday is never the same. I tried shrinks, grief groups and they didn't help because they weren't right. I thought of suicide, but that's no option if you believe and want to be reunited. I have prayed for strenght to exist and here I am. Don't know why, but I do. I have also found a way to express my feelings and send gifts of love to them for my sake and sanity which is to get a mylar baloon filled with helium on a short ribbon. I writer my message with a permanent marker and let them go in special places. Sometimes I send two. I watch them as they float and it gives me a special peace. I even write my name on some and have received answers and even baloons back. I have also learned to look at all the things and places I'd never know without them in my life. It has also made me realize how great God's love for us was,to gie up Jesus'His only Son for us. I didn't give up my family by choice and the pain was unbearable until I realized Jesus died in pain for our pain and sins and they are waiting for me with Him. We all share a loss or losses that are unexplainable, but we all know how we feel, for the loss of a child isn't supposed to happen. Our children are supposed to bury us, but God buried His Child too, so pray for the right reasons and He listens. Our hearts will never stop aching, but the memories keep the love alive. Our bond of GRIEVING PARENT make us all unique but yet the same. I look at each day different now and will live in my sorrow until I join Dale and Dalin. In the meantime, what better angels to watch over me and speak to God & Jesus on my behalf. My prayers 'love'compassion and thoughts go out to all of you for the strength and peace to find you.

12/29/2005 20:30

Hi Dear Marion. Welcome to our Circle of Love. I am so sorry we have to meet this way,but I am also glad you found this Circle. We share the same pain. I lost my only child Solange , 20 years old on Aug 15, 2002. Thanks for sharing that beautiful poem you wrote to Lydia, I am sure she was smiling at you when she read it and she feels very lucky to have you watching over her sons.This is a very lonely road and a very complicated pain so feel free to post here as many times you need to, we are all here for one another with lots of prayers, love and understanding. Selva

12/29/2005 20:37

Hello Angel Dad Curt, like I always say, so sorry to meet this way. Jonathan was a fine young man but also an Angel who finished his mission here on Earth much earlier than most of us. I lost my only child, Solange at age 20, Aug 15, 2002, she was also a very special young woman, who helped everybody who needed it, she really touched everyone that knew her, she was also an Angel who finished her mission here. This pain is like no other, we all understand the pain, but not the why's and why me, it is a very complicated pain and only through Faith and prayers we can survive, just waiting for the time when we will be reunited with our children again , and this time Forever.Thanks for sharing your story with us and please come back anytime you need to. love Selva

12/29/2005 20:46

Hello Suangels. I am so sorry for your losses. Welcome to this Circle of Love. I lost my only child Solange Aug 15, 2002 also in a car accident, my ex husband, which kept a very good relationship with me, died one and a half year before her. I also tried everything, and i think the only thing that works is prayers. All I ask God is to give me strenght to continue until He decides to take me and be with my child again forever. That is a fine way to send them balloons with love messages, I am sure they can see it, they can see us, and are always next to us, even if we can not see them, I am always aware of little messages I get from Solange, that keeps me alive. Please feel free to come back here to Our Circle of love, you will find lots of understanding, love and prayers and no judgement here, we are all here together, we share our stories, our grief and despair, our Valley days, our anger and most of all our prayers and love. Love Selva

12/29/2005 20:48

Hi Imbookerosie. Thanks so much for that beautiful poem you shared with us, and also thank you for posting here and for your understanding. May God bless you. Love Selva

12/30/2005 01:47

my heart and prayers go out to your family for your loss. I too lost my son Gregory he was 20 years old and died from an ATV accident 6-12-2004. I never thought I would be able to live through this terrible thing that has happened to us. missing him will never End. God has given me great strength and has been at my side. The love that we have for our children he has for us for we are all his children. and in my heart I know our children are his to begin. and what helps the pain for me is to know that he is in Gods arms and keeping the faith that one day I will be too right beside my gregory. God Bless your family and may he ease your pain and sadness. I will keep you in my prayers always wendy

12/30/2005 09:43

Hello dear Wendy,
A warm welcome to the Circle, just very sorry for the reason why. The raw, biting pain in the beginning is far more than one could imagine, isn't it, thanks be to God, He is so gentle and tender with us who are grieving the loss of one of our children. You're so right, the longing and missing of our child is forever with us, in time you learn how to live with it, but even those of us who are further along in our Grief Journey still have moment's of being 'in the valley' as we call it here.
I'm happy for you too, knowing that your precious Gregory is in God's arms, that it help's ease your own pain. Yes, one day we will see our child again, what Joy it will be to be reunited again, this time for Eternity!
Thank you for your kind words and prayers Wendy, we can all use them so much, rest assured that mine/our's are with you. Please post here anytime, you'll only find support, understanding, love and prayers here, this is a safe haven for us all to talk about our child and our grief and there is never any judging!
Love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

12/30/2005 19:37

Dear Selvam, My heart felt sympathy and shared loss go out to you also. Yes, it's hard to go on while we know we have to, but we can be at peace knowing they have done their job on earth so well, just too fast for us. Sounds like we have alot in grief common with our loses, yet they are different because they're our pain alone. It's a comfort to talk to someone who says our loved ones name also because they did exist and had names. I think realizing what an influence Dale & Dalin had on this world, and to be a part of them, makes me so humble. My love will never die and I thank God everyday for letting us walk this earth together. I know we'll be together again. I pray for you and everyone in Our Circle. Bless you and may you find more inner peace in the new year. Love suangel2

12/30/2005 20:05

Angel Dad Curt A.K.A. Miss Him My prayers to you on your Johnathan. He sounded like my Dalin. We question why our children whom were so vibrant, full of life, and had thier heads in the right places, while druggies and drunks survive. We have to realize what a gift we were given to mold and nuture, but also to teach us. We just had too beautiful flowers when God needed his bouquet that day, because after all, He only takes the BEST!!!!! I can't say that your life will get over it as some people say, only that with prayer, we get through it. I look back at all the things I got to do, and places I got to go, because of Dalin. I know that I'll meet Dale&Dalin,as well as many other loved ones, someday, and that gives me reason to live. I just got in the circle too, but already I feel a bond and love so fulfilling, that I want to stay and chat. This somewhay also keeps them alive. Dalin was 11/22/1978-12/14/1994. I am 11/23/1948 so as you said the holidays aren't the same. I just this year became born again and put Christ back as #1 in CHRISTmas. I now realize more fully how much God loved to give Jesus up willingly. I know I would find that so difficult after feeling the pain of losing Dalin. I pray that something I can say will help you, but if not, maybe my prayers will be received to help you and your family. It's more than O.K. for Dad's to express and cry. Dale loved Dalin so much and sometimes I feel like he grieved hisself to death over her. She was Daddys' Girl, and still is. I know they're together and will have a spot for me. They're also my guardin angels. Prayers and Peace to ya,suangels2

12/30/2005 20:32

Hi all my dear Angel sisters and brothers. I just got this little book and song from Solange's best friend, and I feel I should share it with you all, it really touched me, because her frind is a really a sweet girl full of love. This is the title. I HOPE YOU DANCE.
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you will give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of leas resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin'
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's wroth makin'
Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin' out reconsider
Give the Heavens above more than just a passing glance
Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along.
I HOPE YOU DANCE. love Selva

12/30/2005 21:41

Dear Lord Our God, Loving Father to Us All,

Please bless all those parents who have lost a child, to death as well as kidnappings, arguments, etc.; please bless them to comforted, and find joy in their life, and to know when their children are with You, for we ask You to take all the souls of the dead into Your Loving Arms. Please bless all parents to be comforted during and understand Your Will, and all children to be blessed, and all everywhere to feel Your Love in all ways. And thank You, Lord, for all the kindness You have bestowed to grieving parents, and for all situations You have blessed and all things everywhere;

In the Name of Jesus, Your Own Holy Son, Our Brother,


12/31/2005 17:49

Hi dear Merlock. Thank you so much for your so much needed prayers. We really need it all. Thanks for taking your time to post in our Circle of Love, I speak for all the Angel moms and dads who have lost a child. May God Bless you and may the New Year brings you many Blessings. Love Selva

12/31/2005 17:52

Hi all my dear Angel Moms and Angel Dads. I just want to wish you a very Peaceful New Year, may you all get signs from our Angel kids, telling you that they are celebrating with Jesus and God, may you feel their presence, and may you know that our kids are really next to us. many Blessings for the New Year and also Strenght from God and Peace. Love you all. Selva

12/31/2005 19:37

hi to each one of us who have lost our child here on earth. Thank you for sharing your book, for we all must dance or we don't continue to love and honor our children. They were so full of love and vitality that was shared by many and we must continue on for them. Another song I listen to that helps me is "Garth Brookses The Dance." It's video is also one to watch. It truly shows what we would have missed if we hadn't taken that leap of love. Dalin and Dale have been angels watching over me for years now, but this is still the hardest part of the year. I look at each one that passes as one closer to meeting them again., but I know that time is in Gods' hands. I realeased my balloon to them as that, memories, love and prayers are all I can send that goes up towards heaven. I pray for everyone to find even a small bit of peace and happiness for the gifts we were truly given by God. Not only did He give everyone His only Son, but each of us an even more special son or daughter to have and hold here on earth. Some only touched us briefly, while others were here for years, yet our pain is mutual that only God and us share. Take this time to thank God&Jesus and pray for us all because we are all Gods' children. Bless everyone and may peace continue to come your way. suangels2

12/31/2005 22:40

Hi to all Angel moms and dads, just want to wish you all a Happy New Year and I peay God will bless you all and wrap you in his loveing arms.

Hi Sandy and Selva and Miss V, Hope you all are doing fine. Got my computer back on and then I found out I had a virus and it just shut down on me. Would'nt even turn on. Had a friend of the Hubbys come over and take a look at it. Finally got it up and going again yesterday. THANK GOD for friends who program computers and can work on them . Anyway, Just wanted to let you all know all is well and I'm takeing my meds like I'm supposed to. I'm feeling wounderful and back to my old self.BIG THANKS TO YOU SANDY!!!!!!! I'm so much back to my old self that my insomnia is back. Strange how depression works on you. All I was doing was sleeping and now that everything is back on track I cant sleep. I am takeing Melatonin and Flexaril to help me sleep. Not takeing both at the same time, just one or the other.Thanks for being my Angel sisters and always being there for me when I need you.

Wishing each of you a wounderful New Year with many blessings from above.

Love and Butterfly hugs,
Amiees mom 12-20-92 to 5-1-93

1/1/2006 00:54

Hi Everyone, ~ I pray that God gives each and every angel mom/dad and their family a measure of peace and blessings throughout the new year!

Love and Angel Hugs,
Diane's Mom
Forever In Our Hearts!

1/1/2006 01:33

The following poems I wrote last night after coming here to catch up on reading back posts. Inspired by angel moms and angel dads, and the unconditional love I know we all feel for our beloved guardian angels. As we continue on our endless journey, may it help us to know that we are not alone. As we begin the New Year Always remember; we go on: one minute, one hour, and one day at a time! It is our tribute of love to our angels.
Prayerfully yours,

GOD Loaned Me an Angel

God loaned me an angel for all the world to see
And oh what a blessing you always were to me
Just to see your smile would often make my day
I miss you and your radiant smile more than words can say

When I think of the love bond that we shared
What matters most is that we knew how very much we cared
If Id had the chance I would gladly have taken your place
But it helps to know well embrace in heaven someday

And though I sometimes still ponder the reason why
God called you before me to our heavenly home on high
I am forever grateful that someday Ill be there too
Until our Heavenly Embrace

Always remember how very much I LOVE YOU!

Verna R. Clay
All Rights Reserved

1/1/2006 01:35

Before and After

Even before you were born
I loved you
Even before I first heard you cry
I loved you
Even before I held you for the first time
I loved you
Even before you stole my heart with your smile
I loved you
Even before you took that first tiny step
I loved you
Even though thered be times wed disagree
I love you
Even before I knew youd be called before me
I loved you
Yes even before and after God called you home
I loved you And I always will!

Verna R. Clay
All Rights Reserved

1/1/2006 01:42

If Only I had known

If only I had known God was about to call your name
I would have begged him to take me instead
For my life has been changed forever
Life for me will never be the same
If only Id had a chance to say I love you
To say that last good-bye
I would never have been able to let you go
I would have begged God to instead let me die
At times I feel like no one on earth
Could possibility have felt such endless pain
On valley days I often feel I have nothing to live for
And that my life is all in vain
Yet somehow I know such thoughts cannot be true
So Ive determined to press on in spite of missing you
Its my way of insuring that all that we shared was not in vain
Ill make sure that others will not forget you or your name
They will know beyond a doubt how much you still mean to me
Now and forever and throughout eternity!

Verna R. Clay
All Rights Reserved

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