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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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5/4/2006 07:42

Hi dear Jen, I'm so sorry we forgot Aimee's Heavenly Date, we always honor their birthday's and Heaven day's here, so I think it's time we made a new list up with all the dates, so we don't forget any chil'd special day.
That's too bad about your friend Brenda, I can only imagine how hard the upcoming trial will be on her, God love her. Tell her we miss her and want to see a Post from her again, it'll be good for her to let it out right now. You take care too, working 2 jobs,
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

5/4/2006 08:32

Hello dear Charlene, that's terrific news about your daughter, Praise God, but the rest of your post is very sad and troubling. You had to have been very hurt receiving an e-mail like that. You are her mother, is she not coming to visit you on Mother's Day?
You're learning how to let your grief out finally in an emotionally healthy way and your daughter has to do the same. You can't erase the past, you can't pretend that those precious little girls never existed, which seem's to be the message that your daughter is sending. If you and your hubby don't sit around crying but naturally talk about them, I don't understand her logic "being selfish and living in the past".
Frankly dear Charlene, this is exactly what your daughter is doing, trying her best to bury it, its too painful for her to 'go there' so she's got it buried so deep that it's almose as though it never happened - and like anything we bury inside, it is eventually going to come out, its only been 2 year's for her, there is no way she's over her grieving yet, nor their father. She may be able to do this for a year, 2 years, even 5, but trust me, it IS going to come out and then she's really going to need you. I just pray she doesn't have a breakdown when it finally hit's her, unfortunately I've seen that happen with Mom's who try to bury their pain.
I am so sorry dear one, I know this has to hurt you badly, I can only pray that your daughter's grief come's to the surface and she include's you in Holidays, I certainly pray this won't put a wedge between the two of you.
what about your other daughter, surely she doesn't agree with what her sister is doing. At this point the ball is in your daughter's hands, so to speak, all you and we can do for her is to pray, pray that her grief does come to the surface sooner, rather than later.
God bless you dear Charlene and your daughter, trust in God to help your daughter and bring you all back together again as a family; I'm happy you posted about it here, now we can all pray for this situation and at least be here for you, always,
Much love, prayers & Tender Hugs,

5/4/2006 09:17

Dear Angel Moms, ~ just checking in to let everyone know that I am doing ok so far. I agree with Sandy that sometimes, time seems to go by so quickly. On May 7th, it will have been 3 months since my heart surgery. I am just now learning some of the details of how fortunate I am to have made it through the 7-8 hours of surgery. I have learned that the damage done to my heart from years of smoking was much more serious than I ever imagined, and it was very, very stressful as well as difficult for my entire family to endure; especially my daughter and hubby. I am just now learning [as of yesterday] … The real reason my cardiologist was so upset with me when he learned I slipped out of the hospital the night before the surgery [to have that final cigarette.] I suspect that I still have not been told the entire story; but just from what I’ve learned, it seems I had several close calls, and still must take it easy and follow all doctor’s orders, which is sometimes so difficult to do. So Y'all keep praying. :) To go from being very active to being timid & inactive is more difficult than I ever imagined; but I am doing the best I can. I am also counting my blessings and taking it one day at a time.

Yes, God does answer our prayers; even though there are times He has to say a compassionate “No.” It is during those times that our faith in a loving and caring God is sometimes sorely tested. Although there is still much that I don’t understand about why some of God’s children must go through so much misery in there lifetime while others seem to have it made in the shade so to speak; I suspect that if we could see inside the hearts and the minds of the latter, we would find that they carry their share of life’s misery and difficulties too.

Sometimes, when I am watching the news on TV, I find myself praying for people all over the world; especially the little ones and the poor… People I don’t even know. Of course I find myself praying for the good guys in a sad movie. I must admit I don’t watch the news or read the newspaper as often as I once did, because I find myself feeling sad and also spiritually connected to so many innocent people who are going through hard times, each in their own individual way. Realizing there is so little I can do to change the ways of the world, I pray to the One that can. Therefore, when God says “Yes” according to my desires or wishes, I thank Him. When the answer is a compassionate “No,” … I pray for strength to work through my sadness, disappointment, my anger, and last but not least; I pray for the strength to endure. Just as He sends the sunshine and the rain, He sends family and friends and even strangers to help us make it through life’s storms. And that, in my humble opinion, explains the power of prayers being answered.

Angel moms, I begin my class May 9th to kick the habit. My doctor prescribed the patch for me. The first step or stage worked well, but the second stage patch didn’t help much. So, I’m joining this support group as a part of my therapy. I must attend 8 sessions. All the rehab nurses say it’s fun and it really works for anyone who is serious about quitting smoking. So please say a powerful prayer for Miss V.

One of my favorite scriptures is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That gives me the courage to keep pressing on; to keep trying, no matter how difficult the life storm. As always, you’re all in my heart and prayers …

Much love and heartfelt prayers,

Verna [aka Miss V]

5/4/2006 10:25

Hi mi dear Charlene. I'm glad that your daughter and baby are doing fine and I am also very sorry about her e mail to you. Like my sister Sandy said, it is just a way to avoid the deep pain, and yes, eventually it will come out, and I am sure that you will be there for her when the time comes, nobody can bury this type of pain my dear sister, some try, but it is impossible, it is better to let it out, feel the pain, cry, scream if you will, but just let it out. We will pray for you and her, there is nothing that you can do about it right now, just try and understand and pray, I am sure that Our Lord will give you strenght to endure it, you can count on my (our) prayers and understanding, my dear sister, remember we are all here for you. Love Selva

5/4/2006 10:30

Hi my dear Jenn. I am sorry that we missed Aimee's Heavenly date, yes, like Sandy said we have to make a new list, but I am sure that our Angel kids were there with her and celebrated her Heavenly Birthday, and I am also sure that they are spoiling that little Angel so much, they are all taking care of her my dear sister, until we can be there with all of them and this time Forever. Of course we will pray for Brenda, my heart goes out to her, having to re live those painful moments, may God give her strenght.Please tell her that all her Angel sisters are with her, and our love and prayers are with you both. Love Selva

5/4/2006 10:35

My dear dear Ms. V. So great to see a post from you. Ay my dear sister, those of us who still smoke, understand very well what you are going through, but the time comes whe "we must quit", so now you really have to try very hard, it is for your own good, and I am sure that God will help you through it. My sister Nancy, is going through the same, she was diagnosed with Emphyzema, and she has to quit, yesterday she received a laser treatment to quit smoking, it seems like it is working. pf course she is having withdrawal symptoms but she is hanging in there, I am using the patch since yesterday and it really helps, just be careful about it and don't even dream of having a smoke while you are wearing it, I am sending you a lot of Healing Lights my dear sister, and I know that you will quit that habit soon. Love and prayers. Selva

5/4/2006 10:41

My dear sisters.I am requesting prayers for a dear friend,Evelyn, who just lost her son on sunday night. He was one of Solange's recipients (she was an organ donor) and the first who wrote to say Thank You to Solange, we became dear friends, he had diabetes since he was a little boy, and almost four years ago he was dying, when he received Solange's gifts, we was just fine and could enjoy his life again, but the diabetes has taken its toll, and his system was too damaged by it. He passed on sunday from heart failure, his mother Evelyn was taking care of him all these time, she is in her 80's and God Bless her, a very strong woman, but this is the third son she losses, the first one choked to death, the second was murdered and now Don, my heart is aching for her, so please if you will join me in praying to that God will help her go through another devastating loss. Thank you all. My love and prayers. Selva

5/4/2006 10:57

Thank you Sandy and Selva for your encouragement. It's a relief to me that I'm not the crazy one by grieving the way I am; but I really hurt for her. I pray that she lets God soften her heart so she will feel the loss gradually and not have a traumatic blast of pain some day. I think she's stuffing everything in and trying not to think about it because of the baby coming; but she's still hurting and she needs our prayers. Thank you!!

5/4/2006 11:06

Miss V--I'm glad you're on the road to recovery! Trying to 'kick the habit' must be very hard; I've never gone through anything like that but I can imagine what it is like to have to give up some of my favorite foods that aren't good for me. (My problem is eating too much, especially in the past year and a half.) Keep trusting in the God above all gods; and yes, He will give you the strength through Christ that you need. There's another scripture that I really love and that's that GOD IS FAITHFUL and He will not allow us to be tempted more than we are able; but with the temptation He will make a way to escape so we will be able to bear it. Let's face it: LIFE IS HARD but GOD IS GOOD! God bless you today, Miss V.!
Love and prayers to you,

5/4/2006 11:31

Dear Jennifer, I'm so sorry that I didn't remember Aimee's going home date. I have it written down on a piece of paper but my desk is piled so high right now that it would take me a few days to find it. The past few days I've felt like I should look at it but I've just put it off. Now I know that I should pay attention to those feelings. I'll pray extra for you in the next few days and hopefully that will help you. And I'll be praying for Brenda, too. A couple that we knew in high school lost their married daughter to murder and they had to go through a trial and everything. It was really hard on them and they still keep track of the young man (who is now out of prison) so they know what he's up to. I'll be praying for strength and peace for Brenda and that the man will be brought to justice quickly. Bless you today, Jennifer!

5/4/2006 14:05

Father God, in Jesus name I bring Evelyn before You right now. I ask that You comfort her and give her Your peace that passes all understanding. I ask that You give her strength for the days ahead. Father God, bless her today with friends and family giving their love. She's lived a long life and I pray that it is not over yet, but that you would bless her with health and strength today and tomorrow and for the rest of her life. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.
Thank you Selva for bring Evelyn here for prayer. Our God always hears and answers our prayers; not always the way we want Him to, but He is faithful.
Love you all,
Grandma Charlene
Baby boy: 2-25-89 (adopted 3-89)
Michael: 3-27-89 (stillborn)
Casey Marie: 1-7-92 to 12-1-04
Carey Grace: 3-18-94 to 12-1-04

5/5/2006 09:17

Hello our dear Miss V! It's so wonderful to hear from you again, posting here I mean. Did you find that colour purple yet, :-).
Yes, I know what you mean, sometimes I have to change the channel, if you base your vision of the world on the nightly news, it's enough to make anyone sad and depressed - so find yourself a good comedy instead and laugh!
Bravo to you, dear Miss V, smoking has got to be the hardest thing to quit, especially haven smoked for many years like us all, bt I have every confidence that God will indeed strengthen you through the Program and you'll come out of it a non-smoker!!
We'll all be praying for you too, to overcome the withdrawals, as our dear sister said, don't even think about a smoke (I know, easier said than done) but I just know that God is going to help you mightily with this,
Love ya Miss V, prayers & Hugs too,

5/5/2006 09:33

Hello dear sisters

Beliefnet realize's that there is a 'dark side' for some on Mother's Day, whether you've lost your own mother or like us, who've lost a child and for some of us, such as myself, those who have lost both. They would very much love to read your story and how you get through the day.
Send them an e-mail, around 150 words, along with a picture of your child in a .jpg file format before May 13th.

Your own story could be an inspiration to others, we never know the impact of our words on another, so it just may be the catalyst to help them on their own Grief Journey.
Darn, I've forgotten the url, you can probably find it from the first page here and I'll be back to post the url, the page and the story.
NO pressure on anyone to do this, but as i said, you may be helping another with your own story.
Love you all, dear sisters!

5/5/2006 10:00

Hi all!
Just a note here about Mother's Day; I was reminded of this since Sandy posted about it. Since our middle daughter (who lost the two girls) isn't getting together with us on that day, we decided to 'go on with our lives' and still get together with our other two daughters and their families. If it's not raining, we'll have a picnic at the park and let the kids (8 of them) play. If it is raining, we'll go to our oldest daughter's house and have our picnic there. God has given me a peace about all this but I would still appreciate your prayers.
Love you all!!
Grandma Charlene
Baby boy: 2-25-89 (adopted 3-89)
Michael: 3-27-89 (stillborn)
Casey Marie: 1-7-92 to 12-1-04
Carey Grace: 3-18-94 to 12-1-04

5/5/2006 11:24

Hello to all my dear angel sisters,
I want to thank you all for your prayers for Brenda. I have been thinking about her and every so often I just stop and say a little prayer for her. I know God is going to comfort her today and all the days that follow. I will do my best to keep you posted and updated on the outcome aas I hear form her.

Hey Selva, It's good to see you back posting. I know the tax season is terriable. Staying so busy. I'm sure you are glad the rush is over and things have died down some.

Hey Miss V, so glad to hear from you also. I know all about the smokeing stuff. Being a smoker myself I have tried several times to stop and it is the hardest thing in the world to do. I know you can do this and I will be praying for you. Shoot, I need to pray for myself so I can quite!!! HA HA! But really, I know I should. Well, you continue to do as your doctor says and take it easy. We love you dear and will continue to pray.

Charlene, You have really been a blessing to me since you have joined us here and my heart goes out to youfor what your daughter has said. I agree with Sandy when she said holding this all in is not healthy. I know first hand all about it. I did for a long time and it almost cost me my life. All I could see was the twin I had left and centered everything around careing for here and didnt take the time to grieve. I feel like Sandy when she said, I hope you will be there for her when she does finally break down and morn bc she will need you so much. I went through Amiee's dealth by myself. When I finally did come to that breaking point it was terriable and I thank God I had him and a very loveing husband who helped pull me through.

I want to Thank You all for posting about Amiee's heavenly Birthday. It does not matter that it was late or forgotten. We all have such busy lives and I too forget. I know I am loved here and that you are all my sisters and are always here for me when I am haveing a valley day, even when I am not haveing a valley day you are here for me.What means the most to me is the love I feel from the circle and all the support from all of you. I can come and grumble, complain, cry, or just have a bad day and you all are right there to lift me up.

I love you all,
Love and Butterfly Hugs,

5/5/2006 11:50

Yes, Jennifer, it's good to be here in this healing circle. I've cried more since I've found all you DEAR sisters but I have also felt better than I have in a long time. The tears bring healing to me so I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! It is SO good to have you all to 'talk' to!
Love you all,

5/5/2006 23:17

Hi my dear sisters, ~ all of you have been such a blessing in my life, and also a God send to our circle of love. That is how God works. Our heavenly Father knew that Sandy, Selva and I would need to take a break now and then, so He blessed our circle with more wonderful and caring earth angels to help us to continue doing His assigned work. :) I know I speak for Sandy, and Selva when I say ... "Thank You!" :) and May God continue to bless each of you and our circle of love, compassion, and healing! To God be the glory always and forever!

Love & prayers,

Verna [aka Miss V.] :)

5/5/2006 23:51

Angel moms, thank you for all the encouragement and also the pages you send with words of inspiration, and even the humorous ones. :) I have so many humorous stories to share about your Miss V. and the trouble she can get herself into! Ha-ha! But I promise to be good now; at least I am going to give it my best. I'll keep y'all updated on my progress and the fun I'm going to have kicking the habit [smoking] for good. I'll just bet I am going to be a JOY to be around! Ha-ha! Oh, my poor Rues!!!

Jennifer, thank you for being sooo understanding about our missing your precious Amiee's special day. Lord knows it saddens me when I miss any special date. :( I agree with what Sandy said about it being time to make a new list. That would make it easier. Let us try to think of an easy way to get the list done then share it with everyone.

Well it's past time for my PM meds, so I'd better get that done and try to get some much needed rest.

Love to all,

Verna [aka Miss V.]
PS: I did another mile today on the treadmill, y'all! So keep praying :)

Sue [from Louisiana]; It's been a while so if you're in town or if you read this, let us know that you're OK. :) My new email address is:
Sandy, Selva, have you heard from Sue? Maybe I'm just having one of my many senior moments! :)

5/6/2006 00:16

My dear sister, ~ Please know I have included dear Evelyn in my heartfelt prayers. I know she will always be grateful, as was Don, to your beautiful Solange for the gift of added years, a better quality of life and improved health for her beloved son. I pray that God will strengthen her and help her through yet another loss, God love her. Our God is a merciful God so I know He will help her carry this cross. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen

5/6/2006 08:47

Hi dear sisters, here's that link I promised you yesterday, :-) sorree!

How do you deal with the loss of a mother or child during this time of year? LINK

I have to go to work now, but I'll be back later to post,
My love, prayers & Hugs to all!

5/6/2006 12:30

Thank you, Sandy, for the link; I've already read some of the articles and they've really helped. I'm not writing an article to submit but I wanted to share my thoughts here. The only thing I know to do is to spend as much time with the family we DO have; and if some of them don't want (or can't) get together, then we'll spend the time with the ones who can. Losing a 4 grandchildren makes me realize that I need to spend as much time as I can with the ones who are left here on earth with us. Who knows how long we'll be here ourselves? So make the BEST of the time that you do have!
Love to you all!
Grandma Charlene
Baby boy: 2-25-89 (adopted 3-89)
Michael: 3-27-89 (stillborn)
Casey Marie: 1-7-92 to 12-1-04
Carey Grace: 3-18-94 to 12-1-04

5/7/2006 13:01

To everyone who has lost a child I ask God to comfort you. I know all too well what you are going through. Seven years ago I lost my oldest daughter in a car wreck, she was 18. Two months ago I lost my son in a car wreck also. He was 22. So please pray for me.

5/7/2006 14:39

Charlene Sorry to hear such a hurtful email from a daughter that you love and it must have hurt terribaly. I think she is holding all this in. Maybe she feels that if she lets it out she will loose the baby. I will say a prayer for her and you.
astarte1225 I lost my son in Nov. of 2005 to a heart attack.He was 23. This was his 2nd one. One in Feb and the last one in Nov. I will say a prayer for you and hang in there.This is a good place to let all out so we all can help.
My foot is doing good but i can not wait to get the stitches out.They itch and feel like they are pulling. just want to move the foot more.

5/7/2006 17:30

Astarte1225--May God bless you and comfort you today! May God make His face shine upon you and give you peace. You have come to a very safe place to let your burden be known; the sisters here will pray for and with you. I know, because they have helped me tremendously! I haven't lost a child but I've lost 4 grandchildren, two that we were VERY close to. It is a hurt that doesn't go away, only eases when we allow ourselves to grieve. I'm praying for you.
Grandma Charlene
Baby boy: 2-25-89 (adopted 3-89)
Michael: 3-27-89 (stillborn)
Casey Marie: 1-7-92 to 12-1-04
Carey Grace: 3-18-94 to 12-1-04

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