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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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6/13/2006 15:17

Oh, our dear Miss V, yes, prayers for one of his Associate's to see you pronto! It may be nothing or it may be something that can easily be treated, YES, I echo what you and our sister Charlene said, it's the not knowing that drive's you nuts and of course we always suspect the worst.
I've just now prayed for you and this present trial and I know God is going to answer our prayers for you!

YES, please let us know the outcome.
(very nice Poem for Kay, btw)

Lots of love, prayers & Hugs,

6/13/2006 18:52

I have not posted in awhile but I was just reading the last 5 pages and did I pray and cry. So much has happened(good and bad). My foot is doing well the doctor don't want to see me until September. He said the sweeling will probaly be there for the next year but it will get less each week. I can see that already.I don't have much time since I got to go clean offices with my hubby. This is the last month of that. We are giving up the office that we have to clean every night. We can't do it with the grandsons getting older. They just want their MomMom there for them. They have been through too much for 8 and 12. They lost their Dad and 2 Uncles all in the same year. Their dad and my son were the worst for them. They even asked my son to be their Dad after their Dad passed.It was very hard for them to go through this and it hurt me very much.Got to go clean. Bless You All and I will pray for you.

6/14/2006 05:20

Chain Reaction

Sometimes I cry myself to sleep
When to life's trials I see no end
Just when it seems that no one cares
God says to me, "I'll be your friend."

Sometimes I feel life is not worth living ...
I get tired of trying, I don't want to go on!

[In the original poem the next line reads ...]

Just when I've made the ultimate decision ... [Meaning suicide]

I edited that line to read:

Just when I've almost given up Ö

[I believe God and Diane had something to do with that! : )

God steps right in and makes me strong!

And uses me to help someone
Who just can't bear their cross alone!
When to life's trials they see no end Ö
I say to them ... "Iíll be your friend!" :)
Ya know Angel Moms, when God gave me that poem to write three months BEFORE my 36 year old daughter, Diane, was killed in a chain reaction crash involving two cars, 2 pick up trucks, and drunk driving, I had no idea what lay ahead. However, I do know that God is faithful and He has ways of letting us know that He is with us no matter how great the storm!

In my mindís eye Ö I can still see the tears in the reporterís eyes as she sat there in our living room taking notes during an interview about our daughterís death. The camera man began to take close up shots as I continued telling my story. It brought laughter, however, when I told them how God Almighty used my Diane [just moments before I reached the bridge over the mighty Red River, to whisper in my ear and remind me that I COULD NOT SWIM! Ha-ha! After the news team left, unknown to me, they actually went out there and took pictures of the bridge, and the traffic light where I turned around at the foot of the bridge. On the news that night, they also showed me telling how my faith, getting involved with MADD and our prayer circle of love has helped me to go on in spite of my heartfelt loss.

Sandy, Selva, also Angela, and many other Angel Moms who still come here to read or post occasionally, or as time permits, have read my story several times over the years. : ) However, I felt led to tell it again to remind all of us; especially our newly bereaved that our Lord and Savior and our loved ones who have gone on before us know exactly how hard it is sometimes to continue on our journey. No, we donít get over it. However, with prayer, faith, and Godís help, and of course, eventually reaching out to others Ö we gradually gain the strength and desire to go on in spite of our heartfelt loss. Grief felt over losing a child/grandchild is the most difficult thing you will ever have to endure, but Remember Ö You do it Ö One minute, one hour, and eventually Ö one day at a time! Always remember Ö You are NOT ALONE and we will see and embrace them again someday Ö Forevermore! Godís peace and blessings!

Much love and Angel Hugs,

FYI: [The nurse finally called back and said she didnít think I need to be worried but that if I was concerned I should check with my primary doctor. So I will try to get an appointment tomorrow. I am still doing my mile on the treadmill 3 times a week and keeping my weight under control. Thanks again for the much needed prayers!] : )

6/14/2006 13:48

Oh yes, Verna, one step, one day at a time! Now I am not only dealing with a broken toe and bone in my foot but my husband (who tries to be superman by fighting with a cow and losing the battle) has a broken rib that, although it gives him a lot of pain, doesn't stop him from going out to the field and continuing to bounce around on the tractor so he can plant beans. We need your prayers! :o) Me, I'm taking it easy with my foot up in a nice cool house; the 'atmosphere' here is not the best because I can't (won't) get out and help him, but I refuse to put myself through torture for a field of beans. :o) I believe that God knows my heart and He said He would provide what we need if we seek Him and His kingdom first in our lives. I choose to believe Him. We could still use your prayers. :o)
Love you all today! My time will be wisely spent praying for ALL of us.
Love, Charlene

6/15/2006 09:54

Father God, I come to you today on behalf of my sister Kay. Father, I ask You to wrap Your loving arms around Kay today and give her solace and peace; she misses her son Joshua so much and is thinking about him today especially because this is the day that he was 'taken' from her. Father, let her KNOW that he is with you and is more alive today than he ever was while here on earth. Father, give her hope that she will see him again. Ease her pain and her tears today and give her good thoughts and good memories of him today, Father, in Jesus' name. We love You Father, and give you praise for being God and for providing a place for us when our life here on earth is done. Thank you Father, in Jesus' name. Amen.

6/15/2006 19:26

Hi my dear sisters. I have not posted for a little while because I was out of town, I went to Omega Institute in upstate NY, there are no phones, radios, tv or even newspapers there, I was there for a workshop about healing etc, it always helps , it is a beautiful place in the mountains with lots of good energy, I try to go at least twice a year. I just got back last night and went to work today and if you can imagine after been out for a week I had so much work that I didn't get a chance to breath. My dear sister KAY, my prayers will be with you today, I know that God with gently wrap His Arms around you and give you comfort and the reassurance that Joshua is very hapy now, I am sure that all of our Angel Kids are with him today, he knows how much you are hurting and if he could, he will let you know that he is very much alive, we just can't see them my dear sister, but we know that they are alive, there is no death, they just moved to another realm, and they all will be there when our time comes, and then, The Reunion my dear sister, Joshua will be there to greet you and be with you and this time forever. I also know that there are no words that could make you feel better, but our prayers will, God listens to us my dear sister, and we will storm Heaven for you and family. Love and prayers. Selva

6/15/2006 19:32

My dear sisters, I received a little note from our dear sister Jenn and I just read it today, she wants all of you to know that she has not been able to post at our Circle of Love because her computer crashed, and she is in a tight budget right now and can not buy a new one for a little while, her husband broke his leg and she is working 2 jobs, taking care of him and doing all the house work, she is very tires but wants all of you to know that she is still thinking about you all and that you are always in her prayers, she is hoping to be back on line in a month or so. My prayers are with Jenn and her family, may God help them to be well again and let Jenn have a little rest. Love Selva

6/15/2006 20:02

Welcome back Selva! I'm glad you were able to rest while you were away, but YES, the work never goes away does it? :o) Thank you for posting about Jennifer; let her know she'll be in my prayers, for healing for her husband and for adequate rest for her so she doesn't get sick herself.
Love to you all!

6/17/2006 09:34

Hi dear lask, great to see a Post from you, I've been wondering how you've been doing! Your health is more important, so if you have to give up the office cleaning job it's no doubt for the best - and the boys need you so much now.
Fathers Day will no doubt be a difficult one for you and the boys, as our dear Miss V sad, just take it one minute, one hour at a time and our love and prayers will be with you all,
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

6/17/2006 09:46

Hello our dear Miss V, so happy it was nothing serious, now you can put your mind at rest too. Nice to see "Chain Reaction" again too, :-). Up to 3 miles a week now, my hat is off to you!
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

6/17/2006 09:59

Oh, our dear sis Charlene, you with a broken toe and bone and your hubby with a broken rib! And still out there bouncing and being jarred about by the Tractor, to get those beans planted. You don't feel an eensty bisty bit of guilt, ha, ha, just teasing you our dear sister. Tomorrow is his special day, so I'm sure he'll be pampered a little, :-). Prayers for you and your hubby for a quick healing, and of course you're always in my everyday prayers as well,
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

6/17/2006 10:14

Hi my dear sister, you know I'm happy you had your week away but I'm so happy you're back!
Oh, no, that's too bad about our dear Jenn, I pray God send's someone their way who can fix their Computer for them. And her hubby's leg is broken, gosh, they're having it rough right now, she's still working 2 Jobs, still has to look after the house and their 3 children, I know her mother-in-law is very good to them, but still, that's a heave load to carry.
If you're talking to her again, please tell her my love and prayers are with her and her dear family, I know Our dear Lord will see them through this present trial,
Love you my dear sister,

6/17/2006 10:23

Thank you so much, dear Sandy, for your prayers. You don't know that my middle name used to be 'guilt'. I'm slowly learning to not take on other's problems as my own, but to let my Father have them. I can't change people but He can; it's not my place to take care of EVERYONE and their problems. But I do need to take care of myself; that's hard to do when sometimes it feels selfish to do that. I have a very sensitive and caring heart and it's hard not to want to help and do something for EVERYONE. Sometimes all I can do is sit back and ask my Heavenly Father to take care of them because there's nothing I can do for them. You all are very dear to me and I cry and hurt for you all, but something good that I've learned while posting here is that I can't carry all your burdens on my shoulders; only our Heavenly Father has big enough shoulders to carry us all! Praise His Name! Because of Jesus, we are true sisters, and we SHARE our burdens and problems; but we don't CARRY them for each other. That would be an unbearable load for us to carry; thank God for Jesus who has carried the load for us and paid the penalty for us. Love you all and God bless you all today!

6/17/2006 10:44

I posted this prayer on my prayer circle for grieving grandparents and wanted to share it with you all for all the dads who are grieving too.

Father God, I come to You in Jesus' name today to ask You to be with all the fathers and grandfathers who are grieving. Tomorrow is Father's Day and some fathers aren't celebrating, but grieving. Father God, I ask You to comfort them and put Your arms around them and let them know that they are special to You. Father God, ease their pain today, and if they don't have a child with them any more, help them to focus on You tomorrow as their Father. Help them to be thankful that You are their Father, the best Father that they could ever have. And Father God, I ask that You would let them know that it's okay to cry for their lost children and grandchildren. I know men are taught to be strong and not to cry, but the pain of losing a child is so deep and so awful that they need to be able to release that pain once in a while or it will build up inside them and literally kill them. Father God, I ask all this in Your Son's name, because only He is worthy of our praise.
Love and prayers for all the hurting grandfathers and fathers today and tomorrow.

Love to you all too, my very dear sisters!

6/17/2006 13:42

This is the 2nd Fathers Day without their father and the first without their uncle.They use to make little things for my son for Father's day. My husband and I talked about giving up the cleaning business since last year and now have just put it in progress. I will enjoy not going out to clean every night and some times on weekends.I am too old to be going out at night(ha,ha)As you know the foot is doing well but the eyes are not. I have been watched very closly for the last 6 or so years because I was told I have a low grade of glaucoma and the doctor said this year he can see changes. He is doing some other tests and then decide if I need to have medication for this and now I have to get glasses to help me read since I am getting older. Then the dentist wants to do work that will cost about 3000. so I have to start with payments to him. Other wise every thing is going well except on those days that I miss my son.I know he is in a better place. Just pray for this money to come through for the dentist. Bless you and thank you for thinking of me

6/17/2006 15:11

Hello again Lee Ann! It's good to hear from you; I'm praying that you will be well taken care of and it sounds like it is all at once. :o) I will pray that the money will be available for your dentist; and also that the glaucoma will be treatable. Hopefully with you not working nights now, your physical health will improve. Give your precious boys an extra hug today. Bless you!

6/17/2006 19:18

Hi my dear sisters. Charlene, I understand about "the guilt", I am the same way, I am always trying to solve everybody's problems and sometimes it gets to be a little just too much, I am also learning (slowly) to rely in our dear Lord to Help and also to learn that I am not Super Woman, but it is my nature, I know that our dear Lord will help me to understand that only He can solve the problems, I am praying for you to feel better and also your hubby, yes tomorrow is Father's Day so I am sure you will give him a little pampering.My father passed in 1994, my ex husband passed in 2000, so I have nobody to celebrate Father's Day, well I do, my brother is a father, his kids live in Dominican Rep and Venezuela, but they are very close to him so are his grandkids. Lask, my dear sister, great to see you posting again, good for you and hubby to be able to quit the cleaning business, now you will be able to share more time with the grandkids, yes it is going to be a bitter sweet day for all of you, but you still have them my dear sister, enjoy it the day with your hubby and grandkids, I am sure that God will be there for you all, to give you comfort, you can count on my prayers. Love Selva

6/17/2006 19:20

Hi my dear sister. I know that you are working today, I will write a note to Jenn and I will give her the messages from all of you, I am also praying so that she can get a little rest and that her hubby will be healed.Love you my dear sisters. Selva

6/19/2006 08:35

Hi all! I hope and pray that you all had a good Father's Day. We went to our youngest daughter's church to see her Hannah in a program and then had a cookout (the first of the year is always the best!). We were both very tired last night even though we were hurting.
Has anyone heard from Angela? I haven't received anything from her since her last post here. I pray that she is recuperating and gaining strength.
Selva, as always you are so open and caring for all of us. Thank you for your honesty and your prayers. Did you get to talk to your brother yesterday and wish him a happy father's day? I hope you got to do things to pamper yourself; that's what you need to do, even though it's hard sometimes because we feel selfish doing that. I think sometimes that I would like to not have any responsibilities or people to do for except myself. What a time I would have! But then I think that I'd probably just sit here and feel sorry for myself and wish I had somebody to do things for. LOL! Love you sis!
Everybody must be busy on summer projects because there haven't been many posts this month. I know I've been busy and I need to get outside and do some weeding today but it's clouded up again today and looks like rain. So, I'll probably try to catch up on laundry today and maybe finish reading a book I started a while back.
Love to you all! Hope to see more posts in the near future. :o)

6/19/2006 20:34

Hi my dear sister Charlene. I'm glad that you and hubby had a good Father's Day, yes, I did get to see my brother yesterday, he came by for a little while, he had to work yesterday.I have not heard from Angela, I hope she finally went to the hospital and that she is getting to feel better. I have been in the Valley since I came back from NY, I've been missing Solange so very much. it has been 46 months since I last saw her, I don't know how I managed to survive for so long, I thank God every day for bringing me to this Circle of Love for I have found so much love and understanding here and so much help and prayers, I also Thank God for our dear Angel in Chief Sandy for creating this safe Heaven for all of us. My prayers are with all of you and also my love. Selva

6/20/2006 07:36

Hi dear Charlene, it is quiet here lately, it could be that summer is here people are spending more time outside. Sometime's its really hard for a newly bereaved Mom/Grandma to post, not that they don't want to, but it's a challenge everyday just to get out of bed in the morning and experience another day full of pain, grief.I really wish they would, but no pressure.
NO, I haven't heard from Angela either so I'm taking it as a good sign that she did go into the hospital and get the help she badly need's.
It's going to be another scorcher here today, maybe a swim in the Pool is in order, :-)
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

6/20/2006 07:50

Hi my dear sister,
It's hard to believe how fast time goes by, doesn't it. Did you get some nice flowers for Solange's Garden?
Don't you worry my dear sister, we will be storming Heaven for you with our prayers to help you through another Anniversary, you know our love, suport and prayers are with you, take it slow and be kind to yourself too,
Love you my dear sister,

6/20/2006 07:53

It's good to hear from you both, Selva and Sandy! I, too, am praying that Angela is getting much-needed rest and counsel. Her heart is so full of giving to others, she needs to be needed; but she also needs to take care of herself. God bless her and meed her needs today.
Selva, I've been reading back posts and I'd really like your recipe for Cuban roast. It is making my mouth water just thinking about it. I'm praying for you, sister, that God would lift you up out of the pit and shine His face on you and give you peace. Rest from the ache and the loss, even for one day, is very welcome. Bless you today, sis!
Sandy, as usual, you come in and support and affirm each one who posts. You are a true leader and Angel-in-Chief to us all. I'm not much for swimming so I just stay in where it's cool. :o) Or I get out early in the morning and go to town to do grocery shopping and errands. Thank God for Wal-Mart Supercenter! You can even go in the middle of the night to get groceries, etc. if you want to. That's where I'm headed now; I didn't get as early a start as I wanted because I wanted to check in here first. You can tell what my priorities are! :o)
Love to you all and God's blessing on each of you today!

6/20/2006 16:42

Hey, everybody. It's been a while since I have posted. I have been so busy. I thought I'd pop in and say hi.I've been really sad all day long. I can't really explain it. I had the radio on here at work and one of my daughters favorite songs came on. It's by the country band Rascal Flatts. She said the song reminds her of her big sis Casey. Anyway, that song came on and I just started bawling. I feel so sad for my daughter. Every day I look at her and I think to myself that it's just so unfair. A few summmer's ago, we had Casey over to our house for a day. Those girls had sooooo much fun. They played out in the wading pool, played with their dolls, listened to their favorite boy band and to top it all off we went to Dairy Queen & had ice cream. We were going to have her over again last summer-we talked about it all the time. But, then the accident happened. Anyway, I was feeling so sad and weak, so I thought I'd stop in and say hi. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Have wonderful day!

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