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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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7/5/2006 16:26

Hello Everyone!
No post's since mine, oh my, I pray everyone is alright and enjoying those moments of peace that our dear Miss V speak's of!
Father, please hold these AngelMoms, AngelGrandma's in your fatherly embrace, as they grieve for their lost children, may their pain be redemptive, drawing them all closer to You, whose love for us know's no bounds, I ask this in Your Son's most precious name, Jesus, who together with You and the Holy Spirit are one God, forever and ever, Amen.
My love & Angel Hugs to all,

7/6/2006 06:49

Hello everyone! I've had to rest from all our activities over the weekend and the 4th celebrations that kept me up late. ALL 3 of our daughters, son-in-laws, and grandkids were here on Sat. for our 4th celebration. Our oldest daughter organized it and got everyone to come. Nothing deep or major was discussed, we just had a good time together. At least I hope this is the beginning of reconciliation with our middle daughter. Then on the 4th we went to our youngest daughter's husband's family celebration and saw some friends that we hadn't seen in a while. Several late nights caught up with me and I had to sleep in a few mornings and also take a nap in the afternoons. But this morning I'm back to my normal routine so I hope that means that I'm rested finally.
We're now into the lazy days of summer; at least I am. There's always something to do for my hubby on the farm: cattle to feed, ditches to mow, hay to cut. It's too dry to plant any more soybeans so that has stopped for now.
Selva, I still haven't gotten the pork roast recipe from you. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I even bought a roast but had to cook it before it spoiled; it just didn't taste as good as what I had planned with your recipe. :o)
I have to agree with our sister Sandy and hope you all are doing okay. You all are in my prayers for peace and comfort and rest. I love this prayer from the book of Numbers:
May the Lord bless you and keep you; May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Love you all, dear sisters!

7/6/2006 11:04

Hello our dear Charlene! That's wonderful to read thal all of your family was there to celebrate with you and hubby! Bless your oldest daughter for organizing it and yes, I believe this is the first step in reconciling with your middle daughter - you must be so happy!
I know our dear sister Selva has been working hard lately, I think ? today is the last day to finish up, then she can 'relax' a little more at work, :-).
So that may be why you haven't received the recipe yet.
I agree, that's a beautiful Scriptural prayer!
Much love, & Angel Hugs,

7/6/2006 13:04

Hello? My apologies for not posting more. I'm not sure if I'm depressed or if it's complications with my kidney disease, but my get up and go has gone on vacation. I just have NO energy. The fluid retention has been unrelenting, even with 80mg of lasix a day, still no relief. Still have the pitting edema evident on my shins so bad, I look like spongebob! I feel too guilty for feeling 'sorry' for myself, so I try to keep it all inside and not share.

You are all still in my prayers.

Love and Angel (((HUGS)))


7/7/2006 06:39

Hi dear Donna! It's so nice to see a Post from you and hear how you're feeling. Aw, I'm sorry sweetie that you're feeling down and your kidney disease is acting up! Hey, never feel guilty about sharing here, that's what this Circle is for, if one of our sister's is sick, not feeling well, I want to know, then we can pray for your problem. The swelling, no energy has to be awful for you, God love you, little wonder you're feeling down.
So please, never feel guilty about sharing any of your problem's here, I/we care,
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

7/7/2006 06:42

Our dear sister Selva asked me to post for her, my apologies, I was supposed to do it yesterday, she's still very busy at work, but send's her love and prayers to all! She said she should be able to Post later this evening or tomorrow,,
Much love, Sandy

7/7/2006 21:41

Hi Everyone, :) I am so far behind in posting until I feel guilty. :) But I know I am forgiven. I've been feeling a little down because I've managed to gain back 5 or 6 of the 20 pounds I'd lost after surgery. Gotta put those Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups down! Ha-ha! I also missed a couple of rehab appointments because I didn't wake up in time for one and forgot to fast the night before for the other. Oh well, enough about me. It's good to read that everyone is still holding on to God's unchanging hand. :) For He fully understands all that we are going; through on any given day or night and He cares. I was telling an angel mom in an email a few weeks ago; every time I begin feeling depressed I try to pull myself out of it by asking and answering some very basic questions such as: Can you still walk, talk, see, and hear? Then I answer, yes, and say, "Thank You, Jesus!" It is then that I am encouraged to endure, and to keep on keeping on. That, along with our many prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for peaceful moments free of grief and pain for all is what helps all of us to endure. :) To God be the glory! :)

I've been reading back post and y'all talking about Selva's recipe for pork roast really made me hungry! Now, I want it too! Ha-ha! So Selva, don't leave me out, 'cause I love spicy food! As a matter of fact, I love FOOD period. :) Thank you all for your prayers and kind words. Writing healing poetry also helps me to endure. I have to go pick up Ashley and then go visit a while with my Auntie. Both Felecia and her dad are doing much better. Thank you so much for praying for all of us. Please remember that I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers! Charlene, so good to have you back safe and sound. :) Thank you so much for posting the special days for this month. :) Anita, I join the other angel moms in heartfelt prayers for all you are going through right now. Much love and prayers for all. :)

7/8/2006 12:06


I prayed to the Lord for my troubles to cease,
But instead of departing, they seemed to increase.
Each day found new problems I’d not faced before,
And so my depression just grew more and more.

I begged and I pleaded, "Lord, please let me die!
If You can’t ease my pain, at least tell me why."
The lord said, "My dear child, I love you so much!
And I could have erased all those tears with one touch.

But I wanted to teach you to cling to My hand,
And trust Me for things you cannot understand.
I wanted to show you that when things go wrong,
My strength in your weakness will make you grow strong.

You’ve suffered because you were chosen to be
A light for the lost, and a witness for Me.
As you travel the pathway I’ve laid out for you,
You will meet many hearts that are suffering too.

And because you have been there, and know what they feel,
You can show them My love, and can help them to heal."
‘Twas then that I wept, as I fell on my knees,
And I gave thanks to God for not granting my pleas.

For had I not suffered, and felt such despair,
How could I have known the extent of His care?
Oh, Lord, make me worthy to share Your great love,
And help hurting souls reach Your Heaven above.
Betty Jo Mings © 2005

7/8/2006 20:25

My dear dear Angel sisters. I'm sorry I have not been posting in a while but i have been so busy at work, I had to work today, but I think that on monday after we get our "loan", I will be able to have a little more time. I have to catch up in all the posting, and please forgive me if I missed on my prayers, I promise I will catch up. OK here is the recipe, I want to get out of the way and then I will be able to pray and help. The recipe for pork loin. The main ingredient is: sour orange, ha ha, I know that most of you probably didn't know about it, so if you have a spanish grocery near by, you can buy sour orange, if you don't, then get "limes" the greeen lemons, 2 limes for one lemon juice. Garlic, about 7 or 8 cloves, one healthy spoonful of oregano and minced cumming, salt and pepper to taste, mince and better yet, mash the garlic very very good, (the juice from the garlic only comes out when you mash it and it is good for high blood preas. and cholesterol), mix it with the cummin and the oregano, very very well, then when you have a paste from all that, cover the meat with it, cut little holes in the meat and stick that little paste inside, then cover it with the sour orange or with the lime lemon juice, let it marinate overnight, then, either put it in the slow cooker, or in the oven, the next morning, cover it with the juice and just let it cook, and you will have a cuban pork roast, you can do that with any meant or chicken, and you will just add a little touch of caribbean flavor to it, it works with just any meat. I promise that by tomorrow I will catch up in all the postings and I will post again, in the meantime, no matter how busy I am, I always make time to pray, and all of you are in my prayers my dear sisters. Love Selva

7/8/2006 21:23

Hello Everyone,
Hope everyone is fine. Just wanted to know if anyone had any extra prayers lying around that they could throw my way, cuz I SURE NEED A FEW. My son's Heaven Date was July 1, & I didn't do so well. I fee so lost, hurt, angry, & lonely. I still don't understand how some murderer can take my son's life for absolutely nothing & get away with it leaving myself & my family to live with this pain & grief every day. Especially these times. I'm just plain ticked off. I'm sorry I guess I just have to vent, sorry it has to be in you's. My Diabetes has gone haywire, been in & out of the hosp. for the last 2 mnths. My BS was over 600 for 4 days in a row. I'm on 92 units of insulin a day now plus 50 units at night of another insulin. So like I said if anyone has a prayer PLEASE say a few for me. Thank You
11/12/85 GARY 7/01/04


7/8/2006 23:50

Dear God please wrap your arms around our dear sister Sue who needs You so much at this time.Give her comfort and peace as only You can.Dear Lord I pray for her medical problems also, and I know You can help her with that. In Jesus name I ask this of You our Heavenly Father.
Dearest Sue, please don't apologize for venting here. You are among friends who think of each other as sisters,who are all going through the same thing you are.
I know how it is to be left to deal with the grief and pain. But with Gods help and my sisters here in this circle we can get by.
I will keep you in my prayers. Anita
2/9/80 Kim 12/7/98
7/28/83 Joshua 2/24/06

7/9/2006 00:06

Hi all my angel sisters, I hope everyone had a good holiday.Mine went so-so, you all know how that goes.
Charlene I'm praying that all will be well with you and you daughter.
Donna that was a beautiful poem you posted.Thank you. I also agree with our chief, don't feel guilty about sharing with us,we all need to lean on someone sometimes.
My dear Miss V. it's great to see a post from you .It's been soo long. I have a weakness for reeces too so I cant say anything about that. I'm just glad you're back to posting.
Selva thank you so much for that recipe. It is delicious. I hope things get better so we can see more post' from you.
Love you all. Anita

7/9/2006 10:17

Dear sue64, Like our sister Anita said, don't ever feel sorry for posting your feelings here; that's what we're here for. I'm so sorry that I didn't have your information to post for everyone to pray for you on your special date. If you would like me to include your special dates with all the others, let me know. I'm sorry I didn't know about July 1st so I could pray for you that day; I WILL start praying about your diabetes, that it would 'calm down' and straighten out. I'm sure your doctor has told you that stress aggravates your diabetes; so how can you control your stress!? That's a question we all ask at least once a day, I'm sure. Sharing with others (here especially) is one way I express my pain and get help. It helps tremendously just knowing that I can come here and KNOW that each sister here understands.
Thank you all for your prayers and support!!
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

7/9/2006 10:36

Anita, thank you for your prayers for me and my daughter. We saw her again yesterday at a birthday party and she seemed indifferent to us; her husband is the one who seems very different. The last two times we've seen them, he's been VERY quiet (not like him at all) and seemed prone to angry outbursts (twice) at their kids for small trivial things. That's the only time I've heard him talk at all when we've seen him. I feel like they are trying to not grieve, but are still grieving on the inside; and holding it all in is causing criticism and anger in them. I feel like they're not letting their kids grieve either, because every time we would try to talk to their kids, they (our daughter and her husband) would interfere and tell their kids to do something (like go play with the other kids, etc.). Our granddaughter had started cutting grandpa's hair about a year ago (I had started taking the barber clippers and cutting it all one length); since our granddaughter is 9, she liked doing that job but she hasn't done it since last fall. Yesterday when he mentioned that to her, her mom called her name and whispered something to her and she left the room. My husband was very hurt that our daughter didn't want her talking to him. I guess we need to ask why they are doing this; what have we done. Do you all have any suggestions? Their son has started acting out (he's 5) by being loud and very boisterous. They are almost constantly onto him to be quiet and settle down; that's one of the times his dad REALLY yelled at him and made him quit playing with the other kids and sit down by himself. The boy wasn't being mean to the other kids, he was just acting his age and playing and having fun; the other kids were being loud and having a good time too. It really bothers me to see that whole family so 'up tight' that they can't relax and have a good time. I KNOW what it's like to hold in my grief and it is going to be twice as bad on them all if they don't let it out now. Thank you all for your prayers!
Love, Charlene

7/9/2006 11:49

Charlene, we are going to keep praying for your daughter and her family. I agree with you, that they have not grieved and are not allowing the children the right to grieve either.
As for why they don't want the children around you and your husband maybe they are worried that you will let the children talk about their feelings(which they need to do).Charlene, have they accepted the girls death or are they just going through the motions? I pray that they will come to terms with it because if not, it will hit them when they least expect it.
My prayers are with you dear sister.
Love you Anita

7/9/2006 14:17

Hey our dear Miss V, great to hear from you, you really sound like your old self again, :-). Aha! Peanut Butter Cups, Actually I can relate, I can't eat only one either, ha, ha, but it's important that you keep your Rehab. up, so please don't let it start to slip - you're doing so good, walking 3 miles a week! So please take care of yourself, make the Cuban Roast, garlic is very good for you, and may you always be Blessed,
Lots of love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

7/9/2006 14:29

Hi my dear sister, that was a good idea, posting the Recipe here, for anyone who want's to try it! Some of the juice is really good poured over rice. Listen, I know how hard you've been working lately and the long hours, so just rest up and when thing's settle down on Monday, then Post. Everyone understand's.
Love you our dear sister, prayers and Angel Hugs too!

7/9/2006 15:09

Oh, our dear Sue, we always have extra prayers and be assured you're in mine. I'm so sorry too that we weren't aware of your precious son's Anniversary date, all of us would have posted to you to help you with a very difficult day, God love you.
There's another 'rule' at this Circle of Love, you nor anybody else, never, ever has to apologize for posting how you feel here! So please throw the word 'sorry' out the window, it just doesn't belong here. We've all ranted here at one time or another, that's what the Circle is for, a safe haven to let your feeling's out! Venting is good, it's too hard and doesn't help you to keep it in, so I'm very happy that you shared. This is only your 2nd Anniversary of your Gary's passing and you're still very much in that gawdawful pain, over it. Grief is so complicated, it bring's up a lot of emotions we didn't even know we had and it's perfectly natural for you to be angry too. Yes, as our other sisters said, stress can definitely affect your Diabetes and drive your number's up, try to get rid of some of the stress by beating up a pillow, going for a walk, anything physical will help to release the stress. Please take care of yourself, because we care,
Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

7/10/2006 20:13

Hi all!
Did any of you hear about the 5 children, ages 10 to 17, who drowned here in Missouri? I just heard this evening that 4 of them have the same mother; she has 8 children and just lost 4 of them. My heart aches for her; I don't even know her name, but I am definitely praying for her. What a bond we all have! Not a bond that we would choose, but when this happens to another mother, we can't help but FEEL her pain and loss. Please remember her in your prayers.

7/10/2006 21:08

Just wanted to say thanks for the Prayers. Like I said I sure needed some. I also want to thank all of you for making me feel like I am part of your Circle. You know, ther are some days where you just don't know where to turn. Oh, yes Family is GREAT--but it sure helps when you KNOW this are others out there who feel the same as you & have gone through the same. I will make it point to post more often when I can. Things are slowing down at work so hopefully I can catch a few breaths in between.
Thanks again for the Prayers & embracement.
Here are my son's dates BIRTHDATE NOV.11,1985

7/11/2006 09:37

For all of my sisters!

The Hand of God

May the new day bring you blessings
As the light comes filtering through
May your sunrise be as lovely
As a morning draped in dew.

May the wind blow forth a promise
Sending sweet bouquets your way
May life seem a little brighter
As you rise to greet the day.

May the daybreak render pleasure
As the birds begin to sing
May the distant roll of thunder
Bring forth a touch of Spring.

May the mist embrace the stillness
Like a fire fly in the night
May an angel walk beside you
To hold you in the light.

May the rain caress your body
And life drops flood your soul
May His Spirit come upon you
To cleanse and make you whole.

May the showers come so softly
Running gently through your hair
May you touch the living water
And know that He is there.

May the freshness bring you new life
Pushing through the tender sod
May you pause to pick a flower
And brush the hand of God.
~ Marilyn Ferguson ~

7/11/2006 09:56

Hi, dear sue64! Thank you for your Gary's information; I'll be sure to email that to all those on my email list so they can update their Special Dates lists. ANYTIME you need prayers or just need to vent, we're here for you! I hope your days get better!

7/11/2006 10:02

Oh Donna! That prayer-poem was very good. It made me cry. Do you know how long it's been since someone has cared for me and MY feelings (other than you all here)? You all are the BEST and DEAREST friends a person could ever hope to have!
Love to you all!

7/11/2006 11:11

Oh Charlene, I care more than words can even begin to express. I care for all of the hurting hearts and just wish I could take away all of their pain. Even though I am suffering right now, not understanding why God has chosen me to have this incurable disease, my wish is still that I don't want anyone else to have to suffer. In my darkest hour, I would NEVER wish this pain on anyone else. I know I can't take away everyone's pain, so my heart just hurts with them.

Love and butterfly (((HUGS))) to ALL!!!

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