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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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9/15/2006 11:01

Hello dear AngelMoms, Grandmas & Sisters,
I'm sorry that I've been 'scarce' this week, we have a leaking ceiling that we're in a dispute over with our Landlady and I've also been busy with the Boards I moderate.
My dear sister, a beautiful post from you, I'm sure our dear Miss V would say the same thing, God was working through us to help you and I'm so honored that He did, you are such a big blessing to me, this Circle and you don't realize how much you've helped me! Yes, I have heard that saying before about the Teacher and I believe it to be true, God use's people to teach us a lesson we must learn and I know I learned a great deal from my Shane, he was much smarter than his old Mom in some areas, so thank you my darlin' son!

Our dear Chris, that was me that posted about the 45 min.'s at Lori's site for her son, :-) now you know what I mean, she's created the most amazing, heartfelt Memorial that I have ever seen!
I was very happy to read that your daughter is doing much better, it's so hard on sibling's too, sometimes we forget that in our own grief - I'm not saying that you did, just that they need to be validated as well. The closer it get's to the special dates, the more anxious we seem to become, but you know this Circle has always been here for you and always will be, my love and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

Hello dear Angelcp, I'm really happy that you posted again, that's what this Circle is for, so you know you're always welcome here, you're a part of it now. I agree with all the other Moms, only you will know when it's time to put those things away, if they give you some measure of comfort right now to see them there, leave them. With me it's been a gradual process of 'letting go' of some of Shane's belongings, the thing's I did keep I doubt I'll ever give them away or box them up, sometimes I'll spray his favorite Cologne on the Velvet box that contains his cremated remains and breathe in deeply, it's comforting to me and bring's back his 'smell'.

This goes out to ALL - if I start naming names, I know my memory will fail me and I don't want to inadvertently leave someone out, you're all so precious and a Blessing to this Circle and I'm so grateful to God for steering you all here!!

Much love, prayers & Angel Hugs,

9/15/2006 11:26

Dear Connie,
Isn't it wonderful that when you come here you find just what you need! I love our connection with each other. I know what you mean about how the smell of our loved one stays. Sometimes it is like Wes is standing right next to me and I smile because I know that he is! His pillow still smells like his precious head is laying on it, I wouldn't trade it for gold. When it is time to clean Derricks room, chances are that you won't want anyone with you, at least when I semi-cleaned Wes's room I wanted to be alone with him and my thoughts. It will be time when you decide and not sooner. Leave it, the love in that room is priceless.

I am feeling very sad for Anna Nichole Smith. Although I don't agree with her lifestyle, actions or morals the Lord commands that we extend love no matter what....what are your thoughts?

9/15/2006 11:44

Dear Kathy,
I have been praying for Anna Nicole Smith ever since her son died. Yes, we don't have to agree with a person's lifestyle, but always love the person. I heard her lawyer say on Larry King that she was actually praying. He said he hoped she could find the comfort that only God can give. I'm actually praying that she finds this circle. Jane

9/15/2006 11:52

Dear Jane
I know what you mean, I have been praying that God and our Children lead her here as they did for us. There are so many stories about what happened and I don't think it matters.....another Mother lost a child and is in indescribable pain and anguish. I pray for her also. Maybe by the grace of God she will find us.

9/15/2006 12:17

Jane, I also wanted to agree with you about how most tragedies can be avoided. I just don't understand how this world works sometimes. Take my brother for instance. He did not qualify for any medial insurance through the state because he chose to work and be a productive memeber of society and his employer did not carry health insurance, he went without preventative care for his kidney at times. Now with his kidney failure and him going back on dialysis he needs to be on disability.....guess what, he now qualifies for medical aid!! I just don't get it sometimes. We just can't see into the future and I am glad of that but it would be nice sometimes if everyone listened to the voice of God! I am praying for the families you mentioned....It is indeed a tragedy.

9/15/2006 14:47

Dear Kathy,
I am on disability and therefore medicaid. I am qualified for the best medical care available. However, if I work to much all this is taken away. On Wednesday my urologist found blood in my urine and I have to undergo several expensive tests. I have Lupus and a high percentage of people with lupus develop kidney problems, so the testing is necessary. Earlier this week I was reading in the Psalms how David stated he was voicing his complaint to God, with praise and thanksgiving. I thought how could he do that. When I left the doctor's office I found myself complaining to God that I had another set of testing to endure, then found myself praising and thanking Him because of the high quality of medical care I have available. The truth of that psalm was made clear. It does seem that our country demands that we live in poverty before they offer aid. So many people fall through the crack. I will be praying for your brother. Being on disability is very humbling. However, we have a Father that lifts our head! Love, Jane

9/15/2006 22:24

Evening all prayer warriors. Jane you are right about all of the lives that are being lost in the Chicago area. The three that lost their lives this week goes to the same school as my grandson. My daughter passed the area where they were and what she described to me is unbearable. My pastor preached this past sunday on how many of our angels are leaving earlier than people our age and our parents ages and he believed because prayers were taken out of schools. I work in education and he honored all of us Sunday. I believe our children need prayers more than ever now. I ask our Father to cover our children with the blood every waking moment. They are leaving us much much to soon. I am solicting this circle to pray without ceasing for all of our remaining children. I know our children that are with our Father is praying right alone with us. I also want to pray for you Jane and Kathy's brother. I want to pray for the rest of the circle that God give us all strength, healing, joy, and much love from this day forward and we keep posting and keep each other uplifted to our Father.

9/16/2006 00:29

Dear Connie,
Thank you for your prayers. I just came back from a prayer meeting at my church. We really prayed for God's mercy to be over our children, especially in our area. This week there was also an internet bust, capturing 17 would be sexual predators of children. Praise God for this bust! The children are our future and the enemy is working overtime trying to capture them. I'm confident God's mercy will prevail! Love, Jane

9/16/2006 20:02

From an e-mail I received this week.....

Love Is Stronger Than Death

Love is stronger than death.
So I must be content to know that
love is not affected by death--
it doesn't end, it doesn't diminish,
it doesn't change.
Instead, love is immortalized
and eternalized through death.
And the possibility of that love ever
being damaged or broken
is eliminated forever.
I'll put my trust in love.

- Mary Hollingsworth

Much love & {{Hugs}} to you all,

9/16/2006 20:34

Hello Everyone,
Our dear sister Selva need's prayer's for her sister Nancy, she is quite sick right now and Selva is looking after her. Prayers for healing and strength, peace for Nancy and Selva, so she can look after her (she has to get up during the night frequently).
She's a strong believer in prayer, (as we all are) and I know your prayers will help and turn around this situation.
Father, all powerful and living God, we do well always to give you thanks and praise, I lift up to You Nancy's health problems and humbly ask for a healing for her, strength to do what she must as well as strength for her sister Selva to be able to look after her. I ask this through You Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.
Much love,

9/17/2006 14:32

Hello Everyone Have not posted in awhile. Went on vacation and was getting ready for school to get back in and going to doctors. I think every thing will slow down by next week. I had my youngest grandson to the doctors and he has asthma from cats that we knew he was allergic to. He is going to be tested on Wednesday to see how much the allery has contributed to the asthma. I am going to my foot doctor to be released from havig the surgery back in april. He said if the x-ray is ok I will be released.Hope all is well with everyone. I am going to try to post at least once a week. It will soon be my Ryan's 24th BD and his first year HD and I know I will need to be here.
Lee Ann

9/17/2006 18:05

Dear Lee Ann,
As I was reading your post, I looked down at my Special Dates List (it's always in front of me here on my desk) and I noticed that Oct. 19th and Nov. 5th are your dates for Ryan. I'll post those the last week of Sept. so all the sisters here will be in prayer for you.

I've had a setback this week with my shoulder. (AGAIN, only this time I didn't re-injure it.) I saw my medical doctor last Monday and he thought I wasn't making enough progress with movement of my shoulder. So he decided to 'help' me move it. Needless to say, he 'helped' me move it too much and it has been so painful and swollen again this past week that I've had to go back to taking more pain pills. I've been trying to move it this week but it's just too painful to move it as much as I did before I saw him. I thought I was doing so well with my daily exercises before I saw him and could move my arm better than I had in quite a while; and I was having minimal pain so I thought that was PROGRESS. I really need prayers for wisdom in all this; I don't know whether I should let him 'help' me any more or if I should keep doing what I've been doing even though it is slow progress. The 'help' aggravates my shoulder and causes my lymph nodes under my arm to become inflamed to the point that my whole left side aches. How do you tell your dr. that you think he's doing you more harm than good? He's helped me so much with my heart that I don't want to stop going to him, but I don't like the setbacks with my shoulder either.
Enough about me!
You are all in my prayers, that God would surround you with His love and give you peace as only He can give; that He would draw you to Himself, Who is all wisdom and power forever.
You are all very much loved!

9/17/2006 18:30

I forgot to tell you all that we got about an inch of rain today. It's been cloudy and very cool, in the 60's. Our youngest daughter and her husband and children came yesterday and worked in the yard and flower beds for me--weed eating and trimming that I haven't been able to do all summer. The yard looks VERY nice and has just soaked in that rain. It wasn't as much as what I'd like to have but I'll take any rain that we can get right now.
Thank you all for your prayers!

9/17/2006 21:10

I could have sent some rain your way. We had several days of rain and showers but yesterday afternoon the sun came out and today was another sunny day but it got warm today. I will enjoy it when it stays around 60-65 during the day. I enjoy the fall the best when all the leaves give us the color that we need before that colorless winter sets in, but what ever the Lord gives us we should be thankful for. HE gave us this prayer circle to help each other in some way or another. Love and Prayers to you all.

9/18/2006 07:12

I light a candle today. In my town of Batavia, NY. we had a house fire. It took the life of a 3 year old boy. Mom and two other sons 2&5 were able to jump to safety from the 2nd floor. Mom tried to coax the boy to jump and he was scared. The family is still in the hospital, no cause yet. Please say a prayer for this family.
I don't know these people but my heart aches the same.

9/18/2006 10:28

Yes, Chris, my heart aches for this mom and this family. To be so close but not able to reach him would be devastating. I pray that the mom would be given strength to endure for her other children.
Love and prayers,,

9/18/2006 10:32

Ouch, Chris, that is so sad. I pray the Mom and the other two little one's are alright and not badly injured, and of course for the Mom, losing her little 3 yrd. old to the fire. Heartbreaking,
Love & Hugs,

9/18/2006 18:46

Y'all, I'm just sitting here trying to hold back the tears. I, too, have lit a candle for this precious child and his grieving family. Such a shattering and heartbreaking thing to have happen. I pray that God will wrap His loving arms around this entire family. We know that the little one is in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior and that all our angel kids were their to welcome him home, God love him. Again, I join all in heartfelt prayer for this grieving Mom and family.

Love & prayers to all,

9/18/2006 19:04

Thank you all for your prayers. I am dealing with stressful times right now, but will try to begin copy/paste on some of the post I've been working on in a little while. Right now, I have my hands full with Antone, Ashley, and Steven. :) A 7 yr old, 11 yr old, and 12 yr old. You would not believe how they compete for special attention! Both hubby and I try to help out by picking them up and making sure they do their homework. They are well mannered children; that is, until pa-paw walks outside or has to run an errand. That is when the attitudes begin over who is going to help little Ashley with homework. And of course, little Ashley sits there smiling and enjoying all of the attention she's getting! Hey Sandy ... remember, "Still I find joy?" Ha-ha! All hubby says is, "Don't look at me, you asked for it!" :)

Love, angel hugs, & prayers,

9/18/2006 23:20

Dear Charlene,
I'm so sorry about your shoulder. I'm praying even now you are feeling relief. I have had the experience of a well meaning doctor yanking my shoulder out of joint. Resistance training helped me a lot. I would definitely talk to your doctor, if he caused you that much pain. I pray for a restful night of sleep for you. Love, Jane

9/18/2006 23:29

It's so awful about that three year old child dying in the fire. I can't imagine what that poor mother is going through. I pray that the Father would wrap His arms of Love around this family. I pray He would supply the physical needs they have right now.

We had something horrible happen in Chicago today. A mother and her 10 yr old son were killed, put in a van and set on fire. Oh, dear Jesus, please protect our children.

9/18/2006 23:35

For everyone who has been praying for me: I had my first medical test today. It was an IVP which required bowel preparation. I was up most of the night doing you know what. I kept drinking liquids because I know of the danger of dehydration. I still was dehydrated when I went for the test. It took three attempts to get the IV in. Needless to say it wasn't pleasant, but I survived it. Of the tests scheduled this was the worst. The next few will be easy. So thank you for all your prayers. Love, Jane

9/19/2006 13:56

Our dear Jane, I'm happy for you that the worst of the tests is now over with and the rest are much easier. Yes, I pray for everyone here at this Circle of Love,
Love & Hugs,

9/19/2006 14:59

This is a Circle of Love, where one can come and post, talk about their feelings, emotions, ask for prayer and in turn we try our very best to help with God's guidance whether it's by words, prayers or both (which it usually is). When one of us post's and asks for prayers, whether for themselves or a family member, we should all 'encircle' that person and assure them our prayers are with them.
On the 16th I posted for our sister Selva re her sister Nancy, who is very ill, frankly a life and death situation and for Selva herself.
I noticed with a sad dismay that not one person has posted to Selva, assuring her of their prayers for her sister and herself. If we can post prayers for strangers in their own tragic situations, then surely we can post for one of our own. I know you're all good, compassionate women and that's why I'm so surprised by the lack of response.
Love to all,

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