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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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10/2/2006 08:55

Aw, our dear Chris, my love and support and of course prayers go out to you at this time, it doesn't matter how old you are, when you lose your Mom, a piece of you go's with her.
Thank You dear Lord for answering our prayers for a peaceful passing for our Chris's Mom and I know she's resting in Your most Loving arms. You always have us to lean on, remember that,
Lots of love & Tender Hugs,

10/2/2006 10:27

Please pray for my family and I as we mourn the loss of my third child, Gerardo, who was born prematurely on September 26, 2006. Gerardo was perfect in every way but too small to survive. He is survived by his parents, 3 year-old big brother and almost 2 year-old big sister. Thank you.

10/2/2006 10:57

Dear Caridad649,
My prayers are with you, that God would sustain you and surround you with His peace in the days ahead. You are very busy with a 3 yr old and an almost 2 yr old, but be sure to rest and allow yourself time to be alone and grieve for this baby Gerardo. I'll be praying for you in the next few days. Post again and let us know how you are doing.
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

10/2/2006 11:00

Chris, I'm thankful that your mom is now at peace and no longer in pain. I pray that God would surround you with His peace and comfort, that you would be able to rest in the days ahead in spite of all the activities and arrangements that you have to decide about. Thank you for posting and letting us know.
Love, Charlene

10/2/2006 11:52

To all my dear sisters,
How is your sister? I'm glad to read that she's improving! Are you getting lots of rest? I pray that you don't get worn out, but that you take time for YOU.
I'm glad your shoulder is better; how are you doing at work? Are they still not compensating you any for your fall?
How is Ariel? How is your niece dealing with it all? I'm praying for them.
I didn't know you were related to Dennis; he did some work on our house when we built it 15 yrs. ago. He was a really nice guy. And I remember Linda when she was secretary at the school; when Dennis was working on our house, she would bring their little boy out with her. I was thinking that their girl was 7 or 8 at the time; she was in school anyway. Let your dad know I'm praying for him (and you) and all of Dennis's family. It's good to hear from you again.
I hope you are relaxing and getting better. It's hard to be 'diligent' at exercise and eating the right foods isn't it! A lifetime of bad habits (I KNOW) is hard to break. Mike is doing okay except for still being sore in his left ribs and his right leg. He broke a chip out of the right shinbone 2 years ago and it got badly infected so it was still in the process of healing; the dr. says he's just badly bruised from the wreck. He did find a new used truck and is gone today to get some work done on it. Now we just need to be compensated by the ins. co.!
Thank you for keeping the posts going the past few days. I'm not spending as much time on the computer so I don't read every day. I think I need to set aside some time every day to read, though, because I get way behind when I don't.

Update on me: I've started (how do I say this without being indelicate? LOL!) SWEATING a lot the last couple of days. Even in a cool house I have to have a fan running. I've been told that this is part of the process of 'getting rid of the toxins' in my body. And do I need to mention the odor that accompanies the sweating? :o) Needless to say, I haven't gone anywhere in a few days and I take frequent sponge baths besides my daily showers. But my shoulder isn't as painful as it was even though I still don't have full range of motion yet. My hip joints are what are very painful right now so I haven't been walking like I should; hopefully that pain won't last too long so I can start walking again to lose weight. THANK YOU all for your prayers!
An added note: We did go to another birthday party Sat. and saw our daughter and her husband and kids. She acted different toward us even though she didn't mention anything about what she'd said to us months ago; she seemed more at peace and happy with herself and us. Her 2 kids even were friendly with us and gave us hugs. PRAISE GOD! I feel like this may be a start toward the right direction. Her husband was still quiet and almost sullen all evening so we left him along and had a good time with everyone else. I came home with a good feeling, which was way different than the feeling I had before I went. Thank you all for your prayers for that relationship too!
Love and prayers to you all!

10/2/2006 11:55

Dear Chris,
Thank you so much for taking the time right after hearing of your mother's passing to inform us. I know these net few weeks will be very hard on you. Please know that you are loved and are being prayed for. Father God, You are the God of all comfort, so I ask You to comfort Chris at this very moment. May she have the realization that You are upholding her as she walks through these dark days. May Heaven seem so much more real to her, and may she know that this earthly separation is not forever. One day she will be reunited with her family members who are with You. Please give her the strength she needs to make all the necessary arrangements. Help her know how to deal with well-meaning people who don't know how to act around her. Please bring someone into her life that she can openly express all her feelings to. Most importantly please let her feel Your loving Presence during this time. Love, Jane

10/2/2006 11:56

Sandy, Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a good time at your son's. Thank you for your perseverence in this circle along with your other duties.
Love, Charlene

10/2/2006 12:34

Dear Charlene,
My shoulder is improving, but it will take time, as you know to get back to full mobility. No, I was not compensated for the work lost, but was able to pick up extra hours to make up for it. Unfortunately, my work situation isn't good right now. I was told I would be moved to another department where I wouldn't be required to lift (I'm in bedding and housewares). On Wed when I went to work, I was told to go to my department and do the best I could. Most evenings I work alone. Wed-Fri I was ok, because the gals in the next department really helped me on Wed and my manager was there Thurs. On Fri I had help all evening and my manager was there. On Sat I was left alone for over two hours on a very busy night. I didn't wear my sling because I don't want to freeze my shoulder joint. Big mistake! At closing I had four customers. Two had very big purchases, and my register froze. I called for a manager, then had a meltdown. I just couldn't stop crying, and I had all these customers. I just told the manager I just wanted to walk out. She told me so did everyone else! It was homecoming and many of the kids suddenly got the flu. The manager knew I was very close to totally losing it and came over to help. My counters were so full, customers had things on the floor. My last customer didn't leave until about 30 min after closing! My department looked like someone purposely trashed it, and I had it clean at 9:00, but then the onslaught of very rude customers. The manager just told me to leave everything and close and go home. I felt so bad because I take pride in my department and don't want the morning people to have to clean up before they start their day. Yesterday when I went in they told me they understood and actually had help cleaning. Yesterday, I had a heart to heart talk to my immediate manager and told her what was happening. What I was promised and what the reality was. She was very sympathic and even angry and want me to talk to the head store manager, you know the one everyone calls "Mr.". I have to wait until my feelings aren't so close to the surface before I can talk to him. Even as I'm writing this I'm crying, and I don't want to cry in front of him. I want to be able to state my case based on truth and not my feelings. Sorry, I just totally unloaded on you and you have enough to deal with. Needless to say, I'm still frustrated with my work situation.

I'm so happy things appear to be getting better with your daughter. Continue to give her time. She knows how much you love her and your grandchildren. Maybe for right now, you're going to have to just honor the boundaries she puts in place about what she's willing to talk about. I will continue to pray about your relationship. It's also good to hear your husband is improving, and that he was able to get another truck. I'm sorry for the inconvenience of having to deal with the insurance company. I pray all will go well.

As far as the sweating, there are some good OTC supplements that will help that. Unfortunately, that may add more toxins. According to my sister who does toxin cleansing at least every three months, the sweating only lasts a few days. I am praying your hip will begin to feel better so you can walk. I also need to start walking again. I know I felt so much better both physically and emotionally when I regularly walked. Last year I took a wellness course and part of it was walking 10,000 steps a day. By the end of the semester, I lost 10 pounds. I also gave up junk food for the semester, because I had to journal everything that went into my mouth! Well, I've rambled enough, know that you are loved and prayed for. Love, Jane

10/2/2006 12:51

Dear Caridad,
Welcome to our unique circle. We are happy you found us, but sad for the reason. Please know that your son is in the arms of Jesus. My infant daughter died at the age of 2 months. I don't know this as Truth, but I believe she grew up in Heaven. It gives me comfort to know she didn't have to experience our fallen world.

Please use our site to post often. You will never be judged for whatever you are feeling. You are now on what we call "the journey." It really never ends, because our life has been forever changed. We do find healing and the strength to go on though. Each person's journey is unique and there is no timetable. This is a place to post when all your friends will not allow you to talk of your loss. We understand your need to talk and talk often. I want you to know that you are being prayed for at this very minute. Father God, I lift up this family to you. I pray that You comfort them as only You can. I pray for the mother that You would fill the emptiness that she feels. I pray she is able to grieve her loss. I pray she has the strength to care for her young children. I pray that you surround her with your Love and protect her heart. I pray for the father. I pray that he be able to seek you for his comfort. I pray that you protect his heart from bitterness. I pray that he be able to express the feelings he has. I pray that he finds is validation in You. I pray for the children. Even though they are young, they too are grieving. I pray that You protect them from any long lasting scars. I pray You show their parents how to help them deal with their sorrow. I especially pray that You would wrap this family in Your Love. Help them to know that You didn't take their son, but You received him. Please let us know how you are doing. Love, Jane

10/2/2006 12:54

Ok all,
My images were off all morning, but just came on. All I saw were red x's. Thank you all for your prayers. When you read my post to Charlene, you saw how I was doing, so I would still appreciate you storming heaven on my account. Love, Jane

10/2/2006 12:55

Dear Sandy,
Happy belated birthday! I'm so glad you were able to get away and spend time with your son. Thank you for all you do for us. Love, Jane

10/2/2006 13:17

Jane, thank you for sharing your story. And NEVER apologize for 'unloading'; that's what we're here for. I'm sorry that you are having such a rough time at work. I cry when I get angry; maybe that's part of your reaction too. Meanwhile, I'll pray that your supervisor is responsive to your words and that you will have favor with him; maybe he will even see the wisdom in compensating you for your injuries! (Our God is able to do abundantly more than we ask or think!)
Love and prayers,

10/2/2006 15:06

Chris my prayers are with you and your family at this time. My heart is aching for you because I too lost my best friend (my mom), and not a day goes by I don't think about her. Its comforting however to know she is taking care of my son up there in Heaven as well as us down here. She will always have her arms wrapped around you Chris, remember that.
Caridad649, welcome. You don't know it yet but you just found a whole new family, US. We will embrace you whenever you need us to. Just let it out. God makes no mistakes that is why he called Geraldo home to be with him. He has marvelous plans for Geraldo.

Yessssss! The gang is back. You guys had me worried for a minute. I am glad to read everyone is doing good. Sandy happy belated birthday. I didnt know you had one. Charlene, I am glad your reunion with your daughter and her family went well this weekend. We all need our family, life is too short. You are so funny, but then again, laughter is the best medicine right? Whats a little smell when you are on your road to recovery huh? Thank God you still have a sense of humor and you will be back to 100% real soon. Tell your husband my prayers are with him as well.

Jane what a trooper you are. I know it must have been painful working with one good arm but you stuck with it. You were determined. Thats good because determination pays off in the long run. I just dont like the ideal of how bad they are treating you. Your day is coming though when you can speak to head person. You are right to wait until your emotional settled down because you might say something you will regret later. :0). Hang in there and go to him dressed up(wearing The whole ARMOR). I will continue to lift you up because God understands.

10/2/2006 17:17

Thank you Connie and Charlene for your kind words. Have a question, is anyone else having problem getting into this circle today or just me? I don't know if I have a computer problem or if it's a network problem. Jane

10/2/2006 17:24

I had problems this morning when I first signed in but haven't had any problems since then.

10/2/2006 18:18

Jane yes, I have had problems all afternoon. Whenever I click on an icon, it takes over a minute to open. Just to sign in it took two minutes. I know we had bad weather here this afternoon, but its over. Connie

10/2/2006 18:30 took a long time to get in here today!! Sandy, Happy Birthday!!! Hope you had a great day! Thank you for the beautiful email today. I just love it!
Love to you,

10/2/2006 18:37

Dear Caridad649,
Welcome to this wonderful healing circle. I am so sorry for your loss of your precious Gerardo. Please return here to post your feelings. God has lead each one of us here I know so we can help each other. Take time to rest, with 2 little ones it can easily take a toll on you mentally and physically. Please give what you can to God. He will guide you to peace and heal your heart. Your Gerardo is in the loving arms of our Savior where all of our children are....we are here for you.
Love to you and your family,

10/2/2006 18:43

Dear Chris,
I am sorry to hear about your Mother passing. I am very glad though that she did not suffer. May God bless you and your family. I pray that his everlasting love will make itself known right now and ease your pain. Please take care of yourself, I will be praying for you.
Love and peace,

10/2/2006 19:32

Thank you to all of you who have responded to me. The few days since the funeral have been so lonely. I feel like a zombie. Tomorrow will mark one week since Gerardo's birth and death. At the time of his birth I was very composed. I was totally cognicent of what was happening. I knew that at 20 weeks plus 2 days of gestation, there was no chance my little guy would make it and in that moment I accepted it. But now that some time has past and all the rushing around to make the arrangements for the funeral and to buy the marker for the gravesite are done, I feel empty, exhausted and alone. My husband has back to work, but I am on my unexpected maternity leave which should only last another week. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot thank you. Much love,

10/2/2006 21:16

Dear Caridad649, The shock of what was happening is what carried you through the 'events' at the time (and possibly God was carrying you). Now that they are over, and you are not surrounded by 'well-wishers' you are perfectly normal in feeling so alone and bereft. I don't know what you believe about God, but know that we will be praying for you; only He can comfort you the way you need. Keep posting when you want to and tell us your feelings. My 2 granddaughters were killed suddenly in a car wreck in 2004 and I was in shock for about 3 months. Then the tears started and some days they wouldn't stop. It wasn't until a year later that I found this prayer circle (I call it a circle of healing), and felt that I was truly okay in what I was feeling. I have cried many tears this year but they have been good for me. Know that we love you and will walk with you through this time.
Love and prayers,
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

10/3/2006 06:54

Trust Me as your Heavenly Father. I am the guardian and keeper of yur soul. I watch over you with an everlasting love. I am conforming you to My image and perfecting My love within you. In Me is your identity, your confidence, your courage, and your strength. You bear My name, and I delight in calling you My child.
From: Never Forgotten ~ Always Loved
By: Roy Lessin

10/3/2006 07:28

Good Morning Angel Moms, ~ I thank God for my online family. :) God knew even before He whispered in our Sandy's ear just how much this circle of love was needed and also how many would be blessed by it's existance. To God be the glory! :( Even during times when my days seem filled with sadness, stress, pain, and lack of energy, I still feel so blessed because I know that my dear sisters have me covered with prayer. I pray throughout the night and day for each and everyone of my sisters. I truly think of you all as my extended God given family. My prayer is that God will watch over each of you, now and forever, and bless you in whatever way He knows you need. No matter what we are facing, we know that God is there, and on Him we can lean.

As we know all too well, there is never a time when we need Him more than during the loss of a dear loved one. Chris, my heart goes out to you in the loss of your beloved Mom. I pray that God places His shield of peace around you and family; knowing that your Mom is at peace now and resting in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. Sadness, yes :( ... but, "Let not your heart be troubled."

For we know their is joy that awaits us ... when we've gone the last mile of the way!
Love & heartfelt prayers,

10/3/2006 09:23

Dear Father in heaven, ~ Please hear my cry. I pray for the families who lost their beloved children in the Amish school shooting, in such a tragic manner. Please Father, surround them with your love and comfort them as only You can. Let them know that they are not alone, and that people all over the world are praying for them and sharing their grief and pain.
Father, we will never be able to understand why bad things happen to good people; especially our innocent children; but we know that only You have the power to help us face such senseless acts without losing faith. Father we know that these precious children did not deserve to have their lives cut short. We also know that there is NOTHING they or their families did to deserve this random act of evil. We know that the devil is busy and according to Your holy word, the evil one came to steal, kill, and destroy.

Father, I ask that You turn our combined ANGER into ACTION; please, help us to do more ... to find ways to protect our precious and beloved children from the evil ones of this world. Father, I thank You in advance for hearing my heartfelt prayer. In Jesusí precious name, I pray, AMEN!

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