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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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2/23/2002 16:58

Hello sunbasket, and welcome! I'm sorry to read about your own son, only 19, but I'm very happy and encouraged to read that you and your family have finally found peace. Your story is a testament to the power of faith!
Yes, I agree wholeheartedly, prayers of family and friends can carry us so far in our grief, that's why I started this Circle. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have, and I know firsthand the power of it. I also count the 23rd Psalm as one of my favourites, as a matter of fact, we had it printed on our Shane's Prayer Cards. Such comfort found in that Psalm! Your post gives hope and encouragement to many a mom, so thank you for posting your thoughts.
Yes, may we always praise His name, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family also,
Luv Sandy

2/23/2002 17:00

Hello tearsflow, you're very welcome, sweetie, and God has blessed me abundantly already, in so many ways. Thank you for your kind post, and may His peace be with you and Danae's family.
Luv Sandy

2/23/2002 17:16

Dear tearsflow and Sunbasket:
You both have just experienced a tremendous loss and please know that I am so sorry for that loss and that you will be prayed for. I am thankful that you found this sight because so many people are receiving the prayers and advice on coping that they so desperately need from so many wonderful people.
I pray for all who must go through such a terrible tragedy.
Love Always,
Tammy Cooper

2/23/2002 21:36

Dear Tearsflow, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful niece,Danae.Such a tragic way to lose a precious young life.Please know my love and prayers are with you and the family.God will see you through this terrible grief.Just lean on him.Love,Barb

2/23/2002 21:53

Hi Sunbasket,Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement.For the pain you have been through losing your own precious son,to let us all know there is light at the end of the tunnel if we keep our eyes on God is so comforting.Grief and pain are such powerful emotions but prayer can dim the hurt.I thank God for praying people.And for people like you and everyone here that are there for each other.I pray for the joy you speak of.I know it will come in time.Again,thanks.There are such precious,caring people on this site.Love,Barb

2/24/2002 04:10

Dear Lord,Father God, We ask today for the family of Shane Whalen, who passed away recently, that they may be brought
together more so now, to Your side in these times of crisis. You said that the Comforter would comfort us once You left the world, so now we ask that You
would help this family cope with this
dificulty, and that Your purposes would
be accomplished through them as is Your
will always, Amen, In Jesus Name, Amen.

2/24/2002 08:30

Hello sfv, what a beautiful prayer for our family, God bless you. I truly appreciate it, and yes, the Great Comforter has been with me all along. I'm sharing this prayer with all the other moms here on these pages, may your prayer be for them also. Thank you once again, it truly is a wonderful prayer, and I'll remember you in my prayers. May God bless you abundantly through His Son, Our Lord and Saviour.
Luv Sandy

2/24/2002 14:08

Thank you so much for caring Tammy(hothoosiers) and Barb(eudora)!May God bless you both.

2/24/2002 14:18

Dear Babbs,
My heart goes out to you.The pain you must be in.What an awful thing to have happen to you.May God be with you during the trial and make sure justice is served.

2/24/2002 14:28

Dear Sandy(Shaner),
You seem like such a sweet person! Why is is that the good people have to suffer such pain.I wish I could take away all of our pain and bring back our loved ones.Yet I know our loved ones would never want to come back now and leave Heaven.Their happier than we could ever imagine now.May the Lord give us all the strength we now need so badly.Take care Sandy.

2/26/2002 00:48

Dear God in heaven: I come before You tonight to give thanks for the many blessings that You send our way everyday. Thank You for family and friends. Thank You for our extended family; a family we can turn to night or day as we struggle to find ways to live with our grief. Father, only You can know just how deeply we hurt sometimes. But still, Father, You have given each of us the desire to be there for others, even as we grieve. Dear Lord, You have been so good to us. We know that we can depend on You to
comfort us during the storms of life. You have given us the strength to go on in spite of the grief and pain we live with everyday! Thank you, Father, for sending the Comforter, through family and friends, to help
us make it through the many valley days and nights. God, please know that we are grateful for those few moments of peace and comfort that only You can provide. Father, I pray that You will continue to bless all of the bereaved moms who come to this site to pray and be prayed for. Father, we know that prayer changes things. It renews our broken spirits over and over again! Thatís why we must pray without
ceasing! Thank You Father, in Your Son Jesusí name I pray, Amen!

2/26/2002 09:24

I've been reading all of your postings now for awhile and decided it was time for me to post. I lost my precious son Joseph on November 20, 1999 in a single car accident. It has been the most devasting and darkest time of my life and that of my husband and 3 other children. He was 24. There is nothing you can compare it with, for losing a child is the worst. The pain is more intense and the grief can last much longer. If it weren't for my faith in God and the prayers of our families and friends, I truly don't know where I'd be today. The pain was so great that I wanted to die. But by the grace of our dear Lord Jesus, He has brought me this far. I no longer want to die. The pain is still there, but it's bearable. Joseph's birthday is March 7th. Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are always difficult. He is my second born. I have 2 more sons and a daughter and God is truly blessing their lives. Our youngest son will be getting married in June, our oldest son and his wife are expecting their 1st child in August and if they have a boy they will name him after Joe. Our daughter and her husband are also expecting in Oct. Please pray that she will have a successful pregnancy. She lost her first baby in misscarriage last summer. That was devastating for them and us. I tell you all of this because I now have a reason to live, I always did. We still celebrate even though our loved one is missing. It will be a dificult time as we go on with our lives with out Joe and all the time wishing he could be here to see all that's happening this year. But we know he's with us in spirit. We've had alot of pain in our families. My husband's sister lost her 16 yr old daughter in a car accident on June 1st, 2001 and my brother and his wife lost their 39 yr old son 3 weeks later from a lung infection. Please pray for them. There's so much more I want to say, but I will close now with a prayer for each and every mom that reads this and that doesn't . Dear Father, I ask you to give peace and comfort to all these grieving mothers and their families. Wrap you loving arms around them Lord and let them know You are there for them always as You have been with me. Thank you for your great love for each of us. I love you Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

2/26/2002 11:43

Hello Yvonne, I'm so very glad that you posted. Perhaps it was just too painful before to post, but I'm so happy that you have now. I'm so sorry to read about your Joseph. Losing a child is the worst possible thing a parent will ever go through and endure. A part of ourselves goes with that child when they pass. I understand so very much about your pain, wanting to die because the pain was so bad, and being in a black place for a while. I also experienced that, as I know other moms who've posted here have also. So please know that you're not alone having these intense feelings. They're all part of the grieving process, and very normal to experience. No, there is no other loss that is worse than losing one of our beloved children, it surpasses any other losses in our lives.
It has a pain of it's own, and the grieving period can last for a long time, we eventually learn how to live with the pain and loss. You truly do have blessings in your life, the upcoming marriage of your youngest son, your daughter's pregnancy, so yes, concentrate on the good things that are happening in your life right now, and you're so very right, Joseph will be there in spirit to see these happy events in you and your husband's life, as well as your family's. Like you also, the prayers of many, and my great faith helped me tremendously through my loss, and other moms here will attest to that in their own lives. Leaning heavily on Our Heavenly Father is what got me through so far, as it has for you too. Your family has experienced so many losses of children, I'm so very sorry to read about them all! My heart goes out to you and your family, all these losses must have been so painful for everyone. You now have this Circle covering you and your family in prayer, and I know how powerful a tool prayer is in our lives, for Our Heavenly Father hears them all and helps us along during these dark times in our lives.
Thank you so much for your own prayers for every mom whose ever experienced a loss, and may Our Father hold you close to Him, knowing how much He loves us all. God bless you and your family, Yvonne, and as I said, our prayers go out to you and your's.
Luv Sandy

2/26/2002 19:53

Hello Everyone:
I had to get on the site tonight cuz I feel so sad but I need to share with you that it it three years today that I lost my second son Kevin. I found this poem but I did alittle changes:I thought of you with love today,But that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.
I think of you in silence.
I often speak your name.
Now all I have is memories,
And your picture in a frame.
your memory is my keepsake
with which I'll never part,
God has you in his keeping
I have you in my heart.
I know you may have hear of it but I thought it may even help some of you.This site helps all of us. For it I Thank-You! God Bless you all! I am here if one ever need a shoulder as well as we all are.

2/26/2002 20:03

I am so very sorry for your lost. You are truely blessed! I pray for you and your family. I pray that all great things will come your way. Your son will watch over you. I am so sadded for you, my heart goes out to you. You have alot of great people on this site. We all help one another. I know they have me. I thank-you for sharing a part of you. I pray! God Bless!

2/26/2002 20:57

Hello pun82224, oh, today must be such a sad day for you, my heart goes out to you! Anniversaries are so very hard, sometimes you relive that last day again over and over. But I hope you draw on your good memories of Kevin too, and remember all the good times and love that you shared together. You go right ahead and be sad, and remember Kevin is in Heaven, remembering all the love he shared with you. Your bond with him will never die, for love never dies, it's eternal. Yes, I've read that poem before, but it's a very good one, and I hope it brings you some comfort, as well as other moms here. You're in our prayers, and I'm so happy that you posted, even if it's been a bad day for you. May God hold you in His arms today, and give you comfort and peace,
Luv Sandy

2/27/2002 08:24

Dear Pun82224, I'm so sorry for your loss of your son Kevin. Anniversaries are so difficult I know. My prayer for you is that God will give you that peace that passes all understanding. For we will never understand why. But it will get us thru these difficult days. Thank you for the poem, it is how we feel isn't it? It speaks to so many of us moms. Thank you also for your prayers for me and my family. I will keep you in my prayers as well. God Bless you and your family.
Love, Yvonne<><

2/27/2002 13:38

Thank you Sandy for your thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you in your loss of your son Shane. Thank you for this prayer circle to come to and say how we feel, without others that don't know what it's like, to tell us how we should feel. It's nice to be able to share our feelings of grief just the way it is for us. That has been one of the most difficult things for me, even though they (family & friends) mean well with their thoughts, they have no idea how it is unless they've been there. I've been blessed already by the many letters and prayers from all of you moms and others. Thank you for your kindness. Jesus, I ask you to be with each one on this prayer circle and protect them and help us all to learn how to deal with our grief in our own way and time. God Bless each one.
Love, Yvonne<><

2/27/2002 16:45

Dear dovesfromheaven:
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Joe. Your family has been through a great deal of loss in such a short amount of time. I pray that you find comfort and advice in this site as I have. I have not experienced the loss of a child born, but I did have a miscarriage several years ago that was very difficult for me and my husband. Through the power of prayer and the blessing of the Lord, I now have two wonderful children that I thank Him for everyday.
Your family has experienced such tragedy, but soon will experience great joy and please know that I am praying for all to turn out wonderfully. Your son, Joe, will definately be there in spirit to welcome these beautiful children into this world!
God bless you and your family. I am again so glad that you found this site. It has helped so many people including myself.
Love always,
Tammy Cooper

2/27/2002 16:57

Dear pun82224:
I am so sorry for the loss of your son three years ago today. How hard this day must be for you, but you were somehow led to this site on the very day, and I believe the Lord must have had a hand in that.
Please know that you will be prayed for here and that the people who post on this site are wonderful people with extraordinary hearts. Not only are they dealing with their own grief, but they are counseling others that are going through the same feelings, but maybe at a different stage. I am drawn to this site as often as I can get to the computer.
I had not heard that poem, but I expect many mothers and fathers must relate to it. God bless them all.
Once again, God bless you and your family, I will be praying for you.
Love always,
Tammy Cooper

2/27/2002 17:50

Dear Yvonne,I know this is a very hard time for you.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I am so sorry for all your family has been through.I pray everything goes well for your daughter and she has a healthy baby.I am also coming up on three years for my daughter,April 2.It has been bearable for me most of the time,but sometimes the grief overtakes me.Thank you for your prayer for peace and comfort.And God bless you.Love,Barb

2/27/2002 18:21

Dear Pun82224,I had heard that poem before but it is so true.Because our childrens memories WILL never leave us and they WILL always be in our hearts.I know yesterday was very hard for you.Anniversaries of this kind are ones we dread.I thought of you today and prayed that you had a pretty good day.Your precious Kevin is in Heaven and one day you will see him again.Just keep all those good memories in your heart.Isn't it so special to think of our children and just smile at some of the blessed memories we do have? As i told Yvonne i am also coming up on three years so please pray for me too.Take care,you are loved on this site.Love,Barb

2/28/2002 13:47

Tammy, (hothoosiers), you are certainly a blessing to us at this Circle. Your warm, compassionate and caring posts to Moms are a treasure to read. Your prayers for us are do deeply appreciated and we in turn pray for you and your wonderful family. We know that you have experienced pain yourself over your miscarriage, and now have two wonderful children who bring joy into your life and that of your husband. God bless you for posting here, and may Our Heavenly Father bless you and your wonderful family. Today we went to our Newspaper to make arrangements for our Shane's Memoriam on the 15th of March. It will be his 3rd year Anniversary. I have no idea where those 3 years have gone, time has slipped by so very fast. I remember the day he passed away so vividly, it's etched forever in my mind and heart. I suppose I'm having a 'valley day' as I call them, and draw strength from this wonderful Circle, the beautiful people who post here and pray for each other. I pray that every mom on this page today find some peace, and I know I speak for the other moms when I say how happy we are that you are part of this Circle now.
Luv Sandy

2/28/2002 13:53

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone who has lost a child. I to have lost 2 children within 2 years of each other. My experience is different though I lost my first son in 1998, He was still born. And while I did not carry him,he was still our son and I mourn his loss everyday. We had a birthmom who was living with us. Its a long and painful story. Then in 2000 our other son was born Feb. 21st. While he is still living he is no longer with us. He also was adopted, long stry short his birthfather surfaced after 3 months and fought us for custody and won. We lost him In June 2000. I have never felt such a rip in my heart as I did that day. I don't know what it is like to give birth but I do know the pain of loving someone so dear and then having them torn from your life. We by the grace of God have a wonderful, sweet 9 year old son. Whom we adopted in 1994 at the age of 8 months. While the pain of losing those 2 precious children will never go away it does get easier with the strength of your faith in God and alot of prayer. God Bless you all.. Melanie

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