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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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6/28/2007 15:47

Dear Kathy,
Great to hear from you! What a wonderful blessing, your brother back at home and doing well! You can relax a little bit now and not be so stressed out about him, gosh yes, what a relief for him and you.
Hey, that's terrific, going on vacation, I think you should go, you certainly deserve it and hopefully there will be day's of rest while you're on it too, :).
Yep, you have to post tomorrow, it's become a really nice tradition around here, :)
Prayers for safe travel and a wonderful, renewable time,
Much love & {{Hugs}}

6/28/2007 15:49

Dear Charlene,
Thanks so much for posting the special days here and sending us all an e-mail about them, it's very appreciated!
Hope your allergy has gone away by now,
Much love & {{Hugs}}

6/28/2007 15:52

Dear Jane, Of course I'm not forgetting about you, I just don't have the time right now to post back to you, but I'll be back later!
Much love & {{Hugs}}

6/29/2007 01:58

LORD bless Shaner & her family, give them the strenght to overcome this & let them heal. remove their sadness & help them to keep their faith. I ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen

6/29/2007 02:08

LORD bless Shaner & her family, give them the strenght to overcome this & let them heal. remove their sadness & help them to keep their faith. I ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen

6/29/2007 13:57

You are all very welcome for the list!

No, the allergy is not gone; in fact it's getting worse. I think I've narrowed it down to my laundry detergent. I bought new detergent the end of May; it's supposed to be allergy-free--no dyes, perfumes, etc. WELL THEY'RE WRONG!!! HaHa. Whatever is in it is causing me to itch and break out in a rash. I think that's what irritated my spider bite too and got it all inflamed again after it'd healed. Now I have the job today of washing practically everything I own, plus the bedding (again, for the 3rd time in 2 weeks) and hopefully getting rid of the 'allergy-free' detergent that is in them. HaHa.

I hope and pray that you all have a wonderful weekend. I'm (hopefully) going to rest (after I get the laundry done of course) inside where it's nice and cool.
Love and (((HUGS))),

6/29/2007 14:12

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let everyone know that B'Net puts out a daily inspiration newsletter. Today's was about the loss of a child. It then gave a link that had an article about this prayer circle. Very good article and some of your posts are quoted. This must be the article Sandy was talking about a little while ago. I hadn't seen it yet, but now it's a link on B'net inspiration. Good job Sandy!

Charlene, sorry to hear of your allergies. Having to rewash everything has to be such a hassle. I pray you'll be getting relief soon. And yes, thank you for posting July's list.

Sandy, I totally understand the time issue. I'm not offended that you didn't post to me.

As you me, this is my second day off and I'm feeling ok. Still a little bit of food issues, but things are staying down and except if I eat too late or too much, my stomach is usually comfortable. This round of antibotics are working. However, I will be so happy when I'm done with them on Tues. Too much of my time is spent around meds and eating. I actually set my cell alarm to remind me to take some of my meds so that they don't interfere with my antibotics. Then I have to reset it to know when it's time to take the antibotics with food. I can handle this for four more days, but I'll be so glad when it's over. I pray everyone has a restful weekend. Love and gratitude to all, Jane

6/29/2007 16:59

May I include a special July date? Daryl would have been 22 on July 23, and this is the first birthday without him. I am already feeling weepy. I know I need to seize the day and go on--but some prayers would help. Thanks, Joyce

6/29/2007 23:25

Dear Joyce,

I'm sure when Charlene sees your post she will add Daryl's birthday to our ever growing list :(. We never are happy when that list grows because we understand the pain involved. Of course you will be in our prayers. Love and hugs,Jane

6/30/2007 03:52

Hi everyone and thank you Shaner for your nice welcome. It seems like we all have quite a few things in common. I too have stomach ailments and just got out of the hospital yesterday. The hard part for me is I haven't gotten sick like this since BEFORE my son passed and I really missed him this time. Before, he was always there for me. Calling, texting and being there emotionally helping me get through it. I always felt he really understood what I was going through as a big part of his heart problem was his constant stomach pain and throwing up. Needless to say, it totally reminded me of him this past week and when I'm sick like that.. well I tell you I did break down with my tears of self pity. Of course this is usually when I'm alone in the shower or something.. so I put my 'listening' ears on as I know he can't 'text' me and as always, he sent me his own 'angels' to comfort me there in the hospital.. that thought alone brought a smile to my face and peace in my heart. Yes, I did say he did not and could not bring himself to get the heart transplant. Of my four sons, Al was the one when he was a little guy, we would have 3 nurses and myself hold him down just to give him his booster shots. This is the picture I had of him in my mind each time he was sick. He was terrified. Yet at the same time he was so strong and macho. He would take anyone on that threatened his family or friends, Yet he couldn't accept the fact that his body was failing him. This in the end is what kept him alive long after he should have passed.. HIS WILL TO LIVE, HIS LOVE OF LIFE.. the doctors were shocked he lasted as long as he did, his will was THAT STRONG.. Now to all of you,I want to say God Bless! You are truly a big help to all of us. I am lucky I have much love and support from my family and friends.. and my Al who continues to live on his mountains..

6/30/2007 03:56

He was given to me for just a short time,
this wonderfully happy little son of mine.

How strong and so proud he grew day after day,
As he ran all the mountains with his brothers to play.

These were four little guys who grew up to be,
the best ever sons I could ask for you see.

But this one was special as I grew to learn,
He'd watch for his brothers and all his concern.

His mission in life was one step above,
With animals and nature and all that he loved.

His outlook was cheerful, he loved the outdoors,
My Mountain Man Al was was a hippy of sorts.

He'd dance to the music of Jerry you see,
He loved all the people who loved to be free.

One day I was sorry to learn my worst fear,
My son would not live, this brought many tears.

And so he was strong and always a 'man',
he wouldn't let anyone lend him a hand.

But he thought of the pain that he knew we would feel,
and it bothered him so, that he made me this deal.

His text was a short one, and straight from his heart,
He wanted me to know, just right from the start.

"Mom please don't you worry, if anything happens to me,
cus I'll be up in heaven with Grandpa you see".

"We'll be there together and watch over you".
And thats just what happened, he's keeping it true!

See he was my Angel, and I have to say,
With a heart just so big, it took him away.

That final day came, but he couldn't wait..
My heart was apounding as I drove in my haste.

He'd said his good byes but with one last request,
"Please take care of mom, cus you know she's the best."

Their tears they did hide as they left to the store,
but soon came the call, "he's with us no more".

He passed in her arms as he'd wanted to be,
His wife of two years had laid down with he.

He knew it would hurt us to watch as he left,
My Mountain Man Al, had once more done his best.

So he was our Angel, and I just want to say,
"I miss you my son and will see you one day!"

But I do not cry, as each new day dawns bright.
I know he is happy while in the 'White Light'.

He's happy and healthy and running so free,
with his dog and his grandpa they watch over me.

My son and my Angel, I feel your sweet love,
Coming right through those clouds on the mountains above.

This poem is dedicated to my #2 son, Albert Joseph Romero,
who passed away in beautiful Mt Hood Oregon on 10/07/06 at the
young age of 32. He was my strength, and he continues to be my
inspiration and my Guardian Angel.

11:32 PM 3/20/2007 (dt I found this, don't remember when I wrote it!)

6/30/2007 20:29

Hi my dear sisters. Sorry for not posting in a few days. Congraulations to the two grandmas Charlene and Chris, what a blessing for both, may God Bless those little babies always. Charlene sorry to hear about your allergies, that is terrible, and you have to be so careful with everything you use or eat, I don't suffer from allergies but have a friend that does and I know how bad it can get, may Our Lord showers you with His Loving Light and washes all the allergies away.
Jane it seems like you are feeling much better Thank God it is good to hear also that Mike keeps taking care of you in a way and it is wonderful that you are having some good company.
Kathy I wish you a very relaxing vacation , you sure need one, now that your brother is back home you can relax a little and take some time for yourself, I pray that you'll have a wonderful time.
My dear Angel in Chief, I know that Chris and Jialing are coming over, I am sure that you are very happy to see them again and enjoy their company, have a great time my dear sister. My love and prayers Selva

6/30/2007 20:33

Dear Joyce. I'm sure that Charlene will include Daryl in the special list, you can count on our prayers for you and Daryl. Special days are very hard on us, this will be the first birthday without your Daryl, may God wrap His Arms around you and give you strenght, we will all Storm Heaven for you on July 23rd and whenever you need understanding, prayers and love please post here, we all know about the horrible pain, you are not alone. My love and prayers. Selva

6/30/2007 20:45

Dear Systacyn. I also want to welcome to our Circle of Love, it is a shame we have to meet here and for the same reason, we all have have gone through the most painful experience anybody can imagine, we know the pain of losing a child. What a beautiful poem you wrote to your son Al,I am writing here with tears in my eyes, I am sure that Al is very proud of his mom and I am so glad that he sent Angels to watch over you at the hospital. I lost my only daughter Solange, 20 years old, on Aug 15, 2002 in a car accident, I am also looking for signs at all times and I do get them, soetimes she send me a feather, a flower, a message of some sort, I know that our kids are in Heaven and very happy and we will be together again, and this time, forever. Thanks for sharing that beautiful poem with us, and please keep posting here, we all understand the pain and all that comes with it, there is no judgement here, only love, understanding and prayers. My love and prayers. Selva

7/1/2007 13:04

Yes I too am writing with tears in my eyes. That poem is a loving tribute to your son. Welcome and these women are a god sent to all who come to this site. I believe that the power of prayer is huge and when I ask for prayers here they always help. It is a place I can go to, to share happy times and sad, hard times and never do I have to hold back. I am always understood no matter what sometimes it sounds silly to just say "i'm having a bad day" but it is not silly at all. We all have them! Sharing our heart brake makes it bearable.
Love always and Bless you, Chris

7/1/2007 15:39

Yes, I'll include you in our list. You can post at the circle or email me with your information at
I need Daryl's homegoing date(HD); I'm guessing it's Oct. sometime? His birthdate(BD) is July 23, 1985? As soon as I get the info from you, I'll email/post it. So happy to help you any way I can; and the prayers here are very much helpful!
Love and (((HUGS))),

7/1/2007 22:13

Thanks, Charlene. Daryl's BD is July 23, 1985, and HD is October 16, 2006. Thank you!

7/2/2007 01:08

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick check in so I'm not MIA again! It's been a very busy last few days. My car still isn't fixed so I have to depend on Mike to get me to work and back. Yesterday I left for work at 8:30 AM and didn't get home till 10:00 PM. Mike picked me up, took me to Sam's Club then out for a quick dinner, after that prayer meeting at my church. Right now Mike wants to be at church whenever it is open! I feel kinda guilty cuz I didn't tell him there was a prayer meeting at 9:00 before service. I knew I couldn't get my act together on time. After church we went to his daughter's home to celebrate Father's Day. It was postponed cuz of my hospitalization. Just came home now. Glad I have tomorrow off. By the way he's making me eat three times a day now. I am beginning to enjoy eating again. It doesn't hurt anymore, if I have small meals. Tomorrow is my last day of antibotics. I believe this time they worked.

Dear Systacyn, I also had tears when I read your tribute to your son. Thank you for sharing that with us. He was an amazing young man. That hospital stay had to be so difficult, knowing he wasn't going to call or text you. The tears were probably a good release for you. Maybe your tears were "self pity" or maybe they were just sadness for what you could no longer experience during your times of illness. In either case, tears are a very necessary part in the healing process. I agree with Chris, we all have bad days and the support here is tremendous. Almost forgot to add my welcome. Please keep posting.

Sandy, have a great time with your family this week. Selva, glad to see you posting, seems like things are good for you right now. Kathy, have a wonderful relaxing vacation. Charlene, as always thanks for keeping all our dates together and the reminders. I pray your feeling better.

My bed is calling my name! Love and gratitude to all, Jane

7/2/2007 09:08

Thank you JOYCE for your information. I've just emailed it out to the ladies who have given me their email addresses. I pray that God would surround you with His presence this whole month, and especially on the 23rd. Tears are our outlet to relieve the 'tension, stress, burdens, etc.' so don't hold them in; they are our human way of dealing with our losses. Holding them back will only result in physical ailments eventually. You will be remembered by all of us this month along with the other 2 special moms Jane and Anita.
Love and (((HUGS))),

7/2/2007 12:50

For all of you reading this, here's Joyce's Special Day information.

Joyce(sja): Daryl July 23, 1985(BD)--Oct. 16, 2006(HD)

7/2/2007 12:56

Dear ALL,
My itching and some rash are still with me, especially around my neck, head, and face. I have an appt. with my dr. tomorrow to see what this could possibly be. It's possible that my pillow wasn't rinsed enough to get the detergent all out of it so I'm washing it in vinegar again today; hopefully this will clear up SOON! I'm anxious to get outside and work again; even though it's been raining every day and I can't really get any yard work done anyway. The spider bite and other bites have dried up and aren't itching any more, THANK GOD! This is one of those times when I question why and for what purpose. Just another instance that makes me look forward to Heaven I guess. :o)
Love and (((HUGS))),

7/3/2007 10:39

Hello Everyone! I'm back from our long weekend, Canada Day celebration! Actually I was back yesterday, but had to recuperate :). We had a super time, Chris rented a Cottage for us on a Lake complete with a Boat, so in addition to the Cottage, we had fun with the Boat and docking at some some town's along the way. Everyone was in a celebratory mood and being out in Nature is something I love!
JANE, that was one of the reason's I said I'd be back, I was busy getting everything ready for the weekend, very happy to hear you're slowly on the mend and can eat again!
DEAR IVOTEGREEN...thank you so much for your Post and the prayer, very appreciated and I pray God bless's you in whatever way you need.
DEAR JOYCE, I'm so happy you posted again, this is your Circle too, remember that, :) and oh my gosh, what a beautiful, touching Poem you created for your precious Al, everyone's heart string's have been pulled by it and I thank you so much for sharing it with us all!
HI MY DEAR SISTER, great to see a Post from you too, as well as you, CHRIS.
CHARLENE, you poor woman, :), let us know what the Dr. said, hopefully he can pinpoint it for you.
Lots of love & {{Hugs}} to all,
p.s. Happy 4th to all my American sisters!

7/4/2007 09:38

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone has a great Fourth (those of us in the US). Sandy so happy to hear you took some time away and had a wonderful time. I also love being out in Nature. Love to take walks in the parks and forest preserves. Especially at sunset, since I don't usually awake before sunrise! I can't help but marvel at the beauty God created for us to enjoy. I must have been all the meds I was on, but I didn't realize you were going away.

There are a couple of women on the discussion boards that are in real pain today. Their child died either on the 4th or 5th and are dreading the fireworks. Anyone who can, let's just lift them up in prayer. For both women this is the first anniversary. We all remember how hard that is, then add that everyone around is celebrating makes it so much harder.

I actually have to work today. If Mike wasn't in my life I would love it, it's time and a half. I'm working 8 hrs. We'll barbeque when I get home and hopefully find room to see the fireworks. By the way, my state Illinois raised the minimum wage to 7.50, our company decided in order to pay that, the rest of us are getting very small raises. July is when the raises come out. Mine was all of 10 cents! Which translates, I will make .25 more than the new employees and I've been there over 2 yrs. Don't think it's fair, but the only thing I can do is find another job, which I have been looking for anyway. Now that the health issues are better, I can seriously look for fulltime. I'm off antibotics and most of the time my stomach feels great. Hip is still bothersome, but I can live with that.

For those who have the day off, enjoy. Charlene, I pray you get to the bottom of what's going on with your skin. Love and gratitude to all, Jane

7/4/2007 12:34

Thank you all for your prayers. The dr. of course doesn't KNOW what's causing the rash and itching on my face, neck, and head. But all he can do is treat the symptoms with Benadryl, keep rinsing my pillow and sheets and clothes with the vinegar wash, and hope it all goes away. It's just so frustrating to not be able to get out and do normal things that I would be doing if this rash and itching weren't here. My family isn't getting together for the 4th so I'm just quietly staying at home and taking my Benadryl and sleeping (and trying not to scratch the itches!).
I hope you all have a wonderful celebration today.
Love and (((HUGS))),

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