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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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9/18/2007 10:13

Hello dear Angelmoms, sisters!
I've been MIA because I've been going through some personal problems and mental health issues again (depression) but feel much better now, Praise God!!!
MARGIE, so happy to see a Post from you, yes, it's been a while! I wouldn't call that a 'pity party' Margie, you were down in the valley and that's OK, it happen's to us all. I don't even like the term being used here, we're not sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves, we're experiencing grief and there's a big difference! YES, don't be a stranger,
Love & Hugs,

9/18/2007 10:24

Our dear CHARLENE, goodness, things have deteriorated since I was here last with your marriage, I am sorry to hear that, but it seem's to be for the best that you put some distance between you and your hubby and you know you have all of our support and prayers. We women have a tendency to put ourselves on hold when it come's to happiness, always putting others before us, so bravo to you my sister for drawing on the inner strength that God is giving you and putting your own peace of mind and happiness first now!
Trust in God, I know things will work themselves out for you,
Much love & {{Hugs}}

9/20/2007 12:11

Hi all my dear sisters. I am so sorry I have been away for so long, I have been working very long hours and also had problems (still have) with the internet at home, but I always make time to pray for all of you and think about you often, wondering how you are holding on. I haven't been able to read back posts, but enough to realize how is everybody doing.
Charlene, I Thank God that He gave you the strenght to take that step and that you are away from an ugly situation, I pray that our Lord will continue to hold you in His Arms and that everything will work out for the best.
Jane, Margie, Kathy, Ms V., Chris, my dear Angel in Chief Sandy and all my dear sisters, my prayers are always for Strenght that is what I believe will help us all to continue in this life, because I know that Faith we all have.
I will be going away to Dominican Rep next saturday, we will have a family reunion over there (it will be bitter sweet for me) I will be wearing my mask of course, and will be back on sunday Sept 30th, but I want you all to know that you will be in my heart and prayers. All my love. Selva

9/20/2007 20:16

I'm back at my mother's house and very tired. I had a productive time while staying in Joplin though, because I got really educated on job availability and housing. First of all, housing is very expensive and I have to find a job before I can afford anything. I've had some interviews for jobs but I think they all want someone younger (even though they can't discriminate against age) because younger women are the other ones applying and they are getting the jobs; they are also more up to date with computers than I am since I haven't worked outside the home in 11 years. All my old employers have left town or are no longer practicing medicine; so that leaves me with just my work about job experience. I did get a lead on an employment agency that I will check into on Monday when I go back to Joplin to stay for a few days. They will help me with a resume, etc.
The more I am away from my husband, the stronger I become and the clearer my thinking is. SO MANY people have told me that it's about time that I left him and they support me wholeheartedly. That makes me cry because he always told me that if I left him he would tell people what I was really like and no one would want to be around me. I have gotten so much support that I wonder why I didn't do this a long time ago. And one of my daughters has supported me in everything; the more I explain things to her, the more she sees that her dad is just a jerk (her words, not mine). She knows what he was like when she was still living at home so she knows that I'm not making up anything that I'm telling her. She and her husband took me out to lunch today and that helped a lot (since my money supply is very low). She's even offered to go with me out to the house to get some warmer clothes, etc. I'm going this Sat. morning at 9 a.m. with my mother and my brother to get some of my things (clothes, food in the freezer, sewing machine, computer); because he uses NONE of these things, I'm taking them. He doesn't want me to take the computer even though he's always told everyone that he doesn't even know how to turn it on. I think he wants to keep it so he can check up on who I've been talking to etc. He's trying to find some 'dirt' on me so he can blame me for this whole mess. He's been calling people that I've called on my cellphone just to see who I've talked to. Don't ask me how I know that, I have just heard from some people I've been calling who have said his number comes up on their cellphones a lot. He's so twisted that it's not funny. I guess that a dishonest and deceitful person thinks that other people are that way too.
JANE, I haven't talked to him since August 31st when I called 911 on him. Our lawyers talk for us; but I've not been agreeing with his demands because I'm tired of him controlling me. He didn't agree that I could come to the house this Sat. but that was convenient for me so that's when I'm going; and I was tired of him setting a date and time that he knew I would be in church. I would appreciate your prayers for this Sat., for protection for me and my mother and my brother. I can't get a county deputy to go with me because this is a civil case and they go with someone only on criminal cases. My husband wants a deputy there so he can be there himself; so he's just going to have to make those arrangements himself. He would be an answer to my prayers if he could get a deputy since I can't. HaHa.
Got to quit.
Love and (((HUGS))),

9/21/2007 18:11

Dear sisters,
Just checking in to tell you all that you are in my every prayer. I know that I have not been here much, I am having the most difficult time right now but getting better.
Charlene, I am very proud of you. The thought of " Why didn't I do this sooner" came to my mind shortly after I left my husband. I let him have everything though. I started over because I did not trust him. Please be careful. Controlling ex's are nothing to mess with.
To all my wonderful Angel Moms and Grandma's,
I am praying for you all to have a blessed weekend and that God gives you much comfort and love in your days. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Please say a prayer for my little boy. He is 8 years old and is re-living everything about Wes's terrible passing. He is full of anxiety that something will happen to me or to him and is just beside himself. It seems to have just now hit him for some reason. Your prayers would be wonderful.

Love to you all,

9/22/2007 23:58

Hi Sisters,

This is just a quickie. Charlene, please post about how it went today. Unfortunately, this is the first chance I had in several days to get here. I always pray for your safety. When I left Ron I had the same feeling, "Why didn't I do this before?" The answer was I wasn't really ready to face the consequences before that. Like Kathy, I lost almost everything, including custody of my youngest. He was so angry then, now he's the one who checks in on me via phone. I'm suppose to get money from the house, but that hasn't happened yet. I might be poor but I am much more happier and content than Ron is.

Kathy, I will pray for your son and you also. He is probably coming out of the shock stage and maturing at the same time. Many kids stop playing "make believe" around 8 yrs old, therefore his reality is hitting hard. All you can really do is to reassure him that you will do everything in your power to keep both of you safe. The rest is up to God. Please don't be afraid to call in a professional if you need to.

I'm doing well for the most part. I see the GI on 10/4 and hopefully he'll know what to do with my stomach episodes. This week was a good one as far as that goes. Otherwise, I'm just real busy these days. Love to both of you. Jane

9/23/2007 10:40

Hello my dear sister Selva, by now you're in the suny and hot Dominican Republic and good for you, I know how hard you've been working lately. If you have to put the mask on whilst among all your family, I pray you go right ahead and do so, a Family Reunion is going to be touchy for you, you haven't seen some of these family members since before Solange passed.
I do pray though that you have some very peace filled times and that you can relax and unwind, be yourself without the mask on.
Much love & Angel Hugs

9/23/2007 11:28

Hello our dear Charlene, I pray that everything went smoothly for you and you were able to get everything you needed.
Yes, please let us know how it went,
Much love & {{Hugs}}

9/23/2007 11:42

Hi our dear Kathy,
It's so nice to see your Friday post, but I know you're still in a lot of pain, God love you.
That's so sad about your little boy, of course he'll be in our prayers and you too. Yes, as Jane said, he's probably arrived at that age where he's understanding that there's imagination and reality and he's troubled that if it could happen to Wes, then it could happen to you or him. That's a harsh reality for an 8 year old to take in and assimilate, so no, don't feel reluctant to seek out some Counselling, Therapy for him if it doesn't improve. Heart breaking to read, but God is with you always,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

9/23/2007 11:58

Hi dear Jane,
Goodness, you're still experiencing tummy problems? I thought all was well since your surgery! Must be very frustrating for you, yes, let's pray the news on 10/4 reveal's the problem,
Much love & Angel Hugs,

9/24/2007 00:59

Dear Sandy,

The problem with my stomach is what they call eposodic (sp), meaning it just comes on with no pattern. When it hits, the pain is extreme. It feels like the last contractions of labor, except with labor there's a break between contractions. These last anywhere from 5 min to over 4 hrs a wk ago Friday. Usually there's vomiting involved. Usually I feel better then, however during that 4 hr one I didn't feel better. About the only thing that helps at all is curling up in the fetal position. I can go weeks without an episode, then it can happen once a day. There doesn't seem to be any trigger. I do appreciate your prayers as I do want to get to the bottom of it quickly.

On a lighter note Mike and I took a friend who lives in a nursing home out for the afternoon. She's kinda like my surrogate Mom. She has seen me through so much during my former marriage. She's been in the nursing home since 1994. I actually met her during one of my hospitalizations. Before she left the hospital her children made her a ward of the state. So the state placed her in this nursing home, most residents there have some type of mental illness. Up until 2 yrs ago I would take her to my home for a week or two to give her a break. I can no longer do that because she can't navigate stairs and I have real steep ones. Anyway it was a beautiful day here so we took her to her favorite place, a dam in a park. We weren't going to take her to dinner but she conned us into it. Mike really didn't care and it was great to see her enjoy herself. I wish I could do more for her, but with limited income and the distance between us it is hard. She's almost totally deaf so I can't call her. When I can take her out I have to call the staff to let her know. She only has sons, so I'm like the daughter she never had. My mom lives in FL and until recently never had a positive word for me, so Vern has filled an emptiness in my life. She didn't know Mike and I were engaged, when she saw the ring she was so happy. It was a great day for all of us. Only downer was the Bears were creamed! BUT the Cubs majic number is down to 4! Yes, I am a Chicago sports fan. It seems here you are either a die hard fan or not a fan at all. Mike is also a die hard so we enjoy watching and yelling together! With that note I'm going to sleep. Love and gratitude to all, Jane

9/24/2007 01:02

Dear Charlene,

You haven't posted today and I pray you are alright. All day today I had the impression that you should change all your passwords on your computer. I don't know if that came from the HS or from my own experiences. Just thought I would pass that along since it has been on my mind all day. Love, Jane

9/24/2007 09:19

Hi dear Jane,
Goodness, that sound's awful..I do pray that they find out the root cause and can remedy it without surgery.
That was very nice of you and Mike to do that for your friend, you made her day special for her, :).
Much love & Angel Hugs,

9/24/2007 10:07

Our dear Chris,
Thinking of you and praying as well, for Stephanie's Birthday today and her Anniversary tomorrow. That's certainly a double whammy for you and Mike, 2 very special days running into each other, may God bless you all. May you all feel His loving arms around you, today and tomorrow and may you all experience those precious moments of peace amidst your sadness,
Much love & {{Hugs}}

9/24/2007 10:09

Memory Lane

Through sharing our memories
It keeps our children alive.
With each special moment remembered
They help us to survive.
As we walk down memory lane,
We always keep them near.
For they are the ones we will never forget.
The child that we hold so dear.

9/24/2007 18:57

Dear Chris,

My prayers are also with you on Stephanie's special days. I pray the lord bless you with love and comfort and the knowledge that your precious Stephanie is around you. I know these days are hard and we are very fortunate to have each other to pick each other up. Love to you,

9/24/2007 18:59

I love the Memory Lane. It is soooo true, they live in our memory and I have so many happy memories. No one can take those away. :)

9/24/2007 22:34

Hi to all: JANE: I am so happy for you and Mike. Sounds like he is a good guy and loves you much. I send all the happiness in the world to you.
CHARLENE: Sorry to hear about your marriage but you are the better person to get away and take your stand.
I have been so busy with doctors and changing internet services and trying to get the old services cancelled. My husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding aniversay. He got a new 2007 truck that he has been wanting for the past 3 years.My daughter has been trying to get into rehabs and finds one and stays for 3 days and now she is probably going back to the same old thing.I pray for her but that is all I can do. She is a big girl and knows right from wrong but chooses to do what she wants. I agree with everyone that it is a good thing that I have her sons. It isn't that she don't love them but she has alot of growing up to do.Now that it is going into October and November I start thinking about my Ryan and start missing him more than ever. I can't beleive it is going to be 2 years. It seems like just last week with everything so fresh in my mind. Got to go to bed since I have to get up at 4:30 -5 so I can take medicine. You all are in my prayers.
Love Lee Ann

9/24/2007 23:41

Hi All, ~ So sorry to be MIA [again] for so long. Im still dealing with health issues which leaves me so very tired, depressed, and with almost no energy. Of course, the double whammy last month probably took its toll also. Then too, I really believe my doctors have me taking too many meds. I have an appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow and my primary care doctor day after tomorrow, so I will request that they consider taking me off any meds that are not absolutely necessary.

Sandy, your post to Chris was so very touching; my sentiments exactly and I loved the poem. I pray that both she and Mike made it through today with fond memories of their beloved Stephanie and that, God willing, she sent them signs throughout today, and kissed them with the wind. Though the memories may be bitter/sweet, I still pray that tomorrow brings even more signs, and that God holds you both close, and surrounds you peaceful moments for which we all pray! I pray this special prayer In the wonderful name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I pray, Amen.

Yall, God willing, I will let everyone know how my Dr.s appointments go. Once again, thank you all for the prayers and as always Youre all in my thoughts; which places you in my heartfelt prayers!

Love & Angel Hugs,

Verna [aka: miss v.] :)

PS: Special prayers for all who are going through stressful situations! And, of course that includes all! :) I must close and get some rest before I fall out of this chair!

9/25/2007 00:52

Hi Everyone,

Has anyone else received an e-mail from Charlene's husband? I forwarded mine on to her. I believe Charlene has to be bumped up on our prayer list, her safety could be at stake. So Heavenly Father I pray that you are indeed Charlene's sun and shield. That you protect her from any harm that might be planned against her. I pray for a peaceful resolution to her marriage. Charlene, Sis I am holding you tightly in my prayers. Love, Jane

9/25/2007 01:17

Hi Again,

I wanted to post first about the e-mail so it wouldn't get lost in a long post if I should be writing one!

Chris, my prayers are with you. Having two special dates back to back must be very painful. I pray with everyone else that your memories may be sweet. I pray your family may feel the comfort of our Heavenly Father as He holds you in the palm of His hand during this time.

Lee Ann, thank you for your well wishes. Yes, Mike is one of the good guys. When I tell friends from way back when they are amazed that I would open my heart up to a man again. I tend to protect myself very well. There's just something special in the chemistry between Mike and I. Never thought it would happen, but so happy it did. I will be praying for your family. 2 yrs is not a lot of time and your grief is still fresh. Plus you have to deal with the poor choices your daughter is making. Sometimes I wonder which is harder, have small children to raise and everything that entails or being the parent of an adult child and watch them make poor choices and not being able to do a thing about it. That was a very long sentence! It is a comfort to know that God loves them even more than we do and He's the perfect parent. I do believe your daughter does love her children, but for right now they belong with you. You can give them the love and stability that they need.

Verna, always good hearing from you. I know you pray for us often and I so appreciate it. I pray your health issues will be resolved quickly and you'll be back here more regularly. I understand you're concern about meds. That's something I battle with also. What do I really need to be able to function normally and what might be making me feel so lethargic and I can do without. It's a fine line we walk. We want to feel well but not be overmedicated. I pray God will reveal what's best for you.

Selva, I pray you have a great and peaceful time in the DR this week. I know family reunions can be hard, but they can be lots of fun also.

My day today has been a good one. I was off from work and accomplished almost everything I had planned. I was going to wash my kitchen floor, cuz if I don't it doesn't get down. However, there wasn't any Pinesol and by the time Mike got home from shopping it was too late. Our our housemate was already home. Oh well, maybe Thursday. I have decided to try mopping every week because it's so hard to do if it's really dirty. Old house, old floors! NTG, work is tomorrow. Love and gratitude to all, Jane

9/25/2007 13:15

Sandy and Jane,

Thank you so much for your prayers and advice about my little boy. I know that he is realizing that the world isn't "Disneyland" anymore. I am keeping a very close eye on him and have spoken to him about talking with someone. He says he just wants to talk to me so I am praying that God gives me all the right answers. So far, I am doing ok with his questions although they are very painful to re-live, We must go on this road together.

Jane, I agree that Charlene needs prayer at this time. Am I to understand that you have received an email from Charlene's husband? That seems very scary. Since we have not heard anything from Charlene herself at least here, I am very concerned. Please let me know if you hear anything. Also, I am very happy for you and Mike. I have not posted much but I do read and I am so happy that you have someone special in your life. I will be praying also for your tummy!

I am sorry that you are still not feeling well. You are in my prayers as well. Please rest and take care and hopefully with a medicine adjustment you will be feeling better.


I know what you mean about everything being fresh in your mind. We just passed the 2 year mark and to me it was yesterday. I just can't get passed it right now. I remember EVERYTHING.
Congratulations on your 25th anniversary! That is awesome!

Love and blessings to all

9/25/2007 19:43

Yes Kathy I did receive an e-mail from Charlene's husband. Basically it said if I want the truth to call him. Obviously, I didn't. I don't like the idea that he has my e-mail address and I'm surely not giving him my number. It is scarry that Charlene hasn't posted yet. All we can do is pray at this point. If anyone has heard from her via e-mail or phone please post, no details needed, just reassurance that she is ok.

Love and gratitude to all, Jane

PS Kathy, thank you for the well wishes.

9/25/2007 21:12

I agree that it is very scary that charlene hasn't posted and that her husband had the nerve to send an email like that. He needs prayers too.

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