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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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2/18/2008 13:25

Hello travelling thru,
Thank you so much for your post and your beautiful prayer! It certainly touched my heart, may God bless you and your's!
Love, & Hugs,

2/18/2008 13:32

Hello love0722,
Thank you for your prayers and know that ours are with you as well. That's so sad, losing two of your children so young as well and so close together, I just can't imagine the pain of that, God love you. Please, feel free to post more about it here, this is a very safe haven to let our feelings out,
Love, Prayers & Hugs,

2/18/2008 13:55

Hi Joyce, Jane and Everyone! Sorry I've been MIA, for those who are new here, I also Host 3 Discussion Forums here at Beliefnet so that's why I may not post for a couple of days, but I always make it a point to come here, where it feels like 'home' and among my sisters and brothers, :-).
JANE! Great to hear from you, yes, before you know it, the big day will be here, time goes by so fast!
Oh, I know that was so sad, another school shooting.....I don't understand why you have so many school shootings??
Yes, my prayers were with all, the young man who did the shootings was mentally ill at the time and off his medication. Its just a very tragic situation all around and as Christians we pray for all.
I can feel the anxiety starting already over Shane's Anniversary next month, please pray for me, I don't want to slip too much into the valley,
Much love, & Hugs to all,

2/19/2008 12:07

This is one of Beliefnet's Prayer of the Day, so very appropriate for this Circle!

Comfort the Grieving

Father, I pray for all who have lost a child/children and others in my circle of family and friends who are grieving...

They're hurting for many reasons, and I ask You to help them through this season of loss. I reach out to You, the Father of compassion and the Source of every comfort, asking You to touch them with Your unfailing love and kindness. Be their God who comforts them as they're going through their struggles, and bring them through the tough things ahead. Come alongside them in their pain, and strengthen them so they'll one day be able to help others who face the same struggles. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Psalm 33:22; 1 Samuel 20:14a)

You're close to people whose hearts are breaking, those who are discouraged and have given up hope. May You who see their troubles and grief respond when they cry out. (Psalm 34:18; 10:14a, 17)

When they're hurting, help them find their joy in You, for it's Your joy that will be their strength. Help them to trust You as their God of hope. Fill them with Your joy, peace, and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Help them experience the love, joy, and peace that are the results of His life in them, no matter what they're going through. (Nehemiah 8:10b; Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:22)

May they sense Your presence in this hour of need. In Jesus' name, Amen.

- Jim & Kaye Johns

Love & Hugs,

2/19/2008 12:15

Hello dear Azna,
Thinking of you on your very special day, Deidra's birth and passing. I know it will be a difficult day for you but I pray that Our Lord wrap's His loving arms around you and make's the day easier to bear. Know our thoughts, support and love are with you today,
Love & Angel Hugs,

2/19/2008 22:31

I have a poem I wrote about the loss of a child although I have never experienced it myself and pray to God I never do. I think my Lord and Savior inspired this poem through the holy spirit so that I could share it with all of you. May you always remember that your little one though he/she may be gone are smiling above and waiting for your joyous reunion to come.
Heaven Rejoice
Heaven rejoice I sent an angel to you,
take care of my child, just as I would do. Taken so soon I miss he each day, Her room is so empty we packed it away. I was angry and mad that you called her home, it left such a void and I feel so alone. Heaven rejoice I sent an angel to you, my child was so special in all that she'd do. I pray every night for the time to pass by, please end all my sadness I just seem to cry. I'm really not mad I'm just lost in despair, will I ever move forward, it's just so unfair. Heaven rejoice I sent an angel to you, it's hard to see God the plan as you do. How will I go on with her gone away? I barely can make it thru each passing day. I want to be strong and let her fly free, but my heart won't let go I need her with me. Heaven rejoice I sent an angel to you, though it's hard to let go it's what I must do. My child was a gift bestowed unto me, fly home little one and wait there with Thee. I will see you again so I'll be patient and true, I thank God for his gifts, the best one was you. Heaven rejoice I sent an angel to you, take care of her Lord, until I fly home to meet her in eternity with you.

2/20/2008 08:03

carrieann, Your poem is beautiful and I know that I thank you from the bottom of my heart, because it is difficult for someone who has never lost a child to be as sensitive to the pain of others. You are an inspiration to us all and Thank you again.

2/21/2008 08:51

Hi carrieann, wow, you certainly captured the feelings, emotions in your Poem! Very good,
Love & Hugs,

2/22/2008 10:24

Hello dear Donna,
Please forgive me for not writing on Marcus's special day, I'm very sorry (WE'RE ALL VERY SORRY), it was on my mind that morning and I got sidetracked.
I pray the day wasn't very hard on you, but if the tears came, that's OK too we'll forever miss our children,
Much love, & Angel Hugs,

2/22/2008 10:30

Where is everyone? So many haven't posted in such a long time!
Much love & Hugs,

2/23/2008 08:21

Good morning to all of my friends here at this site. I agree with you Sandy, where is everyone, we can hope that the healing process is working and the pain has become more bareable for some, I know that mine has gotten better, I can talk and reminence without breaking down as much. I pray that is the case with the others. Let us open our hearts minds,and arms for those who have lost a child recently and pray that God will lead them to this site that we might encourage and help them with their healing process. I truly feel that God has a job for each of us to do and that part of it is right here at this site. Father God grant us your wisdom that we may do the work you have given us to do, in helping others who are hurting. In Jesus name I pray Amen Joyce

2/23/2008 12:16

I lost my 37 year old daughter January 24, 2007 in a traffic accident. She was my only child and I had her when I was 18 years old. I just lost her father in 2004 and had been married to him for 36 years. I am so depressed and empty inside and like many others have sought counseling from my minister and a regular counselor and I am a Christian and know that God does not make mistakes but I cannot seem to pull myself out of this pain and sorrow. All of my joy is gone from my life! I have prayed so many times for peace but cannot seem to get it. What hurts so bad is putting up a front like I am happy because people at work do not understand and I don't want to bring others down with my grief. They are not comfortable talking or listening to me talk about my sorrow so I hold it inside until I am alone. That hurts to not be able to talk about it ever to anyone. They think I should be over it by now but I am in such pain I cannot stand it. Please pray for me that I can learn to live with this and can be happy again. I am praying for all of you that have lost children because I know the pain that you feel!

2/24/2008 14:42

Hello LindaE and a very warm welcome to this Circle of Love, but like all of us, very sorry for the reason why.
It hasn't been very long since you lost your precious daughter, you need time and lots of it to get beyond the 24/7 pain that we all know so well. Your own time, not someone elses idea of how long you need. Right now you're experiencing that raw, biting pain that affects you mind, body and soul.
I don't know how Moms do it, who have to return to work or have younger children to look after, and have to hold their grief in, which is about the worst thing one can do. It has to come out, so I'm happy that you're talking to your Minister and a Counsellor. Yes, around others we call it putting 'our mask' on for them, they've of course moved on and we're still hurting and grieving, experiencing emotions we didn't even know we had, our world as we once knew it has changed forever. I'm so sorry too about the loss of your husband, I pray you have other family members you can turn to for support as well.
I know you won't believe me right now, when people told me this I thought they didn't have a clue over what they said to me, but in time, your pain won't be 24/7, you will experience joy again, in a different way, and you'll learn how to live with your loss. Next month it will be nine years for me and truthfully I didn't think I'd make it during those first few years..but with the Grace of God and support, people praying for me, here I am, I've learned how to live with the loss of my Shane. Everyday he's on my mind and I miss him always, but I can smile now and laugh, appreciate the beauty of a sunset, all in a different way, and one day you'll be able to do the same.
For now though, just take it one minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time, and let your grief and pain out.
This Circle is a very safe haven to do so too, there is no judging here, only support, love, understanding and prayer. So please post anytime, only those of us who've experienced this unique loss truly understand.
Love, Prayers & Hugs,

2/24/2008 19:48

I reiterate what Shaner said, You will always be welcome here and you have to know that if you are at your lowest and you just want to vent your feelings we will listen with our hearts and read and cry with you as needed, because that is what we do. Continue to get counseling but always remember that there are many who share your pain. The healing will come I just lost my son 9/1/07 and I am not fully recovered either, so pray, cry , talk screem anything that you have to do to get by day to day, Do not forget to Pray because God always hears our prayers and answers them when the time is right. I know that it feels like your co-workers may not understand, when all actuallity they do not know what to say so it is better not to say anything. This is sad but before we were Christians, how would we have resoponded? I know that I was stand offish because I did not know what to say. We will pray that God gives you the strength that you need for each new day and maybe he will send you someone special who can talk the love language that you need for each day. I pray that God will heal you completely
Love in Christ

2/27/2008 21:48

my heart, my soul and my tears
flow with you.. i lost a lil girl in 83
no words can take your pain away , the lord will ease it in time and one day we will know why our children went first. i wait for the day of seeing her again, as should you and know they hold your place in heaven for you
hugs n faith

2/28/2008 02:19

Dear Linda E,

I am so sorry to read about the loss of your husband in 2004, and then the loss of your 37 year old daughter on January 24, 2007. Hubby and I have also been married for a long time; 48 years. Losing a spouse after being together for so many years has to have a grief all it own. I can only imagine how difficult that has to be to deal with. However, I can and do relate so very much to the kind of indescribable grief and pain you are experiencing as the result of losing your beloved daughter so suddenly and without warning. When I read your post, my heart ached for you and my mind went back in time. I lost my 36 year old daughter, Diane, on August 31, 1996 as the result of a chain reaction crash involving 2 cars, 2 pick -up trucks, and drunk driving. She was the front seat passenger in one of the cars. The news of her death literally took my breath away, and I felt I no longer wanted to live for a long, long time. I couldn’t even pray for a long while and felt so angry at God for allowing my child to die. But, God understood, and helped me through those dark trying times. Although I made it through the anger, the 24/7 grief and pain, with Gods help and the help of those He sent into my life, there are still moments when I feel I just don’t want to go on. There are also moments when I feel my daughter will come walking through the door at any moment. Thank God, I now know that those moments will pass, and I am able now to go on, but in a different much way. I also went back to work and had to deal with the co-worker thing. That was so very difficult; although I came to understand their actions, reasoning , and sometimes “silly” comments. Many who were close associates before my loss seemed at times to avoid me or acted as though they expected me to go on just as if nothing had happened. I still have family and friends who have no idea that I think about my daughter daily even after all this time; especially on special days. But , as Sandy often remind us, the grief and pain experienced those first few years do in time - and lots of it - settle into a quiet sadness. Also like Sandy, when others who had made it through the beginning stages told me that the pain would not always be so intense, I did not believe them. But in my own time, thank God, I found it to be true. My biggest struggle in the beginning stages of my loss was thinking I wanted to die, when what I really wanted was to stop hurting so deeply; and find a way to deal with what I was feeling - sometimes - on a minute by minute basis. Fortunately, I learned somewhere along the way that I would never get beyond my loss, and that was okay. Once I stopped trying to get over it, and began to accept my loss and let my grief and pain out, I found that my grief and pain slowly became easier to bear and my shattered heart began to heal. I agree with all my heart with what Sandy, Joyce, and jj have already so eloquently shared. Just know in your heart that you are loved, you are among others who have been there, who care and can relate to where you are right now, and what you are feeling on your grief journey. The loss of your hubby and daughter are still so recent; God love you. May it help to know you are not alone! Know also that we are here for you and praying 24/7 asking our Lord and Savior to give you peace and ease your grief and pain; minute by minute, daily.

God’s peace and blessings,

2/28/2008 02:53

Sandy, I know you understand! :) I feel so sad sometimes because I an no longer post daily for many reasons; but as always, my prayers for all who have lost a beloved child are ongoing, always! My prayers are already going up for you and Cindy for your shared special date coming up next month. I know there are others, but must check my special date list. I can't miss though, 'cause my heartfelt prayers are said for all who have lost a beloved child no matter how recent or long ago. And I know all my angel sisters pray likewise. God bless you "Chief Angel Mom} :) You do your Shane and God proud! Pleas take care and don't overdo! :)
Much love and angel hugs,
Verna/aka LOVE2U/MissV

PS: Sandy, as you and Selva may remember, my niece, Lea, found me trough this circle of love. :) Since Katrina, however, I have lost touch with her. So, every now and then, I post my old username hoping she might come here and know that LOVE2U is now MissV :) No doubt she may have tried to reach me at my old AOL email address; but we know what happened to that don't we! Ha-ha! Right Selva? :) As Mother Dear use to say ... Lord, help me! :)

2/28/2008 03:05

carrieann - What a beautiful poem! It's not often that one who has not lost a child can express what we feel so deeply in our hearts. Thanks sooo much for sharing. May God bless you and yours in any way that you need blessing.
God's peace and blessings,

2/28/2008 03:21

I cam across a poem I wrote some time ago. I dedicate this poem to all our angel moms with special dates in March.

An Angel Mom’s Special Day

Special days are always hard
But even though we are far apart
We always know within our hearts
We share each others pain ...

No matter whether night or day
We never will forget to pray
That God will help us bear our grief
Throughout our special days

Though special days will come and go
There is always one thing that we know
Our Lord provides the help we need
As we go along our way

We know that God is on our side
Our special day needs He will provide
Within His grace we shall abide …
Until our work is here through

We therefore hold on to His hand
As we travel through this troubled land
With our children someday
Before His throne we will stand
Oh … What a Special Day that will be!

By: Verna R. Clay
From: Prayers & Poetry for the Bereaved
All Rights Reserved
Written Dec. 20, 2005
4:00 AM

2/28/2008 03:28

Y'all I'll try to get back to read some more and post to others soon. :)God's peace and blessings,

2/28/2008 19:12

God love you dear Miss V, its always so terrific to see you posting! I know you never forget about us, and I hope you're taking good care of yourself! Trust me, if your niece posted again, I'd definitely let you know right away......thank you for your prayers, yes, my Shane's Anniversary is coming up and so is Cindys Kristina's.
You know I love your poem, :-)
Love ya Miss V, always,

3/1/2008 20:10

Lisa (LisaLou862): Aaron Mar. 2, 1983(BD)
Yvonne (dovesfromheaven): Joseph(Joe) Mar. 7, 1975(BD)
Cindy (cindys1021): Kristina Mar. 15, 2001(HD)
Sandy (shaner): Shane Mar.15, 1999(HD)
(kagan) Kagan Raylynn Price 3/16/04 (BD)
Charlene: (granddaughter) Carey Grace Mar. 18, 1994(BD)
Kathy (KPETERSEN): Wes Mar. 25, 1982(BD)
Alexandra (mis4mary): Kristian Mar. 26, 1980(BD)
Charlene: (havelost4): (grandson) Michael Mar. 27, 1989(BD & HD)

3/1/2008 20:12

Lisa (LisaLou862): Aaron Mar. 2, 1983(BD)
Yvonne (dovesfromheaven): Joseph(Joe) Mar. 7, 1975(BD)
Cindy (cindys1021): Kristina Mar. 15, 2001(HD)
Sandy (shaner): Shane Mar.15, 1999(HD)
(kagan) Kagan Raylynn Price 3/16/04 (BD)
Charlene: (granddaughter) Carey Grace Mar. 18, 1994(BD)
Kathy (KPETERSEN): Wes Mar. 25, 1982(BD)
Alexandra (mis4mary): Kristian Mar. 26, 1980(BD)
Charlene: (havelost4): (grandson) Michael Mar. 27, 1989(BD & HD)

3/1/2008 22:32

I would like to offer a prayer for all of you who will be celebrating one of the special days in the month of March. Although I have only been through one birthday and Heaven date since Emily joined Jesus in Heaven, I know they are tough and I'm sure they will continue to be for a long time.

Even over a year and a half after losing Emily, I still struggle with overwhelming sadness at times. It seems like my ability to bounce back from the little bumps in the road just isn't there any more. Everything just hits me harder than it would have before and I just don't recover as quickly.

One of the major bumps in the road I am dealing with is the fact that my dad has cancer, and he's changing chemo because the old stuff stopped helping. He's getting weak and has lost his appetite, and it's tough to watch him go through all this. The cancer he has isn't considered common, and there isn't a cure for it. The doctors just do what they can to control the cancer and lengthen his life as much as possible. The prospect of losing him is with me constantly, and it keeps bringing me back to that horrible time when Emily died, and that isn't somewhere I really want to go.

I didn't plan to go into this much detail when I started my post, but since I did I will add that any prayers you can offer for my dad will be much appreciated.

On a much more positive note, I am thankful for the 15 years I got to have Emily in my life, and if God gave me the choice to relive my life without having Emily or having her for 15 years and losing her, I wouldn't hesitate in accepting the pain for the joy of having had her in my life. I will be forever grateful for holding her in my arms for 15 years, and holding her in my heart forever.


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