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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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5/10/2002 00:55

Hi Sandy:) ~ I have missed being able to post to you and all the other moms. I hope to have the computer problems cleared up soon. I knew all of you would agree with my post to Tammy. She is such an inspiration to all of us. And so are all the other moms! :) As I told God, in my prayer, we are so blessed to have each other; especially during these special days. I pray that all is well with you, and that God will continue to bless you in every way. Your really are "The wind beneath our wings!" I know I speak for all the wonderful moms when I say, "We love you, and Lord knows we thank you for all the love and compassion that you give to each of us on an ongoing basis.:) I know in my heart and soul that God placed it on your heart to start this prayer circle in tribute to your Shane. :) I also know that you had no idea how many moms would need this circle. :) But, then, we know that's how faith works!:) God doesn't always tell us the reason or the purpose, but if we trust Him, He will provide the answers to everything, in His on time! We love you Sandy, and pray that God will continue blessing you today, and in the days, months, and years ahead!

5/10/2002 08:29

Dear Father in Heaven,
Thank you for everything and for this prayer circle of friends that we all have a common bond with even though we've never seen each other. Lord Jesus, I come before Your throne and ask for You to gently comfort each grieving Mom's heart here today as we come to one of the most meaningful days to be celebrated "Mother's Day". Lord You know how hard it is for us on this day when our child is missing even though most of us still have other children. Each child has a special place in our hearts and no one can ever take their place. Help us Lord to be at peace on this day Sunday as we think so tenderly of our child. It's so hard for our husbands too and their brothers and sisiters. Please continue Your Peace and Comfort upon their broken hearts of their loved ones. Help each family represented here at this loving prayer circle to find joy in spending time with other family members on this day while fondly reminiscing about their missing loved one. Dear Lord , I also ask you to be with those who have recently lost a child for their pain is immense beyond belief right now. Comfort them and give your Peace in their hearts and hold them close to You and let them know in some way as You have for many of us that You are with them in their darkest time. Now Lord, I ask that you wrap Your loving Arms around each of our Children and tell them how much we love them. Thank You Father God. I Love You!
Your Daughter, Yvonne<><

5/10/2002 09:39

Hello Verna and Yvonne, it's so nice to see you both posting again, and such beautiful prayers from you both. Sunday will be a difficult day for us all, we'll always have that missing spot, that 'missing' chair at the table, and oh, how we long to have our children back, just for a while.
Do something special to mark Mother's Day for yourself, whether it's just lighting a candle in honour of your child at the table, or writing a letter to your child, pouring out your heart to him/her. Sometimes doing something tangible can help us with our sadness, especially on these very special days.
I pray for all Moms here, that we treasure the children we still have, and hold close our wonderful memories of our child who is now in Heaven, but still with us in spirit. I know that the love and prayers of this Circle will help us all through, but if you feel like crying, you go right on ahead!
I pray especially for those Moms who will experience their first Mother's Day without their beloved child with them, may God's graces and our prayers carry you through the day. Spend it in whatever way makes you feel better, there are no steadfast rules when you're a mom in grief. We're going to let some helium filled balloons go at sunset for our Shane, that's my way of making the day a little less painful, and at the same time, remembering all the wonderful Mothers Day's that I did spend with him. May God bless you all, wonderful, sweet Moms, and hold you close on Sunday,
Luv Sandy

5/10/2002 18:16


5/10/2002 18:53

Hello Debby, it's so nice to see you posting again, and thank you for your lovely prayer. What a beautiful thing for Michael to do, make a Valentine's Day card for you and tell you how much he loved you, from his heart! I know how much that card must mean to you especially now, and how much you do cherish it. My Shane gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for the last Mother's Day we shared, and also wrote the most beautiful note on it, and I pull it out every now and then when I'm feeling sad, and reread it, just the same as you probably do with your Valentine's Day card. These memories no one can take from us, they keep our love connected to our child, and how sweet those memories and that love is! I hope and pray that you have a peace-filled Mother's Day Debby, and that God's love touches your heart as well as Michael's. God bless you sweetie, our prayers are with you too,
Luv Sandy

5/11/2002 08:44

To all my wonderful Moms here at this Circle, I pray that tomorrow, Mother's Day, you spend it exactly the way you wish too, in whatever way and manner that makes you feel the best. If you'd just rather skip the day, that's OK too, do whatever it takes to make the day more bearable for you, there are no rules when we're grieving the loss of one of our beloved children. We'll probably shed some tears for our child that is no longer physically with us, and that's OK too. Spend the day however you want, and perhaps as I mentioned in another post, doing something to honour the life of your child will help you through the day. Light a candle, visit the gravesite, write a letter to your child, all of these things tangibly help us to get through the day. Talk about your child with family members, remembering all the wonderful Mother's Days that you did spend together. I know it will still be a difficult day, I love and pray for all of you, you're all so very special to me, and together we will get through it. May God fill you with peace tomorrow, and may you also feel a spiritual hug from your 'Angel'. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you, much love,
Luv Sandy

5/11/2002 17:19

To all of my friends at this site:
I only have time for a quick note and I am sorry for that. I have a lot of catching up to do and unfortunately that will have to wait.
There was a major water line break on our street. The water company has no idea how long it will take to fix it. It has already been 2 days. My husband won a contest at work several months ago for a week in the executive suite at the Hurstbourne Hotel here in Louisville, so we decided to cash in on that so that we could shower, flush the toilet, wash clothes, etc. It has been kind of nice (almost like a vacation that we have been unable to take for 2 1/2 years).
But then, my grandmother ended up back in the hospital again. It does not seem good. She was unconcious when my aunt found her. They are rerunning all kinds of tests that they already have and running some more.
I am sorry, I just have no time right now for anything. I feel like I am always running. Between working 6:30am till 2:30pm, getting home (or to the hotel), getting the kids because my husband works night shift so that we don't need daycare, and driving back and forth to Indiana, I just am exhausted.
Please forgive me for not keeping up with my posts. I pray a lot more now than I ever have. And you all are included in my prayers. You mean so much to me. This site and the people that I have met here have become my rock and my refuge. I come here when I feel sad. I receive comfort. I come here when I feel happy, so that I may spread some happiness to those who may need a "lift".
Anyway, thank you all for all that you do for me and my family. It means a great deal. I only hope that I can help you feel a fraction of the comfort and peace that you all offer me.
I love you all and will post again when I can.
Love always,
Tammy Cooper

I know that Mother's Day may not be the happiest of moments for many of you, but please know that you are all special people that mean a great deal to a lot of people. I pray that this day you will feel love and comfort and peace in your life. I will say a prayer to all of you on this special day because you are all so special to me. Thank you again.

5/11/2002 19:00

Hello Tammy, I'm so sorry to hear that things aren't going very well for you and your family right now, you and they are in our prayers, and especially your grandmother, may God restore her health.
Don't worry about this Circle, you have enough on your plate right now to be worrying about posting here, we all know that you love and pray for us, and we do the same for you. I hope and pray that things get back to normal for you all, quiet back down, and that your Grandmother's health problems are resolved. God bless you sweeite, we love you too and pray for you and your's. Happy Mother's Day to you,
Luv Sandy

5/11/2002 19:39

To all of the wonderful people at this site. There is a memorial site for Chasity Cooper here at beliefnet. I ask that you visit this site and leave your prayers and comfort for this family. They have not yet found us, but I pray that they will. I came across it while trying to make a memorial for my husband's grandmother.
Please let this mother know how much we care and pray for her and her family.
Love always,
Tammy Cooper

5/12/2002 09:44

Hello Tammy, thank you for steering us onto another Mom in pain, I too pray that she finds this Circle, and that our love and prayers for her will help her on her own Journey of Grief. God bless you for posting about it here, and have a wonderful Mother's Day,
Luv Sandy

5/12/2002 10:33

Hello to all you Moms!I pray that you have some peace in your heart today, and that you are able to embrace your family. It's been difficult for me the last few days, and I'm just trying to get through. I'll be okay but these holidays are tough. I miss my mother and I miss my son. My mood is edgey and for that I'm sorry, especially for my husband. He tries to help but doesn't know what to do either. So he kind of stays away in the other room or outside. I know he doesn't like to see me this way, but this is how it is sometimes. I'm sure some of you can relate. I pray that God will help us all through these difficult days, and our loved ones as well. I pray that the pain will be lessened for all of us, and we can be happy with our families again. I know that is what our children would wish for us.
To those of you that have lost your mother, that in itself is also difficult on this day. I pray that you have found all the great memories with your Mom, to comfort you on this day. My mom was a special, caring woman that made me so proud and taught me so much! I hope she and Jason are together today!
My love to you all! You are all in my thoughts and my prayers! God Bless!

y love to you all

5/12/2002 10:39

Dear Tammy, I'm sorry you are having a rough time right now. I sure hope things get better for you and your family very soon. I hope your grandmothers health improves also. I will keep you and your family in my prayers! You are aways special to all of us here in Shane's prayer circle.
Love to you, Barbara

5/12/2002 10:47

Sandy, as always my thoughts will be with you and your family today! I think your plan of releasing the balloons is great, and Miranda and I will do that as well. We will remember Jason and Shane in our prayers as well as all the other sons and daughters that can't be with their mothers and families today. My love to you, Barbara

5/12/2002 10:49

I'm sorry about the space between the posts. I'm not sure why that happened.
Love, Barbara

5/12/2002 10:58

Sandy, I've also been meaning to thank-you for visiting Jasons' other memorial site and your lovely post there. I saw that a little over a week ago and forgot to mention it until I was there again today. Thankyou for all you do! Love,Barbara

5/12/2002 15:07

Hi Barbara, it's so nice to see you posting, especially today, thinking of others in your own pain. I'm sorry that you're having a bad time of it lately, I am also, I miss my mother and my Shane so much too, and Mother's Day just seems to make it even more the emptier. I know, it's hard on our families when we're down like this, they want to help, but they don't know how, so sometimes it's best to just be alone, let us work it out for ourselves.
Oh, I'm so thrilled that you and Miranda will be letting balloons go also, I know that Jason and Shane will 'reach out' and grab them, sent with much love from their moms! It was my privilege to post at Jason's wonderful site, it's a very beautiful one also, lovingly created by his wonderful mom. I had never heard of that site before, it's a very wonderful way of honouring a much loved one's memory. When we release our balloons, I'll be thinking of you and Jason, and send up some prayers with them for you and your's. God bless you too, Barbara, and may He also give you some peace. Much love,
Luv Sandy

5/14/2002 12:17

Hello wonderful moms, I pray that you all got through Mother's Day without too much pain, and that you remembered all your wonderful memories of Mothers Days past with your beloved child. And I also pray that you created some new memories with those of you who still have children. All of these special days are very hard on us, but we get through them, with the help of others, and with the help of God. We let out balloons go at sunset, and it gave me a tremendous amount of peace doing that, and brightened up what was a hard day.
My continued love and prayers for you all,
Luv Sandy

5/14/2002 21:44

hello to all! i know mother's day was an especially hard day for most of you and i pray that God is providing you with peace during this holiday time. i hope all of you are doing well and i am praying for you all! mindy :)
"when I choose to put my eyes on the Lord, not my situation, God will take me through the problem!" Charles Stanley

5/15/2002 08:02

Hello Everyone, I hope everyone had as good a Mother's Day as they could. I was thinking of each of you Sunday. It was a sad day no doubt for everyone. My children couldn't come home at all, so we went to church and to our surprise another couple invited us over to their home for dinner. It was different for us to do something like that on Mother's Day, but it was ok too. We enjoyed our time together. So, I did get through the day just like any other day, they are all hard. Lately I've been doing alot of gardening and that brings me much peace in my heart to plant and then to watch them grow. I've seen many doves this year more than last year or the year before. God continues to increase them for me!!! I'm grateful to Him for that. To others it probably seems normal to have them around, but I have to tell you that before my Joseph died I never saw a dove around here. So that's why they are ever so special to me. I know without a doubt that is god sending them to bring me peace and to let me know that Joe is with Him! so that is my constant reminder to never doubt.
Dear Lord, I ask you to continue Your comfort to all our grieving hearts today. I ask You to bless each Mom here and let them know how special they are in Your sight. Thank You Lord for the gifts of love You continue to give me and others to help us cope with the loss of our precious son/daughter. I love You Jesus. In Jesus Name, Amen. God Bless each one of you Moms!
Love, Yvonne<><

5/15/2002 08:33

Dear Debby (deborahpoo), I wanted to tell you Debby how special that was that your Michael made that Valentine's card for you. It will be your comfort to hold onto forever. It's a part of your son that is yours to keep and to remember him by always. I was taken by the fact that he could draw because my Joseph was also an artist. He drew this pencil picture of that famous hotel where the movie "The Shining" was filmed out in Colorado. The first movie had Jack Nicholson in it. He was fascinated with those kind of movies. Anyway, 5 weeks before his death we all went on a trip out to Las Vegas to our oldest son's wedding. We all flew out except Joe. He drove with a couple of friends. They came to that hotel and took pictures. Just a few days before his death, he came home from work one night and to unwind he would draw. He drew that hotel from a photo he had taken. It was a striking resemblance. It was so detailed we just all marveled at it. My husband and other son found it the day after his death on his desk when they went to pick up some things of his for the funeral. Needless to say that drawing has come to mean a great deal to each one in our family. The next year for Christmas I had copies made of it and I had them all framed professionally for his brothers and sister and us. That was our Christmas gift from Joe that year. They all cried, it meant so much to them and we all have that picture hanging in our living rooms. What a gift! He also was in the process of writing two books. He was very talented and wanted to be an English teacher. I feel so sad that he never got to be all of that. But he is to me and the rest of our family. He wrote many poems too and one that we found was so meaningful that my youngest son read it at his funeral and we also put part of it on his headstone. So he does live on in these special ways just for some comfort and peace for us. So just know that Michael's talent will be all that for you and more. He was a neat kid (and still is!), I can tell. And he loved (and still does!) you Debby as his Mom, so always treasure that in your heart. God Bless you Debby and may you have a good day today. I love you and am praying for you.
Love, Yvonne<><

5/15/2002 09:07

Hello Mindy (mej80), it's so nice to see you posting again, and thinking of us and sending us your prayers and kind thoughts. Mother's Day is a very hard one for us, but with the help of others and God, we make it through. Thank you for being one of those people! I love the quote at the end of your post, it's so true, isn't it. Prayers and love to you,
Luv Sandy

5/15/2002 09:17

Hello Yvonne, it's so nice to hear from you again too! I'm happy that you got through Mother's Day OK, that was nice that you and your husband spent it with another couple, hopefully it helped to take your mind off the day somewhat. I love gardening too, but unfortunately have to limit myself to container gardening, I bet your garden is so beautiful. I'm so happy for you that you've seen your doves again, I have no doubt that God does send them to you to remind you that your Joe is still with you and loves you very much, and knows how much you miss him. Isn't God awesome, He loves us so much! I read your post to Debby, that's so neat that Joe could draw also, and what a beautiful Christmas present to your family, to frame that picture that he drew. You all will treasure it dearly!
I imagine you're getting very busy now with your sewing and preparations for your son's wedding. But I'm happy that you find time for youself, I also love nature and find much peace in it. Thank you Yvonne, for your beautiful prayer for us all, and I wish the same for you, we all love you and wish peace for your heart today too. Continued love and prayers to you,
Luv Sandy

5/15/2002 19:09

hello hothoosier, my son loved to draw cartoons and he loved to work with children just like me. i work with special ed. children in a public elementary school. my son loved to have children over and would ask me if i would watch his friends so they could stay instead of going with thier moms. we always had kids at the house and still do with his brothers friends but i love it. he was never able to finish his dreams either. he wanted to go and get his GED and his friving liscence but his dream was taken away. i think that is why his brother hasn't gotten his liscence yet. we will not push him i was 21 when i finally got mine. i want to thank you for your prayers and thinking of me during this hard week. thank you and i will be thinking and praying for and your family.

luv debby

5/15/2002 19:14

dear dovesfromheaven, sorry i addressed my post to hothoosier by accident. thats what happens when you try to catch up.


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