While We're Waiting - Hope After Child Loss

While We're Waiting - Hope After Child Loss

This is a podcast FOR bereaved parents BY bereaved parents. Join your host, Jill Sullivan, as she talks with parents who have lost children of all ages to all types of circumstances. This is a podcast of stories ... stories of devastating loss and grief and heartbreak and struggle ... and stories of hope and healing and faith, and yes, even joy. Underlying every conversation will be the hope we have in Jesus Christ, which makes it possible to not just survive the loss of a child, but to live well while we're waiting to see them again in Heaven one day. Visit our website at www.WhileWereWaiting.org for more information about our nonprofit ministry to bereaved parents.

Episodes

November 30, 2022 33 min

I’m pleased today to introduce you to my friend Leslie Harder.  Leslie joined me to record this episode on what would have been her son William’s 39th birthday.  William went to Heaven suddenly and unexpectedly in August of 2016, just five days after the death of Leslie’s mother.  In our conversation today, she shares about that experience and how God walked with her through those early days of grieving both her son and her mother....

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On this, our fourteenth Thanksgiving season since Hannah left us for Heaven, I wanted to share some thoughts about the early years of my grief and how God has brought healing over time.  Sometimes offering thanksgiving is a sacrifice ... Actually, I believe it's always a sacrifice for a grieving parent.   When you've been deeply, deeply hurt and disappointed with life, it costs something to be grateful.  Yet when we recogni...

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November 16, 2022 67 min

I’m pleased today to introduce you to my new friend, Moria Rooney, also known as Mother of Wilde.  Moria has a beautiful testimony of “praising Him anyway” even in the midst of loss. Settle in and listen as she shares the stories of her precious babies … two in Heaven and one with her here … and how she has grappled with deep questions of faith on her journey.  We also discuss pregnancy after loss and the beautiful ministry she and...

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November 9, 2022 64 min

"Wherever you are, be all there."   This was the motto of Kim's son Timothy, and he truly lived it out ... traveling to countries all over the world, parachuting, scuba diving, and flying his airplane.  All these things could have combined to make his mom nervous, but she rested in the knowledge that Timothy was indestructible until his purpose was finished.  When she got the news that his plane had gone down in a rural...

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November 2, 2022 57 min

My friend Kim Allison is the mother of nine children ... five "on the ground", as she likes to say, and four in Heaven.  She joins me on the podcast today to share the stories of her three babies, Benjamin, Jeremiah, and Jordan.  We discuss the struggles she experienced as she endured these multiple losses, including guilt, bargaining, anger, and the desperate trust in God that developed as she laid up these treasures in He...

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Becky Carpenter joins me again today for a rich discussion of issues faced by bereaved parents, including parenting surviving children, navigating grief as husband and wife, dealing with the dreaded "things people say", and how to face the holidays, as well as our children's birthdays and Heaven Days.  She also shares how God called her to start One Day Closer ministries and how He is using it to bring a message of hope...

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My friend Becky Carpenter likes to introduce herself as a "dysfunctional servant for Jesus".   She joins me on the podcast today to share how the sudden loss of her 15-year-old daughter Skylar jarred her from a place of complacency in her faith to a Christian who seeks God's face.  She describes how He met her at the scene of Skylar's accident and assured her of His presence, and how He has carried her since that te...

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Steve and Heather Colvin are my guests again today as we continue our discussion of infant loss and its impacts on a family.  When their daughter AnnaJoy was born at 27 weeks gestation and went to Heaven one short week later, they found themselves on a journey they never would have chosen.  Today they share some thoughts for other moms and dads who have recently experienced infant or womb loss, including a discussion of the immense...

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October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month, and I’m joined on the podcast today by my new friends Steve and Heather Colvin, the founders of AJ’s Place, a nonprofit organization that works to bring healing and hope to families who have been struck by the tragedy of infant and womb loss.  In the first half of this two-part episode, they share the story of their precious daughter AnnaJoy, who was born at 27 weeks gestation a...

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Today’s episode is a continuation of my conversation with Ron and Nan Deal.  Ron is a Director with FamilyLife, the author of more than a dozen resources, and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Nan is a teacher with over 25 years of experience in public and private schools and she also volunteers in a recovery ministry. Ron and Nan travel and speak all over the country on marriage and the loss of a child, and I am grateful t...

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One of the topics that frequently arises at our While We’re Waiting Weekends is the impact that child loss can have on the marriage relationship … so we’ve brought some folks who are very knowledgeable about that subject onto the podcast today!  My friends Ron and Nan Deal have been married since 1986 and have three sons. Ron is a Director with FamilyLife, the author of more than a dozen resources, and a licensed marriage and famil...

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I’m excited today to introduce you to my friend Celeste Helcel, who has so much wisdom to share after three decades of missing her son Klint.  When Klint went to Heaven in 1991, support systems for bereaved parents really did not exist.  There were no cell phones, no internet, no Facebook groups for grieving parents, and certainly no podcasts.  The handwritten notes and cards she received during those early years were a lifeline to...

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Welcome to episode #114, which is a continuation of my conversation with my friend Becky Russell as we discuss a wide range of issues faced by parents who have experienced the loss of a child.  If you missed last week’s episode, you’ll want to be sure to back and listen to hear the story of her daughter Jae Lynn, who went to Heaven in 2004 due to a car accident. God has gifted Becky with a unique ability to share wisdom mixed with ...

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I’m so excited today to introduce you to my friend Becky Russell, who has been a personal mentor to me ever since my own daughter Hannah went to Heaven thirteen years ago.  Becky’s blog "Weepyseeds" was a lifeline to me in the early days of my grief and gave me hope that I could survive my loss.  In the first half of this two-part episode, Becky shares the story of her beautiful 16-year-old daughter Jae Lynn who died along ...

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Welcome back for the second half of my conversation with Chrisy Slate, whose son Caleb took his own life with absolutely no warning just as he was beginning his senior year of high school in 2019.  Today we expand our discussion to include some very practical issues faced by bereaved parents, particularly those who have lost children to suicide. Chrisy shares some encouraging words from her blog and talks about the Caleb Cares Proj...

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Chrisy Slate joins me today to share the story of her remarkable son Caleb, who died by suicide just as he was beginning his senior year of high school with absolutely no signs or indications of what he was about to do.  Chrisy is still in the thick of her grief, but she is beginning to see glimmers of beauty coming from the ashes of her loss.   I hope you'll listen in for a very honest and open discussion of teen suicide and i...

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Jason and Amy Carter are my guests again today as we continue our discussion of their book "Oaks and Ruins - Letting God Redeem Your Loss", which they wrote after the death of their daughter Katie Beth in the fall of 2016.   This book is based on Isaiah 61:3-4 and includes eight chapters brimming with wisdom and encouragement for grieving moms and dads.  Last week we talked about the first four chapters (Loss, Listen, Look,...

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Jason and Amy Carter join me today to share the story of their spunky ballerina Katie Beth and the book they have written about their experience as grieving parents, "Oaks and Ruins - Letting God Redeem Your Loss".  The book is based on Isaiah 61:3-4 and includes eight chapters brimming with wisdom and encouragement for hurting moms and dads.  Today we discuss the first four chapters:  Loss, Listen, Look, and Learn. 

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My husband Brad joins me on the podcast today to discuss what his role with the While We're Waiting ministry will look like now that he has retired after 31 years in public education.  We discuss the expansion of the While We're Waiting ministry across the nation and our gratitude that God continues to open up opportunities for us to meet more and more bereaved parents and hear the stories of their beautiful children.   We ...

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In this second half of my conversation with Charlotte Miller, we expand our chat to include a wide range of issues faced by bereaved parents, such as dealing with the dreaded “things people say”, saying "Yes" to the Lord (when we really want to say "No"), and how we can view all of our pain through the rosy-colored glasses of the cross.   You’ll also learn about the Helping Hurting Hearts Ministry and find out how i...

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