This picture was taken on my daughter's (Heather) 30th birthday on May 6, 2004.July 4, 2004, we celebrated the 4th of July holiday as a family with a cookout, swimming in Heather and Greg's pool, eating homemade ice cream and shooting off fireworks.July 14, 2004, ten days later, Heather died instantly in a car accident. July 31, 2004, 17 days later, Heather's family celebrated her and Greg's baby girl's (Cynthia) 1st birthday. Heather already had Cynthia's birthday party completely planned out. Heather had already filled out and addressed the invitations. So, we had Cynthia's birthday party just like Heather had planned and needless to say, it was bitter/sweet.It has been a long 16 years, but with the help of the Lord and Listening Hearts' Moms love and support, I am doing pretty good. I miss her every day and will until the day I go to heaven to be with her again!
I have been involved with this group from afar since it's beginnings. While I'm unable to attend meetings and meet personally, I see these wonderful bereaved mothers reaching out to care and nurture those who are newly bereaved. This is such an important role in society for people to belong to a group who have all 'been there' so know what the bereaved person is going through. This organisation is such a benefit to the community where they live, and through their social media involvement to other people like myself who can't be there in person.
I have known the founder of this group Debra, since it began, via website connections as I live outside the USA. We both lost our sons in similar circumstances.
I have watched it grow over the past 9 years or so, and while I am unable to be physically involved I find great comfort in seeing the amazing work they do among bereaved mothers and families. I love to see stories and pictures of their gatherings on their Facebook site. I also love the stories written by mothers giving inspiration to the newly bereaved who have embarked on this awful journey that none of us ever thought we would be on.
No-one wants to join this group but sadly there is always a need. Keep up the great work.
Thank you for the warm share of words and beautiful photo. It is hard to imagine walking this path without loving and caring mothers like yourself. Hugs!
My son passed on Feb. 14, 2019...a friend who lost her daughter told me about Listening Hearts...a group to share my grief, my pain, my stories, my memories...to share the life and my love of my son, and my struggles without him...Although I don't wish for any Mother to be a part of this group, I am thankful for the Mother's who understand what I am going thru...grief never goes away, we have to learn to live with it...my life has changed completely! I am no longer who I use to be, I am a Mother to an Angel Child...Andrew "Andy" Rowe "Forever 38" Mom, Connie McCulloch
The ladies at Listening Hearts are always ready to support each other, accepting of people who need time and space, yet willing to include us all. They understand because they live it.
Listening Hearts is a group that you pray you never have a need for, but are grateful if you do. Nobody imagines losing a child, but together make the journey a little easier. Being able to relate to others that have gone through what you are going through makes life just a little more bearable. No matter the reason, age or length of time this group is full of amazing women that help each other try to heal. Even if you dont want to share your feelings, being around others that know helps.
Great support system for a mom who has lost a child. There is no greater pain, but to connect with other who are going through the same is very helpful. Very welcoming group.
Thank you for being a part of that support system.
From participating to helping bring the next mom along, this group gave me clarity and wisdom to get through some of my hardest days. It’s so surreal to the pain and shock a person goes through in loosing a child. No one but another mom can understand. This group has been a life saver. I hold this group and newbies in prayer every day.
Caring is sharing, and that’s what we do for each other. As a mother of a child gone to soon, Listening Hearts was there and knew what I needed when I did not have a clue. As much as we hate having moms to join this group, we know we need each other because no one understands better than another bereaved mom.
Thank you, Jane, for your continued support.
This organization is great. I found it after losing my son. They have been a lifesaver to me. Can talk freely or not talk at all. No pushing you at all. It's a wonderful organization.
I lost my son Duncan 14 months ago. I just can't begin to tell you how very devastating it is to bury your child. I found Listening hearts and have been met by a group of moms that love one another and share their grief to help those struggling with loss. Every voice is important. Every idea is valued. Our children are remembered. Every heart has compassion.
This picture was taken on my daughter's (Heather) 30th birthday on May 6, 2004.
July 4, 2004, we celebrated the 4th of July holiday as a family with a cookout, swimming in Heather and Greg's pool, eating homemade ice cream and shooting off fireworks.
July 14, 2004, ten days later, Heather died instantly in a car accident.
July 31, 2004, 17 days later, Heather's family celebrated her and Greg's baby girl's (Cynthia) 1st birthday. Heather already had Cynthia's birthday party completely planned out. Heather had already filled out and addressed the invitations. So, we had Cynthia's birthday party just like Heather had planned and needless to say, it was bitter/sweet.
It has been a long 16 years, but with the help of the Lord and Listening Hearts' Moms love and support, I am doing pretty good. I miss her every day and will until the day I go to heaven to be with her again!
Our daughter, Heather Turner Lane, graduated from Carson Newman in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She did her student teaching at Seymour Primary. She had two interim positions at Seymour Schools after she graduated. She loved teaching and the kids so much; she wasn't really concerned about getting paid. The principal (I think it was Mr. Clark at the time) would have to remind her to come to the office and get her check.
Heather wasn't sure if she could have a baby because she was a very brittle diabetic, but at 29 weeks and 3 days into the pregnancy, Cynthia Lynn Lane was born on July 31, 2003 weighing in at 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Heather loved her baby girl more than life itself!
Heather was definitely planning on going back to teaching when Cynthia started school.
Heather was killed instantly in a car wreck on John Sevier Highway on July 14, 2004. We think she probably had a low blood sugar which caused the accident.
The good news in all this is that I know I will be with Heather again some day! But in the meantime, it sure is hard being away from her. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139:16, "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Everything that happens is all in God's control and I find a lot of comfort in that!
The Listening Hearts Moms have been a big part in helping me cope with my loss . Going to the meetings don't "fix" anything , but it sure is comforting to be with other Moms that understand! It's a safe place to share your feelings because no one will judge you for how you feel-----there's not a right or wrong way to grieve. You feel how you feel, but it's nice sometimes to say anything you want and it's OK!
On 7/20/17, our youngest son was killed in an auto accident. Our lives changed forever in an instant. I was struggling to just survive when a patient told me about Listenig Hearts. For the first time I met women who understood my pain. They accepted me, loved me, didn't judge me, and gave me hope. The road is long and hard but to travel with these women makes the journey so much better. I am ever grateful for Listening Hearts!
I joined Listening Hearts soon after the death of my daughter. It is a group you hope you never need but for us BEREAVED MOM'S it is a place for the brokenhearted Mom to share her story or just listen when it is to painful to talk about our loss. We all have a bond with each other, we cry,we hug and we listen to each Mom's story, we share pictures,we Love to share about our children who we will not see again on this earth. We need each other! But in order to stay an organization, it takes money. We need paper,stamps small books,and even butterflies for release,the list goes on and on. we need help. we need Listening Hearts in our lives to fight for survival.
Thank you, Nancy, for your sweet words of support. I especially appreciate your plug for donations. :)
I absolutely love this group of beautiful momma's who I can totally relate to. It has been such an encouragement to me. We have grown so close as friends. I have met a lot of moms who have shared their stories about their child/children that they have lost. Thank you and I love you all. You see I lost my youngest and only son on August 1, 2016. He was murdered.
Thank you, Pam, for your kind words.
Hi, my name is Pamela Ooten. I joined Listening Heart's in August of 2016.
You see my precious son Hop John was murdered and died in my arms on August 1, 2016. My son was my life, my heart, my baby boy, my prince, and my world. He left behind 2 of the most amazing little boys in whole world. My husband and I are raising them. My whole world fell apart on that horrible day when my son took his last breath and his beautiful heart stopped. This is a journey that I don't wish on any momma or daddy. I have a case in court due to the death of my handsome blue eyed baby boy. My son had a heart of gold, he was willing to give the shirt off his back to help someone, he never met a stranger. He had such a huge impact on a lot of people. He loved to help anybody that he met. He was an amazing artist, his oldest son Kevin, has taken on his daddy's skills at drawing. Here's a picture of my son.
Thank you for sharing your handsome son, Hop, with us. He will never be forgotten because he lives on in you, his 2 sons and all who knew him.
I love our Listening Hearts Moms! We are all on this journey together and it sure beats going it alone! Only another Mother can really understand the heartache of burying your child. For me, it has been 15 years on July 14. I hope I can help another Mom to know that it's OK to feel the way you feel. There's not a "right" or "wrong" way to feel. The other Moms are very loving and supportive. It is very hard sometimes to make that first step to come to a meeting, but I feel sure as a bereaved Mom, you will be glad that you did!
We appreciate the way you care for others.
This is the best support group ever! My 30-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident 11 years ago. The mother's that come to the meetings are like my sister's - they are loving, supportive and caring. They can say, "I know how you feel," and they really do!
Thank you Cynthia for your kind words. We all need each other on this journey.
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Listening Hearts is the most wonderful, caring, giving organization I have ever experienced . Only another mother who has lost a child can know the pain and hopeless feelings a mother experiences after such a loss. The support, understanding and love I have received at these meetings helped me cling to my sanity, and see that there is hope for a life, although different, after losing both my children!
Our hearts ache as one. Thank you for the kind and supportive words in the mist of your own double grief.
Listening Hearts has been a blessing to me following the passing of my son. The love and compassion of this group has helped me and so many others to breathe and take one day at a time. Nothing will bring our loved one back but the inspiration helps to get through the darkest moments. Thank you.
They have been there for me so much since I lost my son last year. At times I didnt think anyone was there they were all there and so compassionate and caring. They have helped me get up and go with all the love they show each member. Thanks for all you do. Herbies Mom.
You are most welcome, Herbie's mom. We are honored to have you share your journey with us.
I lost my 23 year old son to a car accident two years ago. It hasn’t been easy to get through. The group of Moms that meets monthly with Listening Hearts not only provides support it is a group of women that all share a common bond. We have all suffered a great loss, one that no one else could ever imagine unless they themselves have gone through it. By coming together just to talk, work on a remembrance craft or just to sit and listen to others share their experience is often enough to help the grieving Mom get through another day. So glad that I found this group and I now belong as I no longer have to travel this journey alone.
We are beyond sorry about the death of your son. We are in this together. Thank you for the kind words of support.
We lost our son in September 2018 to an accidental fentanyl overdose. This sight has been wonderful for me hearing other Mom's stories. This is my favorite picture of the two of us. He was a wonderful. funny person and I miss him everyday! Coleman Alexander McJunkins.
Angie, Your son, Coleman Alexander, is so handsome. I am touched by his kind smile.
I lost my son May 10th of this year. The pain associated with this grief is unbearable. I love this group because I can say what I need to say. I can miss my son and have others be comforting. Thank you for this ministry. I know it's one you wouldn't have chosen but I am so glad I am not alone. Duncan's mom.Almost 21.
Carmen, We wish no mother ever had to walk this road, but we are glad we have each other. Thank you for the kind words.
My son "Kevin" passed away on May 3rd 2018. Thanks to Listen Hearts this past year. My God Bless everyone involved with this group.
We are so very sorry about your precious son, Kevin. We will hold you in our hearts especially with the first anniversary approaching. We are glad you found us and thank you for sharing.
We lost our oldest son unexpectedly on February 3, 2013, he was just 20 years old and had just turned 20 the end of December. You never expect that you will lose a child it's just not the natural order of the way that life is supposed to play out. Losing Colin was really hard on our family it left us as a family of 4 instead of a family of 5. It was incredibly difficult for our other son because the boys are just 1 day shy of 19 months apart and they were each other's best friend. It was very scary for our daughter she was just 13 and was afraid to sleep by herself because she was afraid of dying like her brother had. So she slept with us for several months. It was during that time while on Facebook that I found out about this group Listening Hearts. It was here in this group where I now found others who got it and understood my pain. I could go onto this page and I could vent about anything and there was always someone there who would respond to my post with empathy over my feelings. That first year is really rough trying to get through all the firsts without your child and for me it was so hard come December because we had our first Christmas without Colin then just 4 days later was his first birthday celebrated in heaven then you have New Years Eve which was really hard because I was leaving behind my son in 2013 which was where the last memories were with him and I was moving into 2014 with no new memories to be made with him and then came his 1 year angel day on February 3rd, but I had already been stressing about it since the first of the year. It was such a hard time from December through February but having this group to go to and talk with others about my feelings really helped me to know that what I was experiencing was normal. Especially having others who were further into their grief journey, they assured me that it would get better it would never be easy, I would never get over losing Colin but the pain lessen and not be as raw as it was at that time. They were right it has gotten easier some days are better then others the pain never goes away but I have learned to live with it even when I want fall apart and crumble I am still able to be strong for my family and that is because I have other parents that I have been able to draw strength from through this group, they have helped me to get through some tough patches in the past 5 years and I know that they will always be there when I need to vent with compassion and understanding and no judging.
We are so sorry you have this need, but glad you found us. It is an honor to have you share Colin with us. We all need one another and we appreciate the way you reach out to help others.
I lost my daughter 28 days after Brittanys 28th birthday. By this time people went on with their lives and when Brittanys 29th birthday came a simple gesture of a birthday card for my daughters birthday absolutely is the most beautiful acknowledge of being a mother to my daughter. Until you lose a child small things to acknowledge that your child existed and you are there mother is heartfelt
We are so sorry that your beautiful and precious daughter, Brittany, went before you. Thank you for the warm words of support.
Thank you, Rene. Brittany will live on in the hearts of all who knew her and those who see her now through you.
Listening hearts is a great organization for mothers that have lost their children. They contacted me right after my daughter passed away and have remained in contact ever since. They always reach out with a card during difficult times such as my daughters birthday or Mother’s Day just to let me know that they're thinking about me. The rest of the world may forget our loss but listening hearts does not.
Kathy, We are sorry you need a group such as ours, but glad to have each other. Thank you for the warm words.
Wonderful group of moms that care so much for each other.
Thank you for giving back to the other moms.
Such a fantastic group. I feel comfort and strength from each Mom that attends our meetings. Loosing a child is something that can not be explained in words, but our actions of love for one another gives great support.
We appreciate moms like you who reach back to another mom just beginning her journey. We could not do this without volunteers like you.
Listening Hearts founder Debra Reagan reached out to me through my son's obituary in 2008. My Carson was only 17 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, and well, it's truly every parent's nightmare to lose their child. I'm really not sure how I would have coped without this group, I went pretty early on. I was fortunate to have a large support group of friends and family but they just weren't equipped to deal with the grief of child loss. Listening Hearts group helped me to not feel so alone in this horrific journey and it was a wonderful place to share my feelings without judgement and only hugs and support. No need to explain the feelings here; only love and hugs and understanding. Equally important was getting to know other moms, some who were further along in their journey, and seeing them still breathing and living. I needed to see that; once you lose hope, you've really lost. This group gave me hope that I would be able to come out on "the other side". Changed, but alive.
Thank you, Reneau, for sharing your warm words of support.
After I lost my 17 year old son, I found this group, or I should say, this group found me, specifically Debra Reagan, through my son's obituary. I'm unsure how I could've made it through those early months, and beyond, without the support, love and friendship I found in this group. For a mother to lose her child has to be the most devastating thing that can happen. Friends were there for me, but honestly, finding a group of moms who travel this same journey helped me understand that so many of my feelings and thoughts were "normal" that I don't think my other friends were or are comfortable with. I am now five years into this journey and still find support as I need it in this group. I have made friends for life here.
At times I haven't been up to attending and I love that it's ok to feel that way and not judged. It's a group I am free to be me. It is a rollercoaster this journey and so glad to have my Listening Hearts moms there for me whether it's a meeting, on Facebook or in a phone call or email.
Reneau, I remember the expression of pain in your eyes when you first walked through the door. I am so thankful that something lead me to reach out to you through the obituary. I feel Carson is with you always and he will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing him with us.
I am so grateful for the sweet women I have met through Listening Hearts. By a miracle, their invitation to come to a meeting arrived at a moment when I was so crazy with grief that I would have tried anything. What a gift it has been to me in such a dark time! Every mom is free to be...happy, sad, crying, mad...just herself. And the women of Listening Hearts have helped teach me so much about what my new self will be--one that learns to carry great sadness and great love in the same heart
We are sorry that any mom must walk this journey, but glad you found us. We are honored to have you share your precious child with us. Your kind words bless our hearts.
This group has been a blessing to me . I remember and sometimes reflect on how it came about me being in the group!. I love ❤️ the group
Thank you, Janice. You are a blessing to other moms. Byron will not be forgotten.
Hello, My name is Janice Clay I lost my son in 2006 from a car accident. I remember when I first found out about the group I was at my son grave site and someone let an invite to a Mothers Luncheon and I'm thinking who left this should I not. Well I went and it was good for me. I really enjoy meeting with the ladies it has been really good for me. But 'm sorry we had to meet under these condition !! Listening Hearts
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Listening Hearts is a place for bereaved moms to find hope, understanding, comfort and love. It's a safe place for the wounded and broken hearted. I can share a particular subject regarding my child or dealing with family issues and it seems I always find a mom who has dealt with the same subject, willing to share her wisdom.We heal together and share our children in a beautiful, inspiring, way.
Thank you for your heart warming words of support.
My 13 year old son Tanner Jameson passe away from cardiac arrest in Maryville tn my life changed forever.. I became part of this group in which I could express how I felt in the grief journey and no one judged or critized me. Everyone just listened and you knew they cared because the one thing we all do have in common is that we all where grieving the loss of our child . It didn't matter how or age of there passing cause the pain of losing a child is the same .. we all grieve and handle the pain different ways for me I passed three state laws that are named after my child . I could speak freely with out people wanting to know more or say they knew me and my story all I got was loving response and and being able to say how the pain of loosing my child feels like yesterday . Thus group no matter what always recognized his anniversary and his birthday. I knew I could go to the site and some one was always there in seconds when you needed to talk ... This group is a safe haven for us moms and for most the only people who understand where we are and where we are going in the grieving process. .
We are sorry that we never got the opportunity to know your precious son, Tanner. We are honored that you share his memory with us. Thank you for the work you do to help others. Hugs.
It is hard to rate comfort, in the face of so much pain, but I give Listening Hearts 5 Stars just for that. I belong to a local grief support group but Shave a hard time expressing myself to them sometimes, or to anyone at times, and Listening Hearts has given me a safe place to be honest and emotional without fear of embarrassment or hurting anyone's feelings. I am so glad someone added me to, or suggested this group. The name really says it all.
We want to thank you for taking the time to provide this touching review. Thank you for reaching out to help yourself and others. Hugs
Another year has passed. Sometimes I feel like times go by so fast, then other times when I feel the loss of my daughter it is slow. It doesn't feel like my daughter would have been 26 years old her upcoming birthday. Time is slow when it comes to trying to mend my heart. I have meet so many grieving Moms. How I wish we did not have to meet at all. That life would not take our children before us. Life is definitely not fair to us. The moms I talk to have the same hole in their heart as I do mine. We have something in common that is unimaginable to others. Listening hearts is the perfect name for this organization as these Mom's open their hearts to the newer Mom's and make them feel like they are not along. Which is what they have done for me. I'm forever grateful.
Thank you for your kind words of support. We wish no mother had to walk this journey, but we feel blessed to have one another for support. Much love to you.
I recieved an email from the nonprofit link so it is time for me to write my review this year.
As I'm going into my 3rd year of the death of my daughter, Lisa, I have adjusted quite a bit. I remember going to my very first Greiving Mothers Meeting, I was so nervous. I didn't want to talk. I did end up saying a few words about Lisa but not to many. I was thankful there were only about 5 moms there because by nature I'm shy till I get to know you. I have met so many wonderful people. They would do almost anything for me as long as they could, and I for them. There is a special bond we have created between us, but I wish it was for another reason
We are so sorry any mom needs a group such as ours, but we feel blessed to find each other. Lisa will never be forgotten.
What a wonderful support group. The women who join are in the darkest days any human must suffer. When I joined nearly 2 years ago, I did not know how I was going to survive the loss of my daughter. The kind and loving support of Debra and the other members has helped me understand that this too shall pass. Even though I have yet to feel the flesh of their loving arms around me, I feel their love hug my heart. For those of us who are shut in and unable to travel, this group is a life preserver, literally.
Suzi Lynne, Thank you for such a warm and supportive message. Your precious daughter, Lynn, will not be forgotten. We hope to give you that "in person" hug soon.
Listening hearts is just what this means! We all have stories!! We all have grief!! So thankful for this group that we can share our stories in memory of our loved ones!!
Judy, Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are honored when a bereaved mom shares her precious child with us.
When I lost my son in 2011 Listening Hearts was there for me. These moms showed such compassion for me. They understood the grief journey I was on because they also traveled that road. Our hearts are connected by the loss of our precious children.
Janice, Our hearts break for each loss. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey and for giving back to others.
Listening hearts is a great group that has came together under the most devastating circumstance, the loss of a child. The moms understand what each other are going through and offer great support you can only get from someone who has also experienced the loss of a child. The monthly meetings, yearly butterfly release and yearly candle light service are a few things they do to help each other through this difficult journey.
Thank you for the warm support. We are sorry you have the need for a group such as this, but we are blessed to have one another.
This is the best most supportive loving organization. They do everything they can to honor our angels with us , we talk , we cry, we share , we laugh , we hug ! AMD moat important they are patient , and are there for you when you are ready ❤
We all need one another, because no mom should have to walk this journey alone. Thank you.
My son died unexpectedly Kong April 18, 2016 of an undiagnosed heart problem. After the funeral was over, the visits stopped, the phone rarely rang, and my husband returned to work I was lost and lonely. I searched for a group and found this one. These women have walked in my shoes and warmly welcomed me in the club no one wants to join. They validate my feelings and experiences during this battle to survive grief. I have not yet attended a meeting but wil at some point. Most importantly, they give hope when those of us who are new to this horrific journey of living without our child. There is never any judgment - only kindness. I am deeply appreciative.
We are so sorry about your precious son. No mother should have a child leave before her. We are here to share ways to carry the love and the loss in the same heart. Sending hugs your way.
I lost my son on 12/16/2013 to pancreatic cancer.I was so lost in my world of grief that I didn't know how I was going to make it another day,but when I walked into that group of ladies not knowing anyone and feeling so alone they knew the pain that was in my heart and what I was going through.Each one shared their story with me and it was as if we all had some kind of connection because each one of us had lost our child and we were all missing our child and yet everyone was trying to comfort me it was truly a blessing for me and I thank God I found this group of women.When I lost my son I also lost some of my friends because they didn't understand what I was going thru and they didn't know what to say so people quit coming around because you are not the same person you were before your child . I will never stop grieving for my son,I will always miss him and yes my heart breaks everyday because he is gone,this group helps you by sharing their stories and being there for you when it seems as if you are all alone because only a mother that has lost their child can understand this nightmare we live daily.
We are a group that wish we had no members, but we are honored you have shared your precious son with us. He is loved and missed. Hugs.
The community support I find through Listening Hearts lets me know that I am not alone. Mothers who walk the same journey as me consistently lift me up through compassionate sharing and open communication about the devastating losses that we each know.
Moms like me who come together to share, lift up, and support do it best because they walk my walk and know my pain. This journey is the most difficult and lonely path a mother must endure, but it is made just a touch easier with the love of my fellow bereaved moms.
Amparo, Thank you for all that you do for the group. Tony will not be forgotten.
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My son, Sawyer, was murdered on this day four years ago. Such an anniversary brings back thoughts, emotions, and pain from that horrible event and loss. Every birthday and holiday is endured with grief. Each day is a struggle, but the days mentioned carry heavier grief.
Listening Hearts gives support whenever needed, but they reach out to moms even moreso on birthdays and death dates. Our group Facebook page is kept current with such dates, and because bereaved moms understand they often leave words of encouragement and understanding empathy.Seeing this print in front of me allows me to let go of the fear that everyone has forgotten my child. They ask me to talk about Sawyer, share memories, and even show pictures. They say his name.
The group is a welcoming and loving place where we can acknowledge our children's lives. They are a tremendous blessing in my life.
Sincerely, Tracy Bradshaw
Tracy, Sawyer shines through you! Thank you for sharing.
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I lost my only son Joseph in November 3rd 2013. This is awesome group of mother's that mean a lot to each other cause we know the pain that we each fell.I don't know what I would do without this precious group of mother's. It's hard thing to live without your only child. God Bless this precious group of mother's. Marie Bowling Edmonds
Marie, Thank you for your sweet words of support. Your handsome son, Joseph, will not be forgotten.
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I have been missing my son Brian for over 10 years now. Although I don't live near the Listening Hearts group to attend meetings, I feel apart of it by reading the newsletter and the blogs. The site helps to validate the many complex feelings and thoughts that accompany the loss of a child. The tributes are moving and the colorful imagery is soothing. It is a welcoming site for a grieving mom.
Grief spans the physical distance and binds us by our hearts. Brian will never be forgotten.
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My only child, Wade was killed in a car accident on July 18, 2005. In August 2005, I had a complete mental breakdown and had to hospitalized. I was diagnosed with PDSD . I went to a grief councilor for over 4 years. My life was forever changed. Listening Hearts was truly a God Sent for me. I got to share my story with my precious sisters that truly understood , what I was going through. I was one of the original moms that started with this group. I can't see myself without these ladies through the life long process of grief after the death of your child.
I would not want to imagine this journey without our Listening Hearts' moms.
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How can any mother know what it feels like to lose a child? Only a mother that has lost one! Obviously not something you would normally Google, I decided I needed to get ideas from others how I was going to get through the death of my son. I found Listening Hearts. I read an entree from one of the mothers and said to myself, "I am not crazy." I knew the things I was thinking and feeling were normal. That was the being of my healing and coping with the days ahead.
We appreciate your warm words of support. Thank you for all that you do for the group.
Review from Guidestar
As a board member, I can attest that Listening Hearts has helped many mothers with their grief journey. I have heard the personal testimonies of several mothers who have gained both comfort and strength from attending the gatherings as they share memories of their precious children.
Thank you for your support.
Review from Guidestar
As both a Listening Hearts' board member and a bereaved parent, I have personal knowledge of the impact that Listening Hearts has in the community of bereaved mothers. This group is a venue where mothers are free to share memories of their children, as well as their personal grief journey, without being judged. I have heard testimonies of mothers who have expressed their appreciation for the love and comfort they have received by being a part of this supportive organization. I have learned to share my own grief more effectively due to my affiliation with Listening Hearts.
iT HAS BROADENED MY VIEW ON ALL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SUFFER LOSS TOO, ALL
THESE YEARS 29 IN FACT, OUR FAMILY HAS BEEN BITTER AGAINST THE MOM BECAUSE I HANDLED IT SO WELL BECAUSE OF MY EXTRAORDINARY FAITH IN THE
FATHER SON AND HOLY SPIRIT AS AN ORDINARY PERSON...RESENTMENT SET IN BUT ALL IS WELL NOW COMING TO LISTENING HEARTS GAVE ME PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING THROUGH CARING LOVING GENUINE PEOPLE. THANK YOU SINCERELY GLORIA BARDILL
Gloria, I am so sorry you had to walk this journey. Thank you for your kind words of support and the kindness you often to others.
My name is Karen Archer. I lost my son june 2006. His death totally disabled me . I went to doctors, psychiatrist; everyone felt empathy for me, but didn't know how to help. The mothers group could relate to all the craziness I went through because they were living it theirselves. it was or is a place of trust where you can share your feelings without being judged. I truly don't believe I would be where I am today without this group. This is a group no one wanbts to be a member of , but thankgod for it. I was able to go back to work, I am a registered nurse; my marriage did survive the death, but it was a fine line. There is life after the death of a child ; but you are never the same; you carry a sadness and a weight in your heart that never leaves. But knowing there are other mothers out there just like you; that needs you, encourages you to get up and make it through another day. THanks to the Listening Hearts mothers group, I continue to function, and occasionaly even smile these days,,,,
Karen, As one of the original 8 moms, you have had a big impact on others in this group. Thank you for sharing your journey.
In 2003 my granddaughter died in an apartment fire and I spent my time caring for others needs and not my own. Then in 2005 my husband died and again I did the same thing. In 2007 my daughter became ill with leukemia and then died in 2008. She had three children and her oldest daughter was expecting so again I felt the need to care for everyone else. My friend invited me to a meeting of Listening Hearts and it really opened my eyes. We all need to grieve and it has to come out sometime. Listening to other Moms sure explained why I had been feeling the way I was. I had days when I cried all day and days when I didn't want to do anything. I thought I was loosing my mind because I didn't know why. Finding others who were going through the same thing was a blessing to me . Finally someone understood me. I'm sorry for the reason we are in this group but it is a huge blessing to me. Love all the Moms with all my heart....
Barbara, You continue to be a huge blessing to me and this group. Thank you for sharing your journey and your big heart. Hugs
This group has been my outlet, when I'm feeling down I instantly go to its page and read post or simply look for a picture of a butterfly. It's hard to deal with loosing a child, but when someone can relate your pain is eased. I'm extreme greatful to be a part of the group
Sparkle, We are so sorry you need a group such as ours, but we are glad you have found us. Thank you for your warm words of support. We hope to see you at one of our local group gatherings.
Debra Reagan and this group of bereaved moms have been my lifeboat since my son's death. They have treated me like a sister and made me feel welcome via Facebook. They honor my son's memory and he is represented on a photo board at local events that I can't attend as I live out of state. Debra responded to me immediately after Alex's death with just the right comfort and encouragement. She sustained me through the darkest time of my life. She inspired me to reach out to other bereaved moms which has helped my own healing.
Thank you, Tamara, for your kind words. We, as bereaved moms, support each other. Alex will never be forgotten.
Very compassionate group which helps bereaved mothers through a Facebook group, regular meetings to create craft memorials to honor those who have passed on, balloon releases, and general fellowship with other mothers who "understand" each other's pain and grief. Director/founder, Debra is a kind and caring person - she has created a comfortable environment for mothers of loss...
Nancy Lynn, Thank you for your comments. Your precious son,David Alan, will never be forgotten. Hope to see you soon.