"While We're Waiting" Support Group


Another aspect of the While We're Waiting ministry is a faith-based support group for bereaved parents.  

As with all of our While We're Waiting events, our goal at these meetings is to point grieving parents to our only true source of comfort, Jesus Christ.  Although our topics of discussion may be painful, and tears will be inevitable, our desire will be to honor God by seeking how we can live well while we're waiting to be reunited with our children some day.

The support group is facilitated by parents who have experienced the death of a child.  None of us has any training in grief counseling, and attending this group should not be viewed as a substitute for professional counseling.  We are just parents who are walking this road of grief, a few years ahead of some folks, and decades behind others.  That's why we use the term "facilitating" ... We will all be learning from each other.  Each meeting is based around a particular Scripture passage and will address a specific topic faced by grieving parents. 

Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to come.  You are welcome if your child has been in Heaven for thirty days or for thirty years.  You are welcome if your child was stillborn and never took a single breath, or if your child lived to be an adult and had a family of his or her own.  come, knowing you will be surrounded by people who care, who understand, and who will pray for you.  This will be a safe place, a place where we can discuss our struggles, knowing we will not be judged, because every one of us has been there at one time or another.  We will also share our victories, and rejoice with each other as we move along the road toward healing.

At this time, we have chapters in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Springdale, Arkansas, Cadet, Missouri, and Bradenton, Florida.  

The Hot Springs, Arkansas, chapter meets at Hot Springs Baptist Church, located at 144 Weston Road, on the last Wednesday night of every month at  6:00 p.m.  The date and location for the December 2016 meeting will be different due to the Christmas holiday.  This group is facilitated by Brad and Jill Sullivan and Larry and Janice Brown.  For more information about this group, please contact Jill Sullivan at 501-881-8851.

The Springdale, Arkansas, chapter meets at Cross Church, located at 1709 Johnson Road, on the second Wednesday night of every month at 6:30 p.m.   The location for the December 2016 meeting will be different due to the Christmas holiday.  This group is facilitated by Mark and Missy Pile.  For more information about this group, please contact Missy Pile at 479-640-1171.

The Cadet, Missouri, chapter will have its inaugural meeting at Jesus is the Answer Church, located at 11440 Cannon Mines Road, on Saturday, August 13th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.  After that first meeting, subsequent meetings will be on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  This group will be facilitated by Mike and Kim Canania and Joe and Kayla West.  For more information about this group, contact Kim Canania at 638-208-8707.

The Bradenton, Florida, chapter meets at Bayside Community Church, located at 15800 State Rd 64 East, on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 6:30 p.m.  This group is currently taking a break for the summer and meetings will resume in the fall.  The dates and locations for the November and December meetings may be different due to the holidays.  This group is facilitated by Ernie and Lori Emerick.  For more information about this group, please contact Lori Emerick at 941-447-2546.  

"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."  Romans 8:25

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