Ellie’s Way Support Group
After losing our sweet little Ellie, we were in shock. Our friends and family had no experience with the tragedy we faced. The sudden loss of a young child doesn’t occur very often in any one place, so there were few people to talk to who had lived through something like this. When I was in the pit of my despair, several people reached out to me and let me know that I was not alone.
I needed to know that others had survived this. I wasn’t sure I could. I wasn’t sure my family could.
A kind gentleman called me and told me his story of losing his dear son in a tragic accident several years before. He listened to me and sat in my pain with me. He gave me the gift of hope that we could survive. He was a gift that I needed at the moment that he called.
One of my wife’s friends from high school also let us know that she was there for us. She had lost her son and husband recently and suffered terrible injuries as well. Her willingness to share in our pain, in the middle of hers, gave us hope too.
We receive many requests for connections to others with similar losses at Ellie’s Way. It’s been quite overwhelming. So, we’ve created a group on Facebook where we can connect and share our stories. It’s a place where you can interact as much or little as you like.
Here’s what you will find in our group:
- Encouragement and love!
- Over 11,000 members and growing.
- Question of the Day with many comments and discussion.
- Remembering Special Days program for heavenly birthdays and angelversaries.
- Daily caption contest.
- “Share Your Memories” events.
Please join us at Ellie’s Way Group!
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“I received the most wonderful, heartfelt and touching package today that will help me to mourn and honor the memory of the son I lost. It is a wonderful source of comfort. A huge thank you to the founders, Todd and Kristen Nigro. You both brought me tears, smiles and yes, even some peace. ❤️I will light a very special candle to honor your beautiful angel Ellie.”
“Thank you so much for the beautiful gift you sent my friend’s mom after she passed away. I have tears in my eyes. It is a wonderful thing you do to honor your daughter and it made her day today when she opened it. Thank you so much!”
“Thank you guys so much for all your hard work and this beautiful gift I got today. I’m so in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“The necklace is ABSOLUTELY beautiful and made me cry! Thank you guys so much. I’ve gotten many compliments and because of them was able to tell my daughter’s story.”
“As my daughter checked the mail today. I heard her yell, ‘Mommy, somebody got a package!’ Here at my house, we love packages! So we sat down and opened it, and each piece I pulled out was a blessing. All the information is what I need. I am struggling especially this week. And when I got to the tokens of love you sent. The stone, coin and metal mini plaque. They are so beautiful and it touched me so deeply. I will be honest, I unwrapped that pink paper and when I got to the end of it and I seen her face, her beautiful little face, I felt it…. I don’t think that I have felt that feeling in so long, it was like I saw her again. I was excited, it was that excited feeling you get when you haven’t seen someone in awhile, the one where you have missed them so much and you were so extremely elated to see them. Just for a second I had that feeling. Thank you you gave that to me even if it were just a second. That second was fabulous. So again, thank you. When I turned over the necklace and saw the I love you and angel wings, her face, daughter, in memory of. I can’t tell you how you have impacted me. Ellie has some wonderful family. She is so lucky. So is my daughter to have a heaven friend like Ellie. You are so amazing. From my soul Thank you so much. You have changed a part of me forever. All my love.”
“Thank you so much for my care package! I loved it and it really helped lift my spirits! I SO appreciate the work you guys do!!”
“I loved everything in the care package. It touched my heart so much! Thank you and God Bless.”
“Thank you guys so much for my care package! I cannot wait to dive in to the pamphlets and share some sticky notes! I love this idea! I also love the prompts for the journal. I’ve been told journaling helps so much, but I just never know where to start. And I can’t say enough how my heart was touched by the stone and the necklace. I love being able to hold his little image in my hand and/or look down and see his little face looking up at me. You guys are wonderful and amazing and I will remember you and sweet Ellie in my prayers each day.”
“My niece just received her Ellie’s Way box. It is lovely and she was touched by the many wonderful things that were in the box. Thank you for generosity. What a beautiful way to honor your daughter!”
“Loved my memory package! I extremely adore the necklace. Thank you!!!”
"Everything in the care package was filled with so much love!"
“We received a beautiful care package today and just want to say a big thank you to you all. This is amazing what you all do for grieving parents. And ours came right at the perfect time, right around my little man’s birthday. Again thank you so much I will hold this dear to my heart forever!”
“I love this. I lost my two kids in a fire in May of 2011. My baby girl was 4 and my baby boy was 2. It was so hard to let them go and it’s still hard now but I try to stay strong since God decided to bless us with another baby 3 months after they went to heaven. People like us that had to lose our babies need support. Thank you. God bless!”
“Such an amazing gift, couldn’t have came at a more perfect time, this made my heart smile when I opened the box, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I will forever cherish this. Now I can wear my necklace and have my son close to my heart.”
“We received our order today of the care package. Thank you so very much. It is so welcomed and appreciated. I love the little extra touches of the necklace with the charm inside with my son’s picture and the little token also with his picture. I will take great comfort in listening to the CD and reading the many items included. You have no idea how this touches my soul. I know you share our loss, even though your’s is unique. The fact we have both lost our children is what brings us together. What a wonderful way to remember Ellie and help those in pain. Thank you again.”
“I bought this as a Mothers Day gift to myself. I felt it was taking a huge step in my healing process. I love the necklace. It was heavy, just like my heart. It is simple but beautifully made with love and care. I needed it. It finalizes. I miss him dearly. I will cherish it, but not worship it or him. There is life beyond the grave. JESUS CHRIST the True Light by which we are saved. Thank God for Ellie’s Way and for all that they do in making it just a little bit easier.”
“The Ellie’s Way Care Package is by far the best I have received! So much love, commitment and dedication goes into this organization! Thanks to the Nigros, and all the volunteers!”
“I received my care package today and I was speechless. What I found inside of the box when I opened it brought me to tears. What you do in memory of your sweet Ellie is amazing. She is looking down on you both with a big smile on her face. I cannot ‘thank you’ enough.”
“The entire package was amazing! I loved the personalization of my son’s name and his pictures. I loved that it wasn’t just a thrown together thing that was the same for everyone. It was MY package for me and me only! It is a gift that will forever be cherished! Thank you soooooo much!”
“I received my care package today. I was in shock and had no idea it was coming so soon. My necklace is beyond perfection and now my daughter is on my heart…I am speechless and so happy…y’all are such a blessing.”
“The care package was great and brought tears of joy. Thank you for all you and your family do for us grieving Moms. My favorite was the necklace, it is beautiful and I haven’t taken it off since receiving…loved it!!!!”
“The time you took and to personalize the package with my son’s name was fantastic! It has been 8 months that my son has been gone, but as time goes on, it feels like it gets harder and your package came and renewed some faith in God and gives me some hope! Thank you so much for the time you put into this gift. GOD bless you! I’m so sorry for your own loss of your daughter.”
“Ellie’s Way has been built with love! After hearing of Ellie’s Way, I have gained so much knowledge and support that is crucial to my grieving process. I have also been able to share everyone’s experience, strength and hope with my children. They really care! Thank you Ellie’s Way!”
“I received my gift today and I found it to be awesome. I think it will be of great help in dealing with the loss of my daughter.
“There are no words that can ease our deep sorrow at the loss of our dear husband and father. However it strengthens us to realize that your wonderful ministry in memory of your beautiful daughter is close to our hearts. Your support and acts of kindness reflect the Lord’s love. We received our Care Package on my husband’s birthday and we were deeply touched!! The unfailing love of Jesus brings us peace and your compassion comforts us!! We can never thank you enough!”
“Today as I regularly checked my mail, I was dropped to my knees in tears. I received the most beautiful gift of love from Ellie’s Way. As it has been six years since I held my son, and six years since I had to say goodbye to him. This package has given me peace today. To be able to hold the stone with my son’s picture, to wear the necklace with his photo…this means so much to our family as he was only with us for three short months. Now I can carry him with me on the outside as well as inside for all to see my sun-shine. Thank you ever so much.”
“I got the care package today and I can not thank you enough for it. I love the necklace and the other stuff. Thank you all so very much.”
“Thank you so much!!! It has been 3 years since we lost our daughter to a heart defect. We were so thankful to receive the care package to help with the grieving process and we found it very helpful.”
“Thank you so much for this beautiful necklace. I love, love, love it!!! What you do for others is just amazing!! God Bless you all!!”
“I just received my care package and it just brought such joy to my day. Even though my son died over 5 years ago, the pain of his absence never goes away and is as fresh as the day it happened. Thank you for the beautiful treasures that I found inside the box. God Bless you for all you do.”
“Thank you so so much! I love all of my special little treasures, even though it has been a bit of hard to face, going through the special little box, I know it waits for me. Thank you for your time, your mission and all the love and honor you pack in one little box. AMAZING what a BLESSING you are!”
“The care package was so thoughtful and perfect. I am so grateful to you.”
“I just received a package in the mail this weekend. When I got home Sunday, I opened it. It was awesome,beautiful, personalized. It literally took my breathe away and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, I love it.”
“THANK YOU so much for my care package in memory of my son who died by suicide in 2007. I loved everything about the pink box and it truly was a blessing to me! I can’t wait to order one for another Mom who lost her child to suicide…I know it will bless her too. The teal journal is beautiful and with the helpful prompts, it will be very easy to use also. The necklace is amazing! Thank you for all you do for grieving parents.”
“Today I received an amazing care package from Ellie’s Way. They are an amazing non-profit that sends out care packages to families who have lost a child. I had seen friends also receive packages, and so also ordered one for a local mom who has an upcoming birthday in October without her son, who should be turning 3 years old. Please go check out Ellie’s Way!”
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“I can’t thank you enough for everything! The package was beautifully put together and the necklace was made with such love and I feel like someone really cared about my child. The booklets and journal are very helpful in so many ways. I have read and reread the booklets, they make me feel comfort when nothing seems to make sense. Again I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for myself and other families. I can never repay you for the love and kindness that you are filling this world with.”
“Thank you so much for my package! I absolutely loved it. I can see how much time you take in each package..making sure they are perfect for the moms and dads..it is so appreciated.”
“Thank you so very much for the beautiful package. I received it today – it’s so amazing, I cried when I got it. The necklace is perfect and so unbelievably special to me. Thank you with all of my heart, it’s something I will forever cherish the rest of my life. You are beautiful people, with beautiful volunteers and a beautiful organization. Thank you again, for doing all you do for people like me. You make the world a better place and a difficult path a bit brighter.”
“I received my beautiful necklace, along with many other joyous things today. Thank you so much! Bless you all for your great work!”
“I was taken back by how phenomenal this package was! You guys are truly amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“I do not know how to thank you. Today was a difficult day, full of emotions, sadness and the question of why. Upon arriving home from a crazy day of work and the endless emotional rollercoaster, I now call my norm, I was presented with Ellie’s Care Package. Inside I looked into the most beautiful eyes of a face of an angel, and beside her face I see many keepsakes of my son. Sometimes timing means a lot and today the package arrived in a time I needed it the most. After the insert about Ellie, I thought I was reading the life of my son. It brought tears, but at the same time an overwhelming comfort to see others walking this road and showing so much love kindness and support. Thank you so much, it made a difference!”
“I just want to thank you so much for the beautiful gift box that you have given me for my son! It was so amazing and I cherish every part of it! May God bless you for the wonderful things that you are doing for others!”
“Amazing. I can not thank you all enough for the beautiful items you sent ♥”
“I loved my care package. It brought tears to my eyes when I opened it, especially the necklace. Now I can have my angel baby close to me wherever I go. It feels good to know that somebody understands what we’re going through and actually cares. God bless you for all the work that you do to bring hope and a smile to bereaved parents. Thank God for people like you.”
“I just wanted to say thank you for the package. I especially loved then worry stone and necklace. You have helped me keep my beautiful daughter’s memory alive and for that I am forever grateful. Our babies are our life. Near or far.”
“I loved the care and thought that was put into it, the personalized items, the feeling of love that I got when I opened it. This is one of the most amazing things I have received since my daughter’s passing.”
“We received our package today! I want to thank you so much, it touched our hearts forever. My daughter Ellie thought it was for her because it had her name on it. I explained why it had Ellie’s name on it, and she started to cry. I (We) will cherish this forever. God Bless you!”
“I was looking through the internet trying to find info. On loss, grief, hurt. And I came across your web page I read the story on Ellie it brought a lot of peace to my heart when I was done reading her story. My story is the youngest of the family which was my brother was killed in very bad car accident recently. It has been very difficult for everyone dealing with his loss especially being the youngest of the bunch. Indeed he was an angel, he was living with my dear mother at home and taking care of her and the things around the house. It has been extremely hard for my mom. I would love more info or to talk to someone just to let it out. I have my moments when I have to be around people at work and I feel like I to have a breakdown. Please keep my family in your prayers. God Bless you and keep you all. Thank You!”
“Thank you so much for my beautiful custom locket, you do a great service for parents that walk the same path as you.”
“It was far more then I could have ever hoped for, thank you! All the thoughtful pieces that went into the package from the sticky notes to the books, it was amazing and I can’t thank you enough.”