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 9,200 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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“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.”
“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 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!”
“I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful care package, the only thing I have received since my son’s death. It was and is awesome. Your gift meant the world to me. I hope to eventually do something similar in my only child’s name. God bless you all and especially Ellie.”
"Everything in the care package was filled with so much love!"
“The care package was so thoughtful and perfect. I am so grateful to you.”
“Thank you! I lost my one and only son who was 17 years old and died as a result of a brain infection. He was a perfectly healthy young man all his life and suddenly on life support and now in heaven. There are many sad days, but the Lord sees me through. Today, I needed a little confirmation that God is with me to help me through my sadness and I came across your website so I thank you for sharing! May God continue to bless you and your family.”
“I received my care package about a month ago. I waited to the first angelversary of my son who died by suicide. I opened it on Mothers Day and it was the best gift ever. Thank you so much for this, it is greatly appreciated.”
“I received a care package from y’all and it has meant the world to me. I don’t know how you had the small picture of my son made, but I wear the locket everyday. Thank you so much.”
“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.”
“Got this sweet gift in the mail today. Immediately one of my most prized possessions. Thank you so much!!”
“This care package is awesome. When it comes and you open and see all the things inside, it makes you sad and happy at the same time! I am thankful that there are people like you around and even though you are going through a loss, you have the strength to help others. Bless you and your angel. Thank you again!”
“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!”
“My family and I received our package today. Words can’t even express how grateful we are! The gifts inside are truly beautiful! Ellie’s Way is really making an impact. I was in tears when I heard about the care package, honestly! Just the thought that others are thinking of you means so much during your period of grief. You are so wonderful!”
“The lockets are beautiful and have brought joy to everyone who has received one. Thank you for doing what you do.”
“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.”
“I was taken back by how phenomenal this package was! You guys are truly amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“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 thank you for sharing your story with us and I am sorry for your loss. Ellie’s legacy will definitely live on through your testimony to hurting people. In this life we all will suffer loss at some point in our lives and it is good news to know that we are not alone. We have the Lord who will never leave us and each other. Resting in the peace of knowing we will see our fellow brothers and sisters in Heaven. May God continue to bless and use you for his glory.”
“The package was absolutely beautiful! I could feel the love that went into making this package pouring out of the box as I went through it! My most favorite item in the box is my necklace. I wear it everyday from the time I get up to the time I go to bed! I will cherish it for as long as I live! I can’t possibly thank you all enough for my care package!!"
“I loved the whole care package. It made me feel that Ellie’s Way cares for me.”
“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 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 want to thank you guys soooo much for the AMAZING package we received this morning. It was soooo wonderful. I can not express how much I appreciate the bracelet and necklace. I will now be able to carry more of my son with me each and every day. It is by far one of the most special gifts we have received. You guys hold a very special place in my heart. Thank you very much!”
“You all are such a blessing. I am so beyond thankful for what you all did for me. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”
“Thank you thank you so very much for my beautiful package I received it right before Christmas. OMG when I saw the package I cried like a little girl. I LOVED everything inside of it. I cried even more when I saw the necklace and stone with my son’s picture in it. Its unbelievably PRECIOUS and means so very much to me. I don’t know how to thank you enough. I wore my necklace for Christmas day and everyone LOVED and asked where I got it. I told them all how special this organization is. Thank you thank you so very much from the bottom of my HEART.”
“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.”
“Keep being amazing! God Bless you. You are honoring Ellie and helping hurting families.”
“I received a Ellie’s Way Care Package today. I opened my package to find a beautiful Ellie’s Way memorial necklace for my son. In memory of Ellie, a precious little girl that touched many hearts during her lifetime. In my package I also received awesome grief resources, encouragement, comfort and hope. As I wear this beautiful necklace of my son, close to my heart daily, I also wear a piece of Ellie! Words honestly can’t describe my feelings at the moment. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Todd and Kristen Nigro. This is a wonderful gift you have blessed me with, and an awesome organization you have founded in memory, of your loving little Ellie!!!”
“I liked every single thing in this package! So beautiful in every way! It was so personal & inspiring! I am so in love with the necklace!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, absolutely beautiful.”
“Look what I got today! This necklace is the BEST! Thank you guys so much for an absolutely incredible idea. What a great way to raise money for Ellie’s Way while helping others heal. It is beautiful!!! Thank you both for your continued ministry.”
“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.”
“No words can express what I was feeling as I was opening the wonderful gift you guys sent me! I love every piece that was in it! What your organization is doing is so amazing and helps so many people. Thank you so much for everything!”
“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!!”
“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!”
“Thank you so much! Today I received such an amazing gifs honoring my son. It’s been really hard these past months since his passing. Thank you for the memory stone, personalized items with his name, books to cope with his loss, beautiful poems, a diary to write all my feelings, and that it’s okay to cry. Words could not ever express how grateful my family and I are for these gifts. They are a blessing! I love them all. Thank you for all your kind words.”
“Thank you so much for the care package I received today in memory of my son that passed. It was one of the most touching gifts I have ever received, catered to my son and my journey of grief. I’m excited to wear my beautiful necklace to work tomorrow as I listen to the CDs. Loved the memory stone, the books, journal and all the amazing gifts. I thank you sincerely and appreciate your outreach to parents dealing with such a loss.”
“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!”
“Loved my care package! It lifted me up when I was missing my daughter so much and I’m the pit of despair. It brought me hope again.”
"I love the thought of knowing there are people out there like you who help bring comfort to lost souls like me.”
“Our care package arrived today and we were over the moon. We weren’t expecting the necklace and charms with our son and daughter’s name on it. Thank you so much for all the books to read. May God Bless you as you reach out to many others in your own time of hurt. Thank you for all you do for us moms and dads and spreading the love of God, giving us hope in our time of pain. Rest in peace, little Ellie.”
“I received a gift box today from you. I loved all of the literature and momentos. I could tell this was prepared with love and care to help me in this grief journey I am on. Thank you and may God continue to bless you.”
“I received the most beautiful pink package in the mail today! I am blown away by the little gifts inside as well as the books. Thank you for remembering our son, thank you for speaking out about child loss and helping all of us find the way through this journey of grief.”
“Someone cared about ‘me’. This is the first thing in 13 years I have received about my son!”
“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!”
“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.”
“We received a care package when our only two children passed away in a tragic car accident. I wear the beautiful necklace every day and it brings me comfort. This package was such a treasured gift that we were not at all expecting. Thank you founders of Ellie’s Way.”
“I just want to thank you so much for the amazing gift box that you you sent to me for my son! It arrived just in time for his Anniversary this Sunday. I love the way you personalized it just for him. Thank you!”
“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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“Hello, I want to thank you for the most wonderful gift I’ve ever received. I donated last night a box in the name of my son. Thank you so very much.”