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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“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.”
"Got my care package from Ellie’s Way today including my beautiful necklace with my baby angel’s name and picture on the back! It put me in such good spirits and wanted to say thank you to all the volunteers. Thank you and God Bless!!”
“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!”
“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 was taken back by how phenomenal this package was! You guys are truly amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“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.”
“I received my Care Package this week and want to thank you so much for putting together this beautiful package. When looking through the items I could not help but cry over the loss of my precious 18 year old son. The personal items are so amazing along with every single item you provided. The books are great, music is wonderful and all the books on heaven I just love! Again as soon as I am back on my feet I plan on paying it forward and donate to this amazing fund. Again, thank you and may God continue to bless you and your work.
“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.”
“Received these in the mail today, what a surprise! Thank you so much! I’m going to start reading the books now. What a great way to honor your daughter.”
“Receiving a care package from Ellie’s Way was a beautiful experience. It really brought me lots of joy and it’s wonderful to see how they honored my wonderful son.”
“Got this sweet gift in the mail today. Immediately one of my most prized possessions. Thank you so much!!”
“Everything came in a beautiful package and made my day! I so want to share this gift with others that I know need it. Thank you for my gift and God Bless.”
“Went to check the mail today and received my package from Ellie’ Way. I was not expecting it at all. It really touched my heart in more ways than I can say. I have started reading the pamphlets. The necklace very touching and the stone also, thank you all.”
“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.”
“I received my care package today. I can’t explain the emotions I felt when I opened my box. What you are doing in memory of your beautiful daughter is incredible. There is no greater pain than losing a child. But it’s heartwarming to know that there are others that know the pain you feel and support your emotions. Thank you. I can’t say it enough.”
“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.”
"I love the thought of knowing there are people out there like you who help bring comfort to lost souls like me.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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!!!!”
“I just received my package, and I’m so touched and grateful for the thoughtfulness of the ones who thought of me. Thank you so much.”
“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.”
“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 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 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.”
“How God works through sweet precious Ellie and her father who has been given a heart to serve. I know that Ellie would be smiling and love overflowing, knowing how others are being comforted, strengthened and encouraged through her huge heart and example to all of us. I pray that as you continue to wholeheartedly seek God and His will for Ellie’s Way, He will transform many more lives in unimaginable ways. With love and gratitude for your family.”
“Thank you. I received my care package as a surprise and it’s such an overwhelming joyful present and I’m grateful to you and the sponsor of my gift. It has been a really hard 3 months since my my son passed at 36 weeks. Bless your hearts.”
“What you all are doing for parents that lost their children is wonderful! God Bless you all.”
“Keep being amazing! God Bless you. You are honoring Ellie and helping hurting families.”
“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!”
“Thank you guys so much for all your hard work and this beautiful gift I got today. I’m so in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“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!”
“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 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.”
“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!”
“Amazing. I can not thank you all enough for the beautiful items you sent ♥”
“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!”
“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.”
“I received my beautiful necklace, along with many other joyous things today. Thank you so much! Bless you all for your great work!”
“I love the memorial necklace of my son so much and wear it all the time. It’s so perfect.”
“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.”
“I received my package today. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much.”
“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.”
“God bless you for having the courage to help others in your time of sorrow. I received a package for my daughter and it is absolutely gorgeous. The reading material was a big help. Your kindness will help so many suffering this loss and her name will be remembered forever.”
“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.”
“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.”
"Everything in the care package was filled with so much love!"
“I just wanted you to know how much your care package meant to me. They are gifts I will always treasure and I will think of Ellie’s special gift. It helped me in seeing my son’s name. Much gratitude and love sent to you.”
“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.”
“I received my beautiful necklace today in remembrance of my son. Thanks so much. God Bless you.”