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 10,000 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 just got the most amazing package in the mail!! With my daughter’s third angelversary coming up, it was so appreciated. Thank you!!!”
“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.”
“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 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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“Keep being amazing! God Bless you. You are honoring Ellie and helping hurting families.”
“I received your care package yesterday. Don’t know if it was by chance or if you looked ahead and mailed the package to arrive on the anniversary of my son’s death or not. It is a struggle to make it through the day and the package was uplifting. The package means so much to me, especially the necklace and personalized items. I will cherish them forever. I can tell you put a great deal of thought, concern, and love into the package.”
“Got this sweet gift in the mail today. Immediately one of my most prized possessions. Thank you so much!!”
“I received my beautiful necklace today in remembrance of my son. Thanks so much. God Bless you.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Ellie’s way is an awesome site that helps grieving parents. I lost my oldest daughter 1 year ago. The care package from Ellie’s Way helped me in my grief journey. Thank you so much to this organization for continuing to help me through not only my grief but others grief as well!!! God bless you.”
“I was taken back by how phenomenal this package was! You guys are truly amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“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.”
“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.”
“The necklace was absolutely beautiful, I can’t thank you enough. Yesterday we held a candlelight vigil to mark the 1 year angelversary of my son. He was murdered and having the necklace to wear was so very comforting. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, I cannot say it enough.”
“I received my package today. It brought tears to my eyes. 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.”
“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 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.”
“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 loved the whole care package. It made me feel that Ellie’s Way cares for me.”
“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.”
“I work with Youth for Christ. On occasion, I officiate weddings and I also do funerals – generally kids or family members of unchurched kids I work with. On Sunday I had the tough task of doing a memorial service for a 29 year old that had taken his life and left a 22 year old bride – neither are attending church or are involved in any way – their mother happened to attend the same church I do. I searched looking for some verses and came upon your site. It was very helpful and it gave me a format to follow as I had no relationship with family prior to this. Jesus was glorified and I received a lot of really positive feedback from the service. Some asked about attending church and others felt it was sensitive to all – regardless of background. My prayer had been that the service would offer hope – the work that you’ve done is not in vain. Hope that the Spirit warms your heart knowing that your tragedy has birthed hope for others. Thanks for sharing!”
“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 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.”
"Everything in the care package was filled with so much love!"
“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.”
“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 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!”
“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.”
“Someone cared about ‘me’. This is the first thing in 13 years I have received about my son!”
“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.
“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.”
“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!!”
“The care package was so thoughtful and perfect. I am so grateful to 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.”
“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 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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but when I opened the package, I was completely caught off guard. It was truly amazing! Everything in there was inspiring, filled with love and thoughtfulness. It was the way you had personalized each gift. It was overwhelming and I could not stop crying. Everything you sent was absolutely beautiful. I felt connected with my daughter. I cannot thank you enough for this precious care package. Thank you so much for all the information too!”
“Thank you so very much for this beautiful, meaningful website! I recently lost my brother to cancer (I am not a stranger to grief, but seem to have forgotten how painful it actually is), and was googling “grief”, hoping to find anything that would help ease my pain. And I stumbled upon your website, and just spent the last hour draped in comfort. Your words of wisdom have had such an impact. Thank you so very, very much. God bless you and your whole family as you make your way through your own grief, and God bless your beautiful Ellie! What a gift she is, and what a gift she just gave me!”
“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 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 received my Ellie’s Way package today and I can’t thank you enough! Now I can wear my angel with me everywhere and show her to everyone I meet.”
“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!”
“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.”