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This is a podcast FOR bereaved parents BY bereaved parents. Join your host, Jill Sullivan, as she talks with parents who have lost children of all ages to all types of circumstances. This is a podcast of stories ... stories of devastating loss and grief and heartbreak and struggle ... and stories of hope and healing and faith, and yes, even joy. Underlying every conversation will be the hope we have in Jesus Christ, which makes it possible to not just survive the loss of a child, but to live well while we're waiting to see them again in Heaven one day. Visit our website at www.WhileWereWaiting.org for more information about our nonprofit ministry to bereaved parents.

While We're Waiting - Hope After Child Loss While We're Waiting

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 132 Ratings

This is a podcast FOR bereaved parents BY bereaved parents. Join your host, Jill Sullivan, as she talks with parents who have lost children of all ages to all types of circumstances. This is a podcast of stories ... stories of devastating loss and grief and heartbreak and struggle ... and stories of hope and healing and faith, and yes, even joy. Underlying every conversation will be the hope we have in Jesus Christ, which makes it possible to not just survive the loss of a child, but to live well while we're waiting to see them again in Heaven one day. Visit our website at www.WhileWereWaiting.org for more information about our nonprofit ministry to bereaved parents.

    Joy in the Mourning (Part Two) - Leslie Harder

    Joy in the Mourning (Part Two) - Leslie Harder

    Today's episode is a continuation of my conversation with Leslie Harder, who joined me for this interview on what would have been her son William's 39th birthday.   I hope you'll listen in for a rich discussion of issues faced by bereaved parents ... Including how the loss of her son has changed her, how  we can choose to build a wall or a road in our grief,  and the fact that she has confidence she'll see William again one day because of his "re-birthday". 

    Click HERE to get Leslie's book "Joy in the Mourning - Viewing the Rainbow from the Vale of Tears"

    Click HERE to get Leslie's book "Mourning Devotions - Grieving God's Way"

    Click HERE to get Leslie's book "Selah - 60 Moments with the Master"
    We'd love for you to connect with us here at While We're Waiting!

    Click HERE to visit our website and learn about our free While We're Waiting Weekends for bereaved parents

    Click HERE to follow our public Facebook page

    Click HERE to follow us on Instagram

    Click HERE to follow us on Twitter

    Click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation to the While We're Waiting ministry

    Contact Jill by email at: jill@whilewerewaiting.org

    • 40 min
    Joy in the Mourning (Part One) - Leslie Harder

    Joy in the Mourning (Part One) - Leslie Harder

    I’m pleased today to introduce you to my friend Leslie Harder.  Leslie joined me to record this episode on what would have been her son William’s 39th birthday.  William went to Heaven suddenly and unexpectedly in August of 2016, just five days after the death of Leslie’s mother.  In our conversation today, she shares about that experience and how God walked with her through those early days of grieving both her son and her mother. We also discuss her memoir “Joy in the Mourning – Viewing the Rainbow from the Vale of Tears,” in which she shares her story in a series of dated entries.  I believe you’ll be encouraged by what she has to share today.

    Click HERE to get Leslie's book "Joy in the Mourning - Viewing the Rainbow from the Vale of Tears"

    Click HERE to get Leslie's book "Mourning Devotions - Grieving God's Way"

    Click HERE to get Leslie's book "Selah - 60 Moments with the Master"
    We'd love for you to connect with us here at While We're Waiting!

    Click HERE to visit our website and learn about our free While We're Waiting Weekends for bereaved parents

    Click HERE to follow our public Facebook page

    Click HERE to follow us on Instagram

    Click HERE to follow us on Twitter

    Click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation to the While We're Waiting ministry

    Contact Jill by email at: jill@whilewerewaiting.org

    • 33 min
    Recapturing Gratitude

    Recapturing Gratitude

    On this, our fourteenth Thanksgiving season since Hannah left us for Heaven, I wanted to share some thoughts about the early years of my grief and how God has brought healing over time.  Sometimes offering thanksgiving is a sacrifice ... Actually, I believe it's always a sacrifice for a grieving parent.   When you've been deeply, deeply hurt and disappointed with life, it costs something to be grateful.  Yet when we recognize God for who He is, when we truly see His grace, we can recapture gratitude even in the midst of grief.

    Click HERE to link to The Sullivan Four blog.


    We'd love for you to connect with us here at While We're Waiting!

    Click HERE to visit our website and learn about our free While We're Waiting Weekends for bereaved parents

    Click HERE to follow our public Facebook page

    Click HERE to follow us on Instagram

    Click HERE to follow us on Twitter

    Click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation to the While We're Waiting ministry

    Contact Jill by email at: jill@whilewerewaiting.org

    • 10 min
    Mother of Wilde - Moria Rooney

    Mother of Wilde - Moria Rooney

    I’m pleased today to introduce you to my new friend, Moria Rooney, also known as Mother of Wilde.  Moria has a beautiful testimony of “praising Him anyway” even in the midst of loss. Settle in and listen as she shares the stories of her precious babies … two in Heaven and one with her here … and how she has grappled with deep questions of faith on her journey.  We also discuss pregnancy after loss and the beautiful ministry she and her husband have established to honor the lives of infants and children who are now in the arms of Jesus. I know you’ll be blessed by what she has to share.

    Click HERE to visit the Mother of Wilde website and see the beautiful child loss memorial prints she creates.  Podcast listeners can use the coupon code "WAITING20" to receive 20% off any purchase.

    Click HERE to access the free download page on the Mother of Wilde website. 

    Click HERE to connect with Moria on Instagram
    Click HERE to connect with Moria on Facebook
    We'd love for you to connect with us here at While We're Waiting!

    Click HERE to visit our website and learn about our free While We're Waiting Weekends for bereaved parents

    Click HERE to follow our public Facebook page

    Click HERE to follow us on Instagram

    Click HERE to follow us on Twitter

    Click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation to the While We're Waiting ministry

    Contact Jill by email at: jill@whilewerewaiting.org

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Indestructible - Kim Allison

    Indestructible - Kim Allison

    "Wherever you are, be all there."   This was the motto of Kim's son Timothy, and he truly lived it out ... traveling to countries all over the world, parachuting, scuba diving, and flying his airplane.  All these things could have combined to make his mom nervous, but she rested in the knowledge that Timothy was indestructible until his purpose was finished.  When she got the news that his plane had gone down in a rural area of Arkansas in April of 2021, she fully believed he would walk away.  When the news came that there were no survivors, she and her family were launched on a journey of grief.  One year later, a second blow came with the sudden passing of her husband by suicide.  In today's episode, she shares how God is carrying her sorrow and anger for her, enabling her to continue walking in His peace. 

    Click HERE for Kim's book:  Desperate Trust - Clinging to God When Your World Falls Apart.  This book shares the stories of her babies in Heaven.

    Click HERE to visit Kim's website:  A Life Well Lived - Timothy Christian Allison
    This website shares the story of her 28-year-old son Timothy, who went to Heaven in 2021.




    We'd love for you to connect with us here at While We're Waiting!

    Click HERE to visit our website and learn about our free While We're Waiting Weekends for bereaved parents

    Click HERE to follow our public Facebook page

    Click HERE to follow us on Instagram

    Click HERE to follow us on Twitter

    Click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation to the While We're Waiting ministry

    Contact Jill by email at: jill@whilewerewaiting.org

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Treasures in Heaven - Kim Allison

    Treasures in Heaven - Kim Allison

    My friend Kim Allison is the mother of nine children ... five "on the ground", as she likes to say, and four in Heaven.  She joins me on the podcast today to share the stories of her three babies, Benjamin, Jeremiah, and Jordan.  We discuss the struggles she experienced as she endured these multiple losses, including guilt, bargaining, anger, and the desperate trust in God that developed as she laid up these treasures in Heaven, one after another.   Be sure to come back next week as Kim will be sharing the story of her 28-year-old son Timothy, who went to Heaven in 2021 as a result of a plane crash.  I believe you will be so encouraged by what she has to share.   

    Click HERE for Kim's book:  Desperate Trust - Clinging to God When Your World Falls Apart.  This book shares the stories of her babies in Heaven. 

    Click HERE for Kim's website:  A Life Well Lived - Timothy Christian Allison
    This website shares the story of her 28-year-old son Timothy, who went to Heaven in 2021.


    We'd love for you to connect with us here at While We're Waiting!

    Click HERE to visit our website and learn about our free While We're Waiting Weekends for bereaved parents

    Click HERE to follow our public Facebook page

    Click HERE to follow us on Instagram

    Click HERE to follow us on Twitter

    Click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation to the While We're Waiting ministry

    Contact Jill by email at: jill@whilewerewaiting.org

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

joluda ,

Heaven Called and Heaven Sent

We are over 15 years past Seth’s Heavencoming, but GOD continues to show His great love for us in working for the good of us who love Him and have been called according to His purpose. We are so thankful to GOD for His purposing of While We Wait and connecting us as grieving parents to see His great love for us during our grieving process. And turning loss into life well lived. We lost our precious children, but our relationship with our Father only deepens!

bergie8772 ,

This has been such a gift

My friend Courtney Mount,Millie’s mom, shared your podcast. After losing our sweet 18 year old daughter, Summer, lost her battle w/ her 2nd round of leukemia June 15th, 2022. It took me a couple of months to listen, but I’m so glad I did. So many things from so many different parents on here to guide me. And of course knowing your story, Jill, was similar to ours. Thank you💜💜

C'mon, it's me ,

A gift from GOD

Our 19 year old son passed away unexpectedly 2 1/2 months ago. This ministry has been an absolute gift from the hand of GOD. We have gained so much comfort, wisdom and encouragement in listening to others who have walked this same path of grief and brokenness. We’ve even signed up to attend a While We’re Waiting retreat next year, too. Thank you!

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