While We're Waiting Support Groups



Another aspect of the While We're Waiting ministry is our faith-based support groups for bereaved parents.  


As with all of our While We're Waiting events, our goal at these meetings is to point grieving parents to our only true source of comfort, Jesus Christ.  Although our topics of discussion may be painful, and tears will be inevitable, our desire will be to honor God by seeking how we can live well while we're waiting to be reunited with our children some day.


All of our support groups are facilitated by parents who have experienced the death of a child.  None of us has any training in grief counseling, and attending this group should not be viewed as a substitute for professional counseling.  We are just parents who are walking this road of grief, a few years ahead of some folks, and decades behind others.  That's why we use the term "facilitating" ... We will all be learning from each other.  Each meeting is based around a particular Scripture passage and will address a specific topic faced by grieving parents. 


Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to come.  You are welcome if your child has been in Heaven for thirty days or for thirty years.  You are welcome if your child was stillborn and never took a single breath, or if your child lived to be an adult and had a family of his or her own.  come, knowing you will be surrounded by people who care, who understand, and who will pray for you.  This will be a safe place, a place where we can discuss our struggles, knowing we will not be judged, because every one of us has been there at one time or another.  We will also share our victories, and rejoice with each other as we move along the road toward healing.


At this time, we have chapters in several states, as you can see below.  If you would like more information about facilitating a group in your area, please contact Jill Sullivan at 501-881-8851.  Our board has set a stipulation that those who would like to facilitate a group attend one of our While We're Waiting Weekend events, or attend three of our Hot Springs area support group meetings.  We like to get to know our facilitators on a personal basis!  Prospective facilitators must also complete an application, provide two letters of reference, and agree to both our While We're Waiting Statement of Faith and our While We're Waiting Statement of Beliefs.  All facilitators must be approved by our board of directors.



Arkansas While We're Waiting Chapters:


The Hot Springs, Arkansas, chapter meets at the While We're Waiting Refuge, located at 1685 South Moore Road, on the last Tuesday night of every month at 6:00 p.m.  The date and location for the December meeting will be different due to the Christmas holiday.  This group is facilitated by Brad & Jill Sullivan and Larry & Janice Brown.  For more information about this group, please contact Jill Sullivan at 501-881-8851.


The North Little Rock, Arkansas, chapter meets in the Lakeside Room on the third floor of Baptist Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive, on the fourth Thursday night of every month at 6:30 p.m.  The date and location for the December meeting may be different due to the Christmas holiday.  This group is facilitated by Kevin & Debbie Russell.  For more information about this group, please contact Debbie Russell at  501-831-6830.


The Springdale, Arkansas, chapter meets at Cross Church, located at 1709 Johnson Road, on the second Wednesday night of every month at 6:30 p.m.   The location for the December meeting may be different due to the Christmas holiday.  This group is facilitated by Mark & Missy Pile.  For more information about this group, please contact Missy Pile at 479-640-1171.


The Siloam Springs, Arkansas, chapter meets at Sager Creek Community Church, located at 1600 Cheri Whitlock Drive, on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  The date and location for the December meeting may be different due to the Christmas holiday.  This group is facilitated by Don & Deondra Chamberlain.  For more information about this group, please contact Deondra Chamberlain at 479-549-7005.


The Wynne, Arkansas, chapter meets at the home of Beth Ratliff, located at 42 Southridge Circle, on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  This group is facilitated by Beth Ratliff, and is for Moms only.  For more information about this group, please contact Beth at 870-588-5474



Florida While We're Waiting Chapter


The Dundee, Florida, chapter meets at The Church on the Hill, 1111 Scenic Highway, on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  The dates and locations for the November and December meetings may be different due to the holidays.  This group is facilitated by Rick & Tammy Siegel.  For more information about this group, please contact Tammy Siegel at 863-332-9140.  



Georgia While We're Waiting Chapter


The Sugar Hill, Georgia, chapter meets at the Buford Church of Christ, located at 1089 Buford Highway, on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  The dates and locations for the November and December meetings may be different due to the holidays.  This group is facilitated by Nanette Klinect and Amy Smith, and is a little different in that it is for bereaved moms only at this time.  For more information about this group, please contact Nanette Klinect at 770-597-3677.



Missouri While We're Waiting Chapter


The Cadet, Missouri, chapter meets at Jesus is the Answer Ministry, located at 11440 Cannon Mines Road, on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  The dates and locations for the November and December meetings may be different due to the holidays.  This group is facilitated by Mike & Kim Canania and Joe & Kayla West.  For more information about this group, please contact Kim Canania at 636-208-8707.



Oklahoma While We're Waiting Chapter


The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, chapter meets at Southern Hills Baptist Church, located at 8601 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, on the second Thursdayof every month at 6:30 p.m.  The dates and locations for the November and December meetings may be different due to the holidays.  This group is facilitated by Mike and Jennifer Coleman.  For more information about this group, please contact Jennifer Coleman at 405-309-7436.



Oregon While We're Waiting Chapter


The Redmond Oregon, chapter meets at Water Cup Counseling Center, 852 SW 15th Street, on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  PLEASE NOTE:  This group will not meet during the months of November, December, and January.  It is facilitated by Matt and Stacie Zachary.  For more information about this group, please contact Stacie Zachary at 541-610-2270.  



Tennessee While We're Waiting Chapter


The Cordova, Tennessee, chapter meets at Bellevue Baptist Church, located at 2000 Appling Road, on the second Wednesday of every month at6:15 p.m.  The first meeting will be September 13, 2017.  The dates and locations for the November and December meetings may be different due to the holidays.  This group is facilitated by Sean and Heather Ellis.  For more information about this group, please contact Sean at 901-603-7889 or Heather at 901-603-7798.



Texas While We're Waiting Chapter

The Tyler, Texas, chapter meets at The Children's Park of Tyler in the Alison House located at 110 E. Dobbs Street on the third Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m.  The dates and locations for the November and December meetings may be different due to the holidays.  This group is facilitated by Cristal Rodriguez, andthis group is a little different as it is for bereaved moms only at this time.  For more information about this group, please contact Cristal Rodriguez at 903-262-0016.


"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."  Romans 8:25