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.


The support group is 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 Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, and Texas.  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!



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.



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 first meeting will be June 19, 2017.  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.



Texas While We're Waiting Chapter

The Tyler, Texas, chapter meets at The Children's Park of Tyler in the Allison 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