John Travolta and Wife Express Gratitude to Neighbours for Support After Son's Death

by Savitha C Muppala on  January 15, 2009 at 7:55 PM Celebrity Health News   - G J E 4
 John Travolta and Wife Express Gratitude to Neighbours for Support After Son's Death
John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston have acknowledged the support of their neighbours and friends, thanking them immensely for standing by the family during their most trying time, the death of their son Jett.

The pair bid their 16-year-old Jett a final goodbye on January 5 after the teenager died from a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas, reports the Telegraph.

The heartbroken parents, along with their eight-year-old daughter Ella, wrote an open letter in a local Ocala newspaper thanking neighbours for their prayers, urging them to "cherish your loved ones like there was no tomorrow".

The letter read:

"To The People of Ocala

The enormous amount of love, support and condolence we have received from this community has been most humbling. Comforting words, thoughts and prayers of Ocala's citizens have made an impossibly painful situation, a little less painful.

The actions of Ocala's community leaders, its law enforcement professionals, our neighbors at Jumbolair and its surrounding communities have offered us the dignity to grieve the loss of our son and Ella's brother in peace. For this we will always be grateful.

From the people who drove hours to drop off cards and flowers at our doorstep, to the service providers who made Jett's ceremony so beautiful, thank you. Every person who we have encountered has offered to do anything in their power to help us, but add that they feel powerless to do so. We want all of you to know that you have already helped us. By sharing our grief, you lessen our burden. For all of the people who have kept Jett in their prayers, know that those prayers have given us inspiration and strength.

What we have experienced in Ocala transcends neighborly civility. We have been treated as family. Although we lost a good part of the joy and radiance of our family, your embracing us as a member of your own has helped us to contend with our loss.

In parting, we want all of you to cherish your loved ones and your friends like there was no tomorrow, to live your lives to the fullest by continuing to help one another, and to be true to yourselves.

Love John, Kelly and Ella"

Source: ANI

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John and Kelly: I totally agree with you in your letter to the newspaper, to love your friends and family as though every day was the last day of their Earthly life. I too, have a medically fragile 14 year old son, with many, many concerns and I try to love him regardless of his many issues. He, also requires constant supervision from his care provider, teachers, or myself. We will continue to pray for strength for you for each tiny step in renewing your new life now without your son. God is a very gracious God and He gives us only the amount that we can handle. So we are much stronger than we think we are. Get invilved with doing something in memory of your son. I give my liquid gold(blood) in memory of my nephew wo died at 28 from liver failure and used massive amounts of blood before he died. Doing this one life sabving act of kindness helps me connect with him and focus on him during each donation.Recently, I watched FACE OFF in which you lost a very young son and I also watched JACK FROST in which a spose was killed. Maybe your past movies would help you get over the loss in some way. We love your talents and we continue to keep your family in our daily thoughts and prayers. REBECCA JOY
Rebecca Joy Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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