Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pablo Is Gone

Dear friends,

Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz passed from this life at 1:30 p.m.

He left this life in the same way he entered it: beautifully, gracefully and in the loving arms of his Mommy and Papa and dear big brother Grady.

He left this life in the middle of his parents' bed - the bed he's grown up in, from day one until today, his final day.

Our family is grateful for your love and light.

From our hearts,

Jo Ann, Jeff and Grady

190 comments:

Diana said...

I will be praying! I am so sorry that this happened to Pablo and your family.

hi there said...

Sending love love love your way.
xoxomartha, bob, ben and maddy in malibu

Anonymous said...

God has blessed you all so much for having him grace your lives. Peace and love be with you all in this time of sorrow. All of God's love and strength to you...

Pam H. - Mandeville/New Orleans

Jessica said...

I'm so very sorry... Wishing you all peace.

We will be donating to cancer research in Pablo's name.

Anonymous said...

I'm crying with you.

Love, Jenefer

jeanney said...

Sending love to you all and love to Pablo where he now rests. We are thinking of you and so saddened by this passing. The strength of your family love has inspired us so many times. Peace to you all. Jeanney, James and Owen.

Zeus said...

Fred 62 Will always Love Pablo.
We all Send Our Love and support.

MKPatrick said...

Pablo is such an amazing light in our lives forever. Please accept our deepest sympathies, peace and strength. Love & Light always Dear Pablo.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jo Ann, Jeff and Grady:

My heart breaks for you and I send you so much love. Pablo was so so wise to chose you.

Love, Sharla

Heather said...

Although he has left this life I am sure your family will see signs of his beauty around you until you all meet up again.
Pablo was sent here to do something very special and he did...he reminded mothers like me, who don't know your family but was drawn to your strength and generosity in sharing your story with us, that each healthy child is a miracle and gift. I don't sweat the small stuff like I used to because I think of strong Pablo who made the most of every good minute. I think of each member of your family who cherished each second they were blessed to have with him.
Thank you for sharing this intimate time in your life with others so that we can take your courage and love and apply it to our own lives.
My heart and love go out to you and yours and I will continue my 3 minutes of positive vibes and prayer coming straight to your family to give you strength. What a special family you are...

Ken said...

We love you. We are so sorry.

Ken and Charlotte

Cathy Ryan said...

Our thoughts and prayer are with you all. Pablo was the sweetest of the sweet. And he was lucky to have such a wonderful mom, dad and big brother.
Much love, Cathy Ryan and Kevin Brown

stephanie said...

No words.... just tears.

Pam Radtke Russell said...

Jo Ann, Jeff and Grady -- We are thinking of you and praying for you. What a wonderful spirit to have known, even through the distance. You gave him such a wonderful life.

kappa said...

i am so sorry
he was a brave boy
he was loved so much
and he loved too

i love you

Anonymous said...

RIP sweet, sweet Pablo.

Anonymous said...

Love and sympathy to you all.

We'll miss Pablo hugely.

We're grateful for and will always remember the precious time we spent with him.

E, C, F, R, O and M xxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

your family is amazing. my thoughts and prayers are with you. love to you all.

bjorn

Jennifer said...

I'm so deeply sorry. I'm sending every bit of love to Pablo and your family. You are surrounded by love and light. I hope that somehow brings you comfort and peace during this very difficult time. My deepest condolences.

dharma69 said...

Your loss is unimaginable and there really are no words. Thank you for sharing so much of him with us; it really was an honor to "know" him.

One more angel.

Trina

Anonymous said...

My heart is so heavy right now. I feel blessed to have known Pablo even though it was only through these posts. My prayers are with your family now and forever. I'm sending love and light to you, JoAnn and Grady.

Love,
Debbie (Medina) Graham & family

Heather said...

Sweetest Dearest Pablo:

"May the choirs of angels come to greet you.
May they speed you to paradise.
May the Lord enfold you in his mercy.
May you find eternal life."

We love you all ..

Jennifer said...

It was through tears that I read the blog that chronicled the battle that Pablo bravely fought. I am so saddened to hear of his passing and wish your family a sense of peace and love. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jenn N. - Spring Hill, TN

Kevin said...

god bless your beautiful little angel and your weary hearts...we are grieving alongside you. xoxoxoxoxo

Disco Demolition Records said...

You guys are all on my mind and in my heart today.
Love & comfort.

juniperus said...

I am SO sorry. My thoughts are with you all, and I wish you peace (an abundance of love, that you already have.)

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your family. Much love to Pablo and lots of thanks for letting us into your wonderful, precious life. You've made a fan out of me and you taught me to be strong.

Karen Salgado

Jules said...

May God rest his beautiful soul.

He has so much love and light accompanying him during this part of his journey. He now also brings a smile to all the other souls that he joins and we are lucky to know that his gorgeous locks of hair, bright, sweet smile and amazing personality will be there to greet us when we too enter this part of our journey.

HappyParts said...

Your love for Pablo is an inspiration. Thank you.

Ray said...

the Santamaria family loves you all. we are grateful to have known you Pablo.

R said...

I'm a friend of Rachel and Clint Lukens, and a child life specialist at Children's Hospital Boston. I've been reading Pablo's story for the past several months, and I just wanted to say how very sorry I am to hear of his passing. Even though I never had the honor of meeting him, I could tell how special he was from reading about him and seeing pictures of him. What a great smile he had! I'm sure you have so many great memories that you'll carry with you always. Please know my thoughts are with you.

Jonathan said...

Much love and blessings to you all. Thank you so much for letting us all get to know Pablo and all of you during these last few months. Your courage and love have been and will continue to be a true inspiration to all.

Jonathan, Christie, Quinton and Cameron

Anonymous said...

We will come together in mind, body and soul and hold a meditation circle for Pablo, Joann, Jeff and Grady.
Tomorrow, Sunday the 28th at 9am at Bronson bark (1 canyon east of beachwood)
BRONSON CANYON
3200 Canyon Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
feel free to call me for directions 323 8289552

You will find us on the right side about 200 feet into the park. Past the children's playground behind the white sleeping tree.

Please bring a blanket in case if the grass is wet.

We will be sitting in the shushmana meditation. Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung is one of the most powerful mantras known from the Kundalini tradition and is extraordinarily effective in dealing with challenges. It is powerful. It is universal. It works on many levels; the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical.This mantra cuts across time and space for healing yourself and others but It also creates a peaceful and productive environment for the universal force to move forth in its purpose.

Please join us if you feel so inclined and if you can't then take a moment and hold them in your heart surround them with your light.. and breath your peace towards them.



hear the mantra at http://www.imeem.com/bassdriven/music/QOFmyEE2/snatam-kaur-ra-ma-da-sa/

http://pablove.org/

Sat Namja

Mary said...

Hi Jo Ann -

Pam Hendrix told me about things yesterday, and I just saw the last update. I've gone through this with my Mom, having her at home when she passed. I don't know what it's like to lose a son, and I only hope you know that there is a lot of love being sent out to you. Peace to all of you.
Love,
Mary Lasseigne

Anonymous said...

Your family has shown us what love looks like. I am so sorry for the short time you had Pablo, he was extraordinary. Joanne

Anonymous said...

My god bless your family and bring peace to your hearts.

Dawn: said...

Celebrating Pablo's extraordinary life and spirit. Sending all of my love to you with prayers for peace and grace.

Anonymous said...

Jasper, Rosie and I send all the love we can. We're so sorry. Wish I could do something. Make it all better. We're all so human. xoxoxoxo Carolyn

JUST A MOM said...

Sharing in your sorrow.

McKay Family- Ventura, CA

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Pablo will be in our hearts forever. We love you all so much. Please call on us for anything, anytime.
xoxoxo
Suzie & Dave

Miss Natalie Lynn said...

I have been a silent follower of your blog for some time now. I hadn't checked in for a few days but Pablo was on my mind today, for some reason. Now I know why. I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

All My Love.

John Piersol said...

Godspeed and sweet dreams little man.

Azizi Murray said...

My heart hurts for you... I am sending some love....

Anonymous said...

His heavenly father is holding him tight right now. May God bring you peace.

Colleen said...

We love you guys so much. I wish we were there with you guys. He was an awesome little guy. We are praying for you and sending all our thoughts and love your way. We are so sorry.

Your Cousins,
Colleen and Meagan

Anonymous said...

I'm a friend of the Needhams and have been checking up on your PABLOg every so often. I'm so sorry for your loss. Pablo is such an adorable your boy with a strong spirit! I LOVE his smile! I'll be thinking of your family - sending love and prayers.

<3 Amanda

Laryl said...

I love you. I love Pablo. I am so very sorry. My prayers, and those of my family, are with yours.

Laryl

Anonymous said...

We send all of our love to you. How fortunate was Pablo to be part of your extraordinary family - he was loved so very much.

Tiwanna said...

There are no words that come to mind. The depths of your sorrow I can't imagine. I only knew Pablo through words and pictures, but I came to feel adoration & love for such a strong, brave, lively, happy boy. Thank you for sharing his story and your family's story. Thank you. My love, prayers, & best energy to your family and still always for Pablo.

Deborah said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Pablo.


My thoughts are with you and the family

Anonymous said...

Please know that even those of us who were only blessed to know Pablo through your words and photographs feel his loss deeply...he is that special. I will continue to pray that God shares his strength with all of you in the days ahead. I am so sorry for your loss.

Pam said...

Forever Pablo:

Priority
Altruism
Beauty
LOVE
Overjoyed

Peace and comfort to your family
Pam W.
Chesterfield,MO

Hadley and Ben said...

What an amazing, smiley, loving guy. The strength and wisdom of you all are deeply touching. We love you and are thinking about you.

jenni sperandeo said...

With sincerest and deepest sympathies, thank you for sharing the love of your family with us.

Pablo endures, through each of you and all of us that he touched here during his journey.

much love,
Jenni

Les Popoviches said...

Peace...

Back into the Universe you go sweet Pablito, but in our hearts you will forever be. You are one hell of a little man, a truly special guy, thank you Pablo, you will be remembered by so many, you have touched and bettered so many of lives and thought us so many important things...


Thank you Jeff and Jo Ann for sharing your beautiful sons Pablo and Grady with us; you are exceptional parents, and PABLOg is a testament to your beautiful love and devotion to your son... a true love story.

The Pablove Foundation is Pablo's legacy... what a wonderful way for you Pablo to forever breath life and give hope to other sick children and to families like yours.

We'll miss you so much Pablo,
Jessica, Adrian and James Wolf

(We will be donating to your foundation)

Anonymous said...

with heavy hearts, we send you our love and prayers.
Gigi Joe Jake Sidney

Jeannette Kantzalis said...

My heart goes out to your family. Good bye sweet boy.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of Pablo and sending you my love.

Kat

Tish Hearne said...

I'm crying with you. Please call or write if you need anything at all.

May God comfort you with His unconditional love and mercy.

With never-ending prayers,
Tish & family
Hearnefive@verizon.net
(805) 302-9640 (cell)

life is happy most of the time. said...

we are with you in spirit and we are carrying you guys in our hearts.
sending all of our love to your very brave souls.
love always,
rebekkah and joe

John Piersol said...

Sweet dreams, little man, sweet dreams. You will live in our hearts forever as the happy, beautiful, rich, strong boy you were everyday in this life. We are better people for having known you and your family, and your impact on this world is so much deeper and stronger than any other 6-year old boy I've known. Sweet dreams, little man, sweet dreams.
Laura

jeditosh said...

i just read your blog after clicking through from lance's twitter, i'm so sorry to read of pablo's passing. sending you strength and love.

Anonymous said...

Been following without a word. Thanks for yours. The trongest people love the strongest. Peace.
Barbara

Samantha said...

i don't even know what to say... there are no words for a loss of a child... i dont know how the world does not stop turning when a child dies... but I guess, in some way it does... i am so sorry for this most painful loss. i can see he was very very loved. and always will be.

Brian said...

My prayers go out to you all.

Anonymous said...

P is in heaven now smiling happy like the boy we knew him to be, looking down upon us all sending us all his love, peace and gratitude for all love and support to him and his family . He is in good hands now the world is a better place for him being here.

We will miss him.

We love you

The Scully family

Angela said...

I have been following Pablo's journey, and have not been able to say a word. I just can't imagine what you have all been through. But please know that I think of you often. And I try to remember your story while I'm raising my own boys -- life is too precious not to enjoy all of the little things. Brian and I are so sad to hear of Pablo's passing. We are wishing your entire family comfort and peace.

JAX said...

Following Pablo's courageous battle with cancer was inspiring. So much love and strength in such a tiny package. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your joy was our joy. Your pain was our pain. Thank you for sharing Pablo with the world.

Adam Simon said...

I don't have the words.....

Anais said...

i'm really really multiplied by a billion times sorry for your loss. hope you're all doing okay. sending love,more love and prayers for you all.

The Loop Family said...

Our hearts are heavy. If there is anything we can do on this end, please let us know. We send all of our love your way.

Anonymous said...

Bless you all. We are heartbroken for your loss. I'm thinking right now what a powerful thing the internet is, or can be. Here we are sitting 9 time zones away from the site of Pablo's life on Earth and his passage into another, yet are able to remain deeply touched by him as if he were next door. Please know that he mattered, that he made a difference to us.

Molly Böttcher
Hattorf, Germany

Tatiana said...

Pablo's spirit was evident in pictures. He was a light on this earth and is now a light for all from heaven. How lucky we are.

Hugs, comfort, sleep and peace that passes understanding to you Castelaz family. Xo

Nora said...

I'm thinking of all of you and holding sweet Pablo in my heart.

Anonymous said...

you all are in our hearts.
with deep sadness and love,
ellen, brian, and leo

Sherry said...

Condolences to your beautiful family from mine.
I will always remember Pablo's smile.

Will said...

Crushed. Indescribably sorry. All my deepest love to you.

Gretchen drennan said...

Wherever Pablo is I know he is doing his own thing. Sending you all love and strength.
Gretchen

Adam V. said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

I know Pablo will be with you forever, in all ways! Pablo, and your family as a unit, are a model of bravery, unity, and love that everyone needs to see. Pablo did very well to spend his time with you guys.

Puanani said...

Blessings, blessings, blessings.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Pablo's story. Heard about it on twitter and was following and hoping for the best. Was so sad to see the twitter post today. Sending love to your family.

Kim/Atlanta

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God hold Pablo in his arms tonight.

Much love,
Donna Huete and Tim Brunson

Michelle said...

God bless!

Kathy said...

Our love goes out to all of your family and we feel grateful to have known your family through all of this.
Pablo and all the other children will continue to make us better, stonger people.
Billy, Kathy and Parker

Brittany said...

Pablo showed such an incredible amount of courage in his short 6 years. His life has inspired so many, your little boy will never be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

RealLowVibe said...

Was reading your morning update right at the time that Pablo left to check out the territory ahead, and had such a good, bright feeling.

Thinking the warmest, most loving thoughts for each of you right now. You've got a lot of support out here in the world.

Thank you for sharing your family's warmth and courage with all of us. That energy will help you put one foot in front of the other for the next little while. Have faith in it, and depend on it.

~Heather, Seattle

The Schultz Family said...

We are so sorry to hear that the end has come. It's clear that Pablo's spirit and your love for him will live on forever. His life has been an inspiration. May you find peace now that the struggle is over.

Josh said...

Joann- Years ago in New York, I came as close as I ever have to departing this life. I was blessed to have you at my side that day, smart, steadfast and loving. I can say from experience that Pablo has gotten the best love and care there is to give.

Jeff and Grady – Your words and deeds have inspired us to a degree we never imagined. You’ve shared your hearts through thick and thin, and brought us all together in love and friendship. Thank you.

Pablo- We love you so much and we’ll miss you. We’ll do our best to honor you and your heroic fight.

With all our love,
Josh, Tina, Harper, Tess and William

SVChoirBooster said...

Pablo was so very blessed in life with such a loving family. May God comfort you with precious memories of your lovely boy. You are in my prayers.

kdeloian said...

We're so incredibly sorry. All of our love to you and the family. So many prayers...

Kat & Garrett

Judy said...

I have no profound words. May peace and strength be with you all.

Wade Kwon said...

I don't know you and I don't know Pablo, but I feel compelled to say this.

My condolences. It is a terrible thing, and I wish you peace and strength and love in your time of need.

Your pain is my pain.

Anonymous said...

PABLO........YOU HAVE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES.......AND YOUR SOUL AND BEING WILL BE REFLECTED IN ALL THINGS OF BEAUTY...
LOOKING OUT AT THE OCEAN, .....THE FIRST SIGHT OF HALF DOME... THE AIR AFTER A RAIN...ALL THESE THINGS AND MORE,WILL BRING YOUR SWEET, BEAUTIFUL FACE TO MIND.
YOU WILL BE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
WE LOVE YOU.
LANDAU FAMILY

DJ said...

Sending all the love I have..... DJ Brooks

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Maybe Pablo was sent into this world for this purpose, though- to teach us all about the beauty of human compassion, to teach us that we can care about a complete stranger. He taught us all that lesson. And we have all learned a lot from him and his story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Stay strong in this tough time. Best wishes.

clare crespo said...

We were so so so lucky to know that wonderful boy.
Love, Clare, JAmes and Ruby

jordan said...

I am so very sorry. What you've written has moved me deeply although we've never met. Thank you for having the courage and generosity to share it. I wish you all peace and strength.

Crissy said...

So sorry to hear that Pablo is no longer among us here on earth. I know it isn't much easier just knowing that his suffering is over. Your family is in my prayers.

Marie Rodrigues-Oldham said...

i have no words that could express how deeply sorry i am, my heart is broken. pablo was a brave little boy and you are a brave family that loved him unconditionally and made every day he roamed this earth special. if brad & i are half the parents you are one day i will consider it an accomplishment in parenting. pablo was lucky to have you. and you were lucky to have him. sending you love & light.

xoxo
marie & brad oldham

Anonymous said...

Your hearts will never be complete but rejoice in knowing that he is with the Lord watching over you every step you take until you are together again. It will be a difficult journey the one you are now embarking and life will never be the same. Lean on each other and speak often of Pablo. My heart goes out to you and I will keep you in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

wishing you all stillness, grace and love as you come to a place of peace in Pablo's passing. Our hearts are filled with awe and wonder at the journey that you have all taken, with the greatest of love and our deepest sympathy's susan, david, Hayden parker Tennyson and a special hug to Grady from Maddie

PearlGem said...

There are no words...prayer, love and hope of peace to all of you. I'm sorry for your enourmous loss.

mary (Katie's Daughter) said...

even though I never met Pablo or any of you I truly have love for all of you. My mom(Katie)called me with the news and I couldn't control my crying. I pray God continues to give you strength to get through your loss. And always remember Pablo is smiling down on all of you always. My prayers are with all of you. Love you all.

Anonymous said...

Peace to you Pablo.

I will miss you so much.

Your light still so bright...

I will look for you in the stars
each and every night.

Love you, Carrie

Anonymous said...

I am up the hill, Joaquin is in Detroit, and we have been following your blog through this journey. Our home and hearts have been filled to the brim with loving thoughts for your family. I am so glad we were fortunate to know sweet Pablo. Please know that we are here, thinking of you and sending all our love and sympathy down the street.

Michele & Joaquin Grey

janice said...

Such a great spirit, I truely enjoyed his fight, he is a strong boy and his energy will remain...
I am so sorry for your loss...

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry for your families loss. Pablo was a strong little boy and will forever be an inspiration to those who might not have personally known him, but kept up with him daily here. My prayers are with your family at this time.

Anonymous said...

Deeply feeling your loss... Hoping you can find peace.

With love from a waldorf family

lonleyjb_fan said...

my family's thoughts and prayers all go out to your family. We are so sorry I promise to be thankful everyday for my healthiness. Pablo is an inspiration to life.
Love
stephanie

Lisa Margulis said...

My thoughts are with and have been with you for quite sometime...I'm quite speechless right now. May you feel Pablo's grace and softness every time a soft wind catches you.

Lisa Matt Georgia and Olympia

Anonymous said...

he will always be in all that you do

sending you love and strength
to see the light through your tears,

x


bella

x

Elizabeth said...

I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing your beautiful son's smile with us and for showing us the love in your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

We can not even find the words to express the sadness we feel, but it will never outweigh the joy and inspiration that Pablo brought and will always continue to bring to us.

I will forever remember Pablo teaching Sebastian to jump off the steps at the playground in Silverlake park. And the happiness he always displayed despite the battle he faced.

Sending our love and wishing you strength...

Sebastian, Wendy and Alan

Jen Berry said...

Dearest Pablo,

You remind me every minute to enjoy every bit of health and happiness I have.

You remind me to carry the strength for my husband every second of his fight against cancer.

Your family reminds to love love love everyone in mine.

Your courage, laughter, strength, peace, sweetness, power, character are all built into the beauty I see around me today. And everyday in the future.

Even though I never met you person, I know how much you gave to this world in your lifetime. Your loved ones are more than happen that you chose them.

I know you are without pain and with so much peace now.

xoxox

ps - thank you so much to the whole family for sharing such a painful, heart wrenching journey so that others could not only be supportive, but also grow in life, love and cherishing everything.

Anonymous said...

Jeff & Joann...

My heart goes out to you and your family...Pablo's life was such a blessing and you knew it..that's the greatest thing. I will continue to pray for your family.

I'm so sorry.
Dana -Milwaukee

The Busches said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little boy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Sending much love to all of you. Love Miro, Monk & Robbie

Shannon said...

I just learned about Pablo this afternoon, spending most of it reading about his journey. I am sad to hear this lastest chapter. Know that, to the world, he will live through your words and in your hearts, he will live forever.

The Barrott family said...

RIP little Pablo. Jeff, Joanne & family, you have taught us so much about love and family, and all that REALLY matters. Pablo will always live in our hearts, as yours. Much love and warmth.

Troy, Kristy, Bronte & Holly xx

Sarah and Joey Walker said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. Pablo was lucky to have a wonderful family who took excellent care of him and loved him more than words could ever say. He's looking down on you, letting you know that he's okay.

Anonymous said...

"And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth."
- Raymond Carver

Sky said...

We met Pablo through the amazing blog you put together, introduced to it by the Jones Family. What a sparkle his life had -- you could see it in his smile and his eyes. Thank you for blessing us with the knowledge of his sweet soul. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. With blessings, Mark, Sky and Ashlyn

Marc Brown said...

Pablo has a beautiful spirit and that will live on in so many ways. Thank you so much for sharing his life with the world. It means a lot. PabLove is just getting started! And your whole family is an inspiration to me.

Very sorry for your loss, and I've been thinking of Pablo and all of you a lot since this journey started.

Love, Marc

Steve said...

Pablo, Jeff, Jo Ann & Grady
You have changed me through your courage, fight and love for each other. Your willingness to share your journey is a gift to the world that few would give. You will all forever be in my heart. Words are empty, my soul reaches for you and offers only love and comfort. God speed Pablo, we will see you again, and some of us for the first time.

Much love, thoughts and continued prayer for your serenity and peace.

Steve Jacob

Anonymous said...

Jo, Jeff & Grady,
please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Connell & Cookie

Lesley said...

We sat tonight remembering Pablo, holding you all in our hearts. We are unspeakably sad. Love from Lesley & Bernie.

jeff suhy said...

We are so sorry...tears are flowing over here and we just wish there was something we could say or do to help.
we're wishing you strength in this unimaginable time for your family.

Treed said...

My dear friends we are so sad to hear of this. Our heart felt thoughts to all of you and love to Pablo on his new journey. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling.

Tom and Leslie

Treed said...

My dear friends we are so sad to hear of this. Our heart felt thoughts to all of you and love to Pablo on his new journey. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling.

Tom and Leslie

Anonymous said...

Oskar made and altar for Pablo. Lots of happy Pablo pictures, accompanied by hearts, a sun, a moon an upward arrow pointing towards a star. We lit a candle and when I told Oskar that I believe Pablo's spirit will stay around for a few days and he will like our altar, Oskar wanted to turn on a Donald Duck video as Pablo had told him that he really likes Donald Duck. Oskar is watching as I write this and I imagine Pablo sitting next to him, both of them laughing their heads off

It's unbelievable.
I want to pinch myself and wake up.
A shock.

Jo Ann, Jeff, Grady...I am at a loss for words.

What a little fighter and what a ray of light.
Pablo touched all our hearts, the core of it.
And he has made us all appreciate our lives to a fuller extent. He has shown us all how to live, how to give, soul and spirit.
Here and now!

His response of "you're welcome" made me laugh, what humor, until the very end.

He is not gone.
He is here, with you and with the rest of us until the end of time.

And at some point we shall all meet again


LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

and LIGHT


Line

Anonymous said...

Our deepest sympathy for your unimaginable loss. The profound love and joyful appreciation of life and childhood that led you through this difficult passage is an inspiration to us all.

Love,
the Crosman family

Katie VanderDonk said...

I am ever so sorry for your loss. Pablo was such a beautiful and vibrant young child. I know he will be sorely missed, but will remain in the hearts of many for lifetimes to come. I know his story will stay with me forever.
Know that I and many others are praying for him to be at peace, as he watches down on us from heaven. And praying for your family to overcome the burden of his passing, and be able to celebrate his wonderful life. Know that you are in the prayers and hearts of many and the gentle, loving hands of God.
May Pablo be at rest, under the wings of God in Heaven.
We love you and are thinking of your family through this very difficult time.
xoxoxo

Danny said...

Jeff Joann Iwork with Pablo's Grandpa in Tx. I lost my wife of 26 years June 11th, after a 6 1/2 year fight, to this God forsaken thing called cancer.She didn't get to see her 1st grandson due in Nov. I know with out a doubt she was one of the Angles that met Pablo today and wrapped her arms round him, he is in good hands and pain free! My heart felt prayers go out to all of you, for the void that you will now have in your life, fill it with all the good memories, you shared with Pablo.
God Bless
Danny

Scott and Cathy said...

We're heartbroken. It was good to know you, Pablo, if only for a short while. Our thoughts are with you all.

Anonymous said...

May sweet Pablo's spirit continue to touch all of us as he has through out his life time. And may you find peace during this unimaginably sad time. Love from all of us. Sarah, Stuart and Cynthia Rose

Justin said...

Jeff, Jo Ann and Grady ...

There aren't words to express my heartbreak but I wanted you to know that my prayers and thoughts and love are with you. Pablo is with the Lord, and he is strong and he is healthy and full of life. You will see him again. I am certain.

Justin

Rich Holtzman said...

There is no combination of words that I can put together that can express what we are feeling.

all of our thoughts and energy are with you.

Love
the holtzmans

Richard, Lauri Milo, Gus Gladstein said...

Our hearts and warmest thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about Pablo's passing. He will be deeply missed. Please know that you have the love to friends -- old, new and not even known during this difficult time.

Sadly,
Elise (of Jory, Stella and Theo)

Chad, Emily, Savannah, and Payton said...

Jeff, Jo Ann, Grady,

A while ago I found a quote by another cancer angel, Miles Levin that seems fitting here...

“Nobody knows for sure what we're doing here, or how to gauge our successfulness, but I tend to think that if you leave the world a better place than when you got here, as much as was personally possible, you're doing pretty good.

Taking that as the quanitification of success, you then realize that your biological vitality means very little - having a beating heart and operational lungs does not define you, your effect on the world around you does. Once you fulfill that service, your shift is done; you're off work and its time to go home. So you don't necessarily need a lot of years to have a lot of effect. In fact, maybe the opposite: if the good die young, it is they who have the most profound effect of all.”

Please know that Pablo's time here has had a profound effect on us all and we will all be better people because of him and because of you. The world lost a courageous little warrior today, but now he is forever free of cancer and free to soar. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

My name is Sarah said...

We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Your little Pablo has been an inspiration to so many. Your family is in our prayers.

Charlotte said...

Joann, Jeff, Grady and Family,
We love you all. We thank Pablo for the light he has provided us. You are strong people and we are so sorry that this has happened to Pablo and your family. We will be there for you during the recovery as we were during Pablo's struggles. We love you so much.

xo
Charlotte, Oona, Stephanie, Pete, Jojo, and Roddy

Anonymous said...

We love you all.

Doug and Sarah Gorman

Anonymous said...

We have been so honored to witness this truth and love and light emanating from Pablo and your entire family. It has shone on all of us and we have come to care so deeply. We will treasure our fondest memories of Pablo.

With love,
Karen and Wally Wirick
and your extended family at CHLA

Mel said...

Oh Jeff. And family. Thank you for sharing Pablo with us. He is still an extraordinary spirit. Powerful. And endless. He (and you all) have changed my life and my mothering. Thank you for this. You have been an amazing Dad Jeff. And still are. Bless you.

Love,
Melissa (from back in MKE)

Anonymous said...

Our deepest heartfelt love, sympathy and empathy for your whole family.

Jim, Hayley, and Dakota

Anonymous said...

You're not alone. You don't know me, but I'm praying for your family as are seemingly hundreds of others. God and Pablo are right beside you, smiling. Take a deep breath and walk with them. Much love and sympathy ...

beth said...

XOXO

Reba said...

I am a friend of Hrishi from the Boston area and have been following Pablo's story since I first heard about his battle. I am so sorry to hear about Pablo's passing. He was a true warrior and taught us all about courage, love and life. Looking at the pictures, I see a child that was always smiling and having fun. I have no doubt that your beautiful family provided him with a lifetime of happiness. Peace to your family.

Rebecca Goncalves

Anonymous said...

many tears in toronto.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
sharon, bill and savannah

miss becky said...

i cannot remember now how i came across your blog. i was wandering and came upon it late one night around the beginning of this year. your words drew me in and i knew i had to start at the beginning. i went to your first post and read most of the night. not then, or ever, throughout this journey, did i ever once believe that this would be the outcome. all the day i couldn't be happy knowing that there was something very sad happening someplace far away from me and i knew about it only by reading it as it was written. your son has brushed up against my heart and i will never be the same. he gave us all a gift and for that i feel very blessed.
may peace be with you.


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Rachaellh said...

Praying for you all tonight for comfort and peace. Rejoicing that Pablo is free from pain. I am so sorry that this happened. Pablo was a courageous child who changed the world for the better. Thank you for sharing this life with all of us. We are better because of it.

All our love,
The Hubbards in Texas

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Jeff. Pablo has been a part a part of my life since we've reconnected and i started following the blog. Pablo and family are deep in my thoughts.

Daryl Faust

John M said...

My heart is broken. I have faith that with time will come comfort and peace for you all.

With love and my deepest sympathies,

John

Anonymous said...

We are thinking of you all and your sweet, Pablo...
We are so very sorry. You are in our thoughts and prayers...
Peace & Love,
Kristin & Will

fabienne said...

sending so much love and peace....xxfabienne

Mary said...

Dear JoAnn -
I know that your heart is aching and I offer comfort and love. You always had the right words for me in my darkest hours - after my mom and dad passed and shortly after Sarah was born. Most parents are delighted after the birth of their children, but I was terrified. I remember you told me that you believe our children choose us, and they choose us for a reason. You told me that Sarah chose me because I was the best person to help her meet and overcome her challenges. Since that conversation, I considered it an honor and blessing to be Sarah's mom. Thank you. It's evident that Pablo chose you for a reason too. He had a purpose and you were the one to help him fulfill that purpose. I hope you take comfort in knowing that Pablo's short life inspired more people than most of us do in a full life time. You and your family are credited with that. I received a call about Pablo's passing this evening from a friend that doesn't even know you. I introduced her to your blog last fall and she has followed it religously since then. We cried for your loss. I told Sarah that Pablo passed and we cried as well. Please know that Pablo's time here has had a profound effect on us all and we are better because of him and because of you. We've known eachother our entire lives and you know I believe that Pablo is in heaven, and in the arms of everyone that has ever loved you.

Jeff and Grady your eloquence and beautiful words have showed thousands of people what love is. Thank you for sharing this most personal and intimate time.
My heart is so heavy because of your loss and I wish I could be there with you.

God bless you each of you and keep you close. Sarah & I will continue to pray for your family. Sending love and prayers. I'll be in touch.

Mary Avallone Watts

jody gelb said...

blessings to your family. blessings on his beautiful life with you.

Anonymous said...

So brave and so loved, both your family and Pablo. Your love, grace and honesty have been such an inspiration. Thank you for letting us in.

love to you,

a stranger who has been forever touched by your family,

Anonymous said...

Life never ends. Our perception of it in it's physical state tricks us. But the universe is abundant with spirits and those we label as "passing". I like to refer to it as passing by, but never leaving us for good. Embrace the new star that has just been born.

NIck Haworth said...

Good night, God bless, Pablo...

NIck and Family
xxxxxx

Jason said...

Your family are an example of grace and dignity that have truly made the world a better place. Pablo was a comet who streaked through our skies bright and fast. His arc has touched so many lives. He will never be forgotten. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Jason

Anonymous said...

There are no words only tears. Thank you for sharing your family's story
Sending peace and love to your family.

Ann Marie H - Long Island NY

Anonymous said...

My love and prayers to Pablo and your family.

Nancy said...

Wishing peace for you all. I am so very, very sorry.

Maria said...

Sending you love and prayers. You have been so strong and your love and spirit will never be defeated. My heart is with you all.

Carolyn said...

I have no words. I feel deeply connected to Pablo. Love is grief when I hug my own summer solstice baby--grief is screaming silently from this mother's heart. Your family has taught me to love more deeply.

Anonymous said...

Our deepest condolenses.
We love you all.
Gevrikyan Family

Connie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Pablo was an amazing child. Your family will be in my prayers today.

Zilda Daniels said...

Dear dear family,
I am writing on behalf of Zilda who is in Trinidad for the first time in twenty years. I called her to tell her the sad news and she was devastated for all of you. She will be back on July 3rd but she wanted me to send her condolences, her love, and her sadness to all of you. Zilda adored Pablo as she does your whole family. Sending love.
Caroline Aaron for Zilda Daniels

Jen said...

Pablo is a rose in our hearts. You shared him with those of us who have never met him in the most beautiful way. I am honored to have been a far away witness to your family, to your incredibly deep love and to him. His smile lights the world through your photos. I can only imagine the radiance Pablo projected in person. I am sending you my deepest sympathy and love. Jennifer Rhodes

Lisa Hickey said...

It was with a very heavy heart that I left on Friday, with my family, for a camping trip weekend in Santa Barbara. I knew that I would be away from the computer and unable to check on you guys. Looking out over the Pacific Ocean all weekend, my thoughts were never far from Pablo. In Pablo’s honor, I concentrated hard on staying in the moment; loving my boys and focusing on nothing but the positive; listening to their laughter, while at the same time, hoping beyond hope that you and JoAnn were listening to Pablo’s laughter at that same moment. Now that I’m home, I’m overwhelmingly sad to learn that Pablo has passed. Comforted to know that he was with his loving family and in the arms of his loving Mommy! He was a lucky little boy to be part of such a loving family. You are amazing parents, Jeff and JoAnn. If my husband and I can be just half of what you have been to your boys, it will be great! I have read all the posts and I share your profound belief that Pablo is still part of our universe, around and among us all and also in heaven. He will never be forgotten. Not by me or my boys……and we didn’t even know that brave little soldier. We did, however, learn much from him: take not one moment for granted, live life to the fullest, focus on the positive, love and laugh and spend time together as a loving family, and most important; how to be a good pirate! You gotta get all the loot you can!!!!!! Pablo, you will always be in our hearts. The Hickey Family…..Sean, Lisa, Tristan and Nathan.

Connor said...

Sending you our condolences on the loss of your dear son and brother Pablo. We love Pablo and we love you guys. xxxooo, Connor & Gattas

Jennie said...

My heart goes out to you in this tremendously difficult time. Much love and peace,
Jennie

Anonymous said...

I will live more thoughtfully, love more generously and endeavor to do the right thing in your honor, Pablo.
You are cherished and remembered.

Secret Agent said...

I am crushed. So sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am so very very very sorry.
With deepest sympathy, Ariana M.

momto2divas said...

My daughters have added "Pablo" to their nightly ritual of saying goodnight to the stars for "uncle Carl, Grandpa Larry, Jinx and Josie the cats and now to Pablo". Our thoughts are with your and your family.

Melissa, Russell, Samantha and Charlotte

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dee said...

i came to your blog by way of twitter RTs a couple of weeks ago. those current updates were so emotional i was drawn in and read thru the archives. past few days i wanted to write but felt intrusive about doing so. i sat at my computer at work on thursday and friday of last week and tears just poured out of me. the tears repeated when i read the weekend updates. the words, your stories, your pictures let us all in to catch a glimpse of your lives. you shared pablo and his story - thank you for not being afraid to do that. thank you for letting in so many of us.

i hope this last note leaves you with a smile - my verification word to post my comment is 'gasing'. and while it is not spelled correctly, i giggled a little in thinking about the many posts that revolved around farts.

i hope you can feel the warmth of everyone that you have touched - i hope that you can each find your moments of peace in the coming days and beyond.

Anonymous said...

My heart weeps for you and your family. Thank you for sharing his light with us all. We are better for having experienced the strength of your love and his light. With my deepest sympathy, Debra Sue

Anonymous said...

Not ever gone
Just moved on

Wishing you comfort
At this sorrowful time

much, much love, light & blessings to all 4 of you,
Heike, Isbjorn & Skadie

Anonymous said...

My sincerest condolences. The remarkable miracle of Pablo's vibrant life made him a little giant among us. I grieve so much for you, but also share your gratitude for what will be his enduring legacy: the strength, the courage, the love, the joie de vivre you have so beautifully described and chronicled. Although I did not know him, I am forever changed and edified by Pablo and his amazing family. Just a thought - if there are still star registries, it might be nice to have a PABLO star in a constellation that is meaningful to you.

Teresa Newlin

DanK04 said...

Jeff and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss of Pablo. The pictures I saw of him with Fred said it all about him. I can't imagine how difficult this battle is and was for you and Pablo.

czeltic girl said...

My deepest sympathies to you all. You're all in my thoughts.

Rest in peace, Pablo.

-Anne Stibor, Milwaukee

Sarah Nixdorf said...

Anything, they can take anything,Except the joy from your hearts.- Sabina W. 1919-2000

Am so sorry this happened. If u need a message: www.caringbridge/org/visit/sarahnixdorf

antonio said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Kyle Bartz said...

So sad to hear of your loss. A light that shines brightly will shine just as brightly after it has been extinguished. May Pablo's flame light your way for eternity. My highest hopes are with you.

joseph uliano said...

Pablo's legacy will be that everyone that you came in contact with and hears about his story will appreciate life, probably the biggest and most generous gift the can be bestowed on anyone. Pablo and your family have been chosen to give that wake up call to all of us. we are sorry that you were chosen, but we are blessed with the message. Life is short and fleeting and each day is a gift. I also believe that your site is an open hearted letter to all that need comfort in the grief and the knowledge that no one is alone in loss. thank you for sharing and enriching life with your beautiful son.

joseph uliano said...

Pablo's legacy will be that everyone that you came in contact with and hears about his story will appreciate life, probably the biggest and most generous gift the can be bestowed on anyone. Pablo and your family have been chosen to give that wake up call to all of us. we are sorry that you were chosen, but we are blessed with the message. Life is short and fleeting and each day is a gift. I also believe that your site is an open hearted letter to all that need comfort in the grief and the knowledge that no one is alone in loss. thank you for sharing and enriching life with your beautiful son.