Dear Brother Jon,
I miss you more than words can express, we all do. Your life has come and gone all too quickly and we are left here missing you and wishing you were still a part of our daily lives. We are left wondering how this all happened and why you had to leave us so soon.
It seems like it was yesterday we were young kids playing in the backyard, riding bicycles or go-carts around the neighborhoods, and going places with the family, leaning on one another through the challenges of life. Next, we quickly went through our teenage and young adult years doing our best to get together as frequently as occasion would allow us, but also trying to establish our individual identity and figure out how we could best navigate the waters of this earthly existence with the hope of success. The last few years we have all been working hard trying to keep up with the demands of this modern world, occasionally having time to reminisce with one another, with the hope that one of these days we would have the chance of sharing more time together. That time with you has now past bro and it has taught me a hard and sobering lesson about the uncertainty of life, but also thankful for the times we have been able to spend together. I do not know of a group of siblings, cousins included in that group, that are closer than our little crew.
My memories of you will always be of laughter, love, & service to your family and those who had the privilege of being considered your friend. Time with you was special and we all looked forward to it. You regularly had no filter in the things you would say or do, which only you could get away with saying, but left us all with a smile on our face. Now, once possibly embarrassing moments are a flood of happy memories that we will cherish because we can recall you being a part of it.
I have so much more that I want to say to you and talk to you about. Special occasions in the future that I want you to be a part of, which I know you will be, but unfortunately it will be at a distant that causes us to miss you that much more. It is just not the same as having you right here where we can see you, laugh with you, hug you, or even cry with you. You are so missed brother and I look forward with an eye of faith to our great future reunion.
In the meantime, I know that you will be looking out for us and pray that you can be an instrument in the Lord's hands in blessing the lives of your loved ones, especially your brother J-Bird. We will be praying for you and missing you until that great day when we can all be reunited again. Pray for us too!
I love you bro and want you to know how much my little family loves you. This has been a most difficult experience for us, but we are proud of you for the example you set for us this past year as you endured through all the pain associated with your accident, surgery, and the process of recovery. You are a true warrior. Thanks for all you have done to bring good into our lives. Miss you and we will see ya when we get there.
Your big brother,