Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Different Kind of Dear John Letter

Those of you who know me know I'm not a sentimental person in the sense I'm not given to outward display of emotional feelings. No touchy-feely stuff. No tears over loss. But it was with a sense of mourning and loss that I just read a post from John at Seasons of Shadow that moved me.

As you may be aware, John has been fighting a debilitating disease for sometime now and his blog post, "Last Post," tells how he is finally giving in to the fight. He is accepting that the disease has won and now he will soon die. It's pretty moving.
"As you may know, I have a strong belief in the survival of consciousness after death, and I also believe in the concept of natural selection. Nature’s given me the signal — it’s my time, and intuitively and instinctually I’m feeling nature’s correct. I’m not at all scared to explore this fourth (and what I feel is the best) option. In fact, I welcome it, as I’ve been at my wits end the last year trying to deal with this incredibly cruel illness."
John is an incredibly talented haunter. I've enjoyed the detail and passion he brought to the craft. He'll be sorely missed. Rest easy, John.


  1. I read it too. It is really sad and not fair. Had a friend from Halloweenforum that passed away and I still go back to his page to say hi. It isn't fair.

  2. Wow, that is really rough. He sounds so brave.I hope he can make the most of his last days. He does have the luxury of knowing when his time is up, I know that sounds lame, but i see so many cases where folks never got the chance to say goodbye.

  3. John would be the second creative mind I've seen go since getting into Halloween and haunting, the other being Jonty, from Darkside Creations. He also had a debilitating illness, but ultimately succumbed to two massive heart attacks.

    GfinID, I think it is a luxury to know when you will die, so long as you're ready for it and accepting of the outcome. For me, while not afraid of death (says me, who's not facing it) I'm not wanting to depart just yet. I also don't have the benefit of believing in some extended consciousness or otherworldliness. Death is finality.

    It would seem in John's case, however, he was worn down by his experience into acceptance. Yet there is still something odd and fascinating about knowing the general time of your death.



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