Travolta + Preston Pen Thank You Letter After Death Of Son

JOHN TRAVOLTA and wife KELLY PRESTON have published a letter thanking the residents of their adopted home of Ocala, Florida for their well wishes as they deal with the death of their 16-year-old son.
Jett Travolta died after suffering a seizure on 2 January (09) while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas.
The couple and its four-year-old daughter Ella, addressed the letter to 'The People of Ocala', thanking its residents for their support as they deal with an "impossibly painful situation".
Through family attorney Michael MCDermott, they write: "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 neighbours 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 neighbourly 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."
A memorial service was held for Jett in the city on Thursday (08Jan09), where Lisa Marie Presley, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were among the celebrity guests.


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My condolence to you and your family. It will get better. May you continue to keep your head up and enjoy your daughter. Jett would have wanted that. Again my deepest sorrow.
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As a parent of a son with autism, I cannot imagine the grief you are going through. These children are special gifts from God, and Jett was blessed to have loving parents and a sister who adored him......he is an angel with the Lord above and will be with you all the days of your lives...as this door in your lives closes, another will open and know that Jett will always be with you, with that amazingly beautiful smile of his. His time on earth was short, but the impact that he and your whole family has left will go on for a long, long time. May God be with you as you go through your grieving and healing process. You are all loved by many.
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I'm truly sorry for your loss.Please know you all are in our prayers and thoughts.Ipersonally have not lost a child,but I lost my son's father 12 years ago,and Iknow how painful that was.I cannot imagine losing my child.Please stay strong for one another,and know God will always take care of you..
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Dearest John, Kelly and Ella,You have been in my prayers since this tragedy. I have always loved you as an actor and a Scientologist. You are a special and wonderful person John. When I saw you on the Ellen Degeneres show and you looked at your children your eyes were so full of love I cried. I lost my youngest son in a car accident 20 days before he turned 18 and it changed my life forever. You will lose the sparkle that was Jett but it comes back a little as you remember what an incredible human being he was. Please know that people will say stupid things like, I know how you feel I lost my husband, mother, dog etc. You will want to rip their heads off because they have no idea how you feel. Losing a child is almost unbearable but you still have Ella and each other. It has been 13 years since I lost my son and my heart still breaks at the most unexpected moments. I wish you all the strength you can bring each other because that is where it will come from. Be careful with each others feelings and understand the others are feeling just as lost and sad as you are. Go to grief therapy it does help. Most of all know that the world is grieving with you, you both have given so much of yourselves to us as entertainers now I wish to give back as a Mother that knows exactly how you feel. My love and heart are with all 3 of you.Sincerely and with much love,Jenny Rasmussen
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I send to the Travolta family my sincere wishes for peace and comfort at this time of sorrow. I lost my 18 year old niece, that I raised for 10 years, in November of 2008. I feel your pain and it is a pain like no other. We must praise the Father for the time that we had with our beautiful children and cherish every memory of them. My prayers continue to flow for your family. Jett is a special angel now and he will always be close to you where ever you are look for him, he is near. God Bless you all.
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