In memory of a fighter

I have an update in regards to this post from a few months ago. It's not the fairytale ending we were all hoping and praying for, but it's the peaceful ending. John is no longer in pain or suffering.

A direct quote from Cat's blog:

November 12th, 6:17am
John William Goddard
went to be with angels yesterday morning at 6:17. With family and friends in the room, John took his final breaths with complete love surrounding him.

Last night was the viewing, followed by the funeral. As Chris and I were walking up to the funeral home doors I was fighting off tears. It was the same funeral home where we said our last goodbyes to my grandma after she lost her battle with cancer, the same funeral home where I comforted my best friend after her brother was tragically taken way too soon and on top of that, John's viewing was in the same room where we made peace with the fact that we would never see my cousin, Jay, again either.

They had the most beautiful pictures of John blown up and placed around the room, and wow... what a turnout! He was loved by so many he is loved by so many!

The hardest part was seeing my cousin and all of John's friends with their red, weary eyes and tear-stained cheeks. And Cat... sweet Cat! I've said it before and I'll say it again, she is one hell of a woman! I will forever be in awe of her strength and sheer grace through everything.

Thanks for showing us how to fight one hell of a fight John, you are an inspiration and will be missed by many!


Michelle (michabella) said...

Brought tears to my eyes. I prayed that John would be able to fight through this. God had better plans for him. Comforting to know that he is no longer in pain. Much love to you <333

Marcy XOXO said...

Hey Chelsea... I have been following Cat and John's story for a couple months now... I was absolutely heart broken to hear when John finally lost the battle. I look up to the love that they shared and just am in awe of both of them. Cat is an amazing woman. I just have to stick by the over-used phrase that everything happens for a reason. Keep your head up girlie! I did not realize that you knew them...

Caroline said...

Prayers for you and their friends and family. This is so heartbreaking.

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

I wrote a post about their story on my blog today. I had been trying to remember how I had found their blog--and now I realize it was through yours. When I found out, I poured through old entries, and cried and cried. I guess what makes it so tragic is their story could have been anyone's. he was healthy. and then 7 months later, he's gone. It's such a tragedy, I hope Cat feels John's spirit.

Tori and Chad said...

Thoughts and prayers. At my friend's funeral, the pastor told us that sadness is good because it reminds us that we're having a humanly experience and we've experienced love. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that your sadness is really your love.