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If you'd like to see photos of Jeremiah's last hike and of his homecoming, you can view them here:
For now, just a simple site with a bit of responsive design for the photos. I'll flesh it out and add more pictures as events unfold over the next week.
Thank you ALL for your love and support. It's very much appreciated.
Note: The site was registered last night (2018-05-26) and DNS may not yet have propagated. It does show in 126.96.36.199 (Google), 188.8.131.52 (IBM), and 184.108.40.206 (Cloudflare) public DNS servers.
I want to thank each and every one of you who sent me a note, or said a prayer, or remembered us in some way. The outpouring of love and support was amazing and I'll never forget it.
I realize that the vast majority of you are in no position to attend, or may not want to attend, but I felt I'd let you know the details.
Visitation/Wake was held Friday, June 1
Memorial Service was held Friday, June 1
Funeral was held Saturday, June 2
Interment was Saturday, June 2
The visitation, memorial service, and funeral are open to anyone who wishes to come. The interment will be private.
If you are in the area, you are more than welcome to attend the wake or funeral. Just keep HOW you know me private, please.
In lieu of flowers, if you felt so inclined, please make a donation in the name of Jeremiah S. Adams to one of the following:
rel="nofollow">Wounded Warrior Project
rel="nofollow">Médecins Sans Frontières
rel="nofollow">Olympic Mountain Rescue
Thank you all for your notes, whether personal or in your blog. Please know that I appreciate each and every one, even if I am unable to respond.
I will leave you with this beautiful piece of poetry written by my godfather (the Orthodox kind, not the other kind). He appears in A Well-Lived Life as Jesse's godfather Vasily, and is a gifted poet and a wonderful man who has known Jeremiah since he was two.
Eternal memory little child of God, who loved puppies but was afraid of the grown version in the flesh. Who played board games with me and your sister and with her made up the rules as you went along, Who one year gave me a birthday card with a childish drawing and the words "I love you Vasily" inside. Who came to the table once and shook your head yes when mom asked if you'd washed your hands but had to return to the sink when she asked, "With soap?" Who grew and became a man who served his country, and made all of us proud. Who loved the wildness of Creation. Who has now passed beyond us into mystery, and begun your long journey into the impenetrable darkness around the Throne of God.
And yet - I take it as a given that we are all immortal diamond, that an inextinguishable ember remains when we have fallen to ash. It's the only way I can make sense out of the absurdity of life. So you live on in our memories and in our tears, and more importantly, in the timeless memory of the One who has created us. We love you - now, and tomorrow, and forever.
Jeremiah Adams, 1994-2018
Jeremiah was found by hikers who saw his backpack caught in/amongst some trees. He had apparently slipped and fallen into a ravine sometime on Friday, May 4th. Based on the initial reports from the Sheriff's Department, the fall was immediately fatal.
We're grateful for the US Navy sailors from the USS Nimitz, Navy SAR (Whidbey Island), the Sheriff's department, and all the volunteers, all of whom gave their time to search for him
I also want to thank all of you for your prayers, positive thoughts, and condolences. I haven't been able to respond to all of them, but please know I've read each and every one of them.
About an hour ago, my eldest son called to tell us that what we feared most had come to pass. Thank you all for your steadfast prayers and positive thoughts. You've provided strength through this ordeal, and I'll never forget it.
We only have the barest details, and until I have a clearer picture, I'll simply leave it at this...
Jeremiah, we love you. Fair winds and following seas.
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