Even though we knew to some extent what would happen, I cannot say how painful it is to share of Jesse's passing, this night at 8:40 pm.
Jesse was taken off respiration earlier this afternoon after it was clear that other functions had ceased. He continued to breathe on his own for the remainder of his time. It was his expressed wish that was honored.
Alan tearfully reported that it was a graceful passing.
Please share this news with others as Jesse's circle has broadened beyond any of our imaginations.
This web of love and support will be needed for a good while and we know that you all want to be of support. We will let you know as soon as we do what will happen next and how you can help. As of this evening, the family needs time to be in the present.
In the meantime, read and write on this blog, collect pictures and memories, talk with one another about this extraordinary soul and mostly hold each other as close as you can.
I am blessed to part of Jesse's community of friends. Each of you have redefined the word family.
Take care of each other,
Jodi Paloni, Marlboro VT, USA