Friday, June 3, 2011

Shine On, Joshua

"With all your science - can you tell how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?"
-Henry David Thoreau

Joshua James Schoenhoff
1986 - 2011

The Cystic Fibrosis has died at last.
The light from Josh will shine on forever.

...And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light,
that shines on me,

shine until tomorrow, let it be.

I wake up to the sound of music,
mother Mary comes to me,

there will be no sorrow let it be.

Let it be, let it be, .....


  1. Thinking of you with so much love, Jo. May Josh at last rest in peace.

  2. It was such a beautiful moment for the Beatles. They all look so so so sweet. I still miss John and George. Maybe always will

  3. Sending you and your family much love and light.

  4. Thinking of you & your family. Lovely song. Let Josh's light shine on in each of you and generations to come.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this, so sad. There are no words, I will be thinking of you and your family.

  6. Jo - thank you for your words - YOU shine with such perseverance and strength! Diseases die but souls live on....PERFECT!

  7. Love and thanks to each of you. Of course, our hearts are broken tonight, but there is also great comfort and relief in knowing that Josh has finished his journey, and is at peace at last.

    You can click Josh's photo on the sidebar of Smiling Heart to read one of his last blog posts as he felt his journey here coming to an end.

    Please consider organ donation if you haven't done so already.

    Much love to all,

  8. When Paul wrote Let It Be the time had been fairly short from their huge explosive success until then and even shorter until they were finished. But they had already worked very hard and played unbelievable amounts of hours in Hamburg not to mention even before Germany. Naturally as very young men, before Brian Epstein, they really looked different than the look of the Fab Four and then at the time of Let It Be, they were each shining in their own way and rebelling too.

    I think of many similarities to the Beatles now as an "individual" and Josh. They and he were young to an extreme, not children but unimaginably young men in relationship to their words and talent. They were peace makers and rebels. They spoke out about the human condition and against tyranny. They made music, as did Josh, back just within a few years. They loved and offered that all we really need is love. I find Josh saying that explicitly in his blog--that all we really need is love.

    I'm choking back my sentiment now and nearly shaking as I type these words. I want to say DAMN, WHY DO WE LOSE YOUNG MEN LIKE THIS and it hurts to drag myself off to bed. The cats want my attention and I smile at them and I feel the stab of pain for Josh's family and young betrothed and for you Jo. The mystery of our journey which has been immeasurably enhanced by knowing Josh is so beyond us isn't it?

    I thank you for bringing Josh into my life. I'm angry and hurt and frustrated that he's gone, but just now I swear I felt him smile and say, DON'T BE.

  9. Dear Dubby, you've expressed perfectly what I, and I'sure, all of Josh's family, feel today.

    "Thank you" seems so small a phrase right now.

    I have no words.

  10. I've just come home to this post. I'm so sorry for your loss. Josh seemed a remarkable young man.
    I too, know a young man who is waiting for a lung transplant. I hope all of your readers register - it is the ultimate gift.
    Thinking of you and yours - what a difficult spring you've had.

  11. Thank you, Pondside. You have my prayers for your young man on the waiting list.

  12. Dear Jo,

    Words cannot express my sadness for you, family and friends. Such a sad loss of such a bright and incredibly wise young man.

    Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

  13. Omigosh, what a gorgeous young man. It's too sad for words. It's just heartbreaking...!

    My condolences to all his family and friends.

  14. Jo, thank you so much for this tribute to Joshua. The posts here have a profound impact on my life as I'm sure they do on all of our family members. Please...Please...consider organ donation. Without it, we wouldn't have had Josh in our lives as long as we did. He was so intelligent and articulate, even when he was speaking of the unpleasant care his Mom and Wife had to give him, and the things that irritated him in life. To see some videos of Josh having fun, go to, and search for shonuff010460.

  15. Mark, you honor us all by your visit here. You honor your beautiful son by your words about him. You, along with Josh's mom and wife, fought valiantly by his are brave warriors, indeed.

    And now you take up the fight on behalf of others, encouraging organ donation. Josh would be so proud of you!

    May you be comforted by the love of your family and friends and the gentle embrace of The Divine in the days ahead.

    I'll see you soon,

  16. I cherish everyone's comments. Thank you from the bottom of my smiling heart. ♥

  17. Yesterday was our first real family get together since Josh's passing. It was a tough day for me, and I know there will be many more, I'm sure. I came here this morning, looking for words to comfort. And that's exactly what I got. Thank you for giving me a place to "go" when I need to bring my thoughs back to a good place. Love you all!


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