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article imageA Tribute To a Wonderful and Devoted Family and the Loss of Jett

By Nikki Weingartner     Jan 5, 2009 in Lifestyle
Following the loss of their son, the sadness and pain felt by the family seems to be taking a backseat to speculation about whether or not Jett Travolta "should" have been diagnosed with Autism. A tribute to Jett and his wonderful parents.
In light of the recent news articles speculating over the cause of Jett Travolta's untimely departure from our world, there is little being released about the grief that is currently being felt by the family. Claims by experts who seemingly accuse the famous actor of denying a diagnosis of Autism overshadow the pain and suffering.
In a news article on CNN, words of loss and grief were expressed by Jett's parents:
"Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered. We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives."
A vacation intended to be a gathering of some five dozen friends and family turned horrifying when 16-year-old Jett was found unconscious in the family's hotel bathroom last week. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital after being transported by EMS.
A statement was released yesterday by John Travolta and Kelly Preston, offering their:
"deepest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent their love and condolences."
"We have received many messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support," the statement read. "It has meant so much to us. It is a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spirit that gives us hope for a brighter future."
When Jett was two-years-old, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome, or Kawasaki Disease (see here for details on causes, symptoms and possible complications).
In a tribute to the family, here is a link to photos and the family's statement regarding the loss of their loved one.
I say to the family:
We are given the gifts of life with each birth of a child. We aren't provided a manual or even a checklist of working parts. Some times, without rhyme or reason, it is time to give that treasure back to its rightful owner and we stand looking at an empty bed or an empty seat at the table. The reality is that they are never really "our" possessions, but rather a piece of the much greater worldly puzzle and for the length of time we are given the responsibility to care for them, we must do our best. You have done your best and it shows one thousand times over. My heart goes out for the absence you feel but some day, some where and in some way, you will reunite with your son and it will be great. For now, there is one brighter star in the night sky shining down on the world.
In an interview with Usmagazine in 2007, John Travolta described his family life and his children in terms of being his own "heartbeat." A devoted family man, he loves his children dearly. He has been married to Kelly for nearly 18 years (a record of sorts in the acting world). His belief in the church of Scientology is one that he has practiced for over thirty years.
A beautiful child and a very sad family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
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