December 20, 2019

A family remembers their son

(James Warren, Jr. a 2015 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, died of cancer on Feb. 22, 2019. His father James E. Warren, Sr., and other members of his family felt called this Christmas to remember how James, known as “JDub” to family and friends, wrote letters to them before he died. Following are copies of those letters.)

JDub’s letter to his mom

Mom, if you are reading this just know nothing was your fault. You were the best mother I could of ever asked for and I love you so much.

I never understood why any of this had to happen to me, but I am finally at peace with everything and all the pain and suffering is gone. You and Dad gave me the best life any kid could have asked for, and you guys will never know how thankful I was for everything.

Even though I am no longer here, I will always be here in your guys’ hearts. I had 23 great years of life, and wouldn’t change a thing. Take care of Maebre, and tell her I love her. And tell Mamaw and Dad I love them too. Don’t be sad or hurt, just know I am happy now and in a better place.

I’ll always love you. Mom. Thank you for everything.

Your son,

JDub’s letter to his family and friends

If you are reading this, my fight with cancer has come to an end. I gave it everything I had and never gave up one second, but God had other plans for me.

I want to thank everyone who has been there for me through it all. I never knew how many people loved and cared about me, and I will never forget any of you. I am at peace now and all the pain is gone.

I love everyone from the bottom of my heart, and I had the best 23 years of life anyone could ask for.

One thing I learned through this all is never give up no matter what you are going through, and to go live your life to the fullest. Go do those things you’ve always wanted to do and never hold grudges. Life it too short.

I will see you all again one day, and I’ll always be watching over all of you.


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