Be Not Grieved / Max Jasper O thou beloved maidservant of God, although the loss of a son is indeed heart-breaking and beyond the limits of human endurance, yet one who knoweth and understandeth is assured that the son hath not been lost but, rather, hath stepped from this world into another, and she will find him in the divine realm. That reunion shall be for eternity, while in this world separation is inevitable and bringeth with it a burning grief. Praise be unto God that thou hast faith, art turning thy face toward the everlasting Kingdom and believest in the existence of a heavenly world. Therefore be thou not disconsolate, do not languish, do not sigh, neither wail nor weep; for agitation and mourning deeply affect his soul in the divine realm. That beloved child addresseth thee from the hidden world: ‘O thou kind Mother, thank divine Providence that I have been freed from a small and gloomy cage and, like the birds of the meadows, have soared to the divine world—a world which is spacious, illumined, and ever gay and jubilant. Therefore, lament not, O Mother, and be not grieved; I am not of the lost, nor have I been obliterated and destroyed. I have shaken off the mortal form and have raised my banner in this spiritual world. Following this separation is everlasting companionship. Thou shalt find me in the heaven of the Lord, immersed in an ocean of light.’ [—Abdu'l-Baha]
Our deepest sympathies / Maureen Hyland (none)
I do not know you or your family, but what you have gone through has touched me like nothing else. I just wanted to say that there are people out here that are praying for you and your sons every day. I myself have two sons, and I wont pretend that i understand your pain and struggle. I cannot begin to understand how you are getting out of bed every day, for that, I give you the utmost respect and admiration. As I type this, there are tears running down my face, and I have to say, thank god for your entire family that you are a VERY strong woman. This website is beautiful and touching, I think its absolutely amazing that you were able to do this for your boy, while in such hellish grief. God bless you all, Im so, so sorry for all you have endured. Please know and be comforted by the fact that you will see him again. Thank you for building this site, it reminds us all that gone doesnt mean forgotten. Close
a Mother's Pain / Angela (none)
You are one strong Mother. The fact that you are still standing, still living still carrying on. Your strength is admirable. I read the news stories, this website, his obituary. And I just can't believe something like this happend. Just know that Life does go on, never the same, but continues nonetheless. You have a beautiful Angel in Heaven to help guide you.
As a mother I cry with you, I cry because just a slight thought of being in your shoes has tears streaming down my face. And when i look at my 2 boys I feel you looked at your boys the same way I am now, never suspecting so much pain. I am sure 1000'2 of mothers cry with you.
My condolences / Timina Scarmato (fellow Torontonian )Read >>
My condolences / Timina Scarmato (fellow Torontonian )
Jonathan, may you be with the angels now...and watch over your family. What a tradgedy in your family!! All the hearts in Toronto and abroad go out to your loved one. God give them comfort in their time of need.
Johnathon will forever be missed / Cristina Neagu (knew him through brother )Read >>
Johnathon will forever be missed / Cristina Neagu (knew him through brother )
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your son Johnathon. Not ever could I possibly begin to imagine all the pain your family could be going through. It is disturbing to know how the worst happens to the best and most purest of souls. I've followed this whole story in the news and newspapers as it has become a strong personal interest of mine. Im not only touched but shocked by everything that I've heard or experienced since this ordeal came about. My heartfelt condolences go towards his whole family because losing such a precious boy was the last thing this family deserved. He seemed to me like one of those children who you would just appreciate to have around because he was loveable,kind, and pure. He truly did have an aura of an angel and i knew this by being in his very presence.
It has been a pleasure to meet him and see his happy go lucky self spirit .
I may not know the real Johnathon but I know he'll live in my heart as well as others who dearly love him.
<3 <3 R.I.P. Johnathon Close
My thoughts are with you... / Meaghan
To the Madden family,
Words cannot describe the sadness I felt when I first heard of your tragedy. I cannot imagine what these last few years have been like for your family. To deal with the tragedy of this magnitude must be unbearable. After reading your statements, to Mrs Madden, you are an incredible woman with enormous strength. Your forgiveness and understanding with your oldest son is nothing short of a miracle. Your loss is tragic and my thoughts and sypmathies are with you as you try and move on and put the last three years behind you. Remember the good times and laughter, and know that your baby is safe and waiting for the day when you'll see eachother again. In the meantime, try and live life to its fullest, for yourself, your husband and for Johnathon.
we share your loss / Rick And Vera Ostrowski (none)
I didnt know your son....I never heard of the story of you tragic loss until I read it on line today. First I have to say....our condolences are sent to you with utmost meaning..... My ife and I sat here and read your website...and Im not ashamed to say...I was brought to tears..... Just the thought of losing someone that you love more than life itself makes me shiver. I know deep inside that if I was to go through what you have gone through....well...I dont know if I could handle it. I dont want to drag this out....but....this is just a little note...to tell you that there are a lot of good people out here...and my wife and I want to tell you that we feel so sorry....that you lost your son.....and if there was anything we could do to...well that is an old saying that everyone says...but....deep inside....we are crying with you..... Thank you for letting me send this to you.... Be brave...be strong......it 'will' work out......
Rick and Vera Ostrowski Calgary Alberta 61 years old Close
My wonderful memories of Johnathon / Kathleen Hanson (daycare provider ) Joanne, I remember having Johanthon in my daycare for a short time about 10 years ago over on Balfour Ave. He was the sweetest little guy and the most polite. I would take the kids to the beach with my sons to play in the wading pool and Johnathon was always the last to come out. He would say" aw come on Kathleen just 5 more mins "And of course I always gave in . He had wonderful manners and was never gave me any trouble. You did a great job in raising him. Joanne, there are no words I can offer you since this has happened, only than to share my wonderful memories I have of him .Im so happy now that everyone now can pay tribute to this wonderful energic little man that has become a part of all our lives. Take care and just remember your little angel is watching over you ......Close
Devastated/ Raj Venugopal
Dear Mrs. and Mr. Madden,
I've been following this trial for several years now, as we used to live near Victoria Park and the Danforth, and know the area well. As the father of two young children, my heart goes out to you and your family as you rebuild your lives.
Seeing your son Johnathon's picture on this website finally gave life to the young man who left you all to early, and gave us, the everyday Canadian, a face for whom to say a silent prayer. Thank you for letting your fellow countryman join you in memorializing your son.
I cannot pretend to comprehend your capacity for forgiveness.....perhaps a sign of my own imperfection. Or, maybe you were meant to teach us all a lesson in the unconditional love of a mother for her children, no matter what.
I honestly and truly wish you well, and take great inspiration in your strength.
I am so sorry for your loss. From the pictures and the letters I am able to view on this site, it is quite clear Jonathan was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. My sincerest wishes go out to the parents of this beautiful child who left this world too soon. In memory and hearts he will remain for eternity until you meet again.
I am very sorry for your Loss / Amber Campbell
Although I did not know this young man i know what it is like to lose a child, it feels like your heart has been ripped out of your chest. my son that i lost would be 7 this year and i miss him dearly!!! they both were taken way to early but you always have the memories with him, he will be in everyones hearts forever.
Memory of Johnathon / Kelly Robinson (Family Friend )Read >>
Memory of Johnathon / Kelly Robinson (Family Friend )
I remember when Johnathon first came to my mom's house for daycare...what a little cutie! It was a privilege and an honour to be able to be a part of Johnathon's life and watch him grow into a wonderful, loving boy. I'll never forget his smile, his laugh or his life.
You are missed so very much Johnathon and you'll never be forgotten.
My condolences / Evelyn Gebele ((none))
I can not imagine what you have gone through and will continue to go through every day. My deepest sympathies. May god be with you. I will keep you in my prayers! I am so sorry for your loss and heartache! Close
So Sorry.... / Debra Bennett (none) My Heartfelt Condolences go out to you.I also followed this on the news and didn't know how you would get through this.You've been in my thoughts and prayers and still are...RIP Johnathon
Condolences To A Sweet Young Man / Sandy Shaver (none)Read >>
Condolences To A Sweet Young Man / Sandy Shaver (none)
I can't even begin to understand what you have been though. What a horrific crime. Find strength & faith in God. Thinking of you & your family. Close
My heartfelt condolences / Amber O'Hara
Dear Madden Family Although I do not know you personally, I followed this in the news and offered Prayer Songs to Gchi Manitou over the years, that somehow your family would get through this. I cannot imagine what you have been through. I offer prayers too, that the boys involved can find healing and go on to live good lives. Know that thousands pray for your healing daily. Johnathan fly free now honey, enjoy the time you have now with your Nana and others who have gone before. If you find my darling twins up there, play a game of ball with them please. Respectfully Amber Close