This memorial website was created in Loving Memory of Shawn Philip James - Sunrise March 31, 1976 - Sunset July 22, 2007 . This is truly devastating to everyone who knew him. Shawn was a Wonderful Son to Audrey & Philip , a Great Father to Justice & TreVaugh , a Brother to Mark, Peter and Wesley.
Shawn was also a Great Friend & much more to countless others!! Shawn will always be remembered for his Beautiful Spirit and Charm, Remarkable Smile & undeniable Swagger! He had the gift to touch so many lives, and inspire them! Remember to never take your friends for granted and always let them know how much you care, and love them, because you never know when you will have to say goodbye....Until we meet again Shawn Rest In Peace "Sky Juice"
Please don't make this your only visit, this website will last forever in Loving Memory of Shawn.
"MISS ME BUT LET ME GO" When i have come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want not rites in gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little but not too long And not with your head held low Remember the love that we shared Miss me but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take And we all must go alone It's part of the master's plan A step on the road home. When you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me but let me go -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Poem read by Shawn's daughter Justice James and Alexus Moore at the funeral,
To My Loved Ones I left you suddenly. This I regret. But I did not control my passing; If I did, I would have said goodbye to all of you. But even though there was much that was left unsaid, and much that was left undone, remember this … I loved you all. I gave you everything I had …. and then some. Do not speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved, please do not let the thought of me make you sad. Take care of one another and love one another because , in some way, I will live on in each of you.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A million times we've needed you, A million times we've cried. If love alone could have saved you, You would have never died.
If all the world was ours to give, We would give it yes, and more, To see you coming up the steps, And walking through the door.
To hear your voice and see your smile, To sit and talk a while, To be with you that same old way, Would be our fondest day.
A heart of gold stopped beating, Two smiling eyes closed to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Tributes and Condolences
A Reunion at the Gates... / Natasha Douglas (Friend for Life )
Everytime I step outside I expect to see your face,
I can't believe the last time I saw you would be our last embrace.
Your death's affected everyone who knew you; even if only for a short while.
Cirmcumstance has taken your body from us, but not ...
Almost One year / S. Dammit
Whoa...One more week and it'll be one entire year since u passed. I can't believe. When i think about u, i remember sayin "ill talk to you tomorrow" fuk :s U Are MISSED!
just a thought / Mummadread X.
hi sweetheart was thinking of you again words dont begin to express what i feel but you done know anyways everytime i hug screws i cant even begin to image your moms pain if i close my eyes im hugging you again ill always rember our last hug in front...
Missing you / Vicki (friend)
Shawn I miss you so much. I wish I could have been there for the memorial and the funeral but you know I was not in town and unable. You were always there to tell me everything would be okay. I saw a robin sitting on my fence last year it must h...
missing you / Jenaya Mccarnan (basicly niece )
Wow i didnt c this comin just the other day i told ur daughter to say hi to u
i miss u so much as i am writing this i feel like crying but i noe that u dnt want us to cry u want us to be happy i luv u ever so much the last time i seen u i was like ...
Words of Reflection and Encouragement (By Maria McClean, Clinical Chaplain) Someone once said, ‘Birth is a beginning and death a destination, but life is a journey’. Today we have gathered, not to make any political or social statements, but to give thanks for the short journey made by Shawn Philip James.
I’m sure that July 21, 2007 began like every other Saturday morning for Shawn. When he went through his morning routine that day, he had no idea that that would have been his last. He didn’t know that, but two Sunday mornings ago, we knew. Family and friends, when Shawn was taken away from you, I’m sure you felt as if someone reached inside and ripped out a huge chunk of your heart. So how does the healing begin? At times like these, it is difficult to dig up words that are just right to facilitate that healing. But permit me to try. I understand that Shawn’s pet name was ‘Juice’. This name was more significant than he may have realized. It says a lot about Shawn and as I proceed, I hope we’ll get to see how this name can bring hope to your hearts.
Juice is abundant in plants, fruits, vegetables, etc. In order to get juice from fruits, vegetables, etc., it must be extracted, squeezed. And in order to do this, pressure must be applied to the object. Then when the juice is extracted, it is used to refresh, fill, and nourish the user. It is constantly giving of itself to others. Everyone enjoys the benefits of juice – from babies to the frail and elderly. Usually when other foods are not tolerated, juice will be.
In talking to Shawn’s mother and others, I discovered that Shawn lived up to his nickname – Juice. He was constantly giving of himself for the good of others – young and old ~ …to parents, siblings, cousins, friends, children, extended family, total strangers. So in order to begin the healing process, I invite you all to focus on the positive, healthful ‘glasses of juice’ that Shawn poured into your lives. Let the contributions he made fill your hearts with pride and pleasure. Be challenged by the good he packed into his short life. Don’t dwell on how he died, instead, focus on how he lived. Don’t dwell on why he died, instead, focus on why he lived. He lived to give – just like juice. Mourn his passing, yes, but more so, celebrate his living. Here are some lessons we can learn from Shawn’s death. There are several, but I’ve chosen four.
First lesson ~Life is unpredictable. We have this moment only. And because of this, we must live for the moment, relish each second. Love in the moment – cherish those in our lives who are here for a season – long or short – we do not know. Learn to laugh – it is good medicine for the soul. Linger in the moment – learn to unload burdens that always try to steal the pleasures from each day. Let us get off the treadmill of life often enough to reflect on our purpose for living, and actually enjoy living.
Second lesson ~ We can learn the importance of parting in love. When we separate from one another, let’s do so in love, for we may not see that person alive again.
Third lesson ~Make it a point to let our loved ones know how much we love and appreciate them. Do it often. Don’t take life and loved ones for granted. Let us devote more time in building relationships and tearing down walls.
Lastly ~Death forces us to take a thoughtful look at our lives. How are we doing? As we move through life, let’s leave loving prints in the hearts of the people that God has placed in our lives. Let it be said that the world is a better place because we lived in it. Let us live with others and for others in a loving, giving, unselfish way. After all, we will not be remembered so much for what we had in terms of material things, or what we accomplished academically, but we’ll be fondly remembered for enriching the lives of others.
From talking to you about Shawn, something tells me that, today, if he could, he would encourage you not to burden yourselves with thoughts of revenge, but to seek comfort in the fact that he will live on through his daughter Justice, through his relationships, through the memories he has planted in your hearts. Seek comfort in memories of his laugh, his teddy bear hugs, his love, his warmth, his ideals, his giving nature. These memories will help you in your healing and will keep him alive in your hearts. And to his children – you will honour your father’s memory best by working hard in school, - graduating well from university, making positive marks in your community, and living for God and those people God places along your paths every day.
I cannot begin to understand the depth of your grief, but God can. He alone can sustain you at this time and in the future, so I commend you to him. May his peace be with you, and may his angels place their arms about you in the times ahead when your thoughts turn to Shawn and your hearts ache for him. Let me leave these quotes with you in closing. Those we love remain with us, for love itself lives on.
The next quote is from an old song ~
I will pass this way but once And if there’s any good that I can do, let me do it now, for I’ll never pass this way again.
I will see this world but once, and if there’s any love that I can give, let me give it now, for I’ll never pass this way again.
Tomorrow may be too late, my friend, to do all the good that you’ve planned. So reach out to those who need you and lend them a helping hand.
I will pass this way but once, and if there’s any peace that I can share, let me share it now, for I’ll never pass this way again.
And the final quotes I’ll leave with you are taken from the Bible:
There will come a time when God will wipe away all tears and there will be no more death, neither will there be any more sorrow, crying, or pain. Rev. 21:4
God says: Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will hold you up … Isaiah 41:10
And Jesus says: I want you to have the same inner peace that I have – not the kind of peace that the world gives, but that abiding peace with God that only I can give. Don’t be afraid of him, because he loves you. John 14:27
Hold on to these promises – in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
To my dearest family and friends, some things I’d like to say. But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay. I’m writing this from Heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there are no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through. God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you. It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family and friends, they’ll be here later on. I need you here badly; you’re part of my plan. There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.” God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you,
And when you lie in bed at night the day’s chores put to flight. God and I are closest to you…in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years. Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell all that God has planned. If I were to tell you that, you wouldn’t understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over. I’m closer to you now, then I was before. There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too; That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and pain; Then you can say to God at night…”my day was not in vain.” And now I am contended…that my life was worthwhile. Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low; Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go. When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind. I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when it’s time for you to go…from that body to be free. Remember you’re not going…you’re coming here to me!