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In memory of Jonah Benkert

Created by Family Of Jonah Benkert

Jonah Benkert

Jonah Benkert was my pal. I learned to love him just the way he was. I always clearly saw the two sides he had to the person he was. There was the exciting, fun, vibrant, daring, and edgy side. And, there was the quiet, reflective, sensitive, compassionate side. Jonah loved life and had more opportunities to travel, create, play, and evolve than most people; I know could dare only think or dream of. He was innovative, relevant, strong and kind. I think I always recognized similarities about him in me. However, something bigger, something stronger, something beyond my control lingered beyond our reach. Ultimately, I suspect he felt he was a disappointment, beyond help, and without hope. His pain, unmet needs and unaddressed emotions ran deep like a dark chasm. Drugs and alcohol were a great way to escape, forget and avoid. I know that firsthand. We both knew it. We both used, we both hid, we both covered up the wounds of the past, the secrets, the lies, and the beautiful truth. I am angry, sad, disappointed, perplexed, regretful, and strangely accepting that he ended his life this past year. I love you Jonah.

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Guest Book


1. Theresa Basting Mother Of Jason Basting
Jacob you have very eloquently described my son and I thank you for that. He was a brother from another father and a brother from another mother. A beautiful vibrant person. Loved by all,haunted by so much. Thank you for understanding your brother so much that you could describe him for us.I too am strangely accepting of my own son's death. I realize it is more strange because he is literally fleask of my flesh. Do not confuse my acceptance with joy or happiness. God's peace be with you.
2. Toni Gregg
I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my brother. It will be 5 years on the 20th of this month. He hid from life with drugs. I don't understand how or why he chose to do it, but it ultimately took him. So, I can relate to your pain and I am so sorry.