Sweet Leanne Video

Hello friends, family and followers.

Here's the video montage Josh made for Leanne's memorial services.  She still lives in all of our hearts.  Feel free to share her beautiful spirit!

Sweet Leanne


Rest in peace, my love, my life.  You will always be everything to me.

Cheers,

Leanne and Josh

21 comments:

  1. So sorry for your loss.

    With Loving Kindness,
    Mason

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  2. Thank you for sharing this. Such a lovely way to celebrate her life. We will never forget you Leanne.

    Patrice and Scott Selke

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  3. I didn't know Leanne but I feel the need to comment here anyway.

    It seems like you really captured her spirit in this video. I've enjoyed reading your blog. You've had more adventures than I have, and I am much older than you!

    My thoughts are with her friends and families, and I wish you peace.

    Joy B. (Canada)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this blog and video.....just have to say am I the only person thinking there is no way what happened, happened? So sorry for your loss Josh. Never have I seen someone, or two people with such a joy for life....dont get it...

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    1. It is absolutely devastating and has caused a tremendous amount of pain for the family. None of us get it but it was definitely suicide. No question about it. Depression is no joke and something that a lot of us feel is not properly addressed. We're going to start a foundation in her name for depression awareness. I'm not sure how much of a difference we can make but we'll try as hard as we can. If you know anybody who is having a hard time please make sure you get them the help they need. What happened after she came home was not her. This is the REAL Leanne. Her spirit shined for the world to see.

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    2. Thank you so much for the reply. Even though I do not know you or Leanne personally your blog, pictures and videos have made me feel I know what kind of people you are. You and Leanne's love for life, joy from new experiences and your enthusiasm to see the world and its people are so obvious. I read on Lizzy's blog that she too couldnt believe the news. It seems that everyone you met on your trips loved both of you and could see how special you two were to each other. Please post a link to her foundation whenever it is created as I'm sure myself and many others will donate in her memory. I also hope maybe one day the blog be completed after the Bolivia entry as I know you were a month behind. This is the best blog I've ever read and I know many others feel the same way. Again....so sorry for your loss.

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  5. Thank you for your blog. I felt like I knew you both. I sure wish I had. I am so sad for your loss. The entire world's loss! She would have been such a great mom I bet. I remember that event was mentioned several times as something in your future. I hope everyone close to her realizes hindsight is 20/20 and it would have been impossible to know that this would happen. Josh, you are a funny, kind and sensitive young man. Please remember to be as kind to yourself, as you are to others!

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  6. Josh, know that you and Leanne have touched so many people, both during your adventures, as well as more recently. You are both so loved and admired. I hope you and Leanne both find peace.

    Ty Hare

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  7. Beautiful video of a beautiful woman. My heart breaks for your loss. I am so sorry.

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  8. Leanne's voice. Her smile. Her laugh. Thank you for sharing and may you find every strength and comfort in these beautiful memories.

    @utterlyindigo, irvine, calif.

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  10. It was an exceptionally sweet and moving video. I am sorry for your loss but understand it in a way. I don’t know if it will help but I have battled depression and also have traveled extensively and will share some of my thoughts. I find the more I see the more normal life doesn’t satisfy. When I was a kid and even into my 20’s I LOVED my midsized hometown. I never expected to leave it and loved all it had to offer. Now that I have traveled to more than 40 countries I find it terribly suffocating and even actively disdain it. I wonder how anyone can live there. It can in no way nourish my soul, as a matter of fact I feel it will kill it over time. Luckily I currently reside in Los Angeles, but even this large multi-cultural city doesn’t completely satisfy me at times. If I had to go back to my midsized hometown I feel like I would die. This view, this sadness, this depression, would come as a great surprise to anyone who knows me. I am viewed as the jokester, the life of the party, always there to comfort someone. I am very, very good at hiding my pain. There are no outward signs; I am always quick with a joke and a smile even when feeling absolutely horrible. I am not suicidal but I have been in the past and might be if I had to live in a less diverse area. It’s no one’s fault and it’s not apparent to anyone, even my loving wonderful wife of more than a decade. Part of it is that I just feel so damn stupid for feeling depressed. I rationally know that I have an amazing life by anyone’s standards. I have an awesome wife, we aren’t rich but can pay our bills, and I get to travel to exotic destinations every year. I know on paper I should be thankful for having traveled so much. I have seen and done things most people have on a bucket list and should be grateful for those experiences. But when you are depressed, the rational doesn’t make enough sense. It makes you feel silly and stupid which causes you to hide it even more.

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  11. As a fellow wanderlust Denverite, I was hoping for a better outcome. Thanks for sharing your travels and video and while the world is missing a wonderful woman, Leanne's memory and spirit will live on in your actions and in your foundation work. May you and your friends and family find peace.

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  12. This is a beautiful video and a true tribute. May your family heal and carry on with the wonderful memories you have of Leanne. I wish for peace for you and your whole family.

    Heather

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  13. I saw this on the news, and just saw the tragic headlines. I didnt know either of you but surely hoped for a different outcome. You both celebrated each other, and your love doesnt need to be spoken, its obvious. The video you made as a tribute to her, is timeless. God Bless you!

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  14. I followed the search for Leanne closely, and was in the "disbelief" camp as well. Then two weeks ago a friend's husband committed suicide. He, too, had a lively and rich spirit, and could warm any room he walked in to. His funeral was packed, with nothing but wonderful things to say from each speaker. It was perhaps a relief when a close family friend, who was also a physician, got up to speak and talked not only about what a great person he was but also about the devastation of depression and what it can do to a person. I can't imagine the pain that you are all going through, and I send warm, healing thoughts your way. I get it, now. RIP Leanne.

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  15. I followed this story on CNN all the way from Philadelphia and prayed for a different outcome every day. I'm so sorry that Leanne suffered from depression. She seemed like an amazing and funny, bright and wonderful person! This is a beautiful video and made me cry. I hope Josh and the rest of her family can take solace in the amazing time she did spend on earth, albeit how short and sweet it was.

    Katie

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  16. This makes me bawl my eyes out!! What a gorgeous person. May you find strength and happiness in those lovely memories you have of a wonderful person. I can't believe she's gone. RIP Leanne.

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  17. What a wonderful blog. In time I hope your memories give you comfort. Leanne seemed like a wonderful person. RIP Leanne.

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  18. My condolences, just read your blog and news in CNN. She is in a better place now , keep traveling and enjoy life double for her.

    Martin

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  19. I am a fellow traveler and have been there too...Depression is a horrible pain. It's an ache, a hole, that nothing can seem to heal. The deepest darkest cloud that feels will never pass. It causes the most rational person to become utterly irrational. It makes a person feel like the world will be better without them; to not even consider those that are most loved will be devastated without them. The depression blinds them to everything. So very sorry for your loss. RIP Leanne

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