The Sailing Ship – Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)


What is dying?
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “She is gone”,
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
“There she comes” – and that is dying.


Today Is Time To Say Goodbyes To Joe

Joe’s condition is not improving. The family has requested all of his friends and loved one’s to come by today to show their love and say goodbye before 8pm this evening. They will be removing Joe from life support tomorrow morning.

Joe’s family has kindly requested no gifts, flowers or other offerings. Per their request, we are setting up a fund where all donations can be directed. More information to come.

Request For Privacy From Joe’s Family

Joe being Joe at about 1 AM in Washington DC several years ago.


Hello Here For Joe followers. Joe’s family has arrived and are asking for privacy at the moment. They will let us know and we will pass on to you when visitors are welcome. Thank you for joining all of us in sending them positive thoughts and being ready to support them in whatever way works for them. Please lift Stacey’s family in your thoughts as well, as they are also scheduled to arrive today.

Welcome to The Here For Joe Blog

Welcome to all family and friends of Joe R, currently in critical condition but stable after being hit while at a stop light by another driver estimated to have rear ended his vehicle at 50 mph. We will attempt to provide a means to share information on this site, but as we navigate what’s available via WordPress, we aim to keep this page updated with news of his condition. Any needs of family and friends will also be shared here as quickly as possible.

As mentioned, Joe is in stable condition but experiencing brain swelling for which he had surgery to remove a portion of his skull to relieve the pressure. Friends were allowed to visit on this his first day in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), directed first not to speak to or touch him, and then being allowed to do both–a good sign. His family is currently requesting privacy, so please aim to be as unobtrusive as possible if visiting the hospital.

Thank you for sending prayers, love and light Joe’s way. His healing began the moment after his injury, and we all look forward to his next big hug.