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October
9
2019

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ❤️

The Greene family wants to thank each and every one of you for your time, energy, prayers, support, love, meals, generosity, gifts, hugs....you’ve all provided over the course of the last several months. We can never express how appreciative we are. From the bottom of our hearts and souls, THANK YOU!! 

This weekend was a true testament of how loved Jeremy is. He is forever in our hearts and minds. We know he was present. We know he felt the love. ❤️🙌🏽🙏🏽

Although our lives will never be the same and the grief will always be present, I’ll leave us all with this:

“God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life.” Romans 8:28

And I’ll tell ya what, I’d rather go through the storms with Jesus than sail through life without Him. 🙌🏽

 Here are pictures from Jeremy’s celebration of life. Please stay connected. Those in Jeremy’s  life are a part of us too. 

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September
26
2019

Celebration of Life Arrangements

Thank you all for your  messages, calls, and texts. Although the family may not be able to reply to them all, know that in time we will be reading them and are so thankful for the love and support.

Here is Jeremy’s obituary and service arrangements: 

http://m.grandstrandfh.com/obituaries/events?obituaryId=7495851


Visitation with be Friday October 4th at Grandstrands Funeral Home in Lindstrom from 4pm-7pm

Funeral will be Saturday October 5th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom at 2pm

Celebration of Life to follow at Chisago Lakes Township Hall from 3pm-8pm 

in lieu of flowers consider planting a tree and producing more oxygen in Jeremy’s honor 💜💚

September
26
2019

Fly to Jesus

After a long fight Jeremy passed away early this morning (9/26) surrounded in love. 

Words cannot express this experience or the love and support we feel. This is painful, raw, real. In Pastor Terri’s visit Tuesday he said “It’s too bad death happens at the very END of our life because from the experience of death, we learn so much about life, love, what matters.” We completely can relate to this. 

The Holy Spirit is real. He was present in this place this morning.  Jeremy’s spirit is alive and well. Praise God for that. Although we mourn the loss of our Jeremy, we give thanks his battle is over in this temporary home and his eternal life has just begun. 

”What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Blessings, 
The Greenes
#GoJer88 💚💜🙏🏽

September
24
2019

September 23, 2019

I was encouraged by others to update again tonight although the only real change is that Jeremy is less alert. He slept all day and is responding to very little activity. We know he hears us so we try to be uplifting with our conversations and presence. Tears filled my eyes last night when he responded to Cory asking if there’s anything’s we can do for him. He softly replied, “Please just love me. Seriously- just love me.”
At the end of life isn’t that really all we want? To feel loved? I can’t imagine what he’s going through but I’m confident he feels the love all around.

I was touched by an email I received  from my Aunt Susie  last night and I wanted to share it with you: 

 “I read the most recent journal posting and wanted to share that quite often we sing "Jesus Loves Me" as a congregational hymn. I smile as I think about young and old belting out the song - no one needs the hymnal for words and the little children are so proud that we are singing "their" song.  Our pastor reminds us that the following verses are not as well known or as well memorized, but have important meaning as well.  I looked them up just now and thought of Jeremy as I read them -
 
Jesus loves me, loves me still, When I'm very weak and ill, from His shining throne on high, comes to watch me where I lie.  Jesus loves me, He will stay, close beside me all the way, He 's prepared a home for me and someday His face I'll see.  
 
Jesus does love Jeremy - Blessed assurance - Jesus is His.” 

Amen to that! I’m so thankful she sent those verses. 
 
Again, thank you for all the love and support.
We feel it 🙏🏽💚💜
The Greenes

September
22
2019

September 22 Update

The past 4 days have been less of a mix of good days and bad days and more of a mix of good moments and not so good moments. Jeremy was able to visit with many friends and relatives this week. We know Jeremy really enjoyed that. 

Yesterday he was able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather for about an hour. His energy has been very low and he has a very difficult time getting out of bed.   Last night was a scary night. His oxygen fell very low. He is now stable and resting with lots of medication. He loves to hold hands, hug, and listen to music versus watching TV as watching the screen is tiring. 

We are so thankful for all the prayers, love, and support. We are thankful Jeremy can be comfortable. He is surrounded by his family and loved ones always.

This morning we all gathered for scripture, prayer, and support. The kids wanted to sing so we broke out in “Jesus Loves Me” 🎶 That song is the first song we all learn in Sunday School- no matter who you ask.  Simple. Basic. But that’s all we need to know, isn’t it?

“Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong. We are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”

Jesus loves Jeremy. He will never leave him or forsake him. In His perfect timing He is coming to bring Jeremy home. There is so much peace in that. Thanks be to God. 
All our love, 
The Greenes ⛪️🙏🏽💚💜

Pictures attached are from
this week. 

September
19
2019

Thankful for good days!

I often check in with Jeremy when I can from work and ask him
how he’s feeling. Today his response was “GREAT!” 🙌🏽💚💜 Praise God for good days.

Jeremy has been moved downstairs to the main floor of his parent’s home. Visitors can enter through the main door. Please contact Doug and Darcie  directly if Jeremy is not available. 😀

I wanted to share the following with all of you today. This is a great reminder to us all. There’s no doubt Jeremy’s  experience, his strength, his endurance, has changed us. Praise God for that too:

“God won't give you more than you can handle..." Odd, I can't seem to find that verse.
 
I'm guessing Job would take exception to that cliche. So would Joseph. Paul did. "We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself..." 
 
Why would God allow him to experience hurt more than he could handle? Read on. "...so that we might not rely on ourselves but on God." 
 
Truth? Cancer is more than you can handle. So is infidelity. So is caregiving. So is rejection. So is death and loss and grief and prodigal children and 101 other life struggles. 
 
God doesn't expect YOU to handle it. He expects you to hand it over to HIM. He doesn't want you relying on your strength, but on His. If we keep walking around thinking "God won't give me more than I can handle," we're setting ourselves up for heavenly disappointment.
 
Good news? He beckons for your burdens, "Cast your cares upon Me..." You will never know relief until you do. “

Amen, right? 

Jeremy felt well enough today to do his CF BD vest treatments today with his ‘lil sis. Love the photo! 

If you’re struggling with prayer like I am over this, I found it relieving to pray for this: God’s will. I have hope that God’s will be done over all of this with Jeremy. In that there is profound peace. Anything is possible. 🙏🏽💜💚

#GoJer88
The Greene Team 

 

September
15
2019

September 14, 2019

I apologize for not updating sooner as I realize its been almost three weeks since the last post. We’ve taken things day by day and are amazed at how Jeremy has continued to give each day his all. 
Jeremy has been on full time pain medication for weeks now. He currently is also on full time oxygen as well. His mobility has decreased and his sleep has increased. The CF doctors have stopped the medications because of his liver count. He can still do his aerosol, but not his BD treatment due to the pain. 
 
Today was the💜Pancreatic Cancer Walk💚 and Jeremy was determined to join the team on our adventure. Are any of you surprised he made it? 😏 We are thankful for a beautiful morning with family and dear friends who all took part to support him. 

The future from here on out is in God’s hands. Jeremy spends the majority of his time in bed. He is open to visitors! He’d love to spend a few minutes when he can chatting with friends and family. 

Please keep Jeremy in your prayers. Please pray that he can have pain free days, restful nights, and a clear mind.

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 

With all our Love,
The Greene Family 💚

Photos attached are from
Hay Days last weekend with our beloved Zack family (HMK) and today’s Cancer Walk. Also, Aunt Jenell made a beautiful 88 quilt of some of Jeremy’s softball jerseys over the years.

August
26
2019

#GoJer88

It’s been a pretty emotional 5 days to say the least. Jeremy’s quite a fighter.  
The immense pain he was in Wednesday night into Thursday was pretty  tough to watch. The nurse was able to control his pain and from there Jeremy was able to get rest. 
The amount of love, support, and prayers that have been given is so incredibly amazing. So many friends, family and loved ones came in to love him. We are so thankful. By Friday morning Jeremy was sitting up, talking, and even walking around! Praise Jesus!!!! 🙌🏽❤️ The pain, nausea and head clouds still come and go but Jeremy is still doing what Jeremy does when he can. 😉 Last night was a pretty good night and he blessed us all with smoked ribs and sausage. Pretty hard to believe, I know. It’s incredible how God works. We've experienced so much grace, unconditional love, and forgiveness over the course of the past few days. I for one am so grateful for the opportunity to allow God to work in all of us and come together for one cause. He’s still working 💕

We are thankful for the meals, time, love, prayers, messages, checking from you. Here are two pictures from this weekend. We are so happy Brody was here! 

With love,
The Greene Team