Thank you for supporting me in this and taking part in the memorial for our Jonghyun. All the letters are beautiful and your words of support for me that were included in the emails were much appreciated and I hold them in my heart, really. Thank you for the patience while it took me a bit long to do this and I changed the date a few times.
This is the song he made for us to give us comfort during his death and here is a video with translations below.
“I can’t just watch you be the same as me”, really hit me. You see, he loves all of us so much. Please try to be happy for him and get better. Don’t fall down the same path he did. I often get the question as to why did he do it, didn’t we or SHINee or his family mean anything to him, etc. I get it, I ask myself those questions too. Nothing could ever justify what he did or make it less selfish but I do forgive him and I understand he wasn’t in his right state of mind. People make depression out to be some mental disorder, in reality, it’s a feeling that tries to tear you apart and it gets worse and worse to the point you fall down the same path Jonghyun did. It consumes you if you let it and it weakens you if you’re not strong enough to fight it. Please don’t be the same as him, please may no more Shawols kill themselves. I know you’re strong enough to be okay. I always tell people, there has to be darkness to see the stars. Overcome your darkness and see the shining star that Jonghyun is now.
Hopefully, this memorial won’t be sad but it brings you peace.
Here is a beautiful letter from Annalee:
I still don’t know how to write this, a memorial, a tribute. I still don’t know how to write about you in the past tense. But I want to participate in a memorial, to make sure you are remembered, to make sure everyone knows how much we love you.
To start off with what I loved most about you. I wasn’t sure what my answer to that was. There are obvious answers, such as your talent, your voice, your smile; there are deeper ones, such as your courage, your support, your compassion. I loved how you always encouraged others, and stood up for what you believed in, even if I didn’t always agree. I loved how you sought to help people, how you looked after your brothers, mother, and sister. And there are little things; I loved how you always fixed your hair in front of any reflective surface, I loved how you got excited over matters, the way you looked at your brothers. But to say I loved any of these most can’t be done. It is a hard question because, when you love someone, you love them as a whole; you overlook faults, and even small eccentricities become dear, so pinpointing a reason or a trait that mattered most, I can’t decide. I love you because you are Jonghyun, one of the bright, shining stars that made my life so much better, who brought me joy just by seeing you, who worked so hard and achieved so much and yet remained humble (mostly, as I still remember the comment about how your heart didn’t flutter, you made other hearts flutter 😉 ).
The second, to name a favorite memory of you; that was easier, for I saw you in person in Chicago, and despite how dreamlike it seems over a year and a half later, that night is easily one of my most important memories of you and your brothers. To sit there in the same room and see you in front of me, surrounded by people who loved all of you the same way I did, I am grateful I had the chance to experience. I will cherish that night in my heart, and continue to cherish every new memory as well.
So, my love, this concludes yet another letter. I only want to add, thank you for your life, and for giving so much of it to others to make them happy. Now I know you are, too, and far along in the future, I will see you and tell you myself.
As always, I love you, Jonghyun. And I always will.”
Here is a beautiful letter from April:
“Jonghyun, I hope you’re well and making music in heaven. I always admired your talent and how hard you worked to make music, I miss the time of SM The Ballad and really didn’t appreciate your work till it was too late. I was so happy when I got the chance to get a copy of your Story Op.2 CD earlier this year, the first item of yours that I bought despite all the different CDs you have with SHINee. There are so many moments about you that are memorable but the one that’s always stuck in my head is the live video of U&I with the white top and big wide brimmed hat, you looked so happy to be freely jamming with the band. I’m sure a lot of people were happy that day.
You did well our dino Bling Bling. Please look after your brothers from heaven, they are working hard so you won’t be forgotten.”
And this beautiful letter from JM is uploaded as a Word document:
Thank you for participating and I’m sure they made Jonghyun happy and gave a sense of comfort to other Shawols and even helped them in ways, I’m sure. If anyone else would like to participate, it’s not too late to share your feelings or a message to Jonghyun by leaving them in comments. If not, it’s perfectly okay.
Jonghyun, it’s day forty-two. Or is it forty-three? I seem to be a bit mixed up, I’m sorry. I miss you as always. The concert will be coming up soon around the two month mark of since you went to sleep and part of me is looking forward to it while the other part of me is dreading it, I suppose. I just don’t want to see the concert and you not being there and I know the other boys will have a hard time. But then I think how much they suffer even way more than me so I know I can be strong and support them. They seem to be doing better and that makes me happy, they look tired and you notice the sadness and heartache is there but they’re doing much better than the last time I saw them. It helped to put my mind at ease a bit. I’m getting your album soon, it seems like your last gift to us is my favorite album of yours, thank you. I’ll cherish it always. I actually wrote a letter for you the other day which will be in transit to Korea soon and will reach your memorial place in SM Coex Artium, so I’m glad you’ll be able to receive. I’m sorry I can’t send flowers too. I’ll do my best to send the boys flowers with an encouraging letter of support to their Japan waiting room, once I do some research and find out if there’s a way. I’m sure they would like that. Well, I seem to be at a loss of words since I just wrote you that letter a day ago. Until my next letter, I love you and miss you always ❤