Upvoted: [No Spoilers] An Open Letter On Behalf of a Critter to the Cast & Crew & Community via /r/criticalrole
Dear Cast & Crew & whoever is reading,
I know there are a lot of posts about gratitude for all the show has done, the many moments in our lives that have been vastly improved by or saved due to a bunch of nerdy ass voice actors, but here's another one that is very important to me. I've never felt the need to do this for myself, share my story, make a post on reddit in the hopes that the cast/crew will see it and feel even a portion of the gratitude I feel for them, but this post isn't about me, it's for one of my greatest friends – Jeremy.
I've recommended Critical Role to many of my friends, and several love it, but none quite so enthusiastic as Jeremy. I introduced Jer to Critical Role when he began his fourth battle with cancer last year. Of course he fell in love with the show immediately, an episode or two would usually get him through a chemo session. It wasn't uncommon to wake up in the morning and find a mass of texts filled with quotes from the show (usually of Scanlan and Grog). Unfortunately Jeremy never got caught up like he wanted to, we never got to start the live group we planned to when he got better, because he never did.
Tomorrow I am going to Jeremy's funeral, and I still can't completely process that he's gone; that after winning the battle over and over and over somehow cancer finally defeated him. For the first time in two years I am dreading the fast approaching Thursday. But as much as I am grieving and struggling to get through this, I wanted to express my infinite gratitude for the show and everyone involved in Critical Role. Thank you so much for keeping him company on those early mornings during the drive to the hospital. Thank you for entertaining him during his hours and hours of chemo, through the many tests and tissue samples, though the complications, through pre-op and post-op, through the nights in the ICU. Thank you for helping lull him into his morphine induced naps, for making his body quake with laughter instead of agony. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart from both of us. The joy you brought him in his last months is transcendental; he will always have that. And although I am dreading tomorrow morning, I am still looking forward to tomorrow night to get my own piece of transcendental joy.
To you, whoever you are reading this right now, whether you are cast or crew or critter, thank you for reading. My goal was not to share my loss or spread my grief or look for pity, but to express my appreciation to everyone who has made this show possible, including the community who keep this show alive. If I could ask one thing of you, whoever you are, it would be to tell someone in your life how thankful you are to have them. We often unknowingly take for granted the amazing people we surround ourselves with, so tell them! Cherish the time you have, because it is more fleeting than you know.
Alright, that got a little bleak, but don't worry it's almost Thursday!
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