Remember to breathe

Joseph Fannell was just twenty-two years-old when he lost his life, the victim of a senseless car accident. A brother, an uncle, a budding spoken word performance artist, and an expert at sinking two and three-pointers, he was most of all, my beloved son.

“Remember to Breathe” chronicles the stages of my journey through loss. It describes my agony, sadness, and challenges. Certainly, everyone’s path through suffering is personal and unique. Yet, by presenting what I endured, it’s my sincerest desire this story lightens someone else’s load. By opening up, by showing the good along with the bad, perhaps my story will offer you a bit of solace and some needed hope that you, too, will get through the very worst life can offer. Even if it’s just one day at a time.

Evelyn Fannell

Evelyn Fannell has the true heart of a servant. She spends a great deal of her time assisting friends, family, and others with a variety of plans and projects, always seeking simply to be of help; always going the extra mile. A writer since her youth, in 2008 Evelyn created the blog, But God Is Real, inspired by real life situations and circumstances that speak to the “realness” of God and His intervention in daily life. After the death of her son, Joseph, Evelyn started another blog, In the Shadow of Grief, created to chronicle the emotions and stages of grief so that she could help others through their journey of pain and sorrow. Along with the blog, Evelyn also started a grief support group on Facebook, under the same name, where members can share with one another in a supportive, non-judgmental environment and a page, where all can share in the journey of those grieving.

In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys jigsaw puzzles, photography, and planning and creating items for special events. She also serves as First Lady and administrator of her church, On Good Ground Christian Fellowship, in South Jersey. In addition to Joseph, she and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Brandi and Jasmine, and a grandson, Christian.

The Joseph M. Fannell Memorial Foundation Inc

Just days following his tragic death, The Joseph M. Fannell Memorial Foundation Inc was established to create and support programs to help young people overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.

While Joseph found enjoyment “working among lawyers” Joseph’s passion was spoken word and performance-based poetry.  The family hopes to continue his life and memory by hosting special events and supporting young people in their own creative ministry.

In addition, as one who was bullied, Joseph wanted to share his experiences with young people who may be the victims of bullying.  He wanted to encourage students to seek help to overcome bullying and achieve their goals in school and beyond.  To realize Joe’s dream, the Fund will also contribute to programs that provide support and guidance to those who have been or are being bullied.

Click below to donate and/or to learn more about The Joseph M. Fannell Memorial Foundation Inc.

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