Is there an « after »?

Is there an « after »?

I learned some tragic news last week. After that, I’ve been wondering a lot about what happens next. If there is an after.

What happens when you die? When the deceased is a young person?

Is it normal for a young life to end? Cease to exist? Or does it continue to exist afterwards?

Life sucks

Life sucks

Last night I was glad, calm, maybe happy.

Then I learned that a person I knew, and whom I considered a friend, an inspiration as well as a role model, passed away.

He was just in his early thirties. Honestly, I’m still having a hard time understanding, processing and accepting what happened.

I first knew Jon at OpenCon 2016 in Berlin. We lost contact with each other for two years, and then our common interests (open science, open access) brought us together in 2018.

Right now, I don’t know who I can talk to about this, I can’t figure it out. I feel so sad, and I have so many questions.

Life really sucks.

May your soul rest in peace, Jon.

Introductory video for Module 1 of the Open Science MOOC, introducing the principles of Open Science.

What you’re leaving behind is so big, Jon. It’s hard that you left so soon.