John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston have published a letter thanking the residents of their adopted home of Ocala, Florida for their well wishes as they deal with the death of their 16-year-old son.
Jett Travolta died after suffering a seizure on 2 January (09) while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas.
The couple and its four-year-old daughter Ella, addressed the letter to 'The People of Ocala', thanking its residents for their support as they deal with an "impossibly painful situation".
Through family attorney Michael MCDermott, they write: "The enormous amount of love, support and condolence we have received from this community has been most humbling. Comforting words, thoughts and prayers of Ocala's citizens have made an impossibly painful situation, a little less painful.
"The actions of Ocala's community leaders, its law enforcement professionals, our neighbours at Jumbolair and its surrounding communities have offered us the dignity to grieve the loss of our son and Ella's brother in peace. For this we will always be grateful.
"From the people who drove hours to drop off cards and flowers at our doorstep, to the service providers who made Jett's ceremony so beautiful, thank you. Every person who we have encountered has offered to do anything in their power to help us, but add that they feel powerless to do so. We want all of you to know that you have already helped us. By sharing our grief, you lessen our burden. For all of the people who have kept Jett in their prayers, know that those prayers have given us inspiration and strength.
"What we have experienced in Ocala transcends neighbourly civility. We have been treated as family. Although we lost a good part of the joy and radiance of our family, your embracing us as a member of your own has helped us to contend with our loss.
"In parting, we want all of you to cherish your loved ones and your friends like there was no tomorrow, to live your lives to the fullest by continuing to help one another, and to be true to yourselves. - Love John, Kelly and Ella."
A memorial service was held for Jett in the city on Thursday (08Jan09), where Lisa Marie Presley, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were among the celebrity guests.