There is, perhaps, no grief more unbearable than that associated with the loss of a child.
Sadly, that’s what the parents of Kreed Joshua, a YouTube star and a nonspeaking young man with autism, are experiencing; he passed away on May 12, 2016. He was 18 years old.
On top of his autism, he battled nine illnesses and experienced intense pain; yet he faced life with incredible strength and resiliency.
“But in the end his body just gave out and was suffering too much for too long,” his mom wrote in a Facebook post.
Even though life presented him with challenges, he was able to communicate through AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication).
His journey with this was documented by a popular YouTube channel, Kreed’s World.
Here’s one video, in which he explains his complex feelings on autism.
It’s something he loved because it made him who he was, yet he didn’t like it because it was the reason he couldn’t speak.
For those who want to honor Kreed’s life and journey, she has one request: “Live everyday to the fullest despite how yesterday was and what tomorrow might bring because that is how our Kreeders lived everyday of his life, he never missed a chance to experience the joy in life!”
We at the Autism Site offer our deepest sympathies to Kreed’s loved ones. We can only imagine what they’re going through, and it is our sincerest hope that they find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.