my brother

I just found out that my big brother died October 9th.

A lady in California who works for some kind of hospice place called my mom today.

It took her this long to find out who, if anyone, to call.

My brother was at the hospice place in California for three months she said.

He did not reveal any family ties whatsoever she said.

He died of COPD.

That's some kind of smoking related thing maybe.

He was mentally ill for a long time..maybe almost his whole life.

But he was also smart and funny and accomplished.

So it has been hard to accept him being a wandering homeless person, paranoid and schizophrenic, for the past twenty years.

I've written several songs about him.

I've dedicated other peoples' songs to him.

You've probably heard me talk about him on stage.

Well, now he's dead and I don't know what that will mean as the world moves forward into another brand new day.

Bradley John Dundon.

I knew him, but I didn't know him well.

He was ruined by his parents or maybe it was that his parents couldn't save him.

He is Preston Duncan in my stories.

He was Preston Duncan in his own writings too, so I respectfully picked up where his own writings left off.

But maybe he wrote more. I don't know. Maybe we'll find out there is a manuscript or two or five somewhere.

I hope so.

I hope he left us something of his brilliant self, but if not, I have memories and I have stories and I will continue to share them with you any way I can.

Brother B, where ever you are tonight, I hope there's peace and love and fun for you finally.

I love my Brother. Forever.

There are people down here who wish they could have known you better, including me.

Comments

Jeff Parkman October 25, 2018 @11:09 pm
Courtney, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. Thinking of you and your family.
Priscilla Thomas October 25, 2018 @09:22 pm
Courtney, I am so sorry for your loss.
Russ French October 25, 2018 @09:03 pm
Coutrney, I am so sorry to hear of Brad's passing. U have memories of him from our days on Vermilion. Very sad but we finally know where he is now and the pains he felt for so many years are no longer haunting him. Hugs to you and your mom.
Blake D. October 25, 2018 @11:59 am
Peace & love for you and your brother both.
Petra Schmidt October 25, 2018 @09:43 am
I am very sorry about your big brother. But now you don't worry anymore. He is in heaven and has fun as you said. Love and peace.
Josephine Lane October 24, 2018 @10:29 am
Courtney I am so sorry for your loss. That is such a sad story but maybe he is at peace now. My mother died from COPD and she didn't even smoke. It was from second hand smoke. I am glad that someone was able to find his family and let you know what happened to your beloved brother. My deepest sympathy.
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