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Let us remember Justin for his accomplishments on the football field and the basketball court. Let us remember his smile that I am told melted a hundred hearts. But let's also remember his death with sorrow and determination that spur us to action. Amen.
— The pastor's speech, in "Graduation"


Justin Foley's Funeral takes place in May/June 2019, shortly after Justin Foley's death. There are four speakers: a pastor, Charlie St. George, Alex Standall and Zach Dempsey. Clay was asked to speak, but besides wanting to, he felt like there wasn't anything he could say.

HistoryEdit

Circumstances Surrounding Justin's DeathEdit

Following Justin's collapse at prom[1], he was rushed to the hospital where he was subsequently diagnosed with HIV-1 that had progressed to AIDS that resulted from his drug use and prostitution while he was homeless that took place during the time gap between seasons 1 and 2. His AIDS resulted in Justin developing a terminal case of pneumonia and fungal meningitis.

At the doctor's suggestion, while Justin's brain infection was advancing rapidly, Justin was taken off the ventilator so he could be able to say goodbye to his friends and family one last time. Jessica has a heartfelt and heartbreaking moment with Justin as she tells him that he was the best thing that ever happened to her and tells him that he was the one who taught her what love was. Clay has one final moment with Justin as he thanks him for saving his life more times than what Justin knows. The two reaffirm their brotherly love as Clay promises to hold Justin's hand until he is gone. Later, surrounded by the Jensens and his friends in the waiting room, Justin dies with Clay still holding on to his hand.

The FuneralEdit

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AttendeesEdit

SpeakersEdit

  • Pastor
  • Charlie St. George
  • Alex Standall (unable to finish)
  • Zach Dempsey

AppearancesEdit

QuotesEdit

How did we get here? Again? We made a cruel world. My generation, my parents' generation. Too little caring. Too much hate, anger, and hurt. We talk a good game about protecting our children, but we leave too much on the table that might surely save their lives. Justin Foley died of a disease that, from its inception, thrives in silence. And there are a number of such diseases, a number of ills that thrive when we are silent about them. Because we let our fears, our shame, our twisted moral codes keep us in silence, as death stalks more children. I say, enough. Enough shifting blame. Enough pointing fingers. Enough confusing those who report the damage with those who cause it. Let us remember Justin for his accomplishments on the football field and the basketball court. Let us remember his smile that I am told melted a hundred hearts. But let's also remember his death with sorrow and determination that spur us to action. Amen.
— The pastor's speech[src]
I believe Justin Foley helped save my life. I didn't like him. And he didn't like me. But... when I needed him, he helped me.
— Alex's speech about Justin[src]
Last time I was up here, I said I was my brother's keeper. That we all are. Even though I didn't live up to that. Justin hated running. Coach Kerba would make him do a mile, and he would bitch and complain... the whole time. Coach Kerba would tell him that pain is the feeling of weakness leaving the body. But we're all weak, I think. But we're trying to be stronger. And the pain that we are feeling today... is to remind us every day... to do better. To be better.
— Zach's speech[src]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Lohmann, Tommy (director). (June 5, 2020). "Prom". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 9.

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