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Grieving Mom Refuses To Sugarcoat Things - Writes An Honest Obituary For Son

Michelle Benson was completely devastated when she lost her beloved son Adam at the age of 25. Nevertheless, she pressed on and hoped that something good would come of his death for others. As Little Things shares, she got the ball rolling by sharing a brutally honest obituary.

“Adam enjoyed going to the gym, snowboarding, four wheeling, jet skiing, bonfires on the beach, reading - especially Harry Potter - and will always be remembered for his charming personality, disarming good looks, and welcoming smile. Unfortunately, he will also be remembered as a statistic,” she wrote.

Adam was addicted to heroin, and it ultimately took his life far too soon.

“Once he started heroin, like so many other people suffering from addiction, he struggled with it; he never stopped fighting, but he certainly didn’t win the battle,” she said.

Michelle sees how people try to keep things hush-hush when they lose a loved one to addiction, and she feels that does more harm than anything in the long run. She’s hoping to lessen the stigma of addiction somewhat by opening up the chance for some honest dialogue.

“What we’ve learned is that there are so many families struggling, and they just keep it quiet because it’s shameful and they’re ashamed and there’s a real stigma attached to that, and we have to break that cycle if we’re going to do something about that suffering in addiction,” Michelle said.

It’s been a tough road for Michelle and her family, but she has nonetheless become an inspiration for others that are dealing with similar situations.

“For our family at least, we know Adam is finally at peace, but we want to be part of helping other families, sharing resources and just talking about addiction to try and erase that stigma. We are excited about the things we can do to turn our family’s grief into something positive,” Michelle added.

Source: Little Things
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