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Ralph Brothers
B: 1934-04-17
D: 2018-04-24
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Brothers , Ralph
Nannette Loffredo
B: 1922-11-14
D: 2018-04-24
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Loffredo, Nannette
Ursula Rabine
B: 1924-03-28
D: 2018-04-21
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Rabine, Ursula
Charles Harrington
B: 1935-06-15
D: 2018-04-19
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Harrington, Charles
Wanda Turner
B: 1961-07-06
D: 2018-04-17
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Turner, Wanda
June Howlett
B: 1929-03-29
D: 2018-04-16
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Howlett, June
Timothy Blackmer
B: 1976-08-10
D: 2018-04-16
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Blackmer, Timothy
Robert Patten
B: 1920-09-12
D: 2018-04-12
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Patten, Robert
Betty Hoffis
B: 1925-06-25
D: 2018-04-10
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Hoffis, Betty
Keith Ogden
B: 1958-10-30
D: 2018-04-09
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Ogden, Keith
Christopher Blair
B: 1983-05-28
D: 2018-04-09
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Blair, Christopher
Robert Wilkins
B: 1934-01-29
D: 2018-04-07
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Wilkins, Robert
Elizabeth Revier
B: 1920-08-02
D: 2018-04-06
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Revier, Elizabeth
Bruce DeRosia
B: 1973-09-20
D: 2018-04-02
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DeRosia, Bruce
Myrtle Moon
B: 1934-01-29
D: 2018-04-02
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Moon, Myrtle
Arlene Etu
B: 1923-05-16
D: 2018-03-31
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Etu, Arlene
Elizabeth Craw
B: 1926-03-03
D: 2018-03-29
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Craw, Elizabeth
Scott Livingston
B: 1960-02-10
D: 2018-03-26
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Livingston, Scott
Joan Bennett
B: 1942-06-26
D: 2018-03-26
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Bennett, Joan
Gorman Rich
B: 1931-09-06
D: 2018-03-24
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Rich, Gorman
Tanis Dangelico
B: 1925-01-31
D: 2018-03-24
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Dangelico, Tanis

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Some people struggle to understand and communicate their emotions surrounding death and grief. When a loved one dies, they dive into planning services, organizing households or closing finances. However, the silence can be deafening when it comes to the avoidance of conversations about drug-related deaths. Overdose deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in the US, which means that we most likely all know — and are maybe even close to — someone who lost their battle to drug addiction. In fact, with the opioid epidemic still tearing through our country, the number of deaths due to overdose in 2016 crept into the top ten leading causes of death in the US.
 

The truth is, we don’t like to acknowledge that addiction can touch anyone. We blame weakness, willpower, poor parenting or poor choices, making it hard to imagine the real faces behind those statistics — the real lives lost and the real people grieving.

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