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Erica Grossman

Erica Grossman

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Died

I miss her sparkling smile and her genuine laugh. I miss her sweetness and her generous spirit. I miss her sense of justice. I miss her hugs. I miss her ability to convince anyone of anything. (Manipulation? Perhaps...) I miss her poetry. I miss her love...

Tell us about your loved one.

Erica was a beautiful, spirited, passionate and compassionate young lady who loved animals, cherished her friends, adored her brothers, respected her grandparents and wanted only to live and let live and enjoy life on her own terms. She was a talented artist, writer and jewelry designer. She had so much to live for but for some reason never felt good enough about herself. She was a bit of a rebel with a huge heart. She was the most generous person I know.

Tell us about Erica's struggle with addiction

She started smoking weed in middle school (frustrated that her parents sent her from public to private school; she never related to the "rich spoiled kids" she met there...) Her addiction then progressed to pills and then heroin. She was in and out of treatment programs from age 15 until she died right after her 30th birthday. She tried so hard so many times but the addiction was much stronger than she was.

What made Erica smile?

What made her smile? Her kitties, her friends, her brothers, her aunts and uncles and cousins who loved her unconditionally. She could not tolerate those who were judgmental or arrogant. She saw right through phoniness. She helped those in need and always looked out for those who were hurting. She had a huge heart and was generous to a fault. If she felt you were real, she would do anything to help you. She defended and protected the underdogs. She was the most unselfish person I've ever known.

What do you miss most about Erica?

I miss her sparkling smile and her genuine laugh. I miss her sweetness and her generous spirit. I miss her sense of justice. I miss her hugs. I miss her ability to convince anyone of anything. (Manipulation? Perhaps...) I miss her poetry. I miss her love...

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