Memorial

Memorial

Michael Niday

Michael Niday

Born
Died

Everything! I miss that big smile, his bear hugs, someone calling me Mom. I miss his laugh and sense of humor. I miss his big heart and compassion for the underdog. I miss the hope that he can get better and have a full life. I do not miss the chaos, anger, and paralyzing fear that was a constant companion as he spiraled downward through his addiction.

Tell us about your loved one.

Michael was our only child. He was born smiling and laughing. He never knew a stranger. He was kind and compassionate to everyone, but himself. He always struggled with believing he had worth.

Tell us about Michael's struggle with addiction

Michael tried drinking at the age of 15 and very quickly it became obvious he had a problem. Everything he did with alcohol or drugs was always excessive. He went to inpatient treatment the first time at the age of 20. He spent the next 6 years having periods of sobriety and relapses. His longest sober time was 11 months. After that, the sober times became shorter and less frequent. He spent more time in treatment and in jail. He held down jobs for awhile and then would lose them. He continued to try to regain his sobriety, but he ran out of time on September 8, 2013 when he died from an overdose.

What made Michael smile?

Michael loved: his parents, his family, his dog Sam, good music, singing, dancing and acting, traveling, good food, friends, movies and plays, a good joke, meeting new people, making people laugh.

What do you miss most about Michael?

Everything! I miss that big smile, his bear hugs, someone calling me Mom. I miss his laugh and sense of humor. I miss his big heart and compassion for the underdog. I miss the hope that he can get better and have a full life. I do not miss the chaos, anger, and paralyzing fear that was a constant companion as he spiraled downward through his addiction.

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