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Bridget Broadway Ferri

Age 50
Beautiful loving kind loyal generous
Bridget Ferri
Age 50
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Born Bridget Fay Broadway she was always a fun loving happy child. She fell in love at 15, got pregnant, and married the man she loved. At 17, she was told her son had multiple birth defects. At 19, she was widowed when husband killed himself. She battled addiction and mental illness ( bipolar-suicidal-borderline personally disorder and addictive personality). After many doctors, she was given an rx to help. She would crash and have to go into the hospital to get stable. At 40, she became a grandmother but could not relate to a normal life and was in trouble over silly stupid behaviors which were part mental, part dependency issues. Never violent--just as cops said, wrong place, wrong time. At 41, her only child was killed in car wreck. Devastated, she went back to drinking but did go rehab 30 days in GA. This seemed to wake her up to life. Went into a mental health assistance and group home. Never adjusted well to restricted living and finally got approved for an apt in 2011. Participated in mental health programs but still had a hard time coping with life. Lived alone 5 years but supervised by a case worker. Found out she had cirrhosis in 2016. Health declined rapidly and she had back issues and also a knee replacement- neck bone surgery and a lot of pain. She was in a pain clinic, where she had be tested for drugs last year when they refused to see her due to bad test results. Was to go back for shots in her spine - steroid- to reduce pain and get OxyContin that they had been giving her over a year. She did have appt for shots which would help pain. She decided 02-09-17 to get “thrashed” and took all her kalonopin, drank 2 beers to a pain pill. Dropped dead after 12:30 am in apt. Took three days to locate her since she was supposed to go to family and never showed (was not uncommon). She never knew what hit her. Only took 20 minutes to go to brain and completely shut down breathing. Found her where she hit floor and she never moved.

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Bridget Broadway-Ferri. Died 02-09-2017 from Chemical Toxicity. This was a combo of Rx she was given and a pain pill she obtained from a “ friend” unknown. She had taken Xanax and rx pain killers at least 10 years. She also was an alcoholic but had abstained for the past five years.

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Devin Christopher Bellak

Age 28
Beautiful son, Gentle, Introspective Soul
Devin Bellak
Age 28
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Devin was a beautiful, gentle, introspective soul who saw spirituality and meaning in the everyday. He loved the ocean, nature, music, art, people and animals, especially his cat Reggae. He died of a heroin overdose after many years of battling addiction and his family believes speaking the truth may help others. He left us way too soon and will be missed always.

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Devin Christopher Bellak, of Delray Beach Florida, formerly from Chicago, left his physical form on Sunday November 26, 2017, although his spirit will live forever.

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Guillermo Antonio Salcedo

Age 25
Handsome, brilliant, curious, sensitive, fun
Guillermo Salcedo
Age 25
25
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A beautiful soul that left all who loved him too early. We miss him terribly, our sweet angel!

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STACI JILL CAPONE

Age 29
Born on Mothers Day, 1988
STACI CAPONE
Age 29
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Staci wanted to DO everything. She wanted everyone to be her friend. She wanted to be on the Honor Roll. She wanted to play in every sport, on every team. She wanted to talk and be heard all the time. She wanted people to listen to her, to play with her, to learn with her, to laugh with her, and to party with her. She didn't care about convention, or rules, or manners, or safety, or worries, or time. She was magic and spirited, and so much fun to be around. Her imagination blurred a bit with reality, but she didn't care. She loved me and she knew how much I loved her. She loved her son Eli Gabriel, and when we lost him to Tay Sachs Disease when he was three, we heard Staci when she repeated that she only wanted to join him. We wanted Staci in OUR world, but she inhabited her own time and space. And in the end, she chose to NOT chose sobriety, to follow no rules, to reject the boundaries of a harsh life, and to lie down and rest with her son.

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Staci is light. She is fun and silly and sensitive and smart and athletic and talented. She's a surfer, a skater, and a skier. She is sensitive, and not nearly as tough as she pretends to be. She is love. She is brave and beautiful and well-spoken and sparkly. She is my daughter.

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Patrick William Troup

Age 30
Kind loving compassionate son brother friend
Patrick  Troup
Age 30
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Never forgotten, infinitely loved, Patrick left a legacy of love and kindness and egolessness. His intelligence and good humor will be with us to eternity.

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Peter Francis Fox

Age 21
Loving son, brother, cousin, friend
Peter Fox
Age 21
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Peter started with marijuana in early HS years, expanded to alcohol and Xanax in college. Then added cocaine into the mix while having periods of time where his use of marijuana and Xanax would be minimal. However, his “self-medicating” peaks and valleys that were few in his early teens were growing in intensity and frequency during his college years. What Peter really needed was the best mix of professional aid/treatment along with the informed and proper support and help of his entire family, relative, friend, and university/community network. He needed treatment, but thought he had control, knowledge, experience, and the willpower/strength that would allow him to be a recreational user through his college years while continuing to be successful. He was a loyal, friendly, caring, passionate, intelligent boy becoming a man that had hopes, dreams, desires that simply could not be fulfilled while under the influences and effects of drugs. Together, let’s get better informed, educated, and active in order to better prevent and/or help others like him.

The Fox family is currently focusing its fundraising with “Your Choice” based out of Hartland, Wisconsin. However, we are just now being exposed to Shatterproof and would like to learn more about what seems to be a very well organized and run program on many fronts. Sincerely, Tim Fox

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Peter Fox (Pedro Zorro) was a loving, caring, loyal son to Tim and Liz Fox, a brother to Grace and Emma, a relative to many, and a companion/friend to hundreds. He lived well for 21 years and was a senior economics major (Spanish minor) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Peter had a passion for history and philosophical debate. He enjoyed and excelled at numerous sports year-round - baseball, football, hockey, lacrosse - and loved spending time with his family, friends, cousins, and grandparents. His intelligence, wit, and sense of humor were stellar.

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Dominique Espinosa Mccusker

Age 44
Always the Princess of Oohlala!
Dominique  Mccusker
Age 44
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The warmest smile and biggest heart. Still loved. #FightforDom Hold doctors responsible to do their jobs. No more prescription overdoses.

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Kimberly Ann Pizzuti

Age 44
Funny, Beautiful, Helping others, Positive
Kimberly Pizzuti
Age 44
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Kim and I were great friends and sisters. She would make me laugh and was an incredible person when she wasn’t using. We always knew when she was using because we wouldn’t hear from her. We had taken her to many rehabs, and she had gone to many rehabs even on her own. In the end, she was sober for eight months and then met someone in rehab and eventually couldn’t resist the demons. I will miss and do miss her terribly.... I know that she is up there with my mother who passed away five years ago from emphysema. Kim was never quite the same afterward. Please pray for her son and daughter. Thank you for listening.

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My sister started using at age 16. Her boyfriend at the time told her she was overweight and introduced her to cocaine. She struggled with drugs and alcohol ever since. She just passed this September 29th. She leaves her loving family of two sisters, her father, a step-mother, and sister. She has a son who is 17 who is with us now and her 23 year old daughter is somewhere in skid row in LA. We cannot find her. She is also a heroin addict. Kim will be dearly missed. She was an amazing girl when she wasn’t using, and tried to help so many others that were. She just couldn’t save herself...

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Samuel Logan Chappell

Age 21
Thinker, Nature Lover, Reader, Musician
Samuel Chappell
Age 21
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When Sam was born, my first thought was that he radiated goodness. His wide eyes seemed to convey patience and reserve judgment of his new situation until the doctors and nurses had a chance to do their thing. As a little boy, he was curious and unhurried, giving each new experience due time for consideration and wonder. He paid particular attention to the details of animals, nature, books \, and music, developing an impressive repository of knowledge and songs, and later an interest in rock climbing and a knack for playing the guitar. He loved social activity, eagerly anticipating each opportunity to gather with friends and family.
The school years introduced some difficulty as Sam experienced some bullying as he struggled to fit in with and understand the rough and tumble world of the playground. The fact that his military family moved frequently compounded the problem. Sam courageously kept looking for connection and found good friendship along the way, but the years of struggle affected him. He developed an affinity for marijuana in high school which led to other drugs, including painkiller pills and eventually, heroin.
We struggled to find appropriate and effective treatment, but the addiction held him tightly hostage. He went down the road of an addict's existence with all its associated troubles. One night after picking him up in a dark corner of the city, he expressed his despair in believing that he would never be free of his cravings. Another time, from a stretcher on the way to an ambulance after an overdose, he looked at me, shook his head and said, "I'm sorry, mom. I'm sorry.'
Because addiction had such a hold, and treatment hadn't worked so far, I took him on a wilderness trip in an effort to give him space to start anew. We hiked 93 miles of the John Muir Trail together. Along the way, I stopped leading him, and he began leading me. He reached Donahue Pass first, and I could hear the joy in his voice as he cried out in celebration. He finished the trip healthier and stronger. He moved in with a friend and started working, which he hadn't been able to do for a year and a half due to his addiction. We both had the naive hope that he could make and execute the decision on his own to follow a sober path. Tragically, I got a call on September 7, 2015 that my beautiful, beloved boy had died of a heroin overdose.

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Sam was a beautiful soul who had so much to teach and offer his family, his friends, and our world. He was our philosopher, our guide to nature, our musician, our challenger, and our deeply loved son, brother, grandson, and friend. It is our tragedy to have lost him and it is our shame as a society that we continue to lose such youth and beauty to the disease of addiction.

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Andrew (AJ) Jon Schultz

Age 26
Loved Father, Son, Brother, Friend
Andrew (AJ) Schultz
Age 26
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AJ was loved and supported during his struggle with addiction. He had a caring and beautiful wife and together they had an absolutely precious little girl. AJ continued to struggle with sobriety and drug use, lies became bigger and he turned away from the people who loved him the most. His wife, Jenna, could no longer bear the pain and had to end their marriage. His brother and best friend was forced to turn away from him because their relationship became one sided with all of the lies. He didn't get to celebrate his daughter's first birthday. This is what addiction does, it takes everything you love and cherish away from you.
Following is the eulogy his ex-wife, Jenna, gave at AJ's funeral and she says it perfectly.

Today I want to speak on behalf of the boy I met when I was 15 years old and the man I grew to love and share a life with. I want to speak on behalf of the guy who was deemed "most likely to brighten your day" and "talks the most but says the least" in his high school yearbook (which I know isn't a surprise to many) and the guy who was my date to every high school dance. I want us to remember the kind-hearted person he was and the love he shared for soccer, music, Ohio State football, orange sherbet ice cream with nerds, his shoe collection and most importantly, BREAD. (SMILE)
I don't think I'm alone in saying AJ's smile and laugh could light up a room which makes sense because he loved to be the center of attention! He always knew the right thing to say to comfort someone and was willing to help, even though he was struggling himself. He had the best sense of humor, sometimes even laughing to himself at his own endless stream of jokes. AJ was present during some of the best and worst times of my life and I will always treasure those moments we had together. I'm thankful for the many years of happiness we shared.
More recently, AJ had rekindled his relationship with God and it was heartwarming to watch it grow as we attended church together. Nothing separates us from God's love, not our addictions and not our sins. AJ gave me the greatest gift a person can give and that is the gift of life, for that I am eternally grateful. My heart breaks for our daughter, Nora, who will never get the opportunity of getting to know her father. I hope she inherits his generosity, his kindness and his genuine love and caring for others. I will make sure she knows he loved her, and share all of our memories with her someday as I encourage all of you to do as well. She is the best part of him that he left behind for us to cherish. We will celebrate his life and carry him deeply in our hearts always and forever. I love you AJ.

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AJ's classmates said it best: "most likely to brighten your day" and "talks the most but says the least". He was loved and cherished by his whole family and had a daughter that was the light of his life.

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Arthur Joseph Nasario Brez

Age 32
Musician, Champion, Son, Friend, Brother
Arthur Brez
Age 32
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Artie was born when I was 18 years old, and I always felt that God knew I was lonely so he gave me someone who was mine alone. He was smart and funny and beautiful, truly an old soul from the beginning of his life. Artie was one of those people who always took care of those less fortunate than himself, and he was quick to see social injustices--and attempt to rectify those wrongs. He was a self taught guitarist, and an avid comic book collector. He was always quick to debate any subject that he deemed worthy of debate. He loved the Dallas Cowboys and Dale Earnhart Jr. He considered himself a liberal, tree hugging hillbilly. He became addicted to opioids after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 22, and fought every day of his young life to try to get clean. He passed away unexpectedly, after being sober for six months. He is missed by his brothers and sisters and me every single day.

 

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My son Arthur Brez, Artie, lost a seven year battle with addiction on 09/21/2017. His life was so much more than the sum of his addiction, and he is missed every day.

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Thomas Ray Modglin

Age 26
Father, Son, Brother, Musician!!
Thomas  Modglin
Age 26
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He loved his family, friends, and music!! He loved unconditionally with all of his heart. All he ever wanted to do was entertain and make people smile, so maybe he could smile for a while!! He had the most beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. He was in a band called The God Particle, who had just released their first single a few months before. He always had to be doing something, he would get bored easily. A lover of movies, some of his favorites were Coen Brothers and Kevin Smith movies. His absolute favorite movies were the Star Wars movies. Favorite bands Deftones, Alice in Chains, Tom Waits, Michael Jackson, and Tool, with his #1 of all time...Limp Bizkit! He had a love for cooking and was always inventing some new recipe in the kitchen that took no less than every dish in the house to make. If he couldn't be a musician, he wanted to be a chef. He never met a stranger, he talked to and befriended everyone. He left behind three very young children who miss him! They won't remember him enough to have many memories. We talk about 'daddy' every day so they will always have memories of the man that loved them so much.

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My handsome oldest son!

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Kenny Brown

Age 20
Son, Brother, Positive, Sarcastic
Kenny Brown
Age 20
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Kenny was a bright young man who had a passion for cooking, gaming, and spending time on the West Coast. He easily met friends wherever he went. His positivity, sarcastic humor, and friendliness made him a positive contribution wherever he went. He will be missed by many, but remembered fondly by all.

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Patrick John Cagey

Age 25
Son, sensitive, funny, loving, smart
Patrick Cagey
Age 25
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I miss Patrick’s hugs and him saying “ I love you, Mom”. We were an affectionate family. He hugged easily and smiled. His last words to me was “I love you, Mom.” Patrick loved the sun, water, and beach. We spent a great deal of time in Naples, Florida. When Patrick was a little boy; he and his father, Jim Cagey, would spend the evenings play wrestling. I loved to listen to their laughter, and many times in my mind I return to those wonderful days and try to find a reason, an answer to how such a loved and happy boy could die at 25 from a heroin overdose. I don’t believe I will ever come to a satisfactory answer. I can look back and see how inadequate the treatment facility was and how unprepared I was to help Patrick. I am a nurse practitioner in addiction. I have worked in this area most of my adult career and I was unprepared to help my own son.

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Patrick John Cagey died from a heroin overdose on August 10, 2013. Patrick was our only child. He was a high school wrestler, where he first sustained a severe knee injury. Patrick graduated from the University of Kentucky and talked of attending graduate school. His knee injury was treated with prescribed pain medication, then the medication was stopped. Patrick began buying pills on “the street”. Pills became very expensive in Kentucky in 2013. Patrick started using heroin. He told us he wanted to go into treatment. He stayed 28 days in a poorly regulated facility. He “graduated” from the facility and returned to our home. Patrick died 4 days later, he was 25. We had his memorial service on his 26th birthday.

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Micheal Francis Rinaldo

Age 25
Son, Brother, Forever Loved
Micheal Rinaldo
Age 25
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Michael's battle with addiction began when he was a teen. Outwardly, it was hard to see that he was fighting but if you knew his heart, you knew his pain.
He is so loved. I miss his laughter. I miss the way he ate and the way he asked me to make him a cup of coffee. "It tastes better if you make it", he'd say.
Everything tasted better to me when he was in the world. Not just the flavors of things but the way I could taste hope. The way I could sense the flavor of the prayers I'd pray for him to recover and to find his way.
There aren't enough words to express the part of me that has been empty since the minute he left this world. No one thing will ever fill his place.
"I love you forever, I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."

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Michael lost his fight with addiction on December 30, 2016. H had a face that lit up with his smile. The way he laughed and giggled could make you laugh before you even knew what was funny.

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Jonathan Ryan Dudeck

Age 27
Beautiful Son, Big Heart, Gentle Soul, Brave
Jonathan Dudeck
Age 27
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Jon graduated from Williston Northampton High School in Easthampton, Massachusetts. In addition to excelling academically at Williston, Jon became New England Champion in the discus event, shattering a 26-year-old school record and leading to a national ranking as a high school athlete. He was recruited by numerous Division I universities as a result of his proficiency in Track and Field. Jon chose to attend the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he enjoyed being a student-athlete, building lifelong friendships, and doing well in school. He graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Human and Organizational Development and Sports Management.

After graduation, Jon earned the two top national certifications in Personal Training and worked to develop his craft and client list at several Bay Area fitness centers. He then moved to Austin, Texas in 2015 and worked as a sales professional for technology and retail companies.

When describing Jon, his many friends and relatives always emphasize his big heart. His smile lit up a room and his charisma and genuine warmth were magnets for building trust with others. Despite his 6’3” athletic frame, Jon was a gentle soul. He made friends easily and was deeply committed to helping others. Animals flocked to him as they knew intuitively that he was their friend.

Jon loved to work out, setting and achieving many personal fitness goals. Even as a child, he was disciplined and persistent until he achieved the goals he set. For instance, he taught himself how to play the guitar to an advanced level, juggle five balls at once, and master leading-edge nutrition and athletic training. Jon also enjoyed writing and performing music and lyrics. Even though he knew his singing voice was not great, he had no qualms belting out his original songs for the pure joy of it, his love for music and life radiating throughout his performances.

We miss Jon every single second of every day… being enveloped in his big bear hugs, laughing with him, being delighted by a thoughtful note or message. This principle-centered, kind young man will also be missed by his many friends and relatives. Rest in Heaven, Jonathan.

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Jonathan would not have wanted the disease of addiction or the way he passed on to define his life. The majority of Jon’s time on Earth was filled with laughter, learning, wonderful relationships with friends and family, and spiritual meaning. His deep faith guided him, and even in the toughest times, Jon never lost hope and neither did his family and friends. Jon continued to battle the disease of addiction one day at a time, mostly successfully.

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Ryan Taylor Moore

Age 24
You were my tender-mess.
Ryan Moore
Age 24
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There is so much to say and talk about, how we tried to help you so much, how you struggled to live a normal life like so many of us. How since the accident you kept that struggle and tried all you could to overcome. How you searched and found peace in your faith only to have the addition take over. How you loved your daughter and your Mom. How we wish you were here and how do we help others to overcome.

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Here is to my tender-mess, my purpose of unconditional love, my son.  I lost you to an epidemic that robs so many lives. You had a heart of gold, a kind soul and a spirit that fought the addiction everyday. You are at peace now and i hope that your smile and your goodness will always be remembered.  Fly High my sweet child.  

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Christine Anne Warren

Age 30
Magnetic, positive, helpful, thoughtful, and caring
Christine  Warren
Age 30
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Christine was energetic, dynamic, and had a magnetism that drew people to her. She was positive in spite of her very hidden troubles. She loved making people laugh. She was beautiful and kind but she was troubled by some kind of internal "demon." She was a great skier; she was artistic and smart. She loved her family, especially her younger sister. She also had trouble staying focused as she became a young adult. She enjoyed nothing more than making people laugh. She also enjoyed the high that came with risk taking and that later meant using drugs and entering bad relationships. She became addicted to opioids and hid her addiction very well for a while. After several attempts at detoxing, she became sober, for less than a year. It was looking positive. She looked like herself again. Her smile was back, her glow was back. She struggled and really wanted to make it but we eventually lost her to a fentanyl overdose. The day before she died, she spent the day with her son, had dinner with her family, gave her son a bath, told him a story, put him to bed and then spent some time with her younger sister before going to bed. I had kissed her earlier, told her I was proud of her for taking on the struggles. Still, I had an instinctive fear that she was using. I asked her if she was and whether she was still going to her meetings. She said she was, and not to worry. Nevertheless, I did. Early the next morning I went for a run with friends and was just headed into the driveway when I was met by my younger daughter Emily and my grandson, walking quickly down the driveway. They were headed to a neighbor's house but it was obvious that something was wrong. While my grandson was bouncing and smiling, Emily's face was pale and stoic. My grandson had no idea what happened and my daughter was making sure it stayed that way. As she passed me in the driveway, though, my daughter said quietly "You need to get in the house now. Mom; it's Christine." I ran to the house and my husband told me she was already gone. He found her body on the bedroom floor. She was already cold. She'd overdosed. Christine lost the battle. Sixteen months later, we understand the grieving will change but never go away. Some days it's worse than others; some days it's just a huge empty hole in our hearts. I miss her voice but I still clearly hear it. I wish for her to come visit in a dream. I still see her smile so clearly and I thank God for our grandson, who has so much of her within him.

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When asked what they remember most about Christine, friends refer to her "smile that would light up a room." Behind the beautiful smile, Christine fought an opioid addiction and struggled to achieve her goal of sobriety for several years. She lost the battle on June 30th, 2016. She was not yet 31. She left her parents, a younger sister and, sadly, a beautiful 7 year old son behind.

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Christopher David Woodford

Age 26
Heart of Gold!
Christopher Woodford
Age 26
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My son Chris Woodford passed away Monday August 21, 2017. He battled a terrible disease called addiction for 10 years. He fought so hard to stay sober, getting help multiple times for his addiction. But the addiction took over.
Chris had an amazing heart. Always trying to see the good in people. He could instantly make a friend because of his great personality. People gravitated to him because behind that stunning smile was a wonderful person inside. Chris was an amazing father to his daughter. He loved her so very much. Chris fought to be the best Father, Son, Brother, and Grandson he could be. He loved his family unconditionally and will be forever in our hearts. He will be missed!! He is now with Jesus resting in peace!! I love you my Son! ❤️

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Chris Woodford is my son. He passed away August 21, 2017. He was 26 years old.

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Steven M. Pi

Age 49
Beloved father, brother, son
Steven Pi
Age 49
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Steven was a troubled man. He struggled with alcoholism for almost 20 years. He will be missed not for the person he was when he was drinking, but for the great man that all of his family and friends knew him to be when he was sober. I'm writing this (Steven's 18 year old daughter) reflecting upon a similar death, the death of my mother back in 2010. She lost her battle with an opiate addiction but she is missed so greatly every single day. Addiction of any kind can destroy a family, and my family is the proof of that. The stigma surrounding addiction is one that needs to come to an end so that those suffering from addiction can get the help they need. In some cases, they may have already been offered all of the help in the world, like my father, but to understand that this is a disease does bring some comfort when we can realize that the person may have wanted to recover, but simply could not beat it. My father was not only an alcoholic; he was a father, a brother, an architect, a cat dad, avid Star Wars lover, and sarcastic asshole in the most lovable way.

Unfortunately, I am now mourning him for a second time. I mourned him once when he was lost to the addiction, and I mourn him now.

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Steven was a beloved father, brother, son, and widower of his late wife Maureen Delgado-Pi. He was a big fan of the Yankees, enjoyed spending time with his daughter and cat, and knew way too much about Star Wars & Star Trek. He was deeply loved by all of his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.

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