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Alice Savasta
B: 1930-08-30
D: 2018-06-18
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Savasta, Alice
Helen Knox
B: 1927-02-13
D: 2018-06-17
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Knox, Helen
Paul Longdaue
B: 1933-10-12
D: 2018-06-16
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Longdaue, Paul
Robert Russ
B: 1967-04-27
D: 2018-06-15
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Russ, Robert
Mildred McNall
B: 1927-06-12
D: 2018-06-12
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McNall, Mildred
Winston Kilburn
B: 1944-01-05
D: 2018-06-07
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Kilburn, Winston
Myron Watkins
B: 1930-06-01
D: 2018-06-03
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Watkins, Myron
Paul Hafner
B: 1968-06-03
D: 2018-06-03
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Hafner, Paul
Iona Pollock
B: 1923-04-23
D: 2018-06-02
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Pollock , Iona
Roger DeFoe
B: 1933-12-14
D: 2018-06-02
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DeFoe, Roger
Grace Seeholzer
B: 1926-07-07
D: 2018-05-29
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Seeholzer, Grace
Robert Mc Dougall
B: 1949-04-08
D: 2018-05-29
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Mc Dougall, Robert
Donald Corriveau
B: 1933-08-20
D: 2018-05-27
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Corriveau, Donald
Mabel Washburn
B: 1925-07-24
D: 2018-05-27
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Washburn, Mabel
Zen Baudoux
B: 1943-09-20
D: 2018-05-27
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Baudoux, Zen
Leon Clothier
B: 1969-08-25
D: 2018-05-27
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Clothier, Leon
Loren Hart
B: 1940-05-16
D: 2018-05-24
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Hart, Loren
Carol Ward
B: 1941-11-29
D: 2018-05-23
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Ward, Carol
Kathleen Sweet
B: 1959-10-11
D: 2018-05-20
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Sweet, Kathleen
Mary Baker
B: 1920-11-08
D: 2018-05-20
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Baker, Mary
Clara Schenk
B: 1938-08-28
D: 2018-05-17
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Schenk, Clara

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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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