A Massachusetts mother’s eulogy for her 23-year-old daughter has gone viral after she openly talked about the young woman’s struggle with addiction. Kelsey Grace Endicott died April 2 from an accidental overdose.
“For many years, she fought a heroic battle with addiction. She had been sober for almost ten months, but her disease still had a powerful hold on her,” read her obituary.
On April 9, her mother, Kathleen Errico, posted her eulogy on Facebook, where it has nearly 3,500 views.
“Hopefully it will work as many miracles as her obituary has,” Errico wrote. “We need to talk and educate the world about this epidemic.”
Endicott had gone to multiple rehab facilities since September 2014, her mother shared, not living at home as she transferred from program to program.
“She worked hard and fought the good fight eventually regaining custody of her beautiful baby boy Camden and finding that sobriety was a much better way to live, but the demon was still there,” Endicott wrote. “Kelsey had just 10 months shy of sobriety and was due to move home in 2 months but God had other plans.”
Endicott shared her daughter’s words:
“I am someone who is determined, insecure, emotional, neurotic, shameful, cunning, angry and honest. I am everything but simple. I hate being alone yet am addicted to the feeling of sorrow and depression. I am a person who is too insecure to be loved and terrified to be broken. I am hard on the outside but an emotional train wreck deep within the heart.”
While heroin told her daughter it would make her feel like “like everything will be ok,” Endicott wrote, “What it didn’t tell her was how it would devastate her family and tear it apart, how it would take her job and leave her penniless, how it would steal her son from her arms, how it would take her home, how it would take her sparkle, how it would take her smile, how it would take her humor and how it would take and take and take until it took her life.”