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  1. #1
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    May 2012

    ME - Death from Addiction: The Story of Ryan Bossie's Family

    Death From Drug Addiction: Families Speak Out In Obituaries In Hopes Of Saving Others

    An image of Ryan Bossie

    It would have been easier to state, vaguely, that Ryan Bossie had simply “died” on Jan. 30. Maybe put the word “suddenly” or “unexpectedly” behind it. But what the family of a young man from Caribou, Maine, chose to do instead was much bolder, and more difficult.

    They opened his obituary with this line: “Ryan Douglas Bossie, 27, died January 30, 2015, in Portland after losing a hard-fought battle with addiction.” Though the obituary continued as a touching ode to a beloved son and brother — “He enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking, gardening, fishing, participating in moose hunts, and “chillin” with his family and friends” — the first sentence was groundbreaking because his family went where most don’t.

    The Bossie family confronted Ryan’s cause of death head-on with a clear admission to the public that their loved one had died from a drug overdose — and in doing so joined a growing number of families who are using obituaries as a way to warn people about the tragic reality of drug addiction.
    My kids are a window to my past, a mirror of today, a door to tomorrow, and a keeper of this proud old dad's heart forever.

  2. #2
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    Sep 2014
    Quote Originally Posted by los2188 View Post
    Death From Drug Addiction: Families Speak Out In Obituaries In Hopes Of Saving Others

    An image of Ryan Bossie

    Thanks,los2188, for posting this. Helps.

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