How One Family Used An Obituary To Lay Out The Reality Of Opioid Addiction


After Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir died on 7 October, Kate O’Neill penned a now-viral obituary on her sister’s addiction battle as ‘an authentic authoring of her life’

By Sarah Betancourt

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Kate O’Neill never thought she would be writing her own sister’s obituary. But as the family made preparations for the memorial this month, the task fell to O’Neill. Sitting down at a kitchen table, she wrote the story of how Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir battled drug addiction.

Linsenmeir, from Burlington, Vermont, was only 30 when she died on 7 October, leaving behind a three-year-old son and a family who wants to honor her by relaying the realities of…click here to continue reading