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Re: “Jacquelyn Kennedy Baker, 1936-2018

Rest in peace, Jackie, with the angels and your son, Mark. You were a strong and faithful woman with a beautiful smile and zest for life. You will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved you.
Diane Wheaton (Waterbury, Vermont).

Posted by Diane Wheaton on 12/17/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Jacquelyn Kennedy Baker, 1936-2018

Rest In Peace aunt Jackie. You were a blessing to all who met you or knew you. My condolences to her loving family and friends.
Michael Dalrymple
Corinth, NY

Posted by Michael G. Dalrymple on 12/15/2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

What a moving obituary. I admire your openess so much. I also had a beautiful daughter who was smart, beautiful, funny and a joy to be around. She was put on pain pills after hurting her back. She struggled for over 10 years with her addiction. At times she would be doing great and then she would relapse. It is all a very sad cycle. She took her own life in 2014 at the age of 38. A total shock to all of us, as we thought she was doing great. I know that her death was a result of pain pills. I do put some blame on doctors who so readily prescribe these things. Since her death, I have become so much more aware of what a huge epidemic this is and just how many people it affects daily. It happens to the best people, no matter what their life situations are. It is a disease that some people just can't overcome. God Bless Your Family!

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lori Cruz on 12/05/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I cried while reading this. My heart is wounded, though I cannot possibly grasp and the depths of your grief. Im also furious at the disaster that is our societys method of dealing with the opioid crisis. So many bright lights gone forever. As a father of two young daughters, I am with you in sorrow. Thank you for such a beautiful and humanizing portrait. From my family to yours, may peace find you this holiday season.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tom Collins on 12/03/2018 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I believe the single most damaging concept about addiction is that is is a disease, and people are powerless. Addiction is a thought distortion linked to past trauma and it can be corrected. No one is powerless and such thoughts are self-defeating.

7 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Patrick Joseph on 12/03/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My heart goes out to you and your family..I have never felt so Not Alone as I do now. Your words touched my heart and my Hurt I struggle everyday and I feel my familys pain always. Memory Eternal Maddie

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Posted by Mary Jacko on 12/01/2018 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

God bless your family for having the courage to share Maddie's story. Sadly, a friend of mine is raising her granddaughter. Her daughter was also addicted and her so-called friends let her die. Literally, dumped her off at the hospital after hours of unconsciousness. I am praying for your family!

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Posted by Mary Avlos-Dailey on 11/30/2018 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My heart ached when I read this. I cannot begin to fathom the pain this family has endured. I have a picture of my daughter and her son, the resemblance is hauntingly similar. Unlike Maddie, my grandson has been reunified with his mother. The anguish Maddies family has endured is beyond words. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your candour, and for sharing Madfies Story. God bless.

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Posted by Lynda Bankley on 11/30/2018 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Wow, even her child couldn't pull her back. I'm so sorry for your loss. Junkies need help and we need to find a way to get it to them.

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Posted by Junkies Need Help on 11/22/2018 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Obituary: J. Brooks Buxton, 1934-2018

Dear Family of Brooks, today while I was reflecting things I am grateful for, today & yesterday, Brooks came to mind as he occasionally did as one of the nicest bosses Ive had during my secretarial life at Conoco in Stamford. Im 69 years now but back then was a newbie in the corporate world, & I can tell you he was very patient. I remember him vividly. As I was trying to find a phone number for him, I came across his obit. What a wonderful life he lived. It appears to be everyones loss. Please accept in his name my wish for a blessed Thanksgiving. Regards, Cindy Moon

Posted by Cindylouwhi on 11/20/2018 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

Thank you for your honest summary of your sister's life and her struggle against the disease that eventually ended it.. An ancient book says there's a time coming to the earth when no one will say I am sick. Addiction, depression and anxiety are all included in the sicknesses that afflict us all, no matter our age, race or social status. Thanks for asking each of us, especially authority figures and healthcare personnel, to see the person and not the disease. Compassion is needed now. The situation is beyond critical, it is pandemic. Your loss is our loss too. We are all affected.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Concerned NY neighbor on 11/19/2018 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Obituary: Leslie Pray, 1964-2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie at a volunteer writing workshop at the Chino Institute for Women. She came with a group of us from the Claremont Colleges.

She was so kind and gracious. It was wonderful talking to her. I am heartbroken by this news.

Reading this tribute to her makes me that much more sad I did not get the chance to know her better.

I am sorry to all of her family and friends for this devastating loss. She was a light in this world.

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Posted by Patrick Jimenez on 11/18/2018 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

My condolences to the family.
As l read this l felt it was like a page from my daughter's life. My daughter Michelle passed away a year ago October 29th, 2017.
Everywhere she went people she met fell in love with her. She was fun and kind and always thinking of others.
Her life was filled with prescrption opiates addiction going through rehab for over fifteen years after a devastating divorce being married 17 years. I did get to enjoy her for nine full months being drug free. One day a friend picked her up and asked her to house sit, not knowing she had gone to a doctor visit she was given a prescription for an opioate for back pain. Two days later she died in her sleep, she wasn't expecting to die, she expected to get up in the morning attend her college class and work her afternoon shift.
She was so proud of being sober of opioid addiction and her hard work.
In a moment of weakness it took one PA to write out that fateful prescription to end her life.
I fought so hard all of these years against medical providers writing out prescriptions like handing candy to a child.
Not to take away from Maddie and her life, we are losing our children, family members and l ask when will it stop?

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Posted by Norma Jean Andrews on 11/17/2018 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I am sorry for your loss. I just recently lost my baby sister due to a known fatal interaction of LOW DOSE prescription klonopin & a MILD opioid she got to ease fibromyalgia pain.
I am a chronic pain patient born with a rare orthopedic syndrome & have multiple prosthetic joints. I am on fentanyl 24/7 simply to be able to have a relatively normal life. Without opioids I would be in severe pain & needless suffering. That's no way to live. Because the public/media blames ME, & doctors who help me, for street drug addiction, I am treated like a criminal, a junkie & have severe restrictions on my life just to be able to manage my pain.
I am "tied" to mandatory dr appts, restrictions preventing me from taking vacations for more than 2 weeks (only limited amounts of meds are dispensed, as it is believed - though multiple studies have refuted the theory - to prevent drugs from ending up on the street) & forget about ever travelling internationally - my drugs would run out (& they have before due to all of the rules/regs) landing me in the hospital in the agony of uncontrolled pain & withdrawal. Not to mention when that happens, I am assumed to be & treated like, a drug-seeking junkie. My pain is left uncontrolled & I literally pray to die due to the suffering.
Please stop making ME pay for someone else's addiction. The solution to opioid addiction isn't by punishing me, it's by helping the addicts. Please let me live my life - getting rid of my drugs because you blame them for a loved one's death only ends MY life, too.
~Sara Donadei

9 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Sara Donadei on 11/16/2018 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

You have written a brutally honest tribute to the beautiful sister you loved. As the mother of an addict, I wept while I read it. Drug addiction becomes a brain disease. If the government really wanted to help, they would dedicate money to the scientists who are working on new medications for addicts, as well as vaccines that would guard against becoming an addict in the first place. Sadly, these researchers have difficulty securing grants and funding. May the beautiful memories of your sister, and the comfort you can derive from knowing her pain is over, bring you some peace.

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Posted by SoCal on 11/16/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Memoriam: Stephen Andersen

11/14/18: Happy Birthday Stephen I love you...

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Posted by dmsamc on 11/14/2018 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I am so sorry the world lost Maddie so young. Addiction is a disease, not a disgrace.
The obituary was an outstanding tribute to her life and loss.May she rest in peace and may her loved ones find comfort in their faith.
Those of you who have clicked the "dislike" selection will one day be touched by this monster; hopefully you will be shown more compassion than you are showing here.
There is help for anyone who truely wants it, that includes families of the addicted.
God bless

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Christine Dwyer on 11/13/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I know exactly how you feel we lost our son age 31. He tried so hard to get sober,. Our last time together was beautiful. We all hugged and said how much we loved each other. He then left 4hourd latter he was gone. I would do anything to have him back. Where did I go wrong?

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Posted by mother 1 on 11/08/2018 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I want to thank the writer of this beautiful obituary. I myself am an addict 8 1/2 years clean who spiraled so fast in the final years that I did not believe I would see my 30th birthday nor did I care. She was a friend of a friend, but I lost many of my own friends while in recovery and I find it so hard and sad when families hide the addiction even after death like it was a dark secret not a devastating illness. Ive only seen 2 others like this and it is beautiful and heartwarming to see a family wanting to bring about awareness. Thank you so much for honoring her memory this way

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by T Ches on 11/06/2018 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I see her

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Posted by Valarie A. McNeice on 11/05/2018 at 2:15 PM

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