A Haverhill, Massachusetts, mother has written a heartfelt obituary for her adult daughter, who died of a drug overdose. The woman also discussed her daughter's drug addiction in an eulogy, which she posted on Facebook.
Kelsey Grace Endicott, 23, of Haverhill, died of an accidental heroin overdose on April 2, Fox 8 reports. After Endicott's untimely death, her mother, Kathleen Errico, wrote a brutally honest obituary for the young woman in which she discussed her daughter's "heroic battle" with drug addiction.
"She had been sober for almost ten months, but her disease still had a powerful hold on her," Errico wrote in the obituary, which was published in the Boston Globe on April 6. "We wish she had recognized the beauty and strength everyone else saw in her."
"The disease of addiction is merciless," Errico added. "It is up to us to open our minds and hearts to those who are sick and suffering."
According to the obituary, Endicott leaves behind her parents, two sisters and a young son, Camden.
Errico also addressed her daughter's addiction in an euology that she wrote and delivered at the young woman's funeral on April 8. After many requests, Errico posted a copy of the eulogy on her Facebook page, according to Fox 8.
The April 9 post has since gone viral with over 3,600 shares in five days.
"It has been many long, hard, agonizing battles for the last few years and you fought like a warrior every step of the way," Errico wrote in the eulogy to her daughter. "Addiction however, won the war.
"To the person who doesn’t understand addiction she is just another statistic who chose to make a bad decision. A very uneducated statement indeed but nonetheless that is what they will say along with some other very hurtful statements. I don’t care though because for the people who do understand, this was our baby, our youngest, our child, our daughter and as a mother; my every thing."
Errico added that she hopes her daughter's death will encourage more people to talk openly about addiction.
"We need to talk and educate the world about this epidemic," she wrote.