A grieving mother, Michelle Benson, wrote an honest obituary for her young son, Adam Richard Bear, highlighting the reason for his death.
The letter shared on Legacy.com states that the 25-year-old died on April 27, 2017, due to overdose.
Obituaries are written to honor a life that ended, focusing on the pleasant moments. Benson, however, decided to honest about the loss of her son, hoping to save other lives.
Adam’s decision to experiment with prescription opioids backfired as he became addicted to heroin.
Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1991, Adam went to West Port High School. He worked as a salesman for Delray Nissan in Delray Beach, Florida.
Adam loved sports, snowboarding, jet skiing, and reading. His mother said he would also be remembered for his good looks, welcoming smile, and his charming personality.
However, Michelle wrote, ‘He will be remembered as a statistic.’ He was driven by the idea that success is determined by how much money one owns.
Adam’s goal was to be wealthy ‘and he pursued the trappings of success with a passion.’
The mother opened up about her son’s ‘bad decision’ to experiment with prescription opioids that resulted in the heroin addiction.
Speaking to News 5 Cleveland, Michelle said that her son struggled with addiction. He fought the battle hard for many years, unfortunately, he never won it.
The grieving mother took the opportunity to assure those who are suffering or know anyone who is suffering from an addiction that help is available.
She urged people to talk to those addicted in order to help them overcome their problem. She also listed a few local groups that help in rehabilitation such as Nar-Anon Family Groups, The Addicts Mom, and Breaking Barriers-Hope Is Alive.
Benson won many hearts on the internet for the way she dealt with her son’s death. The story was covered by News 5, which said she chose to deal with it with openness and frankness.
The mother added that many families choose to bury the issue because it is shameful to talk about it. She feels that the stigma has to be broken if the society has to win this battle.
Benson is hopeful that her obituary may save a life of an addict.
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