I only met the family the night before the funeral. Kelsey Grace Endicott died … You don’t have to be a great writer or orator to deliver a heartfelt and meaningful eulogy that captures the essence of the deceased. And I will grieve the concerts, the films, the wedding, and the births at which I will not play the beaming big brother. I will wear Jesse’s name etched across my heart as a promise to create art — no matter how tired, defeated, or unskilled I feel. Inside of him was gentleness, and talent, and goodness that lit up his bright blue eyes even in his darkest moments. A heart that returned hurt with twice as much love. Whether he was playing any one of his guitars, discussing film, or telling a joke you couldn’t help but laugh at — despite it being at your expense — we all saw that light and loved him for it. My brother loved more than any of us asked for or earned. How else are you supposed to protect a heart that — no matter how broad your shoulders grow — is too big for your own chest? Relatives and friends of the addicted person who died need the support of those around them, and while there is a lot you can say and do that will help, often people say the wrong thing, even when they mean well.. Five years ago, my brother died of a heroin overdose precipitated by his battles with bipolar disorder. While I have learned and changed so much in that time, clarity is hard to find so close to an anniversary like this. A Powerful Eulogy (Guest Post) Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797. As am I. I lost someone with whom I shared many things — love, of course, more love than I can say. Some can’t. David was such a one. Below are some examples of excerpts from eulogies for friends who have passed. Surviving the Dirty Years and Becoming Clean, A Message of Love for Those with Elderly Parents, It’s Halloween? Writing a eulogy for a friend can be easier if you have a few examples. Unbearably loud in those few moments things seem almost normal. But to share that light with others and have it rejected would have been too much for Jesse to bear, so he built up his walls to hide it away. And one Halloween, decades ago, we shared the same tube of green face paint — Jesse a radical ninja turtle and me a wicked witch. He posted the photo and message on his facebook page and it has since gone viral. And since we were such mutual admirers of each other’s talent, it seems an appropriate way to remember him. “This note isn’t an attempt to assign blame for Clay’s death,” the note reads. A father writes a powerful and honest eulogy for his son who committed suicide that offers hope and explains the torment of depression. Five years ago, my brother died of a heroin overdose precipitated by his battles with bipolar disorder. Jesse built up his own walls. The obituary, which uncommonly explains the cause of death, was written for 22-year-old North Carolina resident Clay Shepard after his drug overdose. The picture below is of 20 year old Jeramie who died from an overdose. No matter how many times I’ve told them before. I can’t tell you how moved I am that so many of you have come to show their love and respect for James and his family. A Massachusetts mother’s eulogy for her 23-year-old daughter has gone viral after she ... Kelsey Grace Endicott died April 2 from an accidental overdose. Eulogy Following a Tragic Death As we gather here today, still reeling from the tragic death of Gordon Rose, we are shocked, scared and angered at the unfairness and senselessness that took him from us. It was the eulogy he read at his daughter’s funeral. Her mother, Kathleen Errico, had the task of writing and delivering the eulogy for her daughter at her funeral earlier this month. The photo was taken by Jeramie’s father Mike. We shared our hidden fears. I only met the family the night before the funeral. Heroin is a national concern, killing more of us annually than automobile accidents. (James died of an overdose of drugs at the age of 21. I’ve lost a part of myself. A Massachusetts mother’s eulogy for her 23-year-old daughter has gone viral after she openly talked about the young woman’s struggle with addiction. Losing a relative or someone close is always hard, but it is often harder and more complicated when the person had an addiction.. It remains one of the most important things I’ve ever written. When I almost forget…. I opened the attachment and began to read the eulogy. Heard it etching Jesse’s name across my heart. Not In This House It Ain’t, Heaven’s Very Special Child has Turned 18. That is how I will remember, honor, and love my little brother. This is the only thing at which my brother failed. Because I know everyone here saw that gentleness, that goodness, that light. This is something else my brother and I shared. And mutual admiration for each other’s art. Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has died that, in a sense, brings the person to life in the minds of the audience. So rather than write something new, I am sharing the eulogy I delivered at his memorial service. If you are reading this post, chances are that you have been asked to give a eulogy and you find it to be a daunting task.