The Difficult Funeral

Today I did my first overdose funeral.  It was so very hard – made worse by my own sister dying from complications of alcoholism many years ago now.  So if, like me, you are struggling to know what to say, here is what I said.  Please do not just repeat it.  I mean, I can’t stop you, but that would at least be tacky and lazy.  Instead, hopefully this can help you figure out how to tackle addiction and sudden loss.  Fortunately the family really appreciated it, and I didn’t cry until I gave a sob leaving the room.  This problem will get worse before it gets better.  A lot of funerals are yet to come. Continue reading